track down these tyrants and retweet them with the #TeamDueProcess hashtag. everyone! go!—
brooks bayne (@brooksbayne) March 25, 2012
Recognize these two people? If you don’t, we’ll help you out. The man on the left is George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering the boy on the right, Trayvon Martin. The mainstream media won’t show you these two photos because they convey a message that no one else wants to take into consideration.
Correction, 8:56 pm ET March 25, 2012: We made a mistake. The photo on the right is not of the Trayvon Martin who was shot by Zimmerman. We apologize to our readers and to the Martin family.
The hashtag was started by Matthew Hurtt, later retweeted by Brooks Bayne who launched this trend into a spiral. The goal? To expose those making public threats against George Zimmerman, assuming he committed the crime he’s accused of before anyone wants to consider what else might have actually happened the day Martin was killed.
100+ homicides in Chicago since Jan 1, most of them young black men. Chicago media has spent more effort covering one in Florida.—
David Burge (@iowahawkblog) March 25, 2012
And why is this one being so heavily covered? Because of celebrity power assuming the possible guiltiness of one man. This is why we have due process. George Zimmerman may still not be innocent, but it’s up to the courts to decide that, not the media.
Update 3/27: The difference between Twitchy and Media Matters.