The Trayvon Martin Case was a highly controversial American Floridian court case in 2012 that involved the shooting of a 17 year old African American boy (Trayvon Martin) by mixed-race neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman. Ghost conducted two True Capitalist Radio broadcasts discussing his disgust with the media coverage while giving backstory to the case (details he believes that the media passed over).
Ghost had expressed his disgust with the case being politicized into a racial hate killing and with the smear campaign against George Zimmerman. Ghost first covered the case in episode 215 and then continued the next week in episode 216, with most of the broadcast dedicated to the case.
On July 13, 2013, Zimmerman was found not guilty. Someone claiming to be Ghost responded to a Twitter trend saying, if he ever saw Zimmerman, he would ask if he'd sue Al Sharpton for "libel, slander, emotional distress, punitive damages & for poverty pimping."
Though the shooting and Zimmerman's trial have largely faded out of popular attention, Ghost has since found a new, relevant target for accusations of race-baiting, in the Black Lives Matter movement.
On February 26, 2012 during a break in an NBA game left his home and walked through the rain, supposedly to buy "skittles and iced tea" from the nearby 7/11. On his return trip he was spotted by George Zimmerman who said "this guy looks like he's up to no good or he's on drugs or something" during his call to the police. Zimmerman followed Martin in his SUV.
Zimmerman claimed that he stepped out of his vehicle and on the return trip he was assaulted by Trayvon Martin and killed him in self defense. There are mixed eye-witness accounts of the story, mostly suggesting that there was some form of combat before the shooting.
The case had created national outrage and numerous protests, often centering around the idea that Trayvon Martin was simply buying skittles and iced tea while wearing a hoodie which made him look suspicious in the dark.
The New Black Panther Party had offered a $10,000 bounty for the capture of George Zimmerman. Thousands had gathered at rallies all around the United States in protest over what they see as racism against Trayvon Martin.
Capitalist Army's ContributionsEdit
In 2012, Ghost had been an advocate of neighborhood watch programs for at least a year. Because of this, Ghost quickly felt there was something wrong with the way the media was smearing George Zimmerman, a "fellow capitalist just trying to defend his property" (in spite of the the fact that Zimmerman identifies as a Democrat, and he was not near his home at the time of the shooting).
Ghost claims credit for the Capitalist Army in part of the investigation. Ghost (who?) claimed the Capitalist Army had searched through Trayvon Martin's Twitter and that of his friends, learning that he was on a 10 day suspension from school at the time of the shooting. Ghost claims that they were "destroying evidence" by deleting the convicting Twitter accounts.
Like always, the usual slew of trolls on True Capitalist Radio immediately began making Twitter Names and obnoxious calls to irritate Ghost regarding the case. Asking Ghost if he "wanted some skittles" especially bothered him, and some Twitter names were made with the intention of getting Ghost mad - one especially graphic name, "Trayvon Smokes Weed during the day, Does Shots at night" ended the shoutouts for one of the two shows. He was also disgusted with a Twitter account named "Travyon Corpse" which he puked at the name.