Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, has recently faced upset due to posts on his Twitter account from his teen years. In 2013, Mahomes responded to tweets about the case regarding George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. At the time, an altercation between the two resulted in the death of Trayvon Martin. To many, the tweets seemed to be in support of George Zimmerman, stating he did nothing wrong.
The tweets actually share the opinion of being unsure of the situation, disappointment that it lead to the death of a teen, while also questioning if Zimmerman was in the wrong since he didn’t break the law in following Martin, and whether Martin’s death would have happened if he hadn’t attacked or fought Zimmerman.
The stance is familiar to that of host Brian Shapiro, who reminds listeners that there is no law that says you can’t follow someone; that it was Trayvon Martin who attacked Zimmerman first. The tweets are not in support of Zimmerman, and just because he isn’t against Zimmerman doesn’t mean he is for him. However, the common idea that if you aren’t against something then you are for it is being held against Mahomes; especially by San Franciscans.
San Francisco is one of the most liberal cities in America, so it’s not surprising they are using this approach. Their team, the 49ers, are set to play Mahomes team, Kansas City Chiefs, in the 2020 Superbowl. Many say his tweet was insensitive and ignorant.
Sharp asks, “If Trayvon Martin did not attack Zimmerman, would he be alive today?” A caller shares his point of view, saying that Trayvon had the right to defend himself against a grown man following him. He goes on to say that Zimmerman shouldn’t have followed him, which ultimately led to the fight. When it comes down to it, the law comes down to the literal. Since Zimmerman did not break a law in following Martin, and his shooting Martin was considered to be in self-defense, then he was found not guilty. The issue comes down to systemic racism and the law being literal. Zimmerman followed Martin because of the color of his skin and a belief he had about what Martin was doing. He used deadly force against a teenager. If he hadn’t followed Martin, then Trayvon Martin would be alive today.
As far as the tweets from Patrick Mahomes, they are fair. In the eyes and mind of a teen, the line of law vs. justice is gray. Trayvon Martin was a victim, but Zimmerman was being attacked. Zimmerman shouldn’t have followed, but was not breaking a law. Trayvon Martin could have walked away and not attacked Zimmerman, but young black men are always told they have to take the oppression and not fight against it or they will be at fault. In this case, no one wins. And it makes sense he would be confused.