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Driving home from work today, I happened to tune into a conservative talk show host that I sometimes catch in the afternoon who was going on and on about the Trayvon Martin shooting.  I almost switched stations, since I think that this particular guy tends to go on and on about whatever the topic of the day is, sensationalizing things while claiming to hate sensationalizing the news.  I'm glad I didn't tune him out, because some interesting stuff was reported that came from a couple of Florida newspapers.  For instance (and I do think there is some merit to considering these facts when trying to figure out how things played out that fateful night), Trayvon had apparently been suspended a few times from school for different things that paint a not so attractive picture of the young man.  In at least one instance, it appeared that he might have been involved in some burglary -- since he had a collection of jewelry on him and a screw-driver.  Suspicious, don't you think?  On top of that, there are police reports that indicate George Zimmerman was bloodied and obviously suffered violence at the hands of Trayvon.  There are witnesses who claim to have seen Trayvon Martin on top of Zimmerman beating him while he yelled for help.  Add to this the fact that the photo we see of Trayvon splattered all over the Internet and news broadcasts was clearly taken a few years ago -and not as some claim he looked in the present day, feeding suspicion that somebody is trying to paint a different picture for the media that will leave a much different impression of events.

The point to all of this is that we have an obligation as a society to give justice a chance to work.  It is easy to jump to conclusions and cry "racism" when it's not always that way.  This is not to say there isn't plenty of racism and hatred to deal with in our society.  In this case, certainly George Zimmerman has some things to answer for.  However, lynch mobs and attention seekers who scream foul before all the facts are gathered only serve to fuel the anger and feed the flames of hatred.  Please, let's give some credit to human nature and at least offer people a chance to do their jobs.  Sadly, as a result of this conflict one man has already forfeit his life.  My heart goes out to his family as they suffer this tragic loss.  Please, no more unnecessary violence.

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