Trayvon Martin: No, That's Not His Facebook Page Showing "Gangsta" Photos UPDATED

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Update: Wonderfully, Business Insider touted the bogus photo as accurate in a story on how the media is badly reporting the Trayvon Martin saga. Their source for the photo: white power message board Stormfront.

Update 2: See the response from the Business Insider author at the end of this post.


If you haven't come across the photo to the right, you probably will in the next day or two. Gross racists and assorted other morons are claiming that it's from the Facebook page of Trayvon Martin, the teenager shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, and that somehow that has bearing on the case.

There is no evidence that the photo is of Trayvon Martin, although there is plenty of evidence against it. Even popular right-wing blogger Dan Riehl, who claimed to be among the first to find the Facebook page, admits that it might not be him: "It doesn't appear to be the same Trayvon Martin. But I'm still not sure. It's still linked."

The photo and accompanying link to the profile of a Facebook user named Trayvon Martin has been circulating heavily in the last twenty-four hours. Click on its Facebook shares, and you see the rabble proclaiming that the media has duped the public into believing that Martin was a "sweet kid":

For all those wondering this is the most recent picture of the shooting victim Trayvon Martin. Not the warm hearted pictures the media is feeding the public. I'm not passing judgement till the REAL FACTS of the case come out but lets just be real about the situation.
Cute picture. How come the media only shows the 5 year old picture and not this current facebook photo?
Yep it does look like it could be Obamas son!
Stay oura places u dont belong n u wont have ne problems. If u don't respect our constitution .......feel free to get out of our country

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There's a wonderful horror-logic to that last one, considering that Martin was visiting his father when he was shot.

But the "Trayvon Martin" the page belongs to lists his school as Myers Middle School. All of his relatives are listed as living in Savannah, Georgia, where there is a Myers Middle School.

The late Martin, who grew up in Miami Gardens, went to Norland Middle and Highland Oaks Middle schools, and more recently attended Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School.

Trayvon Martin's real Facebook page is here, complete with photos and information clearly depicting him, and updated before the date of his death.

The bogus page probably belongs either to another Trayvon Martin, or to a kid who renamed his page in tribute.

Not that it matters. If you're screwed up enough to believe that a 17-year-old unarmed kid deserved to die because he once wore sagging shorts and flipped off the camera, then you're going to keep sharing that image regardless of who it depicts.

Update: Michael Brendan Dougherty, author of the Business Insider post which used the bogus photo, says: "Your characterization of what we did is misleading."

He adds:

We characterized the source of the photo as "a racist message board" precisely to give readers a sense of the credibility - owing to the fact that we did not yet know the original source of the photo.

Once it was reported on the Miami New Time's website that the photo was not of Trayvon, we updated the post and took down that photo. And linked back to this site.

Our story was about the pushback and backlash - both the decent questions that were raised, and the racist muckracking.

Only problem, as noted by the Columbia Journalism Review: Dougherty never suggested that the photos might not be of the Trayvon Martin in question. And his conceit, that mainstream news outlets might have used the gangsta photo of Martin instead of the schoolboy pics they've been using, makes no sense if it's not a photo of him.

Dougherty says of this post: "Please re-write it."

No.

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browncarol31
browncarol31

Now the link to facebook is totally gone.

browncarol31
browncarol31

why can't I repost this to facebook? The link isn't working

pitlover927
pitlover927

Obama would NOT want a son like Trayvon.  Jahvaris?  Absolutely.  But not Trayvon.  I'm not surprised by his comment, though.  What do you expect?  It's unfortunate, but not surprising.  Judging by what little I already know about Trayvon, it's hardly a stretch to imagine or believe George's account of what happened.

Master of the Obvious
Master of the Obvious

Idiots, the only reason why Obama said that his son would look like Trayvon Martin is so that he could secure the BLACK vote.  Just like he said he supports gay marriage and now illegals can stay in this country.  

Spyward
Spyward

Only the raciest of the left is trying to make something out of a shut and closed case. Like our darling president wanting a thug  like a son thats  how low  tBarrak is and racist.

Pikgitar
Pikgitar

 What's the matter? Did I get under your thin skin, baffoon? Good !  That's what I like to do to idiots like you. You might try pulling your head out of that place that's dark and stinky.

Ccash295
Ccash295

YOU ARE A SCUM BAG. GET SOME SELF ESTEEM

Ccash295
Ccash295

HE IS A THUG  WITH GOLD TEETH.  

Ccash295
Ccash295

I beg to differ, HE IS TM IS NO ANGEL. HE IS A STREET THUG

Pikgitar
Pikgitar

 You're an ass of extraordinary dimensions. May you meet your fate very soon. GFY, A N

Army Navy
Army Navy

WRONG, THAT BE TRAYVON. OUR SWEET LITTLE TRAYVON WAS OFF TO THE CONVENIENT STORE BUYING BLUNTS TO SMOKE WEED. AND GETTING ARIZONA WATERMELON DRINK AND SKITTLES SO HE COULD PUT COUGH MEDICINE IN IT LATER ON AND MAKE HIMSELF UP A BATCH OF GRAPE DRANK! HE WAS VIOLENT RAMPAGING THUG, WHO THANKFULLY WAS STOPPED BY GEORGE ZIMMERMAN!

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TRAYVONBITCHMOTHER
TRAYVONBITCHMOTHER

TRayvon is dead because he was a lowlife wanna be gangster thug he listened to rap music all day skipped school and smoke weed he wanted to recrate what LIL wayne raps about but reality kicked in and he got what he deserved the mortal bullet of a 9mm..Zimmerman is an american hero he was defending his property and himself from an invading criminal...FREE ZIMMERMAN !!!!!! FREE AT LAST !!!!!!!FREE AT LAST!!!!!

Rocketgirl
Rocketgirl

Interesting and hope this entire matter gets resolved fast for all parties involved. There Is never a shortage of cases such as these as the underlying message is that black men involved are always "good men" but they appear and act like hoodlums. If you want respect, dress the part, talk the talk and walk the walk. If a white man was wearing the outfit that this black man was wearing and looked suspicious, he too would be shot down as people are fear based and want to protect themselves especially in bad neighborhoods like the one this poor unfortunate guy was from. It's not a black and white issue. It

Isudude85
Isudude85

I am sick of people calling it racism. I live in nice quiet neighborhood. A family of about 15 black people moved across the street. There are random cars that park in front of their house after a black guy comes out to shake hands the car leaves. They park on other peoples parking spots. Garbage is to be put out Tuesday after 6pm. They put theirs out at 9am. we all pay the garbage company for a huge can that we wheel to the corner. They just fill bags with trash. If they see anyone smoking they come up to ask for cigarettes. 12am 1am 2am 3 am bouncing a basketball having loud conversations. Give me a break who would not hate these people. If they moved you out of the GHETTO to the burbs it was to make your life better. Not to make other peoples life a living hell. I hate those people. If they were White, Asian, Mexican and they were doing the same I would hate them as well.

Jujube
Jujube

Negro Trayvon Miller was guilty of a thug attack. In hell he is living his ignorance over and over.

matt
matt

Hey moron known as Gus Garcia-Roberts, I do not think anyone with a few brain cells "believes that a 17-year-old unarmed kid deserved to die because he once wore sagging shorts and flipped off the camera" as you so stupidly said. I DO, however, think that most people think that a 17 year old kid that was a gansta wannabe, that attacked an armed man and beat him, and left that man with no choice but to shoot his attacker or risk being shot by his attacker; yes, I do believe that most people of sound mind would think that, if not condoned, would at least be a reasonable response to that situation. I know if I was attacked by someone, regardless of skin color, and I feared for my life...your damn right, I would shoot him. Now, I'm not saying all that is necessarily exactly how everything transpired but, with more and more details and pictures coming out about Martin and Zimmerman, it seems everything is NOT what the mainstream media wanted everyone to believe initially. Yes, I do believe that is Trayvon in the photo in your article. I say this not because I'm racist but, rather because it looks like him and there is another photo of him out there flipping the bird to the camera that I have no doubt IS HIM. Not to mention the "hoodie photo" and photo of him with his gold grill teeth...both signs of his wannabe gansta status. And, sorry, someone doesn't get suspended from school for 10 DAYS for simply "being in an unauthorized area"...there's definately something being hid there. BTW, since when does a half Latino qualify as "white"? President Obama is half white yet, he's referred to as our first black President. Zimmerman is half Latino and he's called white. I guess with the liberals and race-baiters, it's what ever is convenient and self-serving as to what they will call a persons race or ethnicity.

You are a disgrace to the journalist community and should be canned for incompetency. Maybe you can get a job working for the National Enquirer.

Fastbackjeff
Fastbackjeff

 the communist liberal media only shows the 5 year old picture of "trayvon"  why not show the thug he really is ,  He was murdering zimmerman by pummeling zimmermans head against  the sidewalk after breaking zimmermans nose. why not show zimmermans pictures of when he  was 12 also. See how the communists slant the story to make the thug look innocent .and a citizen look like a criminal

Cody
Cody

So you don't know either if it is , do you?,, so what is your point.

Altagrace L. Narcisse
Altagrace L. Narcisse

 LOL...ok. You seem to talk about me like you know me. Where did you buy your psychology degree, ehn, genius? Lol...you people are far too stupid and pointless to continue to address. I'd advise taking a civilizations class, because the definition of a Hispanic clearly eludes you. I'm so done with you. Being "choked by an umbilical cord" is one thing, and being dropped on your head several times is another. It's ok, though. Your stupidity must help you sleep at night. I appreciate the "insult" Mr. I'm-Big-And-Bad-On-The-Internet. Hahaha

Altagrace L. Narcisse
Altagrace L. Narcisse

 Sabe usted español, verdad? Pues, en este caso, hay que decir a usted que usted no tiene ningun sentido por que su madre era una puta barata que no pudo educar a su hijo estupido. Hispanics are black, white, indian, and/or mixed. It's not racist. Lol. I'm laughing at how pathetic you are, actually. No tengo que decir mas despues de eso por que no vale la pena de hablar con un hijueputa que no sabe nada del mundo y de la gente hispano y latino. Get a life, douche. You're too pointless to merit any more of my time.

SFC MAC
SFC MAC

Gee Gus, it's funny to see you get your panties in a wad over the false photo, but not a word over NBC's doctored tape or the deliberate Zimmerman mug shot next to an innocent-looking Martin.  Careful, your bias os showing.

Bonafide
Bonafide

"I will serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values..." A line of the Soldier's Creed which is followed by the Warrior Ethos. Having been deployed, engaged against "our" country's enemies, and having been injured in the process. Seeing all of these comments is a beautiful thing. I've lost comrades, Men who believed that they had a lot to fight for back "home" , and this is what it all leads to? I honestly hope I'm killed my next deployment. I don't care for any of this anymore

James Darley
James Darley

"If you're screwed up enough to believe that a 17-year-old unarmed kid deserved to die because he once wore sagging shorts and flipped off the camera, then you're going to keep sharing that image regardless of who it depicts."

That's quite a strawman you've erected there. You liberals build them so well.

No one is saying Trayvon Martin deserved to die because of a photo or because of any way he looked. The issue is why does the mainstream media so doggedly continue to display years-old photos of both Martin and Zimmerman when recent photos are readily available? In Martin's case, the old photo showing the fresh-faced, innocent look of a 12-13 yr. old juxtaposed against the old photo of Zimmerman showing a sullen-looking, beefy guy in a police mugshot. Why were those photos selected and why do they continue to be used despite the ready availability of more contemporary photos? It is well known how photographs can influence pre-conceived notions about people. There are even articles out about this now regarding the Martin-Zimmerman case, so why are you trying to be coy about it? Can you name another case where the press adopted this policy of using old photographs consistently in their reporting of a case? You really can't see why someone would question this and the effect it has on public opinion?

Bosco
Bosco

Interesting to see that someone like 'Masonman' would come here and speak with COMMONSENSE, only to have his comments disappear .Why dont i see it here anymore? If it was deleted ,who did it and why? masonman made a very good logical point.

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DB Cooper
DB Cooper

 no, but the fact that his skin is not white means that his skin is not white.  look at the photo.  duh.

Contontos
Contontos

Yes, of the several photos of the late, unfortunate T. Martin posing like a thug and raising his middle fingers, that one is not legitimate. Others are.

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Jean Deux
Jean Deux

the point is the photo is a much closer depiction of martin today than the photos given to the media by the parents, they are the ones guilty of misrepresentation and deception,  not Business Insider. If you've seen one black teen thug, you've seen them all.

DoinMe
DoinMe

These right-wing nuts are insane.

JimF
JimF

I wonder if this fake photo was purposefully released by the martin team to obfuscate the real photo of Trayvon flipping the double bird gangsta style.

You can view the real version here:www DOT wagist DOT com/2012/dan-linehan/did-trayvon-martin-referee-school-fights

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Payton_vege

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lucalight
lucalight

He bought iced tea and skittles, for God's sake. Not blunts. There's a record from the convenience store's security camera; you can clearly see what he's buying.

There's no evidence that Trayvon abused cough medicine.

Look at the irony: Trayvon was never accused of violence against others, and yet he's the "violent rampaging thug." And yet, the man who went on a rampage against him is getting gratitude from you.

Did you not read the article? That's some other Trayvon from Georgia.

affordablecleaning41
affordablecleaning41

@TRAYVONBITCHMOTHER  no,ur mad ,because trayvon wouldnt' fuck ur mama bitch'''''''''

David
David

 LOL You're a smart man I see. It also seems like you knew Trayvon personally? smh

Pikgitar
Pikgitar

 Heading back to jail? Lied about money. Zimmerman is a liar? You get what you deserve in the end. Maybe not. You, bitch, are the true pile of garbage. You are the lowlife, bitch. You will get what you deserve in the end.

SpeakUp
SpeakUp

@Isudude85 I could not agree with you more! It has nothing to do with racism. I live in really nice apartments, paying very good rent. My husband and I both work, and are very respectful and mindful of our behaviors considering we live in apartments surrounded by a lot of people. Since the owner of the apartments is losing a lot of money from vacant apartments, they decided to allow section 8 families to move in and make money off of them! They are all black too btw. They are LOUD, disrespectful, DIRTY...leaving their trash every where...their blinds in their windows are all torn to pieces. They play LOUD horrible music with their doors wide open so you can actually hear it inside the comforts of your own apartment. They are so negligent to their children...they do not even supervise their 4 and 5 year olds...apparently do not feed them snacks either- because I have numerous children begging me for treats/Popsicles. They allow their very young children to go to the pool alone, so in turn the manager CLOSED down the pool for the rest of the season, because their fat ol mommas can't get up to walk down and watch them swim! We're always pleasant and say Hi...they completely IGNORE us and act thuggish...black people are SO RACIST it makes me sick. They get to live here on reduced rent, but apparently do not even pay that because at least 4 families in the last 6 months they've been here have been evicted. Also, their teenagers who do NOTHING all day, except sit outside playing their rap music and acting all thuggish- pull the fire alarms at 1-2 AM which automatically makes the fire department, EMS and police respond! Then they all run inside...and honestly I do not say anything in fear of retaliation! I've also had them write in my children's chalk right outside our door "FUCK ME HARD!" and BMF=bad mother f*ckers...WHO DOES THAT?! Getting sick of this whole white people are racist! Show me ONE town/city that is all black that functions properly?!!! Good God, look at half of Africa! The populations of all black is the most horrible places to live! Now the saying "There goes the neighborhood!" IS SO TRUE....most of them are lazy, worthless people...they only have babies that they don't even want to raise, and then live off of our taxpaying dollars while being racist against us!!!

lucalight
lucalight

Oh, I see! Zimmermann's not racist because your neighbors are annoying! You've shown me the light, good sir.

lucalight
lucalight

Zimmerman approached Trayvon. The people on the phone even told him not to follow Trayvon. How stupid do you have to be to go after someone who's minding their own business? Trayvon did not attack Zimmerman, Zimmerman attacked him for "being suspicious".

And that's definitely not Trayvon Martin from Sanford, FL. That's another Trayvon Martin from Myers, GA. Did you even read the article?

 

lucalight
lucalight

"He was murdering zimmerman"...

And yet Zimmerman, not Trayvon, is still alive. Odd, that. Also odd that you would call self-defense an act of thuggery.

lucalight
lucalight

I feel the same way, much of the time. The only thing that makes it better is people willing to act in friendship and have inner peace, rather than constantly lashing out at others. I hope that you can find a reason to live...I am sure that the world is a much better place with you in it. God bless.

affordablecleaning41
affordablecleaning41

@James Darley ,good someone is talking with sense between right and wrong..

zerosumgame0005
zerosumgame0005

 so sad to see someone as weak-minded as you, who prefers the false comfort of lies to reality

Pikgitar
Pikgitar

Seen one racist dork like you and you've seen them all, Jean.

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