July 14, 2013 at 1:37 am #92659
For Trayvon Martin
As you spend this weekend with family and friends, don’t forget JJP at TWIB.
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And always, have a peaceful dayJuly 14, 2013 at 1:37 am #92660
George Zimmerman’s Acquittal Attaches A Face To America’s New Racism
By: Jason Easley
Jul. 14th, 2013
George Zimmerman’s acquittal has put the exclamation point on America’s new and much more subtle racism, which is defined by the claims of conservatives that racism is dead.
Even as the jury was deliberating, Zimmerman attorney Mark O’Mara kept selling his client as the victim, “I believe his life is at risk, and I don’t say that for dramatic effect. There are a lot of people who think George killed Trayvon Martin for racial reasons, even though nothing supports that. And if they feel that anger enough, they could react violently.”
O’Mara was wrong. There has been no violence from African Americans. In fact, the delusion that African Americans would immediately turn to violence is a symptom the racism that conservatives like to claim does not exist.
Much like how the Supreme Court used the success of the Voting Rights Act to argue that racism was on the decline, Zimmerman’s attorney used the fact that his client said that he would have done the same thing if Trayvon Martin was white to simplistically argue that there was no racism motivating his client’s deadly act.
America’s new racism is always hidden by claims that it is not racism. Racists are much more savvy today. The defense of Zimmerman was entirely based on criminalizing Trayvon Martin. An unarmed young African-American man was painted as a threat, because he was not white. No one will come out and say it, but that’s the truth.
Some people have asked what would have happened if Zimmerman was black, but I don’t think that is the correct question. The appropriate question is what would have happened to Zimmerman if he would have shot a blue eyed, blond haired, captain of the football team, suburban white kid? My guess is that the entire perception of the case would have been different.
African Americans are being told that they don’t have the same right to safely walk down the street. The message here is that an African American who is doing nothing wrong is still a threat, and most dangerously, that white people have a right to shoot a minority if they feel threatened.
The race based attacks that Republicans have been using for years against President Obama have seeped into the national consciousness. America’s new unspoken racism has been empowered by the country’s refusal to openly talk about race. Republicans have mainstreamed unspoken racial attitudes, and the defense used these attitudes to get George Zimmerman acquitted.
This sort of racism calls for a new civil rights movement. Barriers to minority voting are being erected on a daily basis, a young African American man was killed for walking down the street. Even if nobody will come out and say it, conservatives are turning the clock back to an ugly time in our national history.July 14, 2013 at 1:40 am #92661
It’s Not Riots You Need to Worry About, It’s More Zimmermans
By: Sarah Jones
Jul. 14th, 2013
‘On July 13, Jay Smooth, who among many things does a hip-hop radio show in New York and occasional music commentary on NPR and is the son of an African American father and a white mother, got to the real problem of an acquittal for George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin.
Via the Obama Diary, Smooth tweeted, “The fundamental danger of an acquittal is not more riots, it is more George ZImmermans.”
Now that the acquittal has happened, the angry whites at Fox News are fear-mongering about the inevitable “riots” of “those people”. Yet there have been no riots, oddly enough, given the magnitude of the injustice.
Let’s not gloss over the inferred wrongness of a “riot” by the angry whites at Fox (also known these days as the Republican Party, or conservatives). They would call any demonstration a “riot” (they just did this in Texas against women). When the people they’re doing wrong speak up, they call it a “riot”. This is supposed to mark the victim as the bad one in the court of public opinion (aka, the mainstream media), which is still run by mostly white men, just like our courts.
But it’s not the victimized minority we need to fear. Nope. It’s the empowered Zimmermans. Finding Zimmerman not guilty is the same thing as rewarding sick aggression without cause. There’s a whole lot more where that came from.
Stalking someone without cause is now “defense” in NRA America, courtesy of the Republican Party. Now that Zimmerman got off, thanks to a terrible job by the prosecution who, let’s face it, seemed to be happy to have lost and it wouldn’t surprise me if he was under some pressure to do so, the next Zimmerman is dusting off his/her short fuse and getting ready to go hunting.
What else do you call chasing down an innocent person, confronting them because you profiled them (I was recently robbed by a white man, do I have the right now to chase every white man with a gun?) because another, unrelated person of the same color allegedly committed a crime in the neighborhood? If that’s all it takes to justify chasing and gunning someone down, then every single person in this country is at risk of being profiled.
But not every single person in this country is at risk of being shot down and having their shooter acquitted.
That’s because our justice system is not color blind or blind to the sex of the accused and the victim. White men fare better in our system for obvious reasons- white men run the system and they tend to sympathize with those they identify with; those who remind them of themselves.July 14, 2013 at 10:08 am #92662
Zimmerman verdict a ‘wake-up call’ for blacks in Atlanta
by Kunbi Tinuoye | July 14, 2013 at 1:04 AM
Stafford Mitchell has been glued to the television screen for the last three weeks.
The owner of a popular barbershop on the south side of Atlanta has been gripped by the wall-to-wall coverage of the George Zimmerman trial.
He says his customers, predominately African-American males, were equally fired up by the racially charged high-profile case. “It’s the main topic of discussion,” says Mitchell, who has run Executive Cuts & Styles for the past 12 years.
“It was as big as the O.J. Simpson trial. Everyone who came in iterated their opinion.”
Indeed, a small TV in the corner of the shop became a window for the live courtroom streams. The proceedings, commentary and in-depth legal analysis were the main focus for passionate and frank discussions, says Mitchell.
He says he’s been anxiously awaiting the verdict in Zimmerman case. But when he heard the not guilty verdict he felt angry and sad for the family of Trayvon Martin.
“Based on what I’ve seen [Zimmerman] was clearly in the wrong,” says Mitchell. “He didn’t follow the instructions of the 911 operator.
“He killed an unarmed man. They say it was self-defense but Trayvon Martin had no weapon.
“If anything Trayvon was defending himself: if someone’s following me I have a right to defend myself. This is a very sad day for America.”
“This is the justice system in America and we have to live with the system,” says Brian Weans, who regularly gets his hair cut at Mitchell’s barbershop.
“I am disappointed that the prosecution was unable to prove their case for the jurors to make an educated decision. It’s a travesty that they [Trayvon’s parents] have to deal with the death of their son and the fact that the killer gets to walk free.”
“It’s a wake-up call. We’ve got complacent because we believe that we are living in a post-racial society and obviously this verdict shows this is not the case,” says Armstrong Booker, a stay-at-home mom.
“It reminds us again that in this country black men and black boys can fall at the hands of white people and get away with it,” says Andrew Harris, of northeast Atlanta, who is the father of three, including a 15-year-old boy.
“I didn’t even watch the case,” says Harris, who is a commodities trader, “It didn’t even want to watch a case where another white man got away with killing a black man”.
“Not only can white men and the police kill an African-American man and get away with it. The verdict of this case shows they can kill African-American boys and get away with it,” he added.
“He hunted him like a predictor and prey and got away with the killing. In a town where the police were not willing to enforce the law how can we expect the jury to?”July 14, 2013 at 10:11 am #92663
This is not over yet–
It all seemed so suspiciously coordinated. We are going to find out that they were all in on it: Rick Scott, Angela Corey, Robert Zimmerman, O’Mara, Don West, The Jurors and probably even the bloody prosecutors and Judge Nelson — I trust no one at this point -
But we can take comfort in the fact that there is no honor amongst thieves —
It’s only a matter of time now before this neat little packaged alliance, united in their racism and contempt, begins to unravel at the seams–July 14, 2013 at 10:14 am #92664
Keith Boykin @keithboykin8m
After being stalked, captured, enslaved, segregated, lynched, profiled, beaten, and killed, we’re told we’re the ones who are violentJuly 14, 2013 at 10:15 am #92665
And this is why I have no sympathy for this new generation of so-called 2520 activists who think they can break the law just because they feel like it and yet the mere of charges filed against them is an injustice.
GZ fought a cop. Nothing was done. He fought with a girlfriend. Nothing was done. This inaction led to him profiling and killing an unarmed teen. This sociopath should have never had a gun in the first place when he intersected with Trayvon that night and snuffed away his life.July 14, 2013 at 10:30 am #92666
Saw this: “Years ago Trayvon would’ve been killed for whistling at a white woman. Today we don’t even need reasons.”July 14, 2013 at 10:31 am #92667
Network Soaps Battling Tough to Stay Alive
Each of the remaining broadcast daytime dramas has improved its ratings this year
Don’t plan on anyone popping the daytime soap bubble anytime soon.
There may only be four left on ABC, CBS and NBC, but they are holding onto their audience. In fact, for the first time in memory, each of these shows — which have been around for a combined 144 years — actually posted quarterly ratings gains vs. the previous year.
The simple fact that there are fewer dramas fighting for the afternoon audience, and not many half-hours where the current shows overlap, is likely a contributing factor.
But these improvements in daytime come at a time when a pair of former daytime soaps, “All My Children” and “One Live to Live,” have found second lives online. Also, serialized programming has never been hotter in primetime — from reality programs across the dial to the hottest scripted dramas like “The Walking Dead,” “Downton Abbey” and “Scandal.”July 14, 2013 at 10:59 am #92668
The other day I observed that Chris Rock once said something to the effect of a white person practically having to shoot Medgar Evers before the media would call them racist.
Poor Chris gave them way too much credit.July 14, 2013 at 11:05 am #92669
July 14, 2013 at 10:49 am
I was born in the 1970s, and missed the civil rights era, so the following belief is from my own limited perspective:
The murder of Trayvon Martin feels like this generation’s 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. A black kid was stalked and executed on the streets, for nothing other than his killer being offended by his existence.
Local law enforcement then did their best to make sure there were no consequences for itJuly 14, 2013 at 11:14 am #92670
Halle Berry married: Oscar-winning actress ties knot with Olivier Martinez at French chateau
The nuptials were held under extraordinary secrecy. A massive white tent was set up on the chateau’s grounds, which also holds a church.
By Rich Schapiro / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Actress Halle Berry tied the knot with actor Olivier Martinez at a luxurious French chateau Saturday.
The nuptials — the pregnant Berry’s third — were held under extraordinary secrecy. But photographers snapped pictures of Berry, clad in a white gown, heading into the Chateau des Conde inside a white station wagon.
A massive white tent was set up on the chateau’s grounds, which also holds a church. About 60 guests attended the intimate ceremony, Us Weekly reported.
The star couple exchanged vows in a civil ceremony performed by a local mayor about 4:15 p.m, sources told the magazine. The lovebirds then had a religious ceremony in the chapel at 5:30 p.m. Berry, 46, met her French fiancé, 47, in 2010 while co-starring in the film, “Dark Tide.”July 14, 2013 at 11:19 am #92671
Why are people shocked…if young white kids could not have empathy for the young black actress in hunger games…why are we shocked? If white lady could excuse calling a young actress being called cunt..why are you shocked? If you have witnessed the treatment of the president last couple of years..why are you shocked? If you see VRA ruling..why shocked? Wake up time for the young ins … Get in the struggle.
I see people going but the jurors were women..and I go so what? Have you not seen the silence of these white female groups with regards to the first lady? I will not be making an distinctions because they certainly don’t make any with us. I am not shocked because I expected it…You are not a human being in their eyes.July 14, 2013 at 11:23 am #92672
I’m really prepared to slap the living shit out of people parroting this “Why don’t y’all get this outraged about Black on Black crime?” talking point to try to discount Black peoples emotions about this case. Just shut the fuck up.July 14, 2013 at 11:34 am #92673
Surprise, Greenwald interrupts his tweeting about himself to link to post that says #TrayonMartin “jury basically got it right”. Pure ugly.
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