Seeking Justice, Not Vengeance

These are the REAL Black Panthers. Accept no substitutes.

There is no situation so tragic that someone can’t find a way to either exploit it or make a buck off of it and the shooting of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer/vigilante George Zimmerman is no exception.   Nobody asked the so-called New Black Panther Party to jump into the middle of the protests and calls for Zimmerman’s arrest.   They just invited themselves into the situation to make an already volatile situation worse.

The so-called New Black Panthers announced they had placed a bounty of $10,000 for the arrest of Zimmerman and called for a mobilization of 10,000 Black men to capture him.  It’s unlikely anyone will collect the bounty, and I have serious doubts it even exists.  What this reckless and irresponsible action will do is make Trayvon’s killer a martyr for racists and allow the right-wing media machine to run to their microphones and  laptops to scare the hell out of their readers and listeners that a few guys dressed up in paramilitary gear are putting a price on the heads of their enemies.

I hate to burst the bubble of anyone who think that it’s great to put the fear of God into White folks, but these are not the Black militants you’re looking for.

There is no such thing as the “new Black Panther Party.” These are a  bunch of wannabee militants playing dress up.. They couldn’t raise TEN BUCKS to put a bounty on George Zimmerman’s head, never mind $10,000.

Two things are happening here. The Right is trying to dirty up Trayvon Martin’s reputation and the parasites and publicity whores are trying to make a buck off of him. It’s been said before and it bears repeating: DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE.

The feminist poet, Audre Lorde cautioned, “The master’s tools will never be used to dismantle the master’s house.” Apply this warning to the Martin tragedy and the ramping up of tensions by these psuedo-Panthers and everyone who seeks a just end to this story should know once we start going down the road of using the same evil tactics of our enemies, we become just as evil as they are.

Zimmerman was a vigilante and a gun-toting thug who felt his gun gave him the right to take the law in his hands. That arrogance cost a young man his life. How can it be justified to applaud a bunch of Black vigilantes trying to take the law in their hands?

I have no use for the so-called “new Black Panthers” and the real Black Panthers don’t either.

There Is No New Black Panther Party: An Open Letter From the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation

In response from numerous requests from individual’s seeking information on the “New Black Panthers,” the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation issues this public statement to correct the distorted record being made in the media by a small band of African Americans calling themselves the New Black Panthers. As guardian of the true history of the Black Panther Party, the Foundation, which includes former leading members of the Party, denounces this group’s exploitation of the Party’s name and history. Failing to find its own legitimacy in the black community, this band would graft the Party’s name upon itself, which we condemn.

Firstly, the people in the New Black Panthers were never members of the Black Panther Party and have no legitimate claim on the Party’s name. On the contrary, they would steal the names and pretend to walk in the footsteps of the Party’s true heroes, such as Black Panther founder Huey P. Newton, George Jackson and Jonathan Jackson, Bunchy Carter, John Huggins, Fred Hampton, Mark Clark, and so many others who gave their very lives to the black liberation struggle under the Party’s banner.

Secondly, they denigrate the Party’s name by promoting concepts absolutely counter to the revolutionary principles on which the Party was founded. Their alleged media assault on the Ku Klux Klan serves to incite hatred rather than resolve it. The Party’s fundamental principle, as best articulated by the great revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, was: “A true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.” The Black Panthers were never a group of angry young militants full of fury toward the “white establishment.” The Party operated on love for black people, not hatred of white people.

I want Zimmerman to be arrested, indicted, face trial and be convicted so he can spend the next 40 years behind bars. I do not want him to become some sort of martyr for racists and reactionaries. I want JUSTICE for Trayvon Martin, not VENGEANCE.

It’s a pathetic joke that these frauds are biting off the name of the genuine Panthers and presenting themselves off as the inheritors of their legacy when the truth is quite different.  If the press would bother to do their jobs and engage in a bit of fact-checking they might stop taking these importers seriously as the Black iron fist of righteous wrath.

Could the absence of justice in the Trayvon Martin case lead to riots like the Rodney King verdict?  It’s not impossible, but 2012 is not 1992 and Martin is a much more sympathetic figure than King ever was.  The passions are running high but there is a long way to go before windows start breaking and cities start burning.  It’s okay to be angry , but  caution must be taken not to allow themselves ourselves to be led around by the nose by the pseudo-Panthers.

Does the system deserve a chance to succeed where the police in Sanford failed?  Look at it this way.  If Trayvon’s parents are willing to wait and see, everybody else needs to do likewise.

Taking up the gun and following Zimmerman’s path of self-righteousness and vigilantism is not the smart move here and it isn’t going to get anyone closer to the elusive justice we all should want.

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6 responses

  1. The “Stand Your Ground Law” is suppose to be a shield not a sword, it means on your own ground, not on somebody else’s ground. It should only be available to victims of aggression not the predator. Self defense is a Universal Law it is its twisted application that is causing injustice here. :(

    1. douglasjbender

      You think Zimmerman was the “aggressor”? Simply because there had been multiple robberies in the neighborhood by young men, and he saw a young man “acting suspiciously” (apparently walking in the grass between homes), and called a non-emergency number to report the suspicious person, then followed that person in order to try to give the police an accurate assessment of the person’s location? Upon finding the address of the nearest house, Zimmerman then walked back to his SUV, and Martin confronted Zimmerman before he reached his vehicle, then sucker-punched Zimmerman, knocking him down; whereupon Martin got on top of Zimmerman and began hitting him and beating his head against the concrete sidewalk, all while Zimmerman was screaming for help (the only eyewitness verifies that it was Martin on top of Zimmerman, beating him, with Zimmerman being the one yelling for help). At that point, in fear of serious bodily injury and possibly even death, Zimmerman shot Martin in completely justifiable self-defense. How dare Zimmerman behave in such a “predatory” fashion?

      All the evidence indicates that Trayvon was a juvenile delinquent and wannabe thug. He was apparently a minor drug-dealer (selling at least marijuana to school friends), who frequently made vile and degrading posts about women and about his views of them as sexual objects. And who apparently hit or tried to hit a bus driver, and who was, at the time of his death, serving a 10-day suspension from school for some infraction that his parents and lawyers won’t reveal. His father initially said that the screaming on the 911 tape was NOT that of Trayvon; he later changed his mind and claimed that it was. His mother, in an interview on The Today Show (I think it was), said she thought the shooting was an “accident” that came about because the situation unfortunately got out of hand, and she just wanted an apology from Zimmerman; later, she completely changed her story, and said that she DIDN’T mean that it was an accident, and she thought Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon and killed him because he was black. Either Trayvon’s parents are liars, or they have been intimidated into lying by those who are trying to drum up racial strife.

      The MSM (the “Main-Stream Media”) have sought to stir up racial animosity, and to color this case as racist, by only showing 4-or-5-year-old pictures Trayvon as a smiling and innocent-looking 12-or-13-year old boy, whereas recent pictures of him before he died show him to be a 6’2″ and 160-200 pound athlete with tattoos, gold-capped teeth (popular among “gangstas”), and a menacing look. They also only show pictures of Zimmerman from about 7 years ago, when he was briefly arrested (the charges later being dropped), and had a “mug shot” of himself wearing “jail orange”, and a frown. A recent picture of Zimmerman taken before the shooting show him to be slimmer, and wearing a suit, and smiling broadly. But the MSM don’t want people to see the RECENT pictures of the two side-by-side, because that would not give the impression that they want people to have about this case.

      All the evidence thus far presented anywhere indicates that Zimmerman was completely justified in shooting Martin in self-defense. Only the willfully blind, the unthinking and overly-emotional, the ignorant, and the lying race-baiters would claim otherwise.

      1. Your comment is so full of shit in so many ways I cannot begin to attempt to count the ways.

        I’ll start by pointing out that nowhere in your little toxic fairy tale do you mention the inconvenient truth that Zimmerman ignored the 911 dispatcher’s instruction not to follow Trayvon, pursued him on foot with a loaded 9mm semiautomatic weapon, confronted him in the dark and initiated the chain of events by racially profiling Trayvon. Zimmerman had no authority to do anything more than call 911 and wait for the police. That wasn’t good enough for this bloodthirsty thug.

        No matter WHAT kind of trouble Trayvon may have gotten into, he had no criminal record, carried no weapon, and had been convicted of no crime. But even if he had, ZIMMERMAN HAD NO WAY TO KNOW IT before he went after him. You also forgot only one person than night had a prior criminal record—Zimmerman.

        The rest of your garbage about “gangstas” gold teeth, tattoos and “menacing look” is just your own racial profiling nonsense coming to the forefront. Go back to whatever far-right website you got all that garbage from and share your stereotypes with your fellow bigots.

        And the evidence thus far indicates Zimmerman wasn’t justified in shooting Trayvon, didn’t do it in self-defense and was justifiably charged with second-degree murder and I sincerely hope he is found guilty and convicted and spends a nice long, LONG time in jail.

        Only the willfully blind, unthinking, overly-emotional, ignorant, lying race-baiters would wish otherwise. In other words, someone like you, Doug.

        Thanks for reading. Appreciate a chance to start off my day with this kind of utter crap.

      2. douglasjbender

        Jeff,

        Okay, it looks like you fall under at least three of the four categories I mentioned (particularly “unthinking and overly emotional”). I pray you don’t fall into the fourth category. Your post certainly proves your “overly emotional” reaction, at the very least.

        “Toxic little fairy tale”??? Where in that “fairy tale” does the EVIDENCE fall short? Where does the EVIDENCE point to anything OTHER THAN what that “fairy tale” portrays? For your benefit, I will point out NOWHERE.

        And your risible myth,

        “[T]he inconvenient truth that Zimmerman ignored the 911 dispatcher’s instruction not to follow Trayvon…”

        Wrong. The dispatcher merely said (and I quote), “We don’t NEED you to do that”. And the dispatcher had no legal authority to TELL Zimmerman what to do, merely to offer advice, which Zimmerman was free to judge good or bad, given the situation. However, unfortunately for your myth, the 911 audio shows that once he was told this, Zimmerman STOPPED pursuing Martin, and began walking back to his vehicle. Kind of puts a kink in your racial narrative.

        “…pursued him on foot with a loaded 9mm semiautomatic weapon,…”

        It was a concealed weapon, which, given the spate of burglaries that had been committed in that very community in the then-recent past, Zimmerman was completely justified in carrying. (And legal, too.) Nowhere does anything indicate that Zimmerman was BRANDISHING that weapon as he sought to determine WHERE Martin was.

        “…confronted him in the dark…”

        Laughable. Absolutely laughable. If it was “in the dark”, then how would Zimmerman have known, FROM A DISTANCE, just WHAT COLOR Martin “looked like”?? Besides, the EVIDENCE suggests the complete opposite — the EVIDENCE suggests that Zimmerman got out of his vehicle, Martin approached him, then ran when he saw that Zimmerman was calling someone. Zimmerman ran after Martin to determine where he was, in order to give the police a good “bearing”, lost sight of Martin, and then, after finding the nearest house’s address and relaying that to the police, began walking back to his SUV. The EVIDENCE indicates that it was AT THIS POINT, when Zimmerman was NOT pursuing Martin, that MARTIN, having doubled back, confronted ZIMMERMAN after coming out between two houses, and acted the thug by being offended that a “whitey” might have been suspicious of him, and took matters into his own hands by sucker-punching Zimmerman, knocking him to the ground, then jumping on him and beating his head into the concrete sidewalk. ALL OF THE EVIDENCE indicates that this is what happened. There is even an EYEWITNESS who SAW Martin ON TOP OF Zimmerman, and verified that it was ZIMMERMAN who was screaming for help. And the ENHANCED video from the police video SHOWS (contrary to the UNENHANCED video that ABC deceptively released and claimed did not show any wounds on Zimmerman) that Zimmerman had a large gash to the back of his head, and the police report includes mention of Zimmerman’s back having grass stains and being wet — ALL completely consistent with Zimmerman’s account of the confrontation, but INCONSISTENT with Zimmerman being the one to attack Martin.

        “…and initiated the chain of events by racially profiling Trayvon.”

        What is your EVIDENCE that Zimmerman “racially profil[ed]” Trayvon? CNN’s UNENHANCED, or POORLY enhanced, 911 audio that THEY claimed sounded like he said, “F*cking c**ns” at one point? If so, were you aware that CNN itself did a second, MORE SOPHISTICATED AND CLEAR AND ACCURATE enhancement of that audio, and their very own expert said that it sounded to him very much like Zimmerman said, “F*cking COLD”??? (It was in the low 60s, and rainy, that evening.) Or is your “evidence” NBC’s HIGHLY SELECTIVELY-EDITED audio that had Zimmerman saying (probably paraphrased), “He’s acting suspiciously. He looks black”? If so, were you aware that NBC FIRED one of its senior producers for creating that DECEPTIVE EDITING of the audio? The ACTUAL audio reveals that Zimmerman said (perhaps paraphrased), “He’s acting suspciously”, and THEN the DISPATCHER ASKED him (probably paraphrased), “Is he white, Hispanic, black?”, whereupon, IN RESPONSE TO THE DISPATCHER’S QUESTION, Zimmerman replied, “He looks black.” NBC, or at least one of its senior producers, INTENTIONALLY edited out the portion with the dispatcher’s question, with the INTENT to make Zimmerman sound racist, and as though Zimmerman racially profiled Martin. I imagine you were ignorant of these facts, though. I suppose “willfully blind” might also be an explanation, but I don’t have enough experience with you yet to conclude that.

        “Zimmerman had no authority to do anything more than call 911 and wait for the police.”

        Wrong. He had the “authority” to approach Martin and ask him who he was and what his business was (but he didn’t). (And Martin would have had the right to say nothing and continue walking.) Zimmerman had the DUTY as the Captain of the local Neighborhood Watch to WATCH for suspicious activity, and to REPORT whatever information he could find. To try to find out WHICH WAY a SUSPICIOUS character had gone is WELL WITHIN the “authority” of even a “mere” citizen, let alone the “Captain of the local Neighborhood Watch”.

        “That wasn’t good enough for this bloodthirsty thug.”

        Lies and spin. You’ve taken your preferred narrative, ignored or been unaware of the facts, swallowed whole the lies the MSM have put out there regarding this case, and concluded Zimmerman is not only guilty, but a “bloodthirsty thug”. If ANYONE had exhibited the CHARACTER of being a “bloodthirsty thug” prior to that evening, it was TRAYVON — hitting or trying to hit a school bus-driver, talking “gangsta” on his Twitter and Facebook accounts, having illegal (for his age [17 years old]) tattoos on his body, having gold-capped teeth (at 17, the only reason would be because it looks “gangsta”), and in one post wishing he could kill “all the…”. Zimmerman, on the other hand, volunteered to mentor youths, INCLUDING many BLACK youths, and one of Zimmerman’s black friends said he would never believe or think that Zimmerman was racist.

        You, Jeff Winbush, are a major part of the racial problem in this country — you spout off your racially-divisive opinion WITHOUT the benefit of any facts to support your racist opinion, and then run with the thrill of the emotion of it, leaving racial animosity stirred in its wake. Congratulations. I’m sure Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are very proud of you.

      3. I permitted you to go off on your tirade, but do NOT use my site to redirect to ANYTHING dealing with that racist, scumbag manipulator and propagandist, the late, loathsome and unlamented Andrew Breitbart.

        Any further attempt to do so will be sent directly to the trash where it belongs and that will be the end of it.

        I hope that makes things crystal clear for you, Douglas.

  2. why would anyone ever let these bunch of thugs or allow them 2 get airtime escp anderson cooper who i am very surprised n shocked that he would aloow a group that preaches like this n sounds so uneducated speaking n putting people down n saying he is not american he sounded like a 5 year old

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