posted by JimK at 8:42 PM
you mean the next to be creepily and crassly exploited by the lunatic fringe at TTF whether you agree with their bizarre views or not?yes, you are
Only a moron could miss the point that this kid is asking if he'll be the next African American kid shot by an racist, gun-toting, self-appointed vigilante. He's not the only African American asking that question. That's why thousands of African American are protesting in Florida and why Reverend Mark Thompson addressed them and said, "We stand today to reclaim our adulthood, our parenthood, our manhood. What good is it to elect the first African American president if we can't protect our own children? As we say, "We are Trayvon Martin," everybody should have learned a valuable lesson by now: That when you kill a lamb, we will do nothing less than utter his name forever."I AM TRAYVON MARTIN! I AM TRAYVON MARTIN!"
Grief and outrage over the Trayvon Martin killing has been reassuringly universal, uniting people of all races. You have to wade deep into the muck of comments sections on right-wing websites to find anyone who expresses anything but horror at an innocent 17-year-old boy in a hoodie being gunned down in cold blood, while out buying Skittles for his little brother.Except of course when Anonymouse is commenting on Vigilance again. According to Anonymouse's favorite news source, FAUX News and one of its reporters, Geraldo Rivera: Trayvon Martin Would Be Alive but for His HoodieBe sure to notice all the people in the photograph wearing hoodies in the rain, just like Trayvon Martin did the night he was murdered.Geraldo Rivera’s Son ‘Ashamed’ of Dad’s IdiocyIf you have a son and showed him your comment above, I bet he'd be ashamed of you too.
Miami Heat, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade don hoodies for Trayvon Martin
"Grief and outrage over the Trayvon Martin killing has been reassuringly universal, uniting people of all races."which would indicate that this is not a symptom of a wide-spread societal problem but of a lone lunaticof course, the wider problem is that when something like this happens, liberal lunatics do whatever they can to inflame racial tensionface it: liberals love racismthey'd like it to go on and onit gives purpose to their meaningless livesthe truth is, when we live in a country where a black man was elected President, and when we knew little about other than that he was black, he had a 70% approval ratingthere is really no longer any justification for government to respond to societal racismmeanwhile, the lunatics have no shame about using a cute kid and exploiting him for political purposeshopefully, social services is investigating what kind of parent would allow their child to parade around with such a signapparently his safety isn't a priority
this is not a symptom of a wide-spread societal problem but of a lone lunaticYou have decided the shooter was a lunatic who acted alone. George Zimmerman, the shooter, decided Trayvon "looks like he's up to no good, or he's on drugs or something....He looks black....He's got his hand on his waste band. And he's a black male....Something's wrong with him....These assholes always get away." You and the shooter seem to have a lot in common.we live in a country where a black man was elected President, and when we knew little about other than that he was black, he had a 70% approval ratingHere's something else we know todayObama beats Romney by an average of 4.9%Obama beats Santorum by an average of 8.3%Obama beats Gingrich by an average of 13.0%Obama beats Paul by an average of 8.0%Notice how well the candidate who calls Obama the "food stamp President" is doing.Racism does not win you votes, except maybe in southern state GOP primaries.hopefully, social services is investigatingMaybe Mom or Dad is the one who took the picture. Why do you assume the parents of the kid in the picture are not nearby?
"You and the shooter seem to have a lot in common."well, you'll have to tell us what you imagine that to be regardless, based on that remark, you appear to be a true asshole"Here's something else we know todayObama beats Romney by an average of 4.9%Obama beats Santorum by an average of 8.3%Obama beats Gingrich by an average of 13.0%Obama beats Paul by an average of 8.0%"thanks for reinforcing my pointa country being run by a black who stands a good chance of being re-elected does not have a generalized race problem"Racism does not win you votes,"exactly, you agree with me on that"Maybe Mom or Dad is the one who took the picture. Why do you assume the parents of the kid in the picture are not nearby?"I didn't assume thatI think when there's been a shooting of a black teen getting wide publicity, any parent of a young black child that allows him, or encourages him, to walk around with a sign like that, is irresponsible, and that's being very charitable
Will my son be the next Trayvon Martin?This question is not a new slogan for fighting injustice. Sadly, black folks have been asking it for hundreds of years, merely replacing the victims names — Emmett Till, Sean Bell and Oscar Grant, to name a few.Two things happen when I hear about black teenage boys gunned down by trigger-happy policing or executed in senseless drive-bys, or in Trayvon’s case, killed by a fear-riddled, self-appointed vigilante who shot the unarmed young man. First, my blood pressure rises to unhealthy levels. Second, I try to devise the impossible — a plan to keep my 19-year-old son safely inside our home forever.Why do black men have a propensity for high blood pressure? From where I sit, as a middle-aged black man, this is a ridiculous question considering the levels of anxiety, stress and danger we navigate on a daily basis. I worry about my teenage son wherever he goes, day or night. Do you?When your teenage son leaves the house, do you have to prep him on how to handle a store security guard or a police officer who gets in his face? Rehearse him on how to calmly say “Yes, sir,” “No, sir” and “May I call my parents now, sir?” Now with Trayvon’s killing, I’ll have to add new language to quell self-appointed Neighborhood Watch Captains. Obviously, “I live here” just isn’t good enough.Do you remind him never to run in a shopping mall? Do you remind your son to keep his ID separate, preferably in an outside pocket, so his wallet won’t be mistaken for a weapon? Do you tell your son to keep his driver’s license and car registration in the sun visor, so when stopped by the police he doesn’t have to reach in the glove box and be shot mistakenly for reaching for a deadly weapon? Does your son carry your family lawyer’s business card in his wallet?How about wardrobe inspection? Do you have to check to make sure he’s not wearing a color that could offend an idiot gangbanger? Or make sure his pants don’t sag enough to disturb the sensitivity of an airline steward or draw the already alerted eyes of TSA guards. And please, son, even if it’s raining, don’t pull up your hoodie.If your answers to my questions are “no,” then your son is white — and I bet your blood pressure numbers are nice and low.These survival rules are an oral tradition passed on from fathers, mothers and grandmothers to our teenage boys. They’re perpetuated by this country’s history of violence against black men for walking, talking, reading or driving while black since slavery. Even President Obama mentioned during his 2008 campaign that he found the best way to navigate white folks was to be courteous, smile and make no sudden moves.
In an effort to keep our son out of harm’s way, we sent him from Oakland to a Connecticut prep school 3,000 miles away to avoid the “wrong time, wrong place” random acts of violence in our hometown. Acts that have no regard that you’re a compassionate human being, a varsity athlete and scholar. It was a hard decision because we knew we would miss him terribly and miss out on his of rites of passage as he moved from puberty into adulthood. But the prep school “bubble” was the safe house we chose for our member of an endangered species.Some folks are trying to blame the media for creating negative stereotypes of young black men. That might be a part of the problem, but violent incidents like Trayvon’s murder have been happening in this country years before Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the right-wing fear mongers began using race as a divisive issue. If made to shoulder the blame, we must be generous and give social media credit for helping to generate the national outrage about Trayvon’s killing.Everyday life for young African-American men is getting more dangerous. with states adopting laws like Florida’s “stand your own ground.” These types of shoot first and ask questions later legislation gives gun-happy racists license to kill, as we have witnessed.Like all parents, I want the best for my son. But today I would settle for him and thousands like him to be able to go to the store, buy Skittles, and put his hood up as shelter from the rain without fear that he will be hunted down on the street by someone who has made up his mind that my kid is a thug because of the color of his skin. I remember a speech a man made about judging people on the content of their character and not the color of their skin. Damn! They shot him too!Quincy McCoy
"Some folks are trying to blame the media for creating negative stereotypes of young black men."most of the negative stereotypes of young black men today had their roots in the black power movement of the sixties when certain black leaders sought to make whites scared of blacks as a means to empowermentbetween this and the other leaders at the time that try to push victimization mentality, blacks have not generally prospered as well as other minority groupswhy do we celebrate MLK? he was a great speaker and was killed but are blacks really better off because of his legacy?what will they say in a hundred years?
I am Trayvon Martin
well, we keep finding out more about your story every day, don't we?
We're learning more about the botched investigation by the police, too."The lead homicide investigator in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin recommended that neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter the night of the shooting, multiple sources told ABC News.But Sanford, Fla., Investigator Chris Serino was instructed to not press charges against Zimmerman because the state attorney's office headed by Norman Wolfinger determined there wasn't enough evidence to lead to a conviction, the sources told ABC News.Police brought Zimmerman into the station for questioning for a few hours on the night of the shooting, said Zimmerman's attorney, despite his request for medical attention first. Ultimately they had to accept Zimmerman's claim of self defense. He was never charged with a crime.Serino filed an affidavit on Feb. 26, the night that Martin was shot and killed by Zimmerman, that stated he was unconvinced Zimmerman's version of events.Zimmerman, 28, claimed he shot Martin, 17, in self defense.One complicating factor in the investigation was that the first detective to interview Zimmerman about the shooting was a narcotics officer rather than a homicide detective.The State Attorney's office said only "no comment" when asked about the affidavit today."
doesn't seem all that "botched"despite all the hootin' and hollerin' by liberals, it may be that it was self-defense
Vigilante Zimmerman claims self defense from being beaten and bloodied by Trayvon Martin, but the police department's Video shows Zimmerman without obvious injuries and Funeral director: No injuries on Trayvon’s hands
could be that Zimmerman is lyingcould be he's exaggeratingin any case, the liberal attempt to rev this incident up into a national crisis is pathetic
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oh, how the liberals ever so hope this a hate crime, inspired by racismfor them, that would be a dream within a dreamit would almost give them a reason to get out of bed in the morning
Out of all the comments here, what I find most relevant is just to be practical on societal norms to avoid being typecasted. Like as simple as putting your driver's license on the car's sun visor instead of the glove box. Things like that. ca dmv registration service
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