Trayvon Martin: So What If He Made Fun of Ghetto Culture?

    April 9, 2012
    Heather Campobello
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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?

  • tc

    I love how the race baiting liberals jumped at the chance to call out white on black racism and as soon as someone calls them out on it they change their tune. Wheres your article defending zimmerman being painted as a racist instead of a concerned citizen? Hypocritical in its purest form

  • 333maxwell

    I’m just an audio guy.. I make no claims to anything else.

    I took the 911 call with the most audio informatiion regarding screams, pulled down some of the louder noises (the actual shot and a few times the woman caller gets a bit loud) so they don’t hurt you while listening to the softer noises… Then ran it at a slower speed and pitch corrected it 100 percent true. Anyone with an ear for music can tell not a note has been changed.. Digital affords you this luxury. In the analog days we had to physically slow the tape/medium down and you lose pitch and clarity.

    THIS AUDIO IS NOT ENHANCED per sey.. not like enhancing a photo.. the only enhancing has been to adust volume levels so you don’t hurt your ear listening to everything at relative volume levels.

    There are a few swirling artifacts in this copy because I had to compres the wav file to a 128 kbps mp3 to fit on my page so you had a player to hear it on.. These artifacts are slight and will not distract.


    This exercise is just a way to access the call and hear things you would not of as easily (but every bit of audio information from the original is still there) just listening to the raw recording. Akin to slowing down video without the frame per second limitations.

  • John

    What about the fact that his cousin commented on Twitter about Trayvon sucker-punching a bus driver the week before his death? When I was a kid I didn’t do that…

    It’s pretty easy to cherry-pick and call the kid innocent while ignoring the fact that he didn’t just talk the talk, he walked the walk.

  • ….

    You wanna talk about, “His innocence and character should be left to the jury. Not the media.” I see no article discussing the media’s judge, jury, and executioner approach toward Zimmerman. How many times do I have to see the pictures of a middle school boy and a fresh inmate depiction of Martin & Zimmerman.

    I am not saying one way or the other as to Zimmerman’s innocence or guilt…and that’s the point NOBODY know. So while I would agree that the media needs to not declare innocence or guilt to anyone, I would justly request that your journalism not be so slanted, biased, and one sided. Will I see another articles defending Zimmerman? #HighlyDoubtIt

  • some limit nigga

    Trayvon wasn’t a gangbanger. He was just a no limit ******.

  • tc

    The bottom line is that people like heather are not reporting the news but pushing their personal opinion ans/or agenda. Getting pretty tired of the low quality articles on this site