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Lindell Kay | Closer Look,intriguing cases | Sunday, March 25th, 2012

This is not a comment on the guilt or innocence of the community watchman who apparently shot and killed a teenager in Sanford, Fla., last month. This is a question of image and why the media is ignoring readily available photos showing  that teenager in a possibly different light. I’m not saying that dressing a certain way or acting a certain way is justification for any action on the part of another person. I’m asking why the national news media has chosen to leave certain pictures out of their coverage of this incident.

The latest news on the Trayvon Martin case can be found here.

Here is the photo of Trayvon, wearing a Hollister shirt, that the news media seems hellbent on showing:

Here is a nonthreatening photo of Trayvon in a hoodie:

And now for the comparison.

The following two pictures came from Trayvon’s Facebook page, are more recent than the above photos and shows a different side of the teenager:

Again, I’m not saying this shooting was justified. Certainly not based on any of these pictures. Enough information has not been made public for anyone to make a decision as to whether Trayvon should have been shot. Personally, I believe the situation could have and should have been handled in a way that didn’t result in a teenager being killed.

But I also believe the news should lay it all on the table, not cherry-pick what it wants out of a story of this importance.

 

 

6 Comments »

  1. We can only hope that the investigation will be impartial, and that Justice will prevail.

    Comment by Hans Miller — March 25, 2012 @ 11:17 am

  2. Pretty unbelievable “article” here. Want to know why those other two images aren’t shown? Because he didn’t go around without a shirt or grills; he was obviously being goofy for the camera. The reason why the other images ARE being shown is because that was his daily attire. He wore that type of clothing everyday. Way to make something a complete non-issue.

    Comment by Drone — March 25, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

  3. Hey, Drone. The news also shows the suspect’s mugshot from an unrelated arrest while there are photos available in his daily attire. Why?

    I believe in providing all available details. How do we know which clothing is Trayvon’s daily attire?

    Comment by Lindell Kay — March 25, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

  4. very interesting. had not heard all this. what was the unrelated arrest all about?

    Comment by Amy — March 26, 2012 @ 11:22 am

  5. After living in Florida for two years, one thing I know is that the Florida Dept of Law Enforcement will be investigating. Something I learned about the FDLE is they are very good at what they do, and the truth always comes out.

    Comment by Marc — March 27, 2012 @ 8:28 am

  6. Had this been a white kid or any other race that was shot this would not of been blown up in the media like it was…YES I WENT THERE! And say what you want BUT, you know it’s true!

    Comment by AME — March 28, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

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