Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Cobb Parents Caution Their Children in Light of Trayvon Shooting Death
Patch ^ | May 3, 2012 | Kiri Walton

Posted on 05/03/2012 6:52:00 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The country, including South Cobb, continues to dialogue about the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and to watch the impending trial of George Zimmerman. Many parents are wondering what, if anything, they can do to prevent their children from becoming the next Trayvon, the 16-year-old boy Zimmerman admitted to shooting in what he said was self-defense. Martin was walking to his father’s home in a Sanford, FL subdivision from a local store.

During the second Cobb United for Change Coalition meeting held Wednesday night, a child asked what he could do to prevent becoming “another Trayvon Martin.”

The answers from parents in the crowd, made up of about 25 mostly African American and Latino individuals, varied.

Several responded that because their children are African-American or Latino, they will be judged as “more dangerous” or “more aggressive” than their white counterparts.

Guenevere Reed, president of the Powder Springs Task Force, said she tells her sons “to follow the rules” and not “mess up…We don’t have the luxury to mess up.”

Teretha Muhammad said about her African-American sons, “I have to teach him to not be fearful…We got to teach them to have strong character.”

She said the community should help find positive male mentors for boys without fathers.

“I tell them to follow the rules. Do not be in places you’re not supposed to be…Try to be the best child you can be,” she said, adding that she does not allow her sons to be out alone after a certain time.

Repeatedly, members of the crowd said in order for stereotypes about African American and Latino children to change, they must exhibit excellence.

“That mentality that black and brown children are more criminal” is dangerous, said Angela Flores, a Marietta mother and a human services professional.

“I think the perfect solution is to love your neighbor,” she said.

“We need to stand up against lies being told against our children,” she said. Children are being discriminated against “not for their choices, but for the conditions they’ve been in” and because of that, “they can be jailed, deported or killed.”


TOPICS: Local News; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: georgezimmerman; georgia; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
So they're going to try and milk this for everything it's worth?
1 posted on 05/03/2012 6:52:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, some of the advice from parents was spot on.


2 posted on 05/03/2012 6:55:04 PM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Many parents are wondering what, if anything, they can do to prevent their children from becoming the next Trayvon.

Don't wear a hoodie in a strange hood. It's a start.

3 posted on 05/03/2012 6:56:47 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Actual families don’t “dialogue”.


4 posted on 05/03/2012 6:56:47 PM PDT by Andrei Bulba
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s like somebody swimming in a shark tank worried about being hit by lightning.


5 posted on 05/03/2012 6:57:20 PM PDT by Krankor
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Several responded that because their children are African-American or Latino, they will be judged as “more dangerous” or “more aggressive” than their white counterparts.”

UH,duh..Statiscally they ARE more dangerous and more aggressive.

Try telling your kids not to have gold grills, wear hoodies covering their faces, pants hanging down and swaggering with an intimidating attitude.


6 posted on 05/03/2012 6:59:54 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (NEWT in 2012)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
“I think the perfect solution is to love your neighbor,” she said.

Did she continue with don't bash people's heads into sidewalks, don't skip school, don't "hold" stolen jewelry and burglary tools for others, don't take swings at bus drivers, and don't roam the streets when you're supposed to be grounded?

7 posted on 05/03/2012 7:00:24 PM PDT by bgill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe they could begin with basics, like respect legitimate authority.

It begins at home, with children respecting their parents.


8 posted on 05/03/2012 7:01:23 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

25 years ago Cobb County was pretty much all White. Since then the Blacks have moved in with a vengeance. That’s why you see this “dialogue” going on.


9 posted on 05/03/2012 7:01:23 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obey your mother and father.
Study hard.
Dress sensibly.
Speak articulately and respectfully.
Obey the law.
Choose good friends.
Don’t be out prowling through neighborhoods in the middle of the night.
Don’t pounce on community watch captains and bash their heads on the pavement.


10 posted on 05/03/2012 7:05:34 PM PDT by lurk
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet; Fred Nerks

What about the littlediscussed fact that Martin had a burglury tool at home, found by the police after the fact?

Is it usual for Cobb COounty youths to have such tolls at home? Ane wgat was Martin doing, hanging around a gated community alone after sundown, casing a house or two??Is it usual for Cob County youths to be hanging around in the dark, and in the rain alone?

I am getting out of touch I guess, when I was atthat age, I was out only on Friday o Saturdy nights and had better things t do than hang around in the darkm in the rain, alone. I was hanging with friends and having fun. But I guess the times have changed, young folk today just like to hang around in the dark alone, in the rain, peeping into windows?


11 posted on 05/03/2012 7:12:32 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascist info....http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jack Hydrazine

>25 years ago Cobb County was pretty much all White. Since then the Blacks have moved in with a vengeance. That’s why you see this “dialogue” going on.<

I bet the crime rate has skyrocketed, too.


12 posted on 05/03/2012 7:22:04 PM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Andrei Bulba

My family’s “dialogue” was “if you screw up, don’t bother calling us for bail money”.

And they meant it.

I was a very good kid.....:)


13 posted on 05/03/2012 7:23:06 PM PDT by Salamander (Hey blood brother, you're one of our own. You're as sharp as a razor and as hard as a stone.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: lurk

Well that’s awfully Draconian.

/s


14 posted on 05/03/2012 7:25:19 PM PDT by Salamander (Hey blood brother, you're one of our own. You're as sharp as a razor and as hard as a stone.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
The answers from parents in the crowd, made up of about 25 mostly African American and Latino individuals

So in a county of 700,000, with a 25% black population, 25 people show up? How did they handle all the traffic jams?

15 posted on 05/03/2012 7:25:30 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
So they're going to try and milk this for everything it's worth?

You expected a different over reaction?
16 posted on 05/03/2012 7:42:19 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (With (R)epublicans like these, who needs (D)emocrats?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Candor7

Define burglary tool. He had a screwdriver in his backpack in school, which is suspicious unless he’s a budding repairman.

Screwdrivers at home OTOH are legitimate. Lots of burglary tools here.


17 posted on 05/03/2012 7:47:50 PM PDT by heartwood
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

The most needed we all need to learn, and to profit as a people and nation is:

“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged, and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.” (Proverbs 16:6)

It seems we have a nation of children that have not been taught to fear God (honor and respect our God and Creator).

I taught for several years (in the projects) and soon learned; they believe when you are dead, and thats it. No accountability!

We must teach them that death is only the beginning of eternity! An accountability for eternity!


18 posted on 05/03/2012 7:49:32 PM PDT by Letmarch75
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: heartwood
Cobb Parents Caution Their Children in Light of Trayvon Shooting Death

Don't dress like someone who would be expected to say, "Yo, mo fo! Wassup!"

Don't be wandering between buildings that are not your own in a neighborhood that is not your own.

Especially don't do this at night.

If you think someone poses a threat to you, call 911 immediately; don't stay on the phone with your Twitter friend.

Don't hide and then jump out to suckerpunch a guy not of your race.
19 posted on 05/03/2012 7:56:18 PM PDT by aruanan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Love your neighbor”? Yeah, that’d work. Or even “don’t attack your neighbor and try to beat him to death” would be fine. I doubt that we’ll hear it suggested, though. Doesn’t fit the narrative.


20 posted on 05/03/2012 8:05:15 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
“That mentality that black and brown children are more criminal” is dangerous, said Angela Flores, a Marietta mother and a human services professional.

Interracial Crime
• Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent and whites commit 15 percent.
• Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against blacks. Fortyfive percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and 10 percent are Hispanic. When whites commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims are black.
• Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery.
• Blacks are 2.25 times more likely to commit officially-designated hate crimes against whites than vice versa.

Gangs
• Only 10 percent of youth gang members are white.
• Hispanics are 19 times more likely than whites to be members of youth gangs.
• Blacks are 15 times more likely, and Asians are nine times more likely.

Incarceration
• Between 1980 and 2003 the US incarceration rate more than tripled, from 139 to 482 per 100,000, and the number of prisoners increased from 320,000 to 1.39 million.
• Blacks are seven times more likely to be in prison than whites.
• Hispanics are three times more likely.
21 posted on 05/03/2012 8:16:49 PM PDT by aruanan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
This new-age New York City carpetbagger emedia covers about 45,000 people in the hinterlands of the Atlanta metro area.

South Cobb Patch

What We Cover

Comprehensive and trusted local coverage of Mableton, Austell and Clarkdale, GA. Featuring news and events, business listings, discussions, announcements, photos and videos.

Who’s Behind Patch?

Patch is run by professional editors, writers, photographers and videographers who live in or near the communities we serve, and is supported by a great team in our New York City headquarters. Patch also gets advice from our Editorial Advisory Board and from many members of the community.

We look forward to meeting you, hearing your stories, and being your trusted source for community-specific information.

If you see us around town, don’t be afraid to say hi and tell us what you want to see on Patch!


22 posted on 05/03/2012 8:59:21 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: higgmeister

New York City!?!


23 posted on 05/03/2012 9:15:48 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Will the parents of minorities teach their kids to behave?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LViCtFjZfnU

24 posted on 05/03/2012 9:41:40 PM PDT by conservativeimage.com (Civil War II)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ken H
Yeah right, just like that sauce!

They don't even know what Kudzu is!

25 posted on 05/03/2012 9:42:02 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Lil Flower

At least on the south and west sides of Cobb County.


26 posted on 05/03/2012 10:22:58 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Jack Hydrazine
lol Exclusive East Cobb is still exclusive.

I get to say I am in East Cobb but I am really inside the 120 loop.

27 posted on 05/03/2012 11:18:08 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: heartwood; Fred Nerks

Define burglary tool>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

just google [ trayvon martin burglary tools ]

You will get about a dozen good hits.

Here is BUT one:

***********************************************

Trayvon’s backpack contained 12 pieces of jewelry, in addition to a watch and a large flathead screwdriver, according to the report, which described the screwdriver as a burglary tool.

Trayvon was asked if the jewelry, which was mostly women’s rings and earrings, belonged to his family or a girlfriend.

“Martin replied it’s not mine. A friend gave it to me,” according to the report. Trayvon declined to name the friend.

School police impounded the jewelry and sent photos of the items to detectives at Miami-Dade police for further investigation.

http://patdollard.com/2012/03/multiple-suspensions-paint-complicated-portrait-of-trayvon-martin/

*******************************

Of course when I was 17 years old, I always carried a large screwdriver around, and lots of jewellery to tempt my girl friends, at that age I was just a screw driver looking for a screw ;-)

Yep, a large screw driver is now standard teenager back pack equipment along with cell phone and skittles.


28 posted on 05/04/2012 9:33:19 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascist info....http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: aruanan
My internet device can't read pdf. Does your source have the stats for interracial murders?

Thanks.

29 posted on 05/04/2012 7:50:04 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson