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I was Trayvon Martin the day I came to America
CNN ^ | July 12, 2013 | Egberto Willies

Posted on 07/12/2013 3:07:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Kingwood, Texas-My first stop in America was a little town called Brenham, TX in 1979.

It is home of the Texas famous Blue Bell Ice Cream and Blinn Junior College. My ticket to study engineering in America was based on a music scholarship, but that’s another subject.

I was a wet behind-the-ears black kid that spoke with an accent in a country town. The black American kids were suspicious of me, the white American kids were curious, and the Hispanic American kids giggled when I spoke to them in Spanish. I hung out with Peruvian, Argentinian, Guatemalan, and Venezuelan friends most of that year. We were all strangers in a new land away from our parents for the first time who shared one thing in common — we could all communicate in Spanish and when strange things happened we could enter our cocoon. It is amazing how quickly and quietly human beings adapt.

We were walking down one of the few commercial streets in Brenham when some guys in a pickup truck just started shouting "n****r" and, if I remember correctly, something about being in the wrong part of town. It was directed solely at me because, while we were all Latinos walking down that street, I was the only black one....

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TOPICS: Heated Discussion
KEYWORDS: blackkk; florida; georgezimmerman; racism; texas; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
CNN PRODUCER NOTE: EWillies1961 says as the Trayvon Martin case draws to a close, he felt compelled to share his own story of when he first came to America to continue his higher education. In this personal essay, he reflects on the racism he faced after moving to a small town in Texas and how those experiences remind him of the Trayvon Martin case. 'Racism today is very subtle. I am a degreed mechanical engineer, a self employed software developer and business owner, an author, a known activist, and I am still profiled in 2013 when I enter many establishments,' he said. The thoughts he shares in his essay are based solely on opinion.
1 posted on 07/12/2013 3:07:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How many neighborhood watchmen has the author “grounded and pounded”?


2 posted on 07/12/2013 3:12:34 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

when some guys in a pickup truck just started shouting “n****r” ...

OK, you’ve got the standard meme down pat. Texas. The pick-up truck. The racial slur. All standard, boiler-plate.

And that’s why I don’t buy any of this narrative.


3 posted on 07/12/2013 3:17:33 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I remember getting to the beach house and the coldness with which I was treated on the island, compared to my geographic brothers and sisters from South and Central America.

Funny, I knew a white Venezuelan kid back high school who didn't "fit in" either.

I would describe him the way the author describes himself -- as a "wet behind-the-ears black kid that spoke with an accent in a country town." In fact, he not only had an accent, but he could barely speak English at all, and didn't seem eager to learn.

I felt sorry for the kid because he seemed lonely and isolated, but a lot of the problem was language. Not skin color.

Most Americans are happy to associate with immigrants who learn to speak English well, no matter what color they are.

4 posted on 07/12/2013 3:17:47 PM PDT by shhrubbery! (NIH!)
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To: Paisan

It’s very Hollywood, isn’t it?


5 posted on 07/12/2013 3:18:59 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sorry, CNN, ain’t buy in’ it.

Shove it.


6 posted on 07/12/2013 3:20:12 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder if he ever sucker punched anyone.


7 posted on 07/12/2013 3:21:12 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (If you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was Trayvon Martin the day I came to America
***The hell he was. He came from a different company, a different culture. I doubt he took photos of himself as a gangsta, nor texted about fightin’ nor any of the other trouble Trayvon found himself in. Trayvon started this fight, and it did not end well for him.


8 posted on 07/12/2013 3:22:56 PM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The author mentioned that he had 5 jobs in 5 years because “he didn’t take any crap.” It might have been because he was an arrogant a**hole.


9 posted on 07/12/2013 3:26:47 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: Olog-hai

Yeah, I wouldn’t think he’d want to associate himself with a thug.


10 posted on 07/12/2013 3:26:57 PM PDT by TheDon (Inside Every Liberal is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out.)
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To: Kevmo

You know, maybe in Texas in 1979, things were different. But in MY part of town, which is a very diverse metro area, NO ONE yells that kind of stuff out their window ...to anyone ...anymore.

It really just doesn’t happen anymore. Maybe it used to. But things REALLY, REALLY have changed. We’ve elected a black president, for God’s sake.

These people WANT to remain stuck in the past. They could just big big boys and girls and laugh at it, but they choose to hang onto it, like a prized childhood momento.

Let GO of it, already!! No one calls anyone N*gger anymore except blacks speaking to other blacks. We white folks know our place.


11 posted on 07/12/2013 3:27:35 PM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another victim of racist Amerikkka, boo hoo hoo...


12 posted on 07/12/2013 3:28:33 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t believe a word of this. Brenham is a fairly typical east Texas town, though its more in East Central Texas. By typical, I mean there is a huge minority population there and in surrounding areas. He’s acting like people there had never been around Blacks, which is totally untrue.


13 posted on 07/12/2013 3:32:52 PM PDT by 1L
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In 1972, a fight at a predominately black high school was broken up, and the crowd went to the bus stop. The bus stop where I, and 3 others were. Even though I am part Cherokee, they assumed I was white.

Long story short, the 4 of us were attacked by a mob of 30-50 black males.

According to CNN, I can now hate all blacks forever.


14 posted on 07/12/2013 3:36:16 PM PDT by Darteaus94025
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To: Paisan

CNN’s version of the bouncy story?


15 posted on 07/12/2013 3:38:59 PM PDT by darkangel82
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I graduated HS in 1979 from a small town in TX (pop. 15K at the time) and I NEVER heard anyone use the word “N****r” there. Not once. Not ever. I don’t think it was common. If someone did drive down the street yelling that in 1979, he was probably drunk and also regarded as the village idiot.


16 posted on 07/12/2013 3:46:01 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (FUBO, and the useful idiots you rode in on!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Should have titled the story; I was Jayson Blair the day I came to America. Egbert went to the Stephen Glass school of journalism.


17 posted on 07/12/2013 3:47:54 PM PDT by Stentor ( When sorrows come, they come not single spies but in battalions.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And now you are a world class loser


18 posted on 07/12/2013 3:49:27 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This guy came here to study engineering, paid for by a music scholarship? But ohs-nos, somebody called him a bad name! And he actually thinks, somehow, this makes him a Trayvon Martin? ROFL... the sooner this guy understands that the Trayvons of this country would happily beat him to death, the better off he'll be.
19 posted on 07/12/2013 3:54:49 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: workerbee

Sounds like he’s a black Hispanic like George Zimmerman.


20 posted on 07/12/2013 3:56:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

With a little luck Egberto Willies will meet a ‘Trayvon Martin’ face to face soon.


21 posted on 07/12/2013 4:14:50 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, I think he and Trayvon had something in common, namely knee jerk reactions to race issues.

In this case, this guy is making all kinds of unfounded assumptions that TM was a little angel and acted as one, and the big bad racist attacked him.

Note he is not too subtly being racist about Hispanics, saying lighter skinned Hispanics got better treatment than he did.

Hmm, how plausible is that, racist whites got all nasty with him while welcoming his other South American brethren into their hearts?

The facts of the TM case are that the racism has been coming from the black community, and of course all leftists.

IF reporters cared about real racism, they would have watched this trial and honestly told the American people that the evidence is Z got jumped and acted in self defense.

I did watch the trial and it was an incredibly non existent case by the prosecution. 80% of the prosecution case was exonerating Zimmerman. That is a fact not based on race.


22 posted on 07/12/2013 4:19:17 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Did he call “white” Hispanics creepy ass crackers, smoke weed, and wear a hoodie too? What a load of BS.


23 posted on 07/12/2013 4:50:36 PM PDT by eggman (End the Obama occupation of the White House!)
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To: Paisan

Yea, its a total BS story.


24 posted on 07/12/2013 5:20:01 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Come about Tuesday, many of us may be George Zimmerman.


25 posted on 07/12/2013 5:22:10 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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He was free to leave....Still is.


26 posted on 07/12/2013 5:24:16 PM PDT by Godwin1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If it’s so tough for Egberto here in America, why doesn’t he just go home. Problem solved. I’m sure the rest of America would be okay with that.


27 posted on 07/12/2013 5:55:28 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If America is a nation of immigrants, where's my free stuff?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I doubt the story is true. Victim status is so valuable in modern America that many people lie to obtain it.

Even if the story is true, so what?

A couple of years ago an idiot in a pickup truck called me a "damn faggot" because I was riding a bicycle. The event did not transform my view of America. It didn't even make me angry. I took it for what it was: a stupid statement by a stupid man who knew nothing about me, and who was perhaps unsure of his own sexuality.

Had Egberto Willies been on my bike, the event would have so traumatized him that he would have spent the next week crying in his bedroom, wailing about Homophobic America.

Screw him. Like most of the left's supposed victims, he's really just spoiled rotten. If you can't learn to ignore the idiots, you are one.

28 posted on 07/12/2013 8:04:32 PM PDT by TChad (YOU TOO can go to MEDICAL SCHOOL and become a PERK OF THE SOCIALIST STATE and empower DEMOCRATS!)
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To: Olog-hai

Very very Hollywood - so freakin’ pat that one must wonder how much is fact and how much fiction. Experience says the guy had an urge to jump on the travesty of the trial and make up his own story in hopes of getting TV interviews.


29 posted on 07/13/2013 2:32:05 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Egberto, if you was Saint Skittles, you’d be a dead thug.

Stop writing stupid crap.

Love, the Fieldmarshal.


30 posted on 07/13/2013 6:11:57 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I remember the day I learned about racism in America.
There I was just a white country boy, moving to a red brick neighborhood known as the Western Heights projects. While I tried to fit in, I was soon known as I weird white guy, that didn’t speak ghetto, or buy crack. Soon the nasty prostitutes on the hill knew me as the guy that had no money and would ostracize me. Some of the folks considered me an oddity, the guy that would answer the door with pistol in hand and a funny little smile.
I was happy to learn that racism grew in such places, and yet I didn’t have to learn hatred of anyone for their skin color but their individual characteristics. Nasty, lazy, hostile, pernicious, no account, worthless individuals, whose ways and deeds, resembled animals, with the lust and hungers of a beast.
I am glad that the dreadful time there ended, without me having to shoot anyone or getting shot. My first hand account revealed a deep seated animosity toward anything strong and good, but not within myself, but within a segment of the population bent on self destruction. Woe to the postman that brings the checks without a police escort. Ross Perots giant sucking sound doesn’t only come from Mexico, but also from the heart of darkness in every large city across America.


31 posted on 07/13/2013 3:37:07 PM PDT by asksimon (I'd rather be a rightwing nutjob, then a lib with no job and no nuts.)
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