Florida Memorial University is planning to award Trayvon Martin a posthumous bachelor of science degree in aviation during its commencement ceremonies this Saturday.
Didn't think of Trayvon as the scholarly type, did you?
Since his death in 2012, Martin, the 17-year-old thug who was fatally shot during a fight with George Zimmerman, has been made into a martyr.
According to Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mother, Trayvon wanted to be a pilot or an airplane mechanic. But he was far from a model student. According to reports, Trayvon had been suspended twice that school year before his death for offenses that should have gotten him arrested – once for getting caught with a burglary tool and a dozen items of female jewelry, the second time for being found with marijuana.
In 2010, Chief Charles Hurley of the Miami-Dade School Police Department implemented a policy that lowered the number of criminal reports, altering statistics to create the impression that crime was dropping within the school system. Crimes were being reported as disciplinary infractions. If Chief Hurley and the Miami-Dade School District had done their jobs, Trayvon may have gotten the wake-up call needed to change his life.
As I write in "The Antidote," Trayvon's parents failed him. Stable, married parents are the foundation for life, but Trayvon's mother and father abandoned him. The only real mother he knew was his stepmother, Alicia Stanley, with whom he lived for eight years. That was taken from him when his father, Tracey Martin, started seeing another woman, Brandi Green, and gave up full guardianship to the biological mother, Sybrina Fulton.
Trayvon was stripped of the only family and mother he knew. As a result, he grew angry, used drugs and turned into a thug. It was his own anger – not "racism" – that caused his death.
Trayvon was in Sanford, Florida, visiting his father's girlfriend at her home in the townhouse community where Zimmerman was in charge of the neighborhood watch.
Trayvon was from Miami Gardens – a crime-ridden city located in north-central Miami-Dade County. The city violent crime rate for Miami Gardens in 2012 was higher than the national violent crime rate average by 116.45 percent.
Trayvon's biological parents, along with phony black leaders and the mainstream media, have been complicit in falsifying the narrative about Trayvon.
Patrisse Cullors, whom I interviewed on my radio show (she ran from me), is a radical black lesbian and an organizer in Black Lives Matter. She and others created the BlackLivesMatter hashtag soon after Martin's death. Since then, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Barack Obama and other human leeches have used Trayvon as the poster child for false "racism."
Trayvon's failing parents – especially his mother – are using his name to gain fame and money. They now have the Trayvon Martin Foundation. According to the website, it's a "social justice organization committed to ending senseless gun violence, strengthening families through holistic support …" Whatever that means.
Fulton has been traveling and giving speeches, and she has been acting as though she was a model parent. She campaigned with Hillary Clinton in 2016, and she was recognized at the Democratic National Convention along with other "Mothers of the Movement" (aka Dirty Mothers of the Movement).
So how much has the Trayvon Martin Foundation raised, and where does the money go? No one seems to know.
What we do know is that Trayvon's parents settled a wrongful-death claim against the homeowners' association in the gated community where he was killed. The final settlement is believed to be more than $1 million.
Within three days of Trayvon Martin's death, his family hired a media-consulting firm. Within two weeks of Trayvon's death, his mother filed legal documents to trademark his name. Soon after, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton set out on a cross-country tour and even went to Europe to collect money. While Sybrina Fulton already had a $68,768 salary with the Miami-Dade County government, she also received an eight-month paid vacation worth $40,825.
Rapper Jay Z and the Weinstein Company are partnering on a series of film and television projects about Trayvon. The projects are reportedly based on two books – "Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It" by attorney Lisa Bloom (daughter of Gloria Allred) and "Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin" by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. How's that for objectivity?!
If Trayvon's parents were honest, they would admit they failed him, but they're not, so they're pushing a lie and exploiting their dead son.
We know Trayvon is being given a silly posthumous degree to continue falsifying his life story. Just like the "gentle giant" Mike Brown and others. Their stories are altered to make them appear as victims who were unjustly cut down. Making them look better than they were also absolves the rotten parents of their failing.
What message is being sent out to society, and to young black men? Like suicide bombers, young black men are made to think there's heroism in their lives when many have been nothing but a menace to society.
Rampant immorality caused primarily by the breakdown of the black family is ultimately to blame for black anger and violence. Canonizing thugs and excusing bad black parents only perpetuates the problem.
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