It is hard to write a review for a six-part documentary when the entire premise of the film is in question. On the night of February 26th, 2012, George Zimmerman was driving home from the store when he saw a black male wearing a hoodie go behind the townhomes of his subdivision in the rain and darkness. George being an off-duty neighborhood watchman and knowing that his subdivision had been under assault from young black males doing home invasions and robberies, got on his phone, called the cops, and started to follow the guy who was walking behind people’s homes in the rain.
The person was wearing a hoodie and was a guy visiting his father from Miami that went by the name of Trayvon Martin. Trayvon realized he was being followed behind the homes and he circled the buildings and attacked George in the dark, according to a friend Trayvon was speaking to on the phone who later testified to this in court. Trayvon knocked him to the ground and began repeatedly smashing George’s head on the cement sidewalk.
Before George blacked out from the blows or lost his life, his legally carried and owned pistol went off in the struggle and Trayvon Martin was killed. Bleeding from all over his head and face, George stood up and called back the police and told them what happened. The police interviewed George for hours, treated his wounds medically, and sent him home; no arrest was made. The police chief said at the time that Zimmerman had a right to defend himself. Then, Al Sharpton got involved.
I’m sure you as the reader do not have to guess what happened next. Al Sharpton and the usual suspects stirred the race pot and along with six weeks of misleading press coverage including edited 911 calls attempting to make George look like a racist and the constant airing of very young pictures of Trayvon; Sharpton got his arrest. Under orchestrated and fallacious race-related pressure, Governor Rick Scott sent a prosecutor named Angela Corey down to Sanford from Jacksonville, and in my opinion, violated George Zimmerman’s civil rights, and charged him with second-degree murder and manslaughter.
The press pushed a successful fraudulent narrative that Trayvon was just some young kid who was coming home from the convenience store with Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea. Even President Barrack Obama said if he had a boy, he would look like Trayvon. They pushed a storyline in which Trayvon was minding his own business when he was profiled and then stalked by George Zimmerman.
It was one of the most successful lies I have ever seen. To this day people believe that untruth. To this day the press still shows pictures of Trayvon as a young kid and not what he looked like at age of seventeen on the night of the shooting. It is a pattern with other similar shootings. This method of misleading people in this kind of situation by using childhood pictures of the black person involved still goes on today and is quite disturbing.
During the trial, the true nature of how violent Trayvon Martin was would not be allowed to be seen in court in front of the jury. The fact that Trayvon was picking fights with other people so he could perfect his fighting skills and brag about it in texts to a friend of his was kept from the jury. And that his reason for being able to visit his father now was because he was suspended from school because of some similar bad behavior and that was ignored by the mainstream press. And was also kept from the jury. Sadly, if a boxing trainer could have gotten ahold of Trayvon and got him into that sport, he might still be alive today.
On July 13th, 2013, a jury acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter despite every single misleading force that tried to pull justice another way. That was a miracle notwithstanding George Zimmerman’s odd behavior since the trial. The man has issues. However, the false narrative of Skittles, Arizona Iced Tea, profiling, and hoodies still exists today in place of reality. This entire situation became the first building block in the house of lies about race and became the impetus for an ongoing movement based on falsehoods.
This film Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story basks in these falsehoods and pushes forth those spurious narratives unabashedly. The narrators were a lair of usual suspects of racial aggrieved personalities and agendas. There was barely even a morsel of a counterpoint of view. When it was brought up, it was in light to show us who disagree how wrong we are. The six-part series was a terrible disappointment and a lost opportunity to do something meaningful and out of the box about race.