- Zimmerman’s Fatal Decision and the Unavoidable Reality of Race
- The Question of Zimmerman’s So-Called “Wimpiness”
- Did Zimmerman Benefit from a Delayed Arrest? (videos)
- Police Custody: Why Safe for Whites and So Deadly for Black and Hispanic-Latinos? (video)
- “FEARFARE”: George Zimmerman and White America’s Fear Welfare Pass (videos)
George Zimmerman arrived at John E. Polk Correctional Facility 46 days after the fatal shooting of 17-year old Trayvon Martin. The arrest came amid mounting protests and interventions of various levels of government in the State of Florida.
Many wondered what took so long for the arrest. Local authorities explained the lapse in time as a result of lacking probable cause that Zimmerman unlawfully used force in killing the unarmed Martin, this being a prerequisite according to Florida statues. We will not challenge the thinking of local officials. However, the delay itself has had a number of ramifications for the case. One of which brings me to a theory for readers to consider. Namely this:
Did the lapse between the date George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin and the arrest of the former enable a sort of construction of a narrative and bringing together of actors to play out that narrative?
One person, Frank Taaffe, is emerging as an interesting figure in media circus surrounding the Zimmerman trial. Taffe, a resident of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, is serving as a quasi-pitch man who in-reality is not the ultimate authoritative source for statements made about the fateful events of February 26, 2012. Rather, Taaffe simply parrots whatever narrative George Zimmerman has constructed. Listening to Taaffe speak, one might be seduced into believing he speaks with firsthand knowledge. He does not. His words are not his own; just Zimmerman’s repackaged.
Odd that Zimmerman supposedly spotted Trayvon standing on the lawn of none other than an unofficial PR person in the Zimmerman “team”. Think about it. What other value does Taaffe really have in this? His information is all secondary. He saw nothing, but restates Zimmerman’s narrative in the same way the digital reenactment was based on Zimmerman’s [obviously biased] account. What makes Taaffe an “expert” mouthpiece on the matter? Or is he simply a convenient hack?
Even if Zimmerman did see Trayvon standing on Taaffe’s lawn, that fact alone does not make Taaffe a central figure to do the talkshow circuit for Zimmerman. If, for instance, Zimmerman spotted Trayvon standing on the lawn of a low-literacy resident (with all due respect), does one seriously believe that person would be a third-party mouthpiece for Zimmerman? Highly doubtful.
So, we are made to wonder about the real role Taaffe is playing in all of this. Again, I cannot prove it, but these are times to question odd aspects of the Trayvon Martin murder so that our lenses remain clear of media debris. And my sense is, the period Zimmerman was afforded before the arrest provided him an opportunity to not only construct a series of lies, but also to assemble a “team” to disseminate them to a very divided nation. And yes, I believe the placement of Trayvon on Taaffe’s lawn was a contrived context for bringing in their PR guy — Frank Taaffe.
Some might ask, “What’s the importance since the jury is not impacted by Taaffe?“
The importance is that the murder of Trayvon Martin has sent shockwaves throughout our nation. Those who hope to get away with this murder are fully aware that propaganda is necessary to quench the doubt. Whites particularly, who might be inclined to see the injustice in Trayvon Martin’s, are Taaffe’s primary targets. The underlying end-game is to convince people of goodwill that this tragic situation does not violate [the myths of] justice that many hold dear.
Some really want to believe a system replete with flaws and inequities is just. I’m suggesting that Taaffe is conveniently here to help them.
These are my thoughts. What about yours…
Frank Taaffe appearance on HLN programs:
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