The one thing I want to make clear is while I’m in pain over the murder of Justin Davis by Michael Dunn, I’m not in any more pain than I am over the death of a Hadiya Pendelton and the distressingly long list of Black people who meet their ends not at the hands of a trigger-happy Dunn or George Zimmerman, but through random acts of cruel and destructive street violence.
Hadiya Pendleton was the innocent victim of gang warfare. President Obama mentioned her in his State of the Union address.
CBS 2′s Jim Williams talked to Hadiya’s parents, who despite their grief have been very busy in the past year. January 29th is an anniversary Cleo and Nate Pendleton dread.
Cleo Pendleton, Hadiya’s mother, called it “the darkest day of our lives.”
“I don’t look forward to the 29th at all,” said Hadiya’s father, Nate Pendleton.
“I’m afraid of the 29th because I remember what it felt like last year,” Cleo said.
One year ago Wednesday, their daughter Hadiya was shot to death near her high school. The 15-year-old honor student was the victim of alleged gang members who fired into a crowd.
“We grieve always. Talking to you, we’re grieving. Talking about our baby is sad because it’s in the past tense,” said Cleo Pendleton.
The Pendletons will mark the anniversary at an after-school assembly with Hadiya’s classmates at King College Prep High School, which has been decked out in purple – Hadiya’s favorite color.
I’m angry and I’m hurt, but not more angry and hurt than I am when the 11:00 news is on and there’s yet another shooting and yet another dead body on the South side of the city where I live. I’ve written thousands upon thousands upon thousands about Black boys and Black girls and Black men and Black women and Black children who met premature and senseless ends at the hands of someone who looks like them.
To limit my outrage to White killers and Black victims or fatal encounters with cops marginalizes and trivializes the little murders that aren’t front page news, don’t spark marches or soul-searching speeches and commentaries or shake our collective consciences. Every murder matters to somebody and it shouldn’t take an angry racist like Michael Dunn to make Justin Davis matter to me.
In 2012, USA Today columnist DeWayne Wickham wrote, “Taking on this problem is no civil rights photo op. It’s a campaign that could last as long as the U.S. military action in Afghanistan — America’s longest war. But the payoff for solving it would be huge. It could stabilize black communities…most important, a campaign to end these murders will save the lives of the thousands of blacks who are killed by other blacks each year, an effort that currently lacks the intensity of the call for justice for Trayvon Martin.”
Had Justin died from a bullet fired by a brother instead of a bigot would his death mean any less to me? If Black life isn’t valued and treasured and protected among each other we can hardly be shocked when it is not valued by anyone else.
I grieve for every deplorable death in my community.. The tragedy of a murdered Black child is not magnified exclusively by the White skin of their killer.
We can do better. We must do better. Nothing less than our the future of the race is at stake and when our children are lost to We can spare some family the agony the families of Hadiya, Justin and Trayvon live with every day.
To paraphrase Joseph Stalin, every kid’s death is a tragedy. The fact we don’t know all their names should not make them only a statistic.
Sometimes I’m asked, “Why do you write about George Zimmerman so much?” Trust me when I say, I would rather not write about him at all. In a perfect world he would be serving the next 25 years behind bars for the killing of Trayvon Martin, but there is no perfect world and as long as Zimmerman keeps getting in my face and flaunting his disrespect for the dead, I will never stop hounding him.
Zimmerman craves attention and his latest bid for it was the announcement he had partnered with a celebrity boxing promoter named Damon Feldman to stage a fight for charity. The erstwhile opponent for the 30-year-old vigilante is rapper Earl “DMX” Summers who is 43 and fresh out of a recent stint in rehab.
“Prior to the incident, I was actually going to the gym for weight loss and doing boxing-type training for weight loss,” Zimmerman told Radar.com, “A mutual friend put me in contact with Damon and provided me with an opportunity and motivation to get back in shape and continue with my weight loss goals and also be able to help a charity out.”
The “incident” Zimmerman referred to is the shooting of Martin.
DMX is eager for the match as he told TMZ.com, “I am going to beat the living fuck out him … I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I fuck him right up.”
DMX added, “Once I am done with him, I am going to whip my dick out and piss on him … right in his muthafuckin’ face.”
The “fight” would be a three-round, pay-per-view event. There were no shortage of prospective challengers willing to punch Zimmerman in the face, but apparently they decided taking on a younger opponent might put the vigilante at too great a risk.
This is The Game. He is 6’5, 240 lbs. He didn’t much like that picture of him the Zimmerman groupies tried to pass off to trash Trayvon. He has a Trayvon tattoo on his leg. He says, “I would box him to knock him out,” adding, “I would definitely take pleasure in it. It’s legal, and I want to show him you can solve your disputes without a weapon.”
It would be a short fight. Two hits. The Game hits Zim. Zim hits the ground.
But the ref would have to check George for weapons because we know he doesn’t process getting his ass kicked real well. The last time that happened he wound up getting his ass handed to him. So he cheated and “won.”
There’s a natural, visceral and understandable urge to see Zimmerman get what little brains he has beaten out. As his ex-wife Shellie said of him, “George feels invincible.” What better way to prove that invincibility and his superiority than to take down another Black man who crosses his path?
The problem is that this wouldn’t be the delayed gratification everyone who believes Zimmerman got away with murder is craving. Zimmerman is playing us for fools. He has no remorse for what he did. He’s never apologized to The Martin family. He’s simply trying to cash in on his notoriety.
The show must not go on.
There is a petition on Change.org to put a stop to this vile farce.
It’s a scary time we live in when a child murderer and domestic abuser is granted celebrity status and the opportunity to make money off the blood and tears of his victims. Sadly that’s exactly what we’re seeing, as news broke that George Zimmerman has been chosen to fight in a televised Celebrity Boxing Match slated for March 1, according to reports.
While the allure of such a spectacle may be strong for many, we must all be mindful of the fact that each person who tunes in would be contributing to the ratings that will help line Zimmerman’s pockets. After the hysteria has died down he’ll be richer (as will whoever fights him) and we’ll be his investors, not to mention perpetrators of his false celebrity status.
We must not stand for this. We must not watch idly as Zimmerman is allowed to make a mockery of not just his victims and their families but society as a whole. This is not entertainment, but rather a shameful spectacle indicative of just how low we risk sinking as a culture if we allow ourselves to tolerate and worse, participate in, such an atrocious display of callous inhumanity.
Any venue that would host this bullshit “fight” should be picketed, any charity that would accept Zimmerman’s blood money will be boycotted and any entrance George tries to enter thru should force him to run a gauntlet of protesters lined up on both sides raining spittle and flinging flaming bags of dog crap upon him. And if no one else will do it, I will go and do it myself.
This is a monstrous travesty and a mockery of the murder of Trayvon Martin. If America has become so depraved, jaded and starved for fresh forms of “entertainment” it will tune into staged fights with a killer, then why not bring back donkeys vs. virgins shows and biting off the heads of live chickens while we’re at it?
This is an embarrassing and vulgar display of total contempt and shame on everyone involved in it and shame on anyone who would even dream of watching it.
After yet another brush with the law, George Zimmerman got an early Christmas present. His girlfriend Samantha Scheibe
As his defenders/enablers have pointed out, George has never been convicted of anything.
When they’re right, they’re right. Zimmerman has not been convicted of anything.
All he’s done is get in a fight with a cop.
And have an ex-fiancee take out a restraining order against him.
And point a gun at his soon-to-be-ex-wife and punch his father-in-law.
And get busted speeding a few times.
And point a gun at his girlfriend.
And shoot and kill an unarmed teenager.
It’s not as if Zim’s a repeat offender or a man with anger issues or violent tendencies or a mean streak.
Or that he has a daddy and mommy and little brother who will defend George to their last breath and proclaim loud and long in public, in print and on television how he’s the victim of a vendetta perpetrated by liberals, race-baiters and Black bigots.
Poor George. He’s not a bad guy. He’s just soooooo misunderstood.
At least Boy George can finally get his arsenal back. No matter how much he does wrong we must protect his sacred Second Amendments rights.
This thread can now take its natural fall from the current list of popular topics. Move along. Nothing more to see here.
But nothing I’ve said about George Zimmerman‘s thuggish temperament has changed. Nothing has happened to give me any reason to think that somewhere in the next few months, next few weeks, next few days or the next few hours we won’t be back here again.
A few weeks ago Samantha Scheibe was scared and screaming bloody murder over Boy George as her 911 call illustrated.
SAMANTHA: I’m doing this again?? You just broke my glass table, you just broke my sunglasses and you put your gun in my freaking face and told me to get the fuck out!! This is not your house. No, get out of here!
In a sword affidavit, Scheibe sang a much different tune.
“The police misinterpreted me and that I may have misspoken about certain facts in my statement to the police. I do not feel that the arrest report accurately recounts what happened.”
“George never pointed a gun at or toward my face in a threatening manner.”
What changed for Scheibe? Maybe she had a change of heart. Maybe somebody scratched her a check. Maybe she just missed getting poked by her killer boyfriend. If she’s dumb enough to be hooked up with a thug like Zimmerman she’s dumb enough to get whatever comes her way.
I honestly don’t give a damn about Samantha Scheibe. The way I see it, she wouldn’t be the first woman threatened by a punk-ass “boyfriend” who had a change of heart later.
When it all goes shit side up, whose fault will be that be? She’s already confirmed her lousy taste in men. She can deal with the consequences of sexing up a killer.
On her own head so be it. She’s free, White and over 21. Buy the ticket, take the ride.
Hope she survives the experience. But I won’t lose any sleep if she doesn’t.
George can’t stay out of trouble. He doesn’t want to. He’s like a dog that has gotten the taste of blood in its mouth and likes it.
George can’t help himself. He doesn’t want to. There will be more blood.
That’s not a guess. That’s a guarantee.
- George Zimmerman’s girlfriend wants to drop charges, “be with him” again (salon.com)
- SMH! George Zimmerman Gets His Guns Back (DETAILS) (newageoftruth.wordpress.com)
- George Zimmerman’s Girlfriend Switches Story, Doesn’t Want Him Charged [PHOTOS] (hiphopwired.com)
George Zimmerman is in trouble again? Surprise, surprise.
No surprise. Not here. After all, his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Shellie Zimmerman said Boy George felt “invincible” after the not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin case.
The warnings were there before Zimmerman killed Martin. Since the verdict Zimmerman has been busted for speeding (twice) and a domestic abuse incident where he allegedly assaulted Shellie and her father. No charges were filed.
Bill O’Reilly reported on his show he had received e-mails from Zimmerman supporters suggesting Poor George is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). What a load. The ones suffering here are Zimmerman’s army of idiots and they suffer from the delusion this killer is sort sort of poor, persecuted “hero.”
Zimmerman is driving around free, buying guns and beating up knocked-up girlfriends. Where’s the PTSD supposed to be in his devil-may-care lifestyle. He has no job and he sure hasn’t missed any meals. Outwardly, Boy George looks as happy as a pig in mud.
These are the weapons that were in Zimmerman’s possession.
It appears from the artillery, George lives in constant fear for his life.
Look at the record. Zimmerman has been violent toward cops, girlfriends and young Black men carrying cans of teas and bags of candy. This is not a nice man who is simply misunderstood.
A thug will be a thug, a killer will be a killer and a violent man will continue to be violent. Zimmerman WILL kill again. It’s a question of when, not if. When it does and some woman unlucky enough to be with him or another Black teenager lies dead in a chalk line it can’t be said, “We had no idea this would happen.”
Give a violent man the means to be violent repeatedly only makes it inevitable he will commit more violence. Zimmerman got his taste of blood in killing Trayvon and that’s why he will kill again. He liked the taste.
God bless the defenders of George Zimmerman. They know not what they enable.
- No Isht Sherlock: George Zimmerman Juror Says He Deserves To Be In Prison (bossip.com)
- Right wing media turns on George Zimmerman (thegrio.com)
- George Zimmerman’s ‘Right To Bear Arms’ REVOKED! (jeterink.wordpress.com)
- Zimmerman ‘has PTSD, millions in debt’ : ‘His life is ruined by what they’ve done to him’ (freenorthcarolina.blogspot.com)
Shellie Zimmerman is not a sympathetic figure. For over a year she played the part of the dutiful, stoic wife, standing by the side of her husband, George Zimmerman as he went on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin. Shellie did the supportive spouse role part so well, to save her hubby’s worthless ass she even lied to a judge about the couple being destitute and was charged with committing perjury.
The trial is over. George walked and Shellie’s done keeping the faith. This week she filed for divorce from the exonerated killer. The finishing stroke may have been when Shellie went to court to answer for her own crime of perjury where she lucked on and received probation instead of jail time.
But where was George?
Not standing by his woman the way his woman had stood by him. The day she was sentenced George Zimmerman was not in court to support her and Shellie was pissed.
She went public with her anger and disappointment as she jacked up the bus and rolled Boy George under it.
“I have a selfish husband,” Shellie told Good Morning America, taking the opportunity to really pile it on. “And I think George is all about George.” The not-guilty verdict, she said, has him feeling “invincible” and “making some reckless decisions,” like speeding and gun shopping. She’s seeking custody of the couple’s two dogs.
“I stood by my husband through everything and I kind of feel like he left me with a bunch of broken glass that I’m supposed to now assemble and make a life,” she said. “I have been married to a person for about seven years and I don’t think I ever really knew him at all.”
Shellie’s claim that she and Boy George had an argument shortly before he shot Trayvon Martin is interesting. It certainly raises questions about what his state of mind was though they probably would not have come out during a trial. However, given George’s history with women such as his previous fiancée taking out a restraining order against him and a cousin who claims he sexually assaulted her it’s another puff of smoke that reveals a fiery, hidden personality.
The couple have no children and Shellie is asking in her divorce petition for custody of their two dogs, as well as demanding her jobless husband pay the premiums for a permanent life insurance policy, jointly sharing their bank accounts as well as any financial settlement that might come his way should he win his defamation suit against NBC.
“I stood by my husband through everything,” she told ABC, “and I kind of feel like he left me with a bunch of pieces of broken glass that I’m supposed to now assemble and make a life.”
Trayvon Martin could tell her how hard that is. Or at least he could have if her soon to be ex-husband hadn’t murdered him.
I don’t feel sorry for Shellie Zimmerman because hers is not a sad story. She stood by her husband and showed him a loyalty he had no interest in returning. As he speeds around the country feeling cocky and “invincible” it’s inevitable at some point George’s arrogant swagger will catch up with him.
The law may have given George a pass, but justice will find him and when it does, Shellie may be glad she’s not around when it does.
- George Zimmerman’s Wife Says He Is “Selfish” (bet.com)
- George Zimmerman’s wife Shellie to file for divorce after six years (theguardian.com)
- George Zimmerman’s Wife Files For Divorce (abcactionnews.com)
“Fucking punks. These assholes always get away.” ~ George “The Hunter” Zimmerman
The fix was in. We knew it would end this way. It always ends this way. Black people crying and the killers of Black people smiling triumphantly. One is vindicated and the other is vilified. Same as it ever was.
The last time I felt like this was in April 1992 when another jury with no Blacks on it found the four cops who beat up Rodney King not guilty. America betrayed me then too.
Whenever we are in danger of forgetting America reminds its Black sons and daughters exactly how cheap their lives are. Just the same way it did for Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell and Oscar Grant and Rodney King. With a slap on the wrist, a victorious acquittal and a big gob of spit right in the face of every one that hoped maybe this time would be the time when justice prevailed and someone would pay for killing a young Black man the way they didn’t pay for Diallo, Bell, Grant, and King.
It wouldn’t be George Zimmerman. He walked out of the courtroom “not guilty” on all charges as a free man. He even got the gun back he used to shoot Trayvon Martin.
Tomorrow George Zimmerman can go hunting for another Trayvon Martin. And now he has the blessings of the American justice system to do so.
No surprise. As my older brother said, “It’s a commentary on the value of a Black kid’s life.”
Six women, five White and one Hispanic, sat in the courtroom looking at Sybrina Fulton, Travyon’s mother and they concluded, “Your son didn’t matter. His life didn’t matter.” They gave Gladys Zimmerman back her son George. Sybrina Fulton can go to the cemetery if she wants to see her son.
“Today, justice failed Trayvon Martin and his family,” said Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP. “We call immediately for the Justice Department to conduct an investigation into the civil rights violations committed against Trayvon Martin. This case has re-energized the movement to end racial profiling in the United States.”
“It seems that Trayvon Martin was tried and found guilty of his own death” MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry said and indeed he was.
Blackness is a crime. Punishable by death. Travyon was guilty of being Black. And he’s dead. I’d like to cry about it. I’d like to drink myself into numbness.
But I’m not crying and I’m not drinking. I couldn’t be more sober. “American Justice?” That’s an oxymoron.
I don’t believe there will be widespread rioting or acts of violence. There will be some, but not that much and not that bad. While idiots were predicting mass insurrections and the blood of innocent Whites flowing in the gutters, I never believed it. That was just wishful thinking by racists. We are angry and we are hurt, but we are not savages. We will not fall into the traps laid by hateful bastards like Geraldo Rivera and the Fox News cabal who can’t to chortle and say, “We told you so. We told you those niggers would go crazy if Zimmerman walked.”
There was no Twitter, no Facebook, no Instagram, no social media in which to curse, rage and vent. Most people are slow to anger and while there is plenty of anger, the emotion I detect most is hurt. Hurt that yet again America reminds its Black children it is an inattentive, cold and cruel parent that does not love us as we love it and places no value or worth on our lives. This is not a White thing. There are plenty of pissed-off people about this abortion of “justice” and it crosses over all race lines. No, this is an American thing and that separateness, that feeling of unequal protection and that we remain a problem to be solved and not a loyal and trusted citizen to be embraced.
I am ashamed of my country. I don’t feel like an American. I feel like an alien in a hostile world that doesn’t understand me and hates me and all that I love. I wonder if there’s somewhere better than this? Or does my skin color trump my very humanity everywhere on this wretched planet as it does everywhere in this wretched country? It’s been a while, some 21 years since the Los Angeles riots that I felt this way. It has been over two decades since last I felt this sort of acidic and withering contempt for America and a legal system that rubber stamps the hunting and killing of unarmed teenagers.
This jury did not see Travyon as a human being with the right to live like a human being. To them Trayvon was a disease and Zimmerman was the lethal cure. Now he’s free to “cure” more dangerous Black teenagers.
There will be more Trayvon Martins. And now there will be more George Zimmermans to kill more Trayvon Martins. Rabbit season. Duck season. Nigger season.
I have a son. My brother has two sons. My sister has a son. My sister-in-law has two sons. That’s six young Black men and any of them could be lined up in the crosshairs of the next vigilante, wannabee cop. Black parents always have to give their sons (as well as our daughters “the Talk.” Not the one about the birds and the bees, but about the cops or the gangs and how to avoid ending up a tragic statistic.
Now we have to add to it. Now we have to tell our kids how to avoid the wannabee cops, the vigilantes, the bigots like Zimmerman and his whole lousy hateful family who target Black youth.
It’s not enough to keep our sons away from the raging racists like the entire Zimmerman Clan. We must also find a way to bring back as many of those young Black men involved in gangs and crime. We must become proactive in keeping them out of the prison-industrial complex and trying to mentor and aid those locked in it and those coming out of it.
We ignore them at our own peril. There isn’t much comfort to find on this darkest of days, but I take a small bit from this post by Roderick Belin I came across on Twitter.
Black boys matter to their families: their parents and loved ones. Black boys matter to those of us who do not seek to profit off them but who love them for their sheer powerful presence. Black boys matter because they are created in the image of God – because they are fearfully and wonderfully made. Black boys matter because they are brilliant, strong, beautiful, powerful and have universe-altering contributions to make to the world. Those who hate Black boys know this and fear Black boys today just as Pharaoh feared and sought to deal wisely with the Hebrew boys millennia ago. But, we are wise too. We are strong. We are strategic. We love. And, because we love, God is on our side.
Love your Black sons. Love and protect them. You must. America will not.
“Find out just what the people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
Frederick Douglass (1817? – 1895)
PLEASE consider signing the NAACP’s petition to have the Justice Department file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
- George Zimmerman walks free; Trayvon Martin Trial – Where is the Justice? (businessat17.wordpress.com)
- No Justice for Trayvon Martin (libertysands.wordpress.com)
- NAACP Calls on DOJ to pursue civil rights charges against George Zimmerman (pumabydesign001.com)
- COMMENTARY: Zimmerman Acquittal Says It’s Open Season on Black Males (blackamericaweb.com)
- Open season on black boys after a verdict like this | Gary Younge (guardian.co.uk)
Got a letter from a friend the other day. Seems she had heard some Black folks were a little wound up about the George Zimmerman trial and she got freaked out they were going to do something about it if he walked.
So of course she sends me a series of e-mails demanding I do something about it.
When will blacks begin to address Their Own cultural problems, not only in relation to Western whites- but their own values and failures, and failures of values? I guess if GZ is not convicted we can just wait for across the country race riots. Blacks are calling for killing white teens, especially in the suburbs, in droves, ‘to see how it feels’. Now that is some civilized shit! And you wonder why anyone is racist. Whites are scared shitless of blacks. We are not Superior these days, we are frightened out of our minds with what has come from generational entitlements, crime, crack, endless poverty. The NEW racism is not The OLD supremacist Mississippi racism, the new one is one of FEAR.
There is a lot of fear out there because black people are all over the place making real and specified threats of killing. The cops know it, the public knows it. Where are Jesse and Al now calling for calm? No..not them, this is their WET dream!
I simply cannot explain enough how we see this uncivilized behavior. Black thugs scare the fuck out of the rest of us, that are not out killing people on the streets and doing stupid shit with a total lack of respect for life, like throwing bleach on people on trains, shooting each other, causing chaos, gang beating old people and just acting like fools for the sake of it. Sorry, it’s not ok no matter how you slice it. It’s cultural decadence gone wild. And, since we ‘whites’ have all the rights and privileges to end it, why has it not been done already? Tolerance. For no really good reason.
Perhaps you are not seeing the threats? Why would people not be afraid? Isn’t it normal to be afraid, when they’re TELLING you to BE AFRAID? When people are saying, ‘we are going to kill your kids over this’ you have EVERY RIGHT to be afraid.
There is every good reason to fear black people, if you do not understand that, you have not taken a GOOD look at Black culture as it has evolved in the US.
Gee, I wonder if that’s the same kind of fear Trayvon felt just before this cowardly piece of trash shot him down? I wonder if its anything like the fear young Black men like Trayvon and their parents felt knowing there were laws in place that provided legal protection for anyone who claimed a Black kid was acting “suspiciously” and they “feared for their life” so they killed in order not to be killed.
It really sucks to live in fear, doesn’t it? But the only fear that matters is White fear.
Allow me to retort and rebut.
You keep telling me what others whom I don’t know are saying and expect me to be responsible for responding to it?
I not only can’t do that, I won’t do that. I can no more be a spokesman for the entire Black race than you can be for the entire White race. I certainly won’t take responsibility for what a few idiots are saying that has you all hot and bothered.
I am not here to reassure you there will be no violence if Zimmerman walks. Even if I could tell 36 million African-Americans to be cool, I wouldn’t do it. I don’t have the right to tell anyone else how they should feel or what they should do. All I’m responsible for it what I feel and what I will do.
Here’s what I won’t do.
I won’t throw a brick through a window. Any window. Especially not my windows. They’re still pretty new and I like them.
I won’t burn down any houses. Particularly not my house. I have some neighbors I don’t like so much, but I won’t burn down their house either.
I won’t hit anyone upside the head. Not even with a brick. You never know who has a concealed carry permit and that’s the wrong way to find out.
I won’t allow my wife or son or daughter to riot either. And that’s all I can be reasonably expected not to do if George Zimmerman is acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin. Yes, I said “murder.” Trayvon was alive and now he’s dead and Zimmerman made him that way. Whether he intended to kill him is a matter of degree of murder, but it’s still murder.
I hope there’s no violence. I hope if there is any violence, it’s short, limited and over quickly.
But if there is violence I know this: it won’t be my fault. It’s not my responsibility to prevent it or even try to stop it. People will do what they feel they need to do. It won’t help Trayvon. He’ll still be dead. It won’t hurt George Zimmerman. He’ll be free (and probably looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life).
What’s the point of a riot? No point as far as I can see, but then I don’t fit the profile of a likely rioter.
It might make someone feel like they’re doing something. If they need to get out of them what’s bottled inside that badly then I guess throwing a brick or starting a fire or beating up some poor devil who has nothing to do with any of this might make them feel better.
It won’t make things any better, but with the present low state of race relations it won’t make things any worse either. Martin Luther King said, “A riot is the language of the unheard.” Maybe that’s what it takes to get Americans to listen.
Zimmerman going free would not be a good thing, but it’s not the worse thing either. The worst thing has already happened with Trayvon’s death. Killing or hurting someone else won’t make Trayvon any less dead.
Let me be clear. I don’t want to see anyone get hurt. I don’t want to see anybody else die. Burning and looting and tearing shit up is not what I want to see in the aftermath of a Zimmerman acquittal. Not at all.
It won’t surprise me if that is exactly what happens. I’ll care, but if Sanford and other parts of the country goes up in flames, it’s not my fault.
You didn’t care when Zimmerman killed Martin. You didn’t care about this asinine Stand Your Ground law that gives idiots the right to kill and a get out of jail card if they say, “Hey, I was afraid for my life. I stood my ground and never mind if I started the fight.”
And now you expect the same people whom you have told in no uncertain terms “We have the legal right to kill your sons when they make us nervous” to rush to reassure you, “All is well. We’re cool.” You can whistle while you wait for that.
If a riot happens, a riot happens and there is nothing I, Jesse, Al, Barack or Jesus Christ can say to stop it from happening.
I don’t care about your fear. Your unreasonable, irrational and racist fear is your problem, because if Sanford burns, you can blame George Zimmerman. You can blame the failure on the justice system. You can blame those who are rioting. You can find someone to blame.
But you won’t blame me.
- Black county officials plead for calm ahead of Zimmerman verdict (TBO.com)
- Will George Zimmerman Get Away With Murder? (gawker.com)
- Zimmerman Verdict: Why Is the Right Worried About Race Riots? (motherjones.com)
On the first day of George Zimmerman trial one of the defense attorneys thought he’d try to break up the tension in the room. He told a knock-knock joke.
Nobody laughed. The joke fell flat and nobody has tried to tell another joke since. Not until last week when the general sentiment was the prosecution was getting hammered by Mark O’ Mara and the rest of the defense team. Okay, things went pretty badly, but from some of the moaning and groaning over lead prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda occasionally faltering performance you might have been led to believe the jury not only had found Boy George “not guilty” they gave him a public service award for killing Trayvon Martin.
I haven’t watched the trial. Not a minute of it. This is a subject that hits too close to home. I admit I’m biased. I think Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon and he killed him because some Black kid was where he shouldn’t be: in his neighborhood.
From most reports I’ve read some of the witnesses did a better job for the defense than the prosecution that called them to testify. The main offender was detective Chris Serino who may have sabotaged the trial.
Sanford Police Investigator Chris Serino, who interrogated Zimmerman, told the jury he concluded the defendant was either telling the truth or was a pathological liar. At that point lead defense attorney Mark O’Mara asked, “Do you think he was telling the truth?”
Prosecutors should have objected to the question, analysts said, but they remained silent.
“Yes,” Serino replied.
They objected the next day, when Judge Debra Nelson ruled witnesses were not supposed to comment on the credibility of other witnesses because it was the jury’s job to decide who to believe. She ordered the jury to ignore that exchange, which means it cannot be mentioned in closing arguments and they should not consider it during deliberations, but her ruling also called further attention to what Serino said
While social media was having its evil fun beating up on Rachel Jeantel, the witness that may have done the greatest harm to the prosecution’s case was a cop with a big mouth while the prosecution sat there dumbly. From the beginning it was well-known the Sanford cop shop was sympathetic to Zimmerman. Maybe they hung out pounding donuts and shooting the breeze about the “fucking punks” that were ripping off everything that wasn’t nailed down in Boy George’s hood.
If things go shit side up, save some blame for Serino if his town starts burning to the ground.
Will there be a riot goin’ on in Sanford? I hope not, but if it does it will be because the legal system failed Trayvon and his family. I’m seeing a lot more pessimism and fatalism in my news feed over how the trial is going so far than optimism. Summer is here. Temperatures are rising. There’s people with blood in their eyes and they may not be in the mood for any more injustice.
I’ve already seen in my news feed some calling for Sanford to be burned to the ground if George Zimmerman goes free.
Some are predicting if Zimmerman isn’t convicted, we’re going to see a replay of the 1992 L.A. riots. The fury that set Los Angeles on fire is simmering on a low flame, but do not doubt that it is still there. Those that demanded justice for Trayvon allowed the system to take its sweet time in arresting Zimmerman when the Sanford cops and district attorney just turned palms up and shrugged their shoulders.
They have gritted their teeth and watched as Zimmerman gamed the system (remember Judge Nelson is the third judge appointed to the case) and suffered with quiet restraint as the legal team smeared Trayvon’s reputation with leaks about his school records and drug usage. Nobody threw a brick through any windows when Zimmerman set up a website to ask for funds for his defense and then scammed the suckers by using the money to pay off his credit cards.
Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie was charged with perjury after lying during a bond hearing about $135,000 the couple had concealed while claiming indigent. The rest of Zimmerman’s family is no prize either. Little brother Robert sent out some racist tweets, Mama Gladys penned a letter on the one-year anniversary of her sonny boy arrest saying it was done “solely to placate the masses” as she quite deliberately omitted any reference to the real victim, Trayvon Martin. Finally, Robert Sr., made his contribution by scribbling a whiny self-published e-book where he blamed practically every African-American in America as the “true racists.”
Nice family George is part of, but it does explain a lot about his attitudes. The Coreleones have nothing on the Zimmermans.
If Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s parents, aren’t calling for rioting in the streets, NOBODY else should be either. There will be some asshole trying to stir things up, but I hope like hell everyone tunes those fools right out. A riot might seem like a perfectly sensible reaction to allowing a killer to go free, but it won’t help anything and it won’t change anything. It won’t get Zimmerman and it won’t bring Trayvon back, so what is accomplished but to make Black people look exactly like the savages the Zimmerman supporters say we are?
Vengeance is not ours. There are reasons to riot, but deluding yourself it will get justice for Trayvon Martin is not one of them.
If Zimmerman walks due to the ineptitude of the prosecution there will be those who see a “not guilty” verdict as proof the fix was in from the jump. They may have a point. There was a day in court where George Zimmerman smiled and laughed in response to what one witness said. I did not like that smile. Not one bit.
You know who hasn’t found a single thing to laugh about? Trayvon Martin’s parents.
I’m a realist, not an optimist. I hope for the best and expect the worst. That way when the best happens I’m pleasantly surprised and when the worst occurs, I’m never disappointed.
The trial is not over. There’s still chances to wipe that smile off of George Zimmerman’s ugly face.
- Zimmerman trial judge tells jury to ignore detective’s description – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Prosecutors attack Zimmerman story several ways (troyrecord.com)
- Trayvon Martins mother testifies in Zimmerman trial (miamiherald.com)
- 10 Upsetting Things People Are Saying About The Trayvon Martin Case (thoughtcatalog.com)