The Dr. Phil show will debut a new season on Monday September 10th. Initially we knew that Mark and Sondra Osterman would be appearing to promote their new book, “Defending Our Friend The Most Hated Man In America”, along with the current wife of Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s step-mom, Alicia Stanley Martin.
Alicia is/was the step-mom of Trayvon Martin and the most consistent and stable female influence in his life for many years prior to his death. She has made almost no public statements, and it was part of the controlled media narrative to keep her along with girlfriend, Ms. Brandi Green, out of the Ryan Julison created media construct. However, apparently Alicia has found her voice. Good for her.
The media consultant, Ryan Julison, who was hired by Martin Family attorneys Benjamin Crump and Natalie Jackson on March 5th, immediately felt it was better for the “public optic” if it appeared Tracy and Sybrina were more “traditional” parents.
The real-life reality of multiple wives, girlfriends, and step-siblings from various relationships did not convey the message of stability conducive to sympathetic fund-raising. Indeed the “instability” of Trayvon’s life was arguably one of the factors that led to his behavioral problems and drug use culminating in multiple school suspensions and a rather “street-wise” lifestyle.
Tracy Martin and Alicia Stanley Martin are currently in the process of getting a divorce. At the time of the Sanford shooting Trayvon was staying with Tracy’s two-year girlfriend, Brandi Green and her 12-year-old son Chad.
(It is unknown if Brandi and Chad will be part of the “Springeresque fiasco”.)
The latest pre-season trailer shows that soon to be divorced again Tracy Martin, along with former wife #1, Sybrina Fulton, will appear with Trayvon’s newly hyphenated step-brother Javaris Fulton-Martin, and the family attorneys Daryl Parks and Benjamin Crump (screen shot).
Left to Right: (step brother) Jahvaris Fulton-Martin, (Dad) Tracy Martin, (Mom) Sybrina Fulton, (host) Dr. Phil – center, (Lead attorney) Benjamin Crump, (Attorney) Daryl Parks *Alicia Martin is in the front row and not on stage for this screen shot
A CBS morning show appearance with Dr. Phil McGraw interviewed by Oprah Winfrey’s best friend Gayle King reflects a sneak peek into the tone of the Dr. Phil narrative. In the discussion of the upcoming season he shares:
“We’ve come up on the six month anniversary of this…I am very concerned about what’s going to happen with this case. If this does fall out of the headlines… it’s going to be open season on these young African-American men in America”…
“We’ve got to pay attention to this and we’ve got to watch how the justice system deals with this,” …
Watching the preview, considering who Phil McGraw was talking to (Gayle King), and reading his commentary on the issue(s) tends to lend insight into the particular preferred narrative of Dr. Phil. And it doesn’t take a media savvy rocket scientist to figure out where this short-sighted Osterman effort is headed. Again, as we have regretfully outlined in the Danger of Misplaced Advocacy series.
On an unrelated and personal note, based on research we have conducted into the various people surrounding this issue, Alicia Stanley Martin holds my sympathy. It must have been horrible to be the one stable female, who Trayvon coincidently called Mom while calling Sybrina “Brina”, and yet find yourself dispatched onto the ash heap of irrelevance by a self-serving Public Relations construction on behalf of your cheating husbands attorney.
I just cannot myself imagine the anguish Alicia must have felt in losing a son she cared for, and also simultaneously having to deal with a husband’s betrayal.
How she was able to watch this play out on National Television, see her husband trot around with first his girlfriend, and then his ex-wife, all the while proclaiming their tears for a son they barely knew.
Can you imagine the stuffed down anguish and emotional torment Alicia Stanley must feel when she watches Sybrina express such maternal grief, yet Alicia knows the truth of the relationship and how it is all just an illusion. The real “Mom” who is crying the real tears is Alicia, not TrayMom™ Sybrina who never even left Fort Lauderdale to drive to Orlando/Sanford when she found out Trayvon was shot.
Indeed the first appearance of TrayMom™ Sybrina in town was when Benjamin Crump convinced her and Tracy to put on the false guise of “parents”, and show up on March 8th at the press conference in front of Attorney Natalie Jackson’s office.
The rest was scripted by Ryan Julison merely for public appearances, optical opportunity and most of all, CASH. Sympathetic fundraising under the auspices of grief.
How Alicia coped with the publicly unknown reality of betrayal while simultaneously dealing with the grief is astounding. Imagine being forced to stay hidden while your husband of 7 years is trotting around on TV 24/7, and flying around the country coast to coast with his ex-wife and their fancy new clothes.
This, all of this, while being forced to stuff down the hurt, bite your lip, and hide the fact that your cheating jet-setting husband has a girlfriend, Brandi Green. The girlfriend whose home your son was staying in, alone and unsupervised, at the time he was shot dead.
Can you imagine?