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Trayvon Martin’s Tweets Are Now Available

Tweets may offer insight into Martin's character, demeanor. Or they might simply reflect youthful posturing.

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Last month’s shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has sparked a world of controversy in the public arena, especially over topics like racial profiling and “stand your ground” self-defense provisions. The case appears shrouded in mystery and confusion, with very conflicting reports from shooter George Zimmerman and his attorneys, who allege that Zimmerman was acting in self defense, and representatives of Martin’s family, who claim that the boy was unfairly profiled and followed by Zimmerman, and who portray Martin as a kind, helpful, A and B high school student.

Evidence was initially slow to appear, but it eventually became known that Martin was on the phone when the incident occurred. The case is currently being reviewed by a grand jury, while in the meantime activists are expressing solidarity with Martin and his family through rallies like New York City’s Million Hoodie March, or by posting pictures of themselves in hoodies on Twitter and other websites. Even the Miami Heat got involved.

The key issue in the case may be the character and background of the Zimmerman and Martin. Zimmerman was not arrested following the shooting because police found insufficient evidence to contradict his claim of self defense. While currently immune from prosecution under Florida self-defense laws, if a court were to find that Martin, rather than Zimmerman, was acting in self-defense during the altercation, then Zimmerman could be tried for manslaughter. Attorneys in the case may draw on character evidence and witnesses and criminal background to determine culpability.

New information is now out on the case, with possible implications for the public’s view of Martin’s character. The Daily Caller made available today a history of Martin’s tweets from the last month he was alive. Shortly after his death Martin’s twitter account, with the handle NO_LIMIT_NIGGA, was disabled.

Many of the tweets and retweets found in the document make reference to sex and drugs, and a lot of them contain profanity. Others, though, express common teenage sentiments: enthusiasm for an upcoming youth fair, and observations on love, heartbreak, and dating. It’s really hard to gauge Martin’s character from two months of tweets (I advise you never to judge anyone’s character based solely on a snippet of social networking activity), and while the tweets suggest that Martin was not necessarily an innocent and naive boy, I encourage readers to remember the playful posturing of teenage boys acting tougher and more experienced than they really are. Here they are for your perusal via [The Daily Caller].

Trayvon’s Tweets the Daily Caller

Trayvon Martin’s Tweets Are Now Available
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  • http://mamimagazine.com Algie dewitt / MAMi Magazine

    lets take a look at Zimmerman’s tweets.

  • Tiffany Boller

    It is sooo sad that they would take something like his twitter page and try to judge someones character. It is also sad that most of our youth his age talk the same way so that is not a good judge of character. Alot of people create a false person, a person that they want people to think they are. That happens on alot social sites, so I don’t think that a judge should take seriously social sites.

  • Brianna Clausell

    what does his twitter account have to do with this man shooting him anyway? i mean really this has gone way to far. people post things on the internet everyday just to make an “image” for themselves to the people who have access to it. this does not justify the fact that Trayvon was shot because he had skittles ad sweet tea in his hand. i would also like to ad that most of those tweets were either retweets or song lyrics so i feel that the twitter account is EXTREMELY irrelevant! i’m 18 years old so this should really make a difference!

  • vegas

    for those of you wondering what point there is in looking up his tweets you have to consider that he is being portrayed by his family as a sweet innocent young man. While he may have been innocent he does not appear to be “sweet” at all. This is character evidence. Along with his suspension history and other factors the case that he was a sweet kid who got shot because a racist didn’t like him begins to get kind of thin. When you look at all the evidence available to the public so far it seems as though 2 people royally screwed up. One lost his life and the other is bound to suffer some sort of punishment for it.

  • Twa

    I cannot understand why this man has not been arrested. He followed this child for a distance that lasted almost 5 minutes. Zimmerman traveled to commit this murder. Smoking gun! He followed a child. He would not have followed a man. Zimmerman profiled a child and stalked him and then shot Trayvon for no reason. If Trayvon had not been alone the coward never would have followed. Now white america wants to get justice mixed up as they mix up everything to avoid the truth. We live in a country where our law makers promote killings of this nature. Let’s not forget this how blacks started out in this country land of the free home of the brave. Under the cloak of race relations getting better our black children are still getting murdered. A rabbit has more rights in Fl. Than a black child. Stay strong mom and dad. I know I would not have been as brave if it were son knowing what took place. I believe in an eye for eye when it is blantant murder and justice ran away, step down, recused itself and attempted to lie.

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