Trayvon Martin: So What If He Made Fun of Ghetto Culture?By: Heather Campobello - April 9, 2012
Thus reinforcing that Trayvon Martin was a typical sinning American teenager, reporters are pointing to the fact that at 17-years of age he hated high-school but planned to attend college, was infatuated with girls, curious about sex, and joked about ghetto stereotypes.
Since he was shot in his Sanford neighborhood he has been painted as different portraits by people who claim and deny his innocence in the unfortunate event.
Was the hooded teen innocent or guilty? Well the jury is still out and I have strong reservations that comments on Twitter can justly establish anyone’s character, however, the media continue to review his tweets for insight.
According to The Daily Caller Martin tweeted under the handle “NO_LIMIT_NIGGA,” but his account was closed shortly after his death.
If you are over the age of 21, think back to when you were an adolescent. Did you portray yourself as someone who was tougher, more dangerous, and more powerful than you actually were? Did you make fun of the culture that you lived in?
I know I did.
Is Martin guilty of being vulgar? Sure.
Does that mean he was a gangbanger? In my opinion, certainly not.
Some of his so called mock of the ghetto comments strike me as natural, as the young man is clearly trying to analyze and attribute slang to environments he observes. A prime example of one of these tweets was highlighted by the Miami Herald “If you use kool-aid as hair dye #youghetto.”
Here are a few other tweets that he made according to the Miami Herald:
“Wuld I miss Krop?? Hell na f** da skool, f** da lunch, nd most of all f** da faculty….. Ima miss sum of da students, mainly da babies ;)”
“I’m READY for a REAL relationship I’m talking mama meetin and all,” he said on Jan. 8, almost two months before his death.
So from what I can tell he despised his school and had romantic ambitions. So what?
His innocence and character should be left to the jury. Not the media, Chaka Khan’s solidarity video, or tweets he sent out as a reactive habit.
Do you judge people by their tweets? Who are you according to Twitter?