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.
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.