Rabbit Season, Duck Season, Trayvon Season

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“So George, what’s the first thing you’re going to do now that you’re free?”
“Going hunting. Again.”

“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.”

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He’s got a hoodie and he’s Black! Shoot first and ask no questions later.

“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)

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PLEASE consider signing the NAACP’s petition to have the Justice Department file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.

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15 thoughts on “Rabbit Season, Duck Season, Trayvon Season

  1. Hearts were broken throughout the country yesterday. Maybe we as a society are finally waking up to the racial inequality that continues to exist. Maybe. God, I hope so.

    Petition signed.

  2. Petition signed.

    Yesterday I was only thankful, when I married 14 years ago we decided not to have children. I don’t know if I could have raised a mixed race child in this society, this hateful and ugly society. This society that breaks my heart.

  3. “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.”

    I don’t think it is fair to blame the jury here. They had to rule based on the terrible case presented by the prosecution. I personally think Zimmerman should rot in jail for his actions that led to Martin’s death, but I watched the trial, and had I been on the jury, I would have had to make the same ruling—strictly based on the prosecution’s incompetence. The prosecutors created the reasonable doubt that the jury needed to acquit. It was a pathetic display.

    • While the prosecution may not have done the best of jobs, I disagree with anyone who says this was a complicated case. The jury essentially said its okay to racially profile an unarmed teenager. It’s okay to ignore a 911 dispatcher. It’s okay to carry a loaded firearm contrary to every principle of a neighborhood watch. It’s okay to kill that teenager if you’re losing the fight. We’ll give you a get out of jail card and you can even get your gun back to do the whole thing over again.

      I don’t care if it is “fair” to blame the jury. I blame the jury for not blaming Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin. The prosecution’s less than sterling job does not absolve Zimmerman from his responsibility for that death, pathetic or not.

      • What your saying undermines how the criminal justice system is supposed to operate. The system is based on the principal that it is better to let 100 guilty men go free than to convict one innocent man. Zimmerman now happens to be one of the 100 guilty men that gets to go free. It sucks, but if the prosecutor doesn’t prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the jury is not supposed to convict. By paying any attention at all to the events that transpired between the moment Zimmerman began pursuit of Martin and the fatal shots, the prosecution only served to CREATE reasonable doubt in the minds of the jury, not eliminate it. You say that, “The prosecution’s less than sterling job does not absolve Zimmerman from his responsibility for that death,” and you are right, but that responsibility is no longer a criminal matter; it is a civil one–which is why there will likely be a civil trial to find Zimmerman responsible for the death.

      • Sorry, but I’m going to call “bullshit” on ALL of this.

        In a civil trial, Zimmerman will invoke the protection of the pernicious “Stand Your Ground” law which provides him immunity from the type of lawsuit Trayvon’s parents would bring against him:

        Attorneys for Mr. Martin’s family said they are considering filing a civil lawsuit against Mr. Zimmerman, though they haven’t made a decision. “We’re still trying to make sense of the verdict in the criminal case,” said Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the family. “We’ll be talking about our options going forward in the coming days.”

        Such a case would face high hurdles, legal observers say. Mr. Zimmerman can seek immunity from civil lawsuits under Florida’s so-called Stand Your Ground law–something his attorney said he planned to do. “In effect, there will be no civil suits,” said Tamara Lave, a University of Miami law professor. “If there is a civil suit filed, it will be dismissed, and future ones will be barred.”

        So tell me again, Mr. Palmer how this is no longer a criminal matter, but a civil one. Unless the Department of Justice files a complaint against Zimmerman for violating Trayvon’s civil rights, he’s done with seeing the inside of a courtroom for the foreseeable future. Of course, unless he kills another Black kid and even then the Sanford cops will probably simply apologize for the inconvenience.

        Don’t tell me what I’m saying undermines how the criminal justice system is supposed to operate. There’s how it is SUPPOSED to operate and how it DOES operate. Better to let 100 guilty men go free than to convict one innocent man? Okay, so let’s see how that worked out in several high profile cases of Blacks being beaten, assaulted or killed by the police:

        Rodney King:
        four police officers, charged with assault and use of excessive force. RESULT: The jury acquitted all four officers of assault and acquitted three of the four of using excessive force. The jury could not agree on a verdict for the fourth officer charged with using excessive force.

        Amadou Diallo: Reaching for his wallet, the 23-year-old immigrant was shot and killed in New York City on February 4, 1999 by four New York City Police Department plain-clothed officers in a barrage of 41 bullets and struck 19 times. RESULT: All four officers were acquitted at trial.

        Sean Bell: On the morning of November three men were shot at a total of fifty times by a team of both plainclothes and undercover NYPD officers, killing one of the men, Sean Bell, on the morning before his wedding, and severely wounding two of his friends, Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman. RESULT: Three of the five detectives involved in the shooting went to trial on charges ranging from manslaughter to reckless endangerment, and were found not guilty.

        Oscar Grant: Oscar Grant III was fatally shot by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California, United States, in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009. Responding to reports of a fight on a crowded Bay Area Rapid Transit train returning from San Francisco, BART Police officers detained Oscar Grant and several other passengers on the platform at the Fruitvale BART Station. Officer Johannes Mehserle and another officer were restraining Grant, who was lying face down and allegedly resisting arrest. Officer Mehserle stood and, according to witnesses, said: “Get back, I’m gonna tase him.” Then Mehserle drew his gun and shot Grant once in the back; Mehserle appeared stunned, put his hands to his head and exclaimed, “Oh, my God!”

        The events were captured on multiple digital video and cell phone cameras. The footage was disseminated to media outlets and to various websites, where it was watched millions of times.

        RESULT: On November 5, 2010, Mehserle was sentenced to two years with double credit for time already served, reducing his term by 292 days for the 146 days he has already spent in jail. The judge overturned the gun enhancement, which could have added an additional 3 to 10 years to the sentence. He was released from prison at 12:01am on June 13, 2011.

        Justice is rarely served by the law when the victim is Black and his killer is a White cop, or in the case of Trayon Martin, when the killer is “White Latino” wannabee cop and vigilante. Because why should the cops have all the fun?

        I don’t believe in your precious criminal justice system. it has one standard for Whites and another for Blacks and separate is NOT equal. Your precious “criminal justice system” put Trayvon on trial for causing his own death and set his killer free. Trust and respect can only be extended when justice is truly blind, fair, and applied equally without race of the victim and perpetrator factoring in. That is clearly not the case. It is impossible to have any trust or respect in any system that refuses to punish the killers of innocent Black men and practically apologizes to their killers for inconveniencing them.

        I have nothing but boundless contempt for such a dysfunctional, dishonest and evil system. American justice? If you’re Black it’s an American injustice.

      • I don’t doubt that race played a factor in any of the cases you mentioned. I don’t doubt that if Zimmerman was black, he would likely have been arrested immediately following the shooting, rather than weeks later. I don’t doubt that if Trayvon Martin was white, his killer would have been more likely to hear “guilty” at the end of the trial.

        But is it really the system that is “dishonest and evil”? Or is it just the dysfunctional racists who are often tasked with operating the criminal justice system? You seem to want to challenge and change the system. I think changing the people is a better solution.

        When the United States institutionalized slavery, the statements in the Declaration and Constitution about inalienable rights and equality were not dishonest and evil. It was the deeply flawed people in charge of realizing those statements that were. It was the implementation of the system (i.e. Constitution) and the people who were not properly implementing it that needed changing–not the system itself.

  4. Great writing Jeff…But I do not sign petitions, march, sing gospel songs, I just keep being the Black Living Legend I earned to be..
    Made in Detroit………….Greg Thrasher c/o PLANE IDEAS Washington DC

  5. You are still clueless and your chatter is no newsflash..You do not understand truth regardless if TM or U were high after drinking pussy such a state of mind is not a reason for an execution!

    Wisdom cures ignorance……

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