Last weekend was supposed to be the climatic point for the Trayvon Martin protest. US Rep. Frederica Wilson organized an event at Miami’s Bayfront Park and she assured that they were expecting 70,000+ people to attend. Apparently the number fell woefully short. One source claims that 3,000 showed up while the Miami Herald only counted over a 1,000.
You can tell that the political furor is slowly dissipating.
Lessons to be learned are several.
1) Don’t rush to have your case tried in the Media. Contrary to conventional wisdom, journalists and other media types are barely above congresspeople and used car salesmen in people’s trust. By default, most people think they are being lied partially or even totally and you become untrustworthy by default.
2) If your case is righteous, do not lie, suppress or obfuscate. The first mistake was the constant use of the picture of a younger Trayvon instead of a more recent & accurate. Also painting him as a perfect angel with nothing in his past. People hate to be deceived and will turn on or away from your cause if you lie to them. A simple statement in the lines of “Trayvon was not a perfect child and did have some issues but did not deserve to be killed like that” would have voided or lessened any of the stories that came out eventually.
3) Certain “leaders” are past their expiration and credibility dates. Both Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton should pack and retire for good. The New Black panthers are a joke and with the same human qualities of the KKK.
4) The Race Card is losing its power. And if you stamp it left and right on everything,you end up looking like a fool. Save it for real racism cases.
5) It is time you figure out the Internet is more powerful than the old media. Even in a 24 hour News Cycle, the power of the Net and Social media is amazing. You imagine that after the Dan Rather debacle people would wise up and try not to “massage the message” but some people just do not get it and they get hired by idiots.
The sad part in this whole affair is that whichever way this case goes, we will always have the lingering doubt that the decision was tainted by by the truckloads of BS thrown on top of it. I have my doubts that justice will ever be served.