The first mistake the president of the NAACP in Norfolk, Va., made was saying that Trayvon Martin had a “shaky” past.
Then Tristan Breaux admonished his membership to react “logically, not racially” to the verdict.
This happened just as the lawyers prepared their closing arguments in the trial of George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon. Zimmerman was acquitted over the weekend.
But the fury in response to the statements from Breaux started coming from Norfolk and around the country right away, and really hasn’t stopped.
WAVY-TV news tracked down a local city councilman:
“To the majority of the African-American community, I would find it offensive,” said Norfolk City Councilman Paul Riddick.
The station reported: “Tristan Breaux, 25, was sworn in as president of the Norfolk NAACP in January. He is the youngest president in the branch’s history, but members of the organization are calling for him to step down.
“‘He obviously does not have the maturity when to speak and when not to speak,’” Riddick added.
“The controversy started Friday morning. Breaux’s posted a comment on his personal Facebook page about the George Zimmerman trial. The remark quickly spread.
“‘My initial reaction was that it wasn’t true, that somebody had gone on his Facebook and had planted this,’” Riddick said. “‘I just couldn’t imagine the president of the Norfolk branch of the NAACP making a statement like that.’”
Riddick, apparently, was upset that Breaux was telling the truth – and contradicting the NAACP and others who portrayed Trayvon as a harmless teenager, victimized by white racism.
Breaux “obviously does not have the maturity when to speak and when not to speak,” Riddick added.
Riddick called for the national organization of the NAACP to censor or remove Breaux from office.
“I think that the national office should come into this,” Riddick said. “It would be an effort to silence this fellow. I don’t know how [the] recall process works, but I think they should recall him.”
Others on Twitter said Breaux was nothing more than a member of the “Klan with a Tan.” And, “You’re the shady one, Breaux.” The contempt drips from hundreds more postings like this from around the country.
Despite the efforts of prosecutors and activists to keep a lid on the troubled criminal past of Trayvon, his involvement with drugs and such is becoming increasingly well known.
Twitter, Facebook, and toxicology tests have established Trayvon’s long and enthusiastic acquaintance with marijuana and codeine. Says Jack Cashill over at American Thinker:
Trayvon, in fact, had become a devotee of the druggy concoction known as “Lean,” also known in southern hip-hop culture as “Sizzurp” and “Purple Drank.” Lean consists of three basic ingredients – codeine, a soft drink, and candy. If his Facebook postings are to be believed, Trayvon had been using Lean since at least June 2011.
On June 27, 2011, Trayvon asks a friend online, “unow a connect for codien?” He tells the friend that “robitussin nd soda” could make “some fire a** lean.” He says, “I had it before” and that he wants “to make some more.” On the night of February 26, if there was some Robitussin at home, Trayvon had just bought some mixings for one “fire a** lean” cocktail.
Mixing codeine and fruit juice is a popular topic with rap stars, including one of the biggest of all, Li’l Wayne.
The Daily Mail over in London did a wrap up story about how Trayvon was suspended from school three times for fighting, drug abuse, and vandalism.
And it was almost four: While investigating the vandalism charges – he was caught scrawling graffiti on the school house walls – school officials found apparent burglary tools and 12 pieces of female jewelry in his locker.
The Miami Herald broke this story after finding out about it almost by accident.
In October, a school police investigator said he saw Trayvon on the school surveillance camera in an unauthorized area “hiding and being suspicious.” Then he said he saw Trayvon mark up a door with “W.T.F” — an acronym for “what the f***.” The officer said he found Trayvon the next day and went through his book bag in search of the graffiti marker.
Instead the officer reported he found women’s jewelry and a screwdriver that he described as a “burglary tool,” according to a Miami-Dade Schools Police report obtained by The Miami Herald. Word of the incident came as the family’s lawyer acknowledged that the boy was suspended in February for getting caught with an empty bag with traces of marijuana, which he called “irrelevant” and an attempt to demonize a victim.
Trayvon’s backpack contained 12 pieces of jewelry, in addition to a watch and a large flathead screwdriver, according to the report, which described silver wedding bands and earrings with diamonds.
Trayvon was asked if the jewelry belonged to his family or a girlfriend.
“Martin replied it’s not mine. A friend gave it to me,” he responded, according to the report. Trayvon declined to name the friend.
Trayvon was not disciplined because of the discovery, but was instead suspended for graffiti, according to the report. School police impounded the jewelry and sent photos of the items to detectives at Miami-Dade police for further investigation.
Trayvon was shot while on suspension from high school.
Thanks to the Daily Caller we know Trayvon’s Twitter account was full of references to his experiences with drugs and violence. One Facebook posting referred to Trayvon punching a bus driver, but that was never confirmed.
Trayvon’s parents, lawyers and supporters said his criminal past had nothing to do with his death. They say that Trayvon was just a teenager walking home before he was stalked and assassinated by a depraved “wannabe” cop.