Tristan Breaux, 25, is being asked to resign as president of the Norfolk NAACP chapter because of comments he made about Trayvon Martin on his personal Facebook page. Breaux wrote, ”I wonder why it is that we are always willing to say someone who clearly had a shaky past, was the victim,” referring to the murdered teen. Tristan Breaux is perfectly within his rights to have an opinion on Trayvon Martin, but it’s problematic to the NAACP because it doesn’t fit the rhetoric emanating from their ranks.
While I don’t believe Trayvon Martin was responsible for his death because he was racially profiled and followed by George Zimmerman, he nonetheless seems to have had some behavioral issues. If he took a selfie photograph of himself holding a gun, then where did he get it? Calling on Tristan Breaux to step down is akin to the no-snitch policy in some inner city neighborhoods.
Tristan Breaux also went to ask in his post if people are blinded to why Trayvon was staying with his dad and why he wasn’t at home at at time of the shooting, WAVY.TV asked. This doesn’t mean Trayvon Martin deserved to be shot and killed by an overzealous neighborhood watch captain, but we can’t dispute the fact that Trayvon Martin was staying with his Dad for a reason.
The flip argument can be made about George Zimmerman being portrayed as a victim too, considering he has had some brushes with the law — assaulting a police officer and a domestic violence issue. Still, calling on Tristan Breaux to step down is laughable. It seems that he is more mature than Norfolk City Councilman Paul Riddick, who is calling for his resignation.
There’s word that local NAACP members vowing to wear a “Tristan Breaux has to go” hoodie at the next meeting, according to WAVY-TV. Is this mature?