The Gospel of Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin

“An icon (from Greek εἰκών eikōn “image”) is a religious work of art, most commonly a painting, from Eastern Christianity and in certain Eastern Catholic churches. More broadly the term is used in a wide number of contexts for an image, picture, or representation; it is a sign or likeness that stands for an object by signifying or representing it either concretely or by analogy, as in semiotics; by extension, icon is also used, particularly in modern culture, in the general sense of symbol — i.e. a name, face, picture, edifice or even a person readily recognized as having some well-known significance or embodying certain qualities: one thing, an image or depiction, that represents something else of greater significance through literal or figurative meaning, usually associated with religious, cultural, political, or economic standing.”

Icon –

“Christ figures are often martyrs, sacrificing themselves for causes larger than themselves.”

Christ figure –

The term archetype /ˈɑrkɪtaɪp/ refers to either:

A statement, or pattern of behavior, a prototype upon which others are copied, patterned, or emulated.

The Platonic philosophical idea, referring to pure forms which embody the fundamental characteristics of a thing.

In Jungian psychology, archetypes refer to a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches.

Archetypes can refer to a constantly recurring symbol or motif in literature, painting or mythology. This usage of the term draws from both comparative anthropology and Jungian archetypal theory.

Archetype –

“The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America.” ~ US President Barack Obama

Archetype – Innocent victim whose sacrifice offers salvation

Hero figure – Trayvon Martin

Anti-Hero figure – George Zimmerman

Messiah/Savior – Trayvon Martin

Innocent victim – Trayvon Martin, an innocent child

Betrayal – White Americans, especially gun owners and Southerners

Killer of innocent victim – George Zimmerman

Sacrifice of innocent victim – The killing of Travon Martin by George Zimmerman

Vicarious atonement – Redemption for all Blacks via the sacrifice of the innocent victim

Group identification with innocent victim – All Black Americans

Groupthink – Justice for all Black Americans is represented by Trayvon Martin

Faith – No contradictions of original narrative allowed

Redemption – Justice for all Black Americans achieved via justice for Trayvon

Blame – Zimmerman, who represents White racists and their Establishment

Scapegoat – Zimmerman: the sins of White Americans are placed upon him

Propitiation – Only a guilty verdict is acceptable

Forgiveness – None for Whites, Justice for Blacks only via guilty verdict

Salvation – For Black Americans via justice for Trayvon

Myth – A White man murdered Trayvon because he hates Black peoples

Metaphors – Trayvon = Christ figure whose sacrificial death brings salvation

Narrative – A White man murdered Trayvon because he hates Black peoples

Meta-narrative – The White Establishment murdered Trayvon and oppresses Blacks

Story – Justice for Trayvon is necessary for sociological salvation

Doubt – Zimmerman isn’t a racist? Trayvon assaulted Zimmerman?

Heretics – Those who dispute the myth and narrative

Counter-narrative – Zimmerman acted in self-defense when Trayvon assaulted him

Outsiders – Whites peoples, doubters, heretics

Apostasy – Blacks who no longer believe the myth or accept the narrative

Worldviews – Us versus Them, Black versus White, faith versus heresy

Rose-colored glasses – No evidence contrary to the myth can be seen or heard

Presuppositions – Us versus them, Black versus White, faith versus heresy

Challenges – Evidence contrary to the myth

Media – Creates and perpetuates the myth, narrative, story

Mind control – Relentless media proffering of the myth and demonizing of heretics

Gospel – No justice for Trayvon = No peace


See also: Justice for two (2) Martins? How? –



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7 Responses to The Gospel of Trayvon Martin

  1. Ken H says:

    How can one compare someone that starts a physical confrontation by punching someone in the nose, then getting on top of them and bashing their head into the sidewalk with Christ? Your picture of Jesus must be very distorted to make this comparison…

    • Jesus confronted the moneychangers in the temple. By all accounts, it wasn’t a pretty site.

      You know, the sad thing about this whole tragedy is that it is being held up as an icon for an agenda. The truth is that neither of these individuals were all good or all bad. They were both flawed humans that acted and reacted out of fear. It could have been avoided, but tempers overcame common sense and one person lost his life. If someone was following me in the dark, I may have reacted the same as Trayvon Martin. Similarly, if someone jumped me in the dark, I may have reacted in the same manner as George Zimmerman. There are no winners here. This happens every day between people of all races and sexes. The race baiting that is being flouted by the media serves no purpose but to divide society. This was a human tragedy, plain and simple.

      In my opinion, it is far more criminal to fire on an innocent teenager by a drone. Where is the outrage of the media, society’s leaders and this administration on that injustice?

    • Ken, what I’m saying is the peoples who believe the myth are seeing Trayvon as a Christ figure.

  2. I agree Chelsea… the incident is tragedy, which is being used and exploited for political ends…. yet the crimes and lies of our “government” go unchallenged.

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