Feeling threatened is not the same thing as being threatened.
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Feeling threatened is not the same thing as being threatened.
Correct me if I’m wrong but no other rapper aside from Macklemore has ever paid tribute to Trayvon Martin. Aside from Plies, Wyclef Jean, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Game, Ace Hood, Lil Scrappy, Papoose and numerous other rappers. Let’s not forget Jamie Foxx and Ebony Magazine who were applauded as “wise” and “educated” for speaking out against racism. Oops, wait.
Boom! From the moment I saw that Hurricane Katrina photo side by side with coded racism in how hurricane survivors acquired resources to more recently Nicki/Miley media narratives and now Jamie/Macklemore, I keep remembering how White people and White supremacist media are not even trying. They are blatantly going to applaud the beneficiaries of oppression for saying something about what they will never experience while further oppressing the oppressed who speak out. And then they call this process of sheer White supremacy and racism being an “ally.” Both comical and disgusting.
Think about it: We’re told over and over that if Zimmerman was afraid of Martin, according to Florida law, he had the right to put a bullet in the chamber of his concealed handgun, get out of his car after being told not to by the 911 dispatcher and follow and confront Martin and shoot him to death.
At the same time, we are told that Martin, who had far greater reason to fear Zimmerman, practically and for reasons of American history, did not have the right to confront his stalker, stand his ground and defend himself, including by using his fists. We are told that this was entirely unjustified and by doing so, Martin justified his own execution.
A woman who sat on the all-female jury that acquitted George Zimmerman said in an interview set to air Friday that the former neighborhood watch captain “got away with murder” in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
Juror B29, the lone minority on the jury, allowed her face to be shown in her interview withABC’s Robin Roberts and disclosed a first name of Maddy. But the 36-year-old nursing assistant, who is Puerto Rican, did not offer her last name, citing security concerns.
In the interview that will air on “Good Morning America,” Maddy said that she and the jurors followed Florida law and the evidence put forth was not sufficient to prove murder. And for that, she said, Zimmerman walked.
"George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can’t get away from God. And at the end of the day, he’s going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with," Maddy told ABC. "[But] the law couldn’t prove it."
Maddy said she expected to be the juror “to give them the hung jury.”
"I fought to the end," she said.
You didn’t fight hard enough, ma’am. You said “not guilty” in the courtroom.
i’ll be drinking tonight when this airs. you might get a drunken, angry response.
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. 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 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.
President ObamaY’all done acting like he doesn’t care about Black folks now or nah?
God bless Trayvon Martin. I’m in my hoodie. Another innocent young brother who met a bullet. Man this whole world is fucked up. Hard times, tough luck. Section 8 and food stamps, jobs never hired us. I’m just trying to fill my wish list. Don’t want to be another statistic.
Boom goes the dynamite.
i kinda feel bad for disrepectin the dead but then i kind of “okay….. yea u right”
COKE & WEED ARE TWO VERY DIFFERENT THINGS DICKHEADS !!!!! Plus Cory was famous meaning very well known to the fucking world not just his family & friends , THE FUCK ?!
Is it possible to miss the point any more than this above person has?
the point is that while these same people are demonizing Trayvon for traces of marijuana and using it as “evidence” that he was a thug who HAD to have started the fight and thus justifying his murder, they are talking about the death of an actual drug addict, who overdosed on heroin with nothing but love and kindness. They are mourning Cory Monteith as they simultaneously put Trayvon on trial for his own murder. Cory is afforded being seen as a human being whose life was worth something. Trayvon was gunned down and somehow him smoking weed at some point in his life makes this ok.
i have truly been struggling not to bring this up simply because Cory Monteith’s death came as a big ass shock to me too and I feel bad for him as well as the people close to him.
The point of the tweet is to point on the utter hypocrisy that’s coming directly from racism. there is no other way to justify the line of thinking that Trayvon is a thug who needed to be killed and vilified in his death …for smoking weed… while Cory is a tragic case to be cried over.. for heroin addiction.
and… Cory admitted to committing crimes to feed his habit in his youth and dropped out of school. But, fans are saying that shouldn’t even be brought up… meanwhile all we hear about is Trayvon’s suspension for that baggie that had traces of marijuana in it… because…again… somehow that justifies Zimmerman putting a bullet in his chest after stalking him.