Saturday, March 24, 2012

TRAYVON MARTIN

I have made no comment about the Trayvon Martin tragedy because I do not have any facts. At this time I can only be subject to  my emotions that a great wrong has occurred. That is my first impression and I am sure most of us believe the same thing.

However there is always two sides to every story. Before we have a lynching party we should try to ascertain the facts. If what we learn is contrary to our  belief we should not reject it automatically. Prejudice can work both ways.

I would  suggest that we read the following article from the Christian Science Monitor. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2012/0324/Who-is-George-Zimmerman-and-why-did-he-shoot-Trayvon-Martin/%28page%29/2.

There was apparently a  physical confrontation if  facts in this report are true. The question becomes one of Intent and Initiation. City Administrator Bonaparte is right in requesting an Independent Investigation to ascertain the truth if possible. Don't assume that this was a racist incident until we know.

The real criminal in this case is probably Florida's Law. However we also need to know if in the subdivision the  killing  took place there had been sufficient criminal activity to merit a civilian patrol.

By the way did you know that Zimmerman's mother was Latino ?

10 comments:

  1. Gov. Christie just used the term "lynching" to describe his Supreme Court nominee's rejection. You have used the term "lynching" to describe the outcry for justice in the Trayvon Martin case. Let's stop all the hyperbole. Arican Americans who were strung up, killed and mutlilated by racist Southerners were lynched. A call for the arrest and proscecution of George Zimmerman is not "lynching." And the rejection of Mr. Kwon as a Supreme Court justice is not a "lynching." Let's not insult the memories of hundreds of Black men who were murdered simply for the color of their skin.

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  2. Thanks for the voice of rationality and reason. I like you, try to ascertain all the available facts on an issue before I commit to an opinion or response, quite unlike one of our council members who seems to be more than ready to jump to an erroneous assumption.
    One of my neighbors is running around here calling for the white racist Zimmerman and the police chief's head. And when I remarked that he didn't have all the facts in the case, and that by the way Zimmerman from his picture did not appear white, but multi-racial, I thought he was gonna take a swing at me! And when he insinuated that I was racist, I asked against who. I am of Scottish,French,Native American, African and Oriental descent!

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  3. 1:44, Lynch:"To be put to death by a mob without legal sanction." Unfortunately the being a victim of the act has not been an exclusive African-American prerogative. Study the Leo Frank case in Atlanta (1913)where a white and Jewish man was taken out of the jail and killed by the mob. His imprisonment was based in part by testimony from an African-American supposed witness who in 1960s recanted it. Also two of the three civil rights workers killed by KKK in Mississippi in 1964 were white.

    No one is insulting the memory or condoning the act against any race. What would you call the killing of Plainfield's Policeman Gleason at the time of the riots? justifed?

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  4. 4:11 The outcry is not for "justice: but for conviction and the death penalty if it applies in Florida for Zimmerman. Justice can only happen if all the facts are obtained and evaluated by a jury of peers. The legal process must be carried out and all attempts to prevent racial prejudice from contaminating the process avoided. Read the referenced article.

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  5. The previous comment is addressed to 1:44 not 4:11 who time wise c ould not have written at this hour.

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  6. I agree that the legal process must take its course. The problem is that, but for the outcry from concerned citizens (of many races) there would have been no search for the truth. The Sandford police department had closed the case, despite a multitude of questions that should have been asked and answered. So I think the anger and distrust some call irrational is undersstandable - misplaced but understandable. There's much we don't know - but we do know that an unarmed 17 year old boy was shot and killed by a man who pursued him against the directives of the police. I've watchedd the news and read many articles. I haven't heard anyone call for this man to be executed. What I heard was a call for him to be arrested and prosecuted. The legal system will determine his fate. Sounds reasonable to me.

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  7. Yes the term "lynching" is very appropriate here. The Black Panthers have offered a $10,000 reward for the capture of Zimmerman "dead or alive".

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  8. 7:46 AM Can you vouch for your claim? Are the "Black Panthers" still in existence. I thought they were a group of a past era

    10:38 PM, I agree with you that the local police's action in closing the investigation by taking Zimmerman's word and using an outrageous law to justify their inaction must be grounds for investigation. The police department may be guilty of obstruction of justice, a criminal offense. It must be followed through.

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  9. Does not matter what race Zimmerman is, he was WRONG. If he himself were African American guess what? He would still be wrong and need to be in JAIL. Let's not let all the hype blind us to the situation at hand, killed for walking from the store in the rain with tea and candy. Zimmerman needs to be in jail!

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  10. according to the SPLC the Black Panthers are a racist anti-semetic group to be watched.

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