Published On: Tue, Sep 24th, 2013

Trayvon Martin, Meets George Zimmerman

By Michael H. Gora

Two young Florida men were out for a stroll one evening last year in a small Florida town called Sanford, best known for a fine zoo.

As they passed one another in the evening glooming George was drinking one of his six pack of Coca Cola and Trayvon was snacking on Skittles. The exchanged, “heys.”

George, who had never seen a Skittle, asked Trayvon if he wouldn’t mind sharing a piece. Trayvon, the most accommodating among his generation said, “sure”, and tore open the pack.  George, just as generous, handed Trayvon a cold Coke.

They sat on a neighborhood bench as the sky darkened, just snacking.  Suddenly it was dark.  As if twins, they looked up to the sky and spotted a shooting star plunging into the horizon. “wow,” they said.

“I’ll have to tell my momma about that” said the young black man.  “My brother too”, said George, simultaneously rising from their bench.  Neither man was the kind who gave others a “man-hug”, but they did, perhaps because of their sharing snacks and shooting stars.

“Se ya’s were exchanged,” as the young men separated and went on their ways in opposite directions.

As avid readers of science fiction will tell you the device of a parallel universe comes up time and time again.  There are millions of ways that the meeting between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin could have turned out.

It was their mutual misfortune which turned what could have been a pleasant evening into a nightmare.  The trial is over, those dice played.  Criminal trials are rarely perfect in the representation of what really happened or result.  None of us will really ever know what happened or why, not even George.

But there are lessons to be learned.  Black, white, brown, red or yellow we are all earthlings who share this lovely planet under the shooting stars with our brothers and sisters.  Don’t waste your precious hours and minutes hating one another because of your racial or religious differences or differences in sexual preferences. Relish each other in our diversity.  Give me a hug and I will do the same.

Michael H. Gora has been certified by the Board of Specialization of The Florida Bar as a specialist in family and matrimonial law, and is a partner with Shapiro Blasi Wasserman & Gora P.A. in Boca Raton.  Mr. Gora may be reached by e-mail at





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  1. Except in this perpendicular universe, we DO know most of the details of the real meeting.

    We know that a troubled youth from a broken family (his father was shacking up in Sanford with his latest squeeze while still married to Trayvon’s stepmom and divorced for 14 years from Trayvon’s biological mother who couldn’t handle his delinquency and sent him to stay with his father who also failed to discipline him) chose to return to and confront a mild-mannered community servant who was trying to keep his neighborhood safe from an almost daily rash of criminal activity, most of it committed by young, black males just like Trayvon.

  2. unclemajor says:

    You could also add that Trayvon was going to use those skittles, a can of Arizona Watermelon Fruit cocktail which he also purchased with some cough syrup to make a mind altering drug he had made before that can make you paranoid. Lesson learned, before you make the decision to stalk and beat a “Cracker” to death you need to consider that he may be armed.

  3. TurboJ says:

    Both parties acted irresponsibly. Zimmerman should have used better judgment and stayed in the car. Trayvon should have ran until he was out of breath and then ran some more. However based on the timelines, Martin probably did run a short distance and either hid by the houses in the darkness or returned to see what Zimmerman’s problem was. All the available evidence points to Martin assaulting GZ, not vice versa. So while both parties acted in bad judgment, Martin was essentially the aggressor for punching him in the nose, knocking him down, straddling him etc. I don’t blame Martin for being concerned, but still no reason to attack without provocation. Sure, it’s easy to place the blame on GZ for leaving the vehicle. However it’s just to assign that blame to Martin who could have easily outrun him but instead unleashed an unrelenting attack, which a neighbor later viewed and saw Martin with the upperhand. The witness told him to cut it out, but Martin ignored the plea and continued punching. Had he just walked away at that point, he’d probably be alive today.

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