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)
I haven’t been able to say anything about the killing of Renisha McBride for the same reason I haven’t been able to write my reaction to seeing 12 Years A Slave.
It’s too real and too much pain involved. I needed a little time to compress and process. Now that I have, here’s what I have to say.
Your name is Renisha McBride. You are 19 years old and you live in Detroit. You are in the suburb of Dearborn Heights and get in a car crash. Your cell phone is dead. You’re injured and bleeding. You go looking for help and knock on the door of a house. Someone opens the door armed with a loaded gun, shoots a woman in her face and then claims it “discharged by accident?”
I call “bullshit” on that.
A gun doesn’t aim itself and triggers don’t pull themselves. Human beings do that.
Scared, stupid, racist human beings who can kill an injured and unarmed woman and two weeks later the killer still hasn’t been arrested or even identified.
Smells like George Zimmerman chillin’ at the crib for nearly 45 days after blowing away Trayvon Martin all over again only this time it’s a remix with the bizarre circumstances of the Jonathan Ferrell shooting of a few months ago. As if Black people needed yet another reminder of how cheaply their lives are regarded by the injustice system here comes a hard slap across the face.
Yes, it’s a different situation from the Ferrell shooting in that in this case if was a homeowner, not a cop, who blew Renisha McBride away.
Otherwise, what’s so different?
The overarching lesson here seems to be if you’re Black and you get in a car crash at night and your cell phone is out of juice and you need help, DON’T go knocking on the door of any nearby homes unless you want to get shot.
Just sit there in the wreckage of your vehicle and suffer. You’ll still be injured, but you might not end up dead.
All things considered, is slowly freezing to death or dying slowly of internal injuries so much worse or any less than being shot in the face with a .12 gauge shotgun by some trigger-happy cretin?
Each of these cases have more than one thing in common. They each have a White shooter (with the exception of Zimmerman) and a Black victim and all of them united by the supposed fear of the shooter of the victim.
Each of these cases shows how “laws” like Stand Your Ground have been designed to protect the killers, not the victims. There is a culture of death that already plagues the Black community as they die by violence perpetrated among themselves, but White fear of Black people has become legally sanctioned as reason enough to kill them with impunity.
The American system of jurisprudence is blind, but it is not color blind. If the race of the shooter and the victim were reversed there is no way a Black man would not be arrested for shooting a 19-year-old White female in the face as she sought help after an auto accident.
We don’t know why Mr. X shot McBride. We know he is 54 years old and a White male. His attorney says he feared McBride was trying to break into his home and he shot her accidentally which if you believe that, I have some nice property in the Everglades to sell you.
Where is the evidence Renisha attempted to break into the house of the man who shot her?
Self-defense only applies when someone needs to defend themselves (or at least it did before SYG laws turned the concept upside down). Renisha was injured, disoriented and unarmed. Where is the threat? Or is knocking on a door now grounds to shoot someone in the face?
Trayvon Martin. Jonathan Ferrell. Renisha McBride. Scared shooters. Dead Black people.
Trayvon Martin. Black male. Racially profiled. Shot by vigilante. Dead.
Jonathan Ferrell. Black male. Car crash. Seeks help. Shot by cop. Dead.
Renisha McBride. Black female. Car crash. Seeks help. Shot by homeowner. Dead.
Once is accident. Twice is coincidence. Third time is proof.
People whom are not protected by the law will soon have no respect for the law. If that is the lesson America wants to teach its Black citizens, they should know they are building a hothouse where only discontent, rage and hate will grow.
When it reaches full bloom it won’t be pretty to behold. That’s not a warning. That’s a prophecy.
- Dream Hampton on Renisha McBride and ‘Criminalizing Black Corpses’ (colorlines.com)
- Justice for Renisha (whyracestillmatters.wordpress.com)
- Renisha McBride And Kym Worthy – OpEd (eurasiareview.com)
- Autopsy: Renisha McBride blasted in face; still no charges for shooter (salon.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)
1. Charles Barkley, the Still Round Mound of Rebound: “Well, I agree with the verdict. I feel sorry that young kid got killed, but they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him. Something clearly went wrong that night — clearly something went wrong — and I feel bad for anybody who loses a kid, but if you looked at the case and you don’t make it — there was some racial profiling, no question about it — but something happened that changed the dynamic of that night.”
“Mr. Zimmerman was wrong to pursue, he was racial profiling, but I think Trayvon Martin — God rest his soul — I think he did flip the switch and started beating the hell out of Mr. Zimmerman. But it was just a bad situation.”
“I just feel bad because I don’t like when race gets out in the media because I don’t think the media has a ‘pure heart,’ as I call it. There are very few people who have a pure heart when it comes to race. Racism is wrong in any shape [or] form — there are a lot of black people who are racist, too. I think sometimes when people talk about race, they act like only white people are racist. There are a lot of black people who are racist. And I don’t like when it gets out there in the media because I don’t think the media has clean hands.”
Neither do you, Chuck.
2. Bill Cosby, Cranky Comedian: “See this racial stuff goes into a whole bunch of discussion which has stuff that you can’t prove. You can’t prove if somebody is a racist unless they really come out and do the act and is found to be that.”
3. Ted Nugent, Aging Rocker, NRA Member, Draft Dodging Dickhead: The race-baiting industry saw an opportunity to further the racist careers of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the Black Panthers, President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, et al, who then swept down on the Florida community refusing to admit that the 17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe Trayvon Martin was at all responsible for his bad decisions and standard modus operendi of always taking the violent route.”
“Trayvon had no reason not to attack, because it was the standard thug thing to do. See Chicago any day of the week.”
Ted is well-known for not using drugs or alcohol. The Nuge’s vice was groupies,, Lots of then and if they were pre-pubescent girls at the time, that didn’t slow Teddy’s roll. Maybe he has syphilis from too much sex with no latex. One can only hope.
4. Lupe Fiasco: “Rub your face in it! Swallow down that hard pill! Black blood spills in the streets of America nightly at the hands other blacks,” reads one tweet. “Half y’all been partying to Black Death for the past 2 decades…the other half watched the party…don’t be angry now!”
“Nobody knows what really happened except Trayvon and Zimmerman. The justice system relies on reasonable doubt not our emotions.”
“The case should have never been televised as the potential to antagonize US race relations was, in my dumb opinion too risky & unnecessary.”
When a man calls his own opinions “dumb” I have no choice but to concur. Lupe is a Fiasco.
5. Jimmy Carter, Failed Ex-President: “I think the jury made the right decision based on the evidence presented, because the prosecution inadvertently set the standard so high that the jury had to be convinced that it was a deliberate act by Zimmerman that he was not at all defending himself, and so forth. It’s not a moral question, it’s a legal question and the American law requires that the jury listens to the evidence presented.”
Thank you Mr President for reminding me why I voted for John Anderson. It took Clinton and Obama both winning second terms to finally rid the Democratic Party of the stink of your loser ass.
6. Alveda King, Martin Luther King’s right-wing niece, but mostly a nobody: “It is not helpful to race-bait. “[The] NAACP and all of the organizations … We need to wonder why they’re doing that, what kind of checks and money they’re getting behind the scenes to stir us up into racial anarchy.
“We should be speaking nonviolence, justice, peace and love as Trayvon’s parents are doing, by the way. So we need to ask why they’re race baiting, because they are. There’s no black race, white race, yellow race and red race. The other thing is, Mr. Zimmerman is not a Caucasian. He’s a Hispanic. The media is somehow forgetting that, so [there are] all of these nuances, all of the race-baiting, all of the pain.”
“Stop thinking that this is a race thing between separate races. This is all human beings here. If we’re still feeling that one part of our community is better than the other because of skin color, that’s got to change right now.”
Aw, go pimp your dead uncle’s last name some more. That’s what you do best.
7. Ann Coulter: Black liberals keep bemoaning the danger to their own teenage sons after the “not guilty” verdict in George Zimmerman‘s murder trial. To avoid what happened to Trayvon Martin, their boys need only follow this advice: Don’t walk up to a stranger and punch him, ground-and-pound him, MMA-style, and repeatedly smash his head against the pavement.
Perhaps, someday, blacks will win the right to be treated like volitional human beings. But not yet.
Perhaps, someday, Ann Coulter won’t say something that is vile, repugnant, racist and stupid, but she’ll probably be lying in her casket when that day comes.
8. Bill O’ Reilly, Well-Paid, Big Mouth Angry White Guy: The sad truth is that from the President on down, our leadership has no clue, no clue at all about how to solve problems within the black community. And many are frightened to even broach the issue. That’s because race hustlers and the grievance industry have intimidated the so- called “conversation,” turning any valid criticism of African-American culture into charges of racial bias.
Trayvon Martin was killed because circumstances got out of control. He was scrutinized by a neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, because of the way he looked. Not necessarily his skin color, there is no evidence of that but because he was a stranger to Zimmerman and was dressed in clothing sometimes used by street criminals.
It was wrong for Zimmerman to confront Martin based on his appearance. But the culture that we have in this country does lead to criminal profiling because young black American men are so often involved in crime, the statistics overwhelming.
But here is the headline: young black men commit homicides at a rate 10 times greater than whites and Hispanics combined. When presented with damning evidence like that, and like the mini-holocaust in Chicago where hundreds of African-Americans are murdered each year the civil rights industry looks the other way or makes excuses. They blame guns, poor education, lack of jobs, rarely do they define the problem accurately. So here it is. The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African-American family.
You want a conversation, you got it. You want a better situation for blacks, give them a chance to revive their neighborhoods and culture. Work with the good people to stop the bad people. Pumping money into the chaos does little. You can’t legislate good parenting or responsible entertainment. But you can fight against the madness, with discipline, a firm message and little tolerance for excuse-making.
It is now time for the African-American leadership, including President Obama to stop the nonsense. Walk away from the world of victimization and grievance and lead the way out of this mess.
Big Bill has vast experience dealing with Blacks as he shared in 2007 when as Al Sharpton’s dinner guest at Sylvia’s in Harlem, O’Reilly was flabbergasted to report, “[There] wasn’t any kind of craziness at all. There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, ‘M.F.-er, I want more iced tea.’ It was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense that people were sitting there and they were ordering and just having fun.”
Bill O’Reilly: BFF with the Black Community.
9. Richard Cohen Washington Post columnist and reactionary: I don’t like what George Zimmerman did, and I hate that Trayvon Martin is dead. But I also can understand why Zimmerman was suspicious and why he thought Martin was wearing a uniform we all recognize. I don’t know whether Zimmerman is a racist. But I’m tired of politicians and others who have donned hoodies in solidarity with Martin and who essentially suggest that, for recognizing the reality of urban crime in the United States, I am a racist. The hoodie blinds them as much as it did Zimmerman.
I hate to tell you Richard, but when you make a sweeping generalization about every Black kid who wears a hoodie with “the reality of urban crime” that is not just unrealistic, it’s a little bit racist.
10. Allen West: One-Term Congressman and Full-Time Dipshit: “I am a black male who grew up in the inner city of Atlanta and no one ever followed me in a mall. I don’t recall any doors clicking when I crossed the street. And I never had anyone clutching their handbag when I got on an elevator. I guess having two awesome parents who taught me to be a respectful young man paid dividends.”
Ooh. Nice burn of Trayvon Martin’s parents, Al It’s too bad your “awesome parents” didn’t teach you to be respectful of a family grieving for their murdered son. They should have taught you not to be such a flaming asshole.
- Zimmerman Backlash Continues Thanks to Media Misinformation (reason.com)
- Trayvon Martin: the face of racial relations (iamdidara.wordpress.com)
- Op-ed: Yes, the Zimmerman case was about race (thegrio.com)
Hey, you know that Black guy in the White House who supposedly never ever talks about issues of great concern to Black folks?
He just did. About the biggest issue of great concern to Black folks. So you can stop whining about it. At least for the rest of today.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: That’s so — that’s so disappointing, man. Jay, is this kind of — the kind of respect that you get? (Laughter.)
Q: Wake up!
Q: What brings you out here, Mr. –
PRESIDENT OBAMA: You know, on — on — on television it usually looks like you’re addressing a full room.
Q: (Laughs.) It’s just a mirage.
Q: There’s generally not –
PRESIDENT OBAMA: All right.
Q: (Inaudible) — got the Detroit story.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I got you. All right. Sorry about that. Do you think anybody else is showing up? Good.
Well, I — I wanted to come out here first of all to tell you that Jay is prepared for all your questions and is — is very much looking forward to the session.
Second thing is I want to let you know that over the next couple of weeks there are going to obviously be a whole range of issues — immigration, economics, et cetera — we’ll try to arrange a fuller press conference to address your questions.
The reason I actually wanted to come out today is not to take questions, but to speak to an issue that obviously has gotten a lot of attention over the course of the last week, the issue of the Trayvon Martin ruling. I gave an — a preliminary statement right after the ruling on Sunday, but watching the debate over the course of the last week I thought it might be useful for me to expand on my thoughts a little bit.
First of all, you know, I — I want to make sure that, once again, I send my thoughts and prayers, as well as Michelle’s, to the family of Trayvon Martin, and to remark on the incredible grace and dignity with which they’ve dealt with the entire situation. I can only imagine what they’re going through, and it’s — it’s remarkable how they’ve handled it.
And there are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator. There are very few African-Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.
And you know, I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear.
The second thing I want to say is to reiterate what I said on Sunday, which is there are going to be a lot of arguments about the legal — legal issues in the case. I’ll let all the legal analysts and talking heads address those issues.
The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their arguments. The juries were properly instructed that in a — in a case such as this, reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. And once the jury’s spoken, that’s how our system works.
But I did want to just talk a little bit about context and how people have responded to it and how people are feeling. You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African- American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African- American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that — that doesn’t go away.
There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me.
The African-American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws, everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.
Now, this isn’t to say that the African-American community is naive about the fact that African-American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system, that they are disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence. It’s not to make excuses for that fact, although black folks do interpret the reasons for that in a historical context.
We understand that some of the violence that takes place in poor black neighborhoods around the country is born out of a very violent past in this country, and that the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history.
And so the fact that sometimes that’s unacknowledged adds to the frustration. And the fact that a lot of African-American boys are painted with a broad brush and the excuse is given, well, there are these statistics out there that show that African-American boys are more violent — using that as an excuse to then see sons treated differently causes pain.
I think the African-American community is also not naive in understanding that statistically somebody like Trayvon Martin was probably statistically more likely to be shot by a peer than he was by somebody else.
So — so folks understand the challenges that exist for African- American boys, but they get frustrated, I think, if they feel that there’s no context for it or — and that context is being denied. And — and that all contributes, I think, to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.
Now, the question for me at least, and I think, for a lot of folks is, where do we take this? How do we learn some lessons from this and move in a positive direction? You know, I think it’s understandable that there have been demonstrations and vigils and protests, and some of that stuff is just going to have to work its way through as long as it remains nonviolent. If I see any violence, then I will remind folks that that dishonors what happened to Trayvon Martin and his family.
But beyond protests or vigils, the question is, are there some concrete things that we might be able to do? I know that Eric Holder is reviewing what happened down there, but I think it’s important for people to have some clear expectations here. Traditionally, these are issues of state and local government — the criminal code. And law enforcement has traditionally done it at the state and local levels, not at the federal levels.
That doesn’t mean, though, that as a nation, we can’t do some things that I think would be productive. So let me just give a couple of specifics that I’m still bouncing around with my staff so we’re not rolling out some five-point plan, but some areas where I think all of us could potentially focus.
Number one, precisely because law enforcement is often determined at the state and local level, I think it’d be productive for the Justice Department — governors, mayors to work with law enforcement about training at the state and local levels in order to reduce the kind of mistrust in the system that sometimes currently exists.
You know, when I was in Illinois I passed racial profiling legislation. And it actually did just two simple things. One, it collected data on traffic stops and the race of the person who was stopped. But the other thing was it resourced us training police departments across the state on how to think about potential racial bias and ways to further professionalize what they were doing.
And initially, the police departments across the state were resistant, but actually they came to recognize that if it was done in a fair, straightforward way, that it would allow them to do their jobs better and communities would have more confidence in them and in turn be more helpful in applying the law. And obviously law enforcement’s got a very tough job.
So that’s one area where I think there are a lot of resources and best practices that could be brought bear if state and local governments are receptive. And I think a lot of them would be. And — and let’s figure out other ways for us to push out that kind of training.
Along the same lines, I think it would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if it — if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case, rather than defuse potential altercations.
I know that there’s been commentary about the fact that the stand your ground laws in Florida were not used as a defense in the case.
On the other hand, if we’re sending a message as a society in our communities that someone who is armed potentially has the right to use those firearms even if there’s a way for them to exit from a situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we’d like to see?
And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these “stand your ground” laws, I just ask people to consider if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car, because he felt threatened?
And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.
Number three — and this is a long-term project: We need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African-American boys? And this is something that Michelle and I talk a lot about. There are a lot of kids out there who need help who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement. And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them?
You know, I’m not naive about the prospects of some brand-new federal program.
I’m not sure that that’s what we’re talking about here. But I do recognize that as president, I’ve got some convening power.
And there are a lot of good programs that are being done across the country on this front. And for us to be able to gather together business leaders and local elected officials and clergy and celebrities and athletes and figure out how are we doing a better job helping young African-American men feel that they’re a full part of this society and that — and that they’ve got pathways and avenues to succeed — you know, I think that would be a pretty good outcome from what was obviously a tragic situation. And we’re going to spend some time working on that and thinking about that.
And then finally, I think it’s going to be important for all of us to do some soul-searching. You know, there have been talk about should we convene a conversation on race. I haven’t seen that be particularly productive when politicians try to organize conversations. They end up being stilted and politicized, and folks are locked into the positions they already have.
On the other hand, in families and churches and workplaces, there’s a possibility that people are a little bit more honest, and at least you ask yourself your own questions about, am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can; am I judging people, as much as I can, based on not the color of their skin but the content of their character? That would, I think, be an appropriate exercise in the wake of this tragedy.
And let me just leave you with — with a final thought, that as difficult and challenging as this whole episode has been for a lot of people, I don’t want us to lose sight that things are getting better. Each successive generation seems to be making progress in changing attitudes when it comes to race. I doesn’t mean that we’re in a postracial society. It doesn’t mean that racism is eliminated. But you know, when I talk to Malia and Sasha and I listen to their friends and I see them interact, they’re better than we are. They’re better than we were on these issues. And that’s true in every community that I’ve visited all across the country.
And so, you know, we have to be vigilant and we have to work on these issues, and those of us in authority should be doing everything we can to encourage the better angels of our nature as opposed to using these episodes to heighten divisions. But we should also have confidence that kids these days I think have more sense than we did back then, and certainly more than our parents did or our grandparents did, and that along this long, difficult journey, you know, we’re becoming a more perfect union — not a perfect union, but a more perfect union.
All right? Thank you, guys.
Q: Could you –
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Now you can — now you can talk to Jay.
(Transcript courtesy of Federal News Service)
- Barack Hussein Obama, The President Of ALL Of The United States, Speaks On Trayvon Martin (theobamacrat.com)
- “Trayvon Martin could have been me.” – President Barack Obama (emilylhauserinmyhead.wordpress.com)
- Trayvon Martin’s parents ‘moved’ by Obama’s remarks on Zimmerman trial (thegrio.com)
Hey! What happened to all the rioting and burning and looting and shooting and raping and killing in the U.S.A we were guaranteed would occur if Zimmerman was acquitted? What’s all this peaceful demonstrating for Trayvon Martin after his killer walked?
Can’t Blacks even riot like they used to? Is NOTHING sacred?
I think we should all acknowledge if Sanford, Florida isn’t being burnt to a cinder by now it’s never going to happen. All this bullshit, inflammatory, race-baiting talk about Black folks rioting in the streets and taking revenge on White people following a Zimmerman acquittal was just that: BULLSHIT.
If it had happened, it would have been completely understandable. It could have happened. Maybe it even should have happened. But it didn’t happen. Any violence was limited, localized and small in both scale and significance. Enough blood had been spilled. Who really wanted more?
God knows the racists wanted it. Rush wanted it. CNN wanted it. Can’t you see Wolf Blitzer and John King in front of a three-dimensional layout of the country going up in flames? Geraldo Rivera and Fox News really wanted it. They wanted Negroes to act like fools. It would be great for the rating, but you can’t always get what you want.
Drunken White people riot when their fucking hockey team loses the Stanley Cup but we’re not about to ban hockey. Let an unarmed Black kid get gunned down by one twisted fat fuck with a gun and it’s the L.A. riots all over again. It didn’t quite turn out that way but nobody’s about go on television or the radio or online to say, “Well, damn. Guess I was wrong. Black people have more respect for the law than I thought.”
But I don’t want to make this about RACE. Oh, heavens, no! Race had nothing to do with this. If you believe that you probably think that’s golden raindrops falling on your head too. That doesn’t mean there isn’t any race cards being played. I got this e-mail in my inbox the night the verdict was announced. The subject line read: “Zimm Aquit, let the black animals loose!” and the one sentence read: So, here we go, Free HD wide screen Tv’s! Come and get your FREE shit! ANY excuse will do! It’s not color, it’s FREE STUFF!
I didn’t reply that night. Or the next. Or the night after that. I waited until I was ready for a rebuttal.
No rioting. No raping. No burning. No looting. No White people killed for being White.
I know you must be so butthurt about that. Sorry. Guess those “Black animals” were more civilized than you thought. To the extent you think at all.
No wonder you’re sucking Zimmerman’s dick so hard. You wish it was you that shot down Trayvon Martin.
You can take your “Black animals” shit and shove it up your ass.
I never knew what a hopeless racist you really are. I’d say I feel sorry for your paranoia, but honestly? I don’t give a damn.
Hate isn’t kept alive by bigots like the Klan or race hustlers or trouble making outsiders. It’s us. It’s always just us. It’s what happens when all we see in each other is a color or a religion or a sexual orientation or a gender first and humanity a distant second, if at all. That makes us no different from George Zimmerman. All he saw was Trayvon as the Black kid in the wrong neighborhood.
That’s why it was so easy for Zimmerman to kill Trayvon. He wasn’t human to him. He still isn’t.
He’s not the only one either.
- Right Wingers Post Fake Race Riot Video After Zimmerman Verdict (politicususa.com)
- Op-ed: Yes, the Zimmerman case was about race (thegrio.com)
- No Rioting This Time Around .. (socyberty.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)
“A liberal is someone who thinks he knows more about your experience than you do.“
I run an application on Facebook that sends me an update when I am “defriended.” Sometimes it’s a matter of an account becoming inactive. Others because someone has had enough of me and cut me loose. That’s fine. I never was much interested in collecting as many “friends” and for the person who waxed me from existence because I don’t share your blind hatred of Barack Obama and single-minded obsession that Edward Snowden is an American hero, I thank you for the favor. I’m only upset I didn’t cut you loose first.
I understand this story is very important to you. But you cannot make it as important to me as it is for you.
Because I have enough with Good White Liberals telling me, “Yeah, what happened to Trayvon Martin? Damn shame. But what REALLY matters is Edward Snowden and the NSA. That’s more important than this trial. “
How am I supposed to process that as anything but an insult and yet another reminder that not only are Black lives less important than White lives, but our life and death issues as well? It’s fine by me if the Zimmerman trial isn’t a major priority for others. Just don’t tell me your priorities mean so much more than mine.
What is important to whom? The Snowden case may be of burning importance to my friends on the Left, but I do not hang on every detail of where this so-called “whistleblower” may eventually abandon his country for. I care a lot more about a dead Black teenager than a live White traitor.
I decide for myself what’s important to me and I don’t seek anyone’s agreement. The Left should not ask for it from me and I will not I ask it from them. It has often been a bone of contention for me that there are liberals whom seem to care more about their causes than they do people; an ugly trait they share with their some of their more callous conservative cousins.
It is a matter of practicality for African-Americans to always look at their allegiances and work with liberals when their interests are mutually served or with conservatives when they are not. No one who seeks to demean your humanness or marginalize your issues should be considered a reliable friend.
Let no one try to tell you they know more about you than you know about yourself. This was what Baldwin was warning Blacks about their relationships with liberalism Even if you agree with liberals more often than not politically, be ready to hold them at arm’s length when they disrespect you. They DON’T know what matters to you better than you know yourself and NO ONE should ever try to tell African-Americans they know what they should be worked up over. There are some well-meaning liberals who think being liberals means they are racially born again.
It ain’t necessarily so. Any of us can be racist and none of us are exempt from that particular philosophical blindness. No matter how many times they may have read Baldwin, Why We Can’t Wait or The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
To be good allies each side must respect the issues that are important to one side if not the other. I understand why Snowden’s revelations about the NSA’s surveillance program is important to White liberals. I don’t believe it’s too much to expect White liberals to respect, if not necessarily understand why the Trayvon Martin case is as vitally important to Black liberals.
As the Zimmerman trial winds down and the jury begins its deliberations, now would be a particularly good time for both sides to remember they work best as allies than adversaries and Trivializing Trayvon will not score liberals any points with their Black allies.
- James Baldwin: Who is the nigger? (oliverimpey.wordpress.com)
- A voice from the margins: James Baldwin (drawonblog.wordpress.com)
- James Baldwin On Being An Artist & Staying True to the Vision (lightskinnededgirl.typepad.com)