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National Association of Black Journalists | 3/24/2012 | Wesley Lowery

Posted on 03/25/2012 6:32:05 AM PDT by ricmc2175

At the spring board meeting of the National Association of Black Journalists, board members interviewed attorney Daryl D. Parks, the principal in the Tallahassee, Fla.-based law firm representing the parents of the 17-year-old who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch captain.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: florida; martin; nabj; shooting
At the spring board meeting of the National Association of Black Journalists, board members interviewed attorney Daryl D. Parks, the principal in the Tallahassee, Fla.-based law firm representing the parents of the 17-year-old who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch captain.

By Wesley Lowery Special to NABJ

An attorney for the family of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin on Saturday shed light on his legal team's strategy, the status of state and federal investigations and the outpouring of support for the case.

In a wide-ranging interview with board members of the National Association of Black Journalists, conducted via Skype, attorney Daryl D. Parks said that after separate meetings with federal and state authorities, he doubts Travyon's killer will be indicted with a federal hate crime.

However, Parks said he is increasingly hopeful that the gunman, George Zimmerman, will face state criminal charges.

The 17-year-old Trayvon was killed Feb. 26 as he returned from a trip to a convenience store to his father's finance's house in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Unarmed, carrying Skittles candy and ice tea and wearing a hooded sweatshirt, he was spotted by Zimmerman, 28, a captain of the community's neighborhood watch.

In 911 tapes released by Sanford police, Zimmerman tells the operator that Trayvon was suspicious and appeared to be drugged. Zimmerman then pursued Trayvon on foot and after a struggle shot and killed the teenager, according to police.

Police say Zimmerman was not arrested because there was no evidence disputing his claim of self defense, prompting national outcry for state and federal officials to level charges.

Members of Trayvon's family met with U.S. Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigations officials on Thursday afternoon.

"It was rather clear that the attorney general is quite aware of the situation, and they have devoted a great deal of resources to this matter," Parks said. "It's very clear that this is a very high priority for this administration."

The Martin family also met briefly Friday with attorney Angela Corey, who was appointed as special prosecutor this week by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to head the state investigation.

The legal team representing Trayvon's family plans to pursue civil litigation against Zimmerman and the community's Homeowner's Association.

Parks, who also is president of the National Bar Association, said that, ultimately, he does not believe the Justice Department will pursue federal hate crime charges against Zimmerman.

Even without hate crime charges, Parks said it's clear that race played a role in Trayvon's killing and that the family believes Sanford police actively covered up the racial component to protect Zimmerman.

"Trayvon's situation is very tragic for this family and, I think, for every black person who lives in America," Parks said. "We all know many situations where the person of color was not given the benefit of the doubt. That's a subtlety in America that a lot of people don't talk about."

Parks said he hasn't seen any photo or video evidence documenting any injuries sustained by Zimmerman during the altercation with Trayvon. He also said Trayvon's girlfriend, whom attorneys say spoke with him just moments before his death, has yet to give a statement to police.

Zimmerman's attorney, Craig Sonner, said earlier Saturday that if charges are filed against his client, defense attorneys will argue that Zimmerman was acting in self defense.

"George Zimmerman is trying to turn the story around," Parks said. "At this point ... you charge the guy. If he wants to try to explain it away, explain it to the jury."

Parks said that Zimmerman's legal team has not been in touch with the team representing the Martin family, and that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been in contact with Zimmerman.

In addition to a slew of civil rights leaders, various celebrities have reached out to the Martin family. Parks said the family received a call from Oprah Winfrey and is appreciative of the public support from various professional athletes.

Members of the Miami Heat, including Lebron James and Dwayne Wade, posted on their social media accounts pictures of the team wearing hooded sweatshirts in support of Trayvon's family. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who has three sons living in Sanford, has talked to the family by phone, Parks said.

"I don't think it's a political statement," Parks said of the professional athletes who've expressed support. "Trayvon's situation speaks to all of us. We've all had some situations where we felt that race played an issue ... and they can identify with that."

Park said Trayvon's killing, which has prompted a national dialogue on racial profiling in the U.S., is not unlike the historic case of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy murdered in 1955 after allegedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. Till's death and the choice of his mother to have his casket open during the funeral prompted a national effort to eliminate Jim Crow laws.

"Most of us, especially those of us who live in the South, can clearly identify with this type of interaction with the police." Parks said. "It's not too often that we as African Americans get to help America with its conscious just a little bit. This is our opportunity."

Parks spoke from Atlanta to NABJ board members, who had gathered in Boston for a meeting.

Wesley Lowery is the Student Representative on the NABJ board of directors. He is a senior journalism major at Ohio University.

1 posted on 03/25/2012 6:32:13 AM PDT by ricmc2175
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To: ricmc2175

Has the National Association of White Journalists been called in?


2 posted on 03/25/2012 6:35:25 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: ricmc2175

You forgot the S/ tag.


3 posted on 03/25/2012 6:37:04 AM PDT by TwoSwords
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To: ricmc2175
Source?

Wesley Lowery is the Student Representative on the NABJ board of directors. He is a senior journalism major at Ohio University.

Sounds like since he is a student he has more credibility than the average MSM reporter. /sarcasm

4 posted on 03/25/2012 6:42:20 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: ricmc2175

This must be the source:

http://www.nabj.org/


5 posted on 03/25/2012 6:46:25 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: ricmc2175
a 14-year-old black boy murdered in 1955 after allegedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi.

Hey Park you hypocritical POS, what were these people doing?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2117695/Brutal-home-invasion-Oklahoma-couple-ends-65-year-romance-meeting-blind-date.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

6 posted on 03/25/2012 6:50:30 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Northern Yankee

Or how about the National Assn., of Mulatto Journalists or Hispanic Journalists... and you know what’s really a crime, Asian Journalists don’t even have a national Assn., they just get pigionholed wherever the others feel like putting them... somebody aught to do something I tell ya, SOMEBODY AUGHT TO DO SOMETHING!


7 posted on 03/25/2012 6:51:36 AM PDT by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: ricmc2175

These race pimps are going to milk this for all it’s worth, but it is revealing that Atty. Parks knows this is a “NO-GO” legal issue. There is too much evidence casting doubt on the popular story.

At the same time, do you recall the national outcry and sympathy over the murders of Christopher Newsome and Channon Christian? Presidential condolences, celebrity pronouncements, Media buzz and twitter? No, didn’t think so.
Look at it here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murders_of_Channon_Christian_and_Christopher_Newsom


8 posted on 03/25/2012 6:53:21 AM PDT by plangent
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To: dps.inspect
Too funny!

Agreed.

9 posted on 03/25/2012 6:54:22 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: ricmc2175
his father's finance's house

sorry Wes..no..I dont know what you are sayin..you say your a journalist?

10 posted on 03/25/2012 6:56:59 AM PDT by sternup
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To: Altura Ct.
a 14-year-old black boy murdered in 1955 after allegedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi.

Hey Park you hypocritical POS, what were these people doing?

Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom

11 posted on 03/25/2012 6:58:14 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: ricmc2175
his legal team's strategy, the status of state and federal investigations

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

12 posted on 03/25/2012 6:59:05 AM PDT by sternup
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To: Altura Ct.
a 14-year-old black boy murdered in 1955 after allegedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi.

Hey Park you hypocritical POS, what were these people doing

10 dead, at least 39 others wounded in weekend violence

""of a 6-year-old girl who was shot dead as she played on the front porch of her home in the Little Village neighborhood.""

Oh wait a minute, this is largely black on black and large in scale like happens in every city in America. We can't use that.

13 posted on 03/25/2012 7:04:57 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: ricmc2175

Parks said. “It’s not too often that we as African Americans get to help America with its conscious just a little bit. This is our opportunity.”

Look in the mirror A-hole, my conscious is clear.


14 posted on 03/25/2012 7:05:55 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Texas Fossil

https://mobile.twitter.com/wesleylowery


15 posted on 03/25/2012 7:08:49 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: ricmc2175

Another racist organization pretending to be journalists?


16 posted on 03/25/2012 7:10:16 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: sternup

“his father’s finance’s house”

sorry Wes..no..I dont know what you are sayin..you say your a journalist?

Shackup...


17 posted on 03/25/2012 7:11:21 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: ricmc2175

Have we heard from the Hispanic Jounalism board members?
How about Kermit the Frog from Seasame Street News?
How about the hoodie manufacturers?
Has Sleep Number Mattressn or Corbonite released a statement?


18 posted on 03/25/2012 7:13:36 AM PDT by Leep (Dueling tag lines=don't worry,you'll be a vegetable guy soon<>It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: kcvl

Thanks for link, it explains a lot.

The critical element of the way the news is portraying this is the photo that was released of Treyvor. The important part is the photo does not represent in any fashion what 17 year old Treyvor looks like.

6’2” 160 lb.

The facts are unimportant in this case to the media. The agenda is everything.


19 posted on 03/25/2012 7:19:20 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: ricmc2175
I think the majority of Americans have had it Black people and their nonstop cries of “racism!” Sorry, but Blacks are the most protected group of people (besides queers) in America.

These are the same douchbags who claim to represent MLK, but completely ignore his admonishment to “judge people by the content of their character.” Blacks always have to hyphenate who they are with regards to their skin color (e.g. African Americans, NABJ, NAACP, Congressional Black Caucus etc. etc.!). These Black racists never want this race issue to go away because it's their gravy train, and their excuse for not bettering themselves. Blacks (with help from their White Liberal Masters) have created the negative image people have of them. I no longer feel compelled to have sympathy for them. They've embraced the squalor they've chose to live in.

Oh, and lets not forget something here; Hispanics have become the largest minority group in America, and this has Black Leaders, The “Justice Brothers”, and some White Liberals fearful that the gravy train may soon be coming to an end.

20 posted on 03/25/2012 7:25:28 AM PDT by Artcore
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To: Altura Ct.

That was hands-down one of the most brutal stories I have ever read...


21 posted on 03/25/2012 7:33:22 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Northern Yankee

The hand writing is on the wall. Law abiding citizens are arming thenselves. Why, what has moved so many people in this country to arm themselves to the extent that Ruger had to suspend new orders because they counldn’t keep up with orders already in house. Could it be that things are way out of hand now, 10 killed and 30 wounded in one weekend in Chicago, including one blond haired little girl sitting on a porch. Where are these predators comomg from? It’s the elephant in the room that no one wants to admit is there or what created it. The crying from the black community is misplaced, they need to look amongst themselves for the answer.


22 posted on 03/25/2012 7:36:12 AM PDT by JayAr36
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To: Texas Fossil

So....no matter what the evidence said at the time...charge him anyway and let him explain it to a jury...wonder if they would feel the same way if the shooter was black....


23 posted on 03/25/2012 7:37:08 AM PDT by bike800
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To: bike800

Of course not.

Obama is King, only blacks win in court.

?? But what about 1/2 white/black presidents? Do they have protected status???


24 posted on 03/25/2012 7:47:48 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: JayAr36

There’s a war coming.


25 posted on 03/25/2012 7:49:14 AM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: maine yankee
"There’s a war coming. "

The eight people at our poker party last night agree.

26 posted on 03/25/2012 7:55:08 AM PDT by blam
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To: ricmc2175
.. he doubts Travyon's killer will be indicted with a federal hate crime

slam
dunk

Y'all know that if JussUs™ thought they had even a whisper of a chance . . .

27 posted on 03/25/2012 7:59:33 AM PDT by tomkat ( .. shall NOT be abridged)
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To: who knows what evil?
You want brutal ?
Check out the link in #6 above !

I'll gladly volunteer as executioner for that piece of sub-human filth.

28 posted on 03/25/2012 8:02:34 AM PDT by tomkat ( .. shall NOT be abridged)
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To: ricmc2175

Did Paul Ryan say he would consider running for VP on Fox News Sunday?!!!

HE DIDN’T SAY NO!!!


29 posted on 03/25/2012 8:08:57 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: who knows what evil?
Sorry Who, thought you were referring to the Martin blackwash.

Yes, the Christian/Newsome horror seems even beyond evil, if that's possible.

If ever there were candidates for a public dipping in a vat of hydrofluoric acid, it's the amoeba responsible for those unimaginable deaths.

30 posted on 03/25/2012 8:11:17 AM PDT by tomkat ( .. shall NOT be abridged)
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To: ricmc2175

So they’re out raping and murdering 85 year old white women and setting white teenagers on fire?


31 posted on 03/25/2012 8:13:54 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: maine yankee
There’s a war coming.

I essentially said the same thing to my wife this morning, and not for the first time. She is growing increasingly fearful that I am not wrong, and make no mistake: I do truly want to be wrong about this.

But it's not simply a matter of race, either. Blacks and whites can and do coexist, and ought to, peaceably. The blacks that I know, I count among my friends. But poor urban dwellers are highly susceptible, even as people of divergent backgrounds are being cynically manipulated by socialists, communists and radical Islamicists, provoking their rage in the service of creating armies of angry government dependents ("the bottom") to rise up at a critical moment, allowing the "top" to come down (i.e. - government force), and change our Constitutional republic into something very, very different.

I would encourage you and anyone reading these words to visit the Left's web sites, particularly those affiliated with black nationalists, communists and public sector unions. Read their words and follow the links - chances are, you will discover that things are farther along down a dark road than you presently imagine. It is not as easy to dismiss such threats as it once was, if only because these groups have the President's ear and at least the tacit support of many members of his Administration.

32 posted on 03/25/2012 8:19:40 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Artcore

I am worried for Hispanics as the Left tries to cleave them to the Leftist Black mentality of tribal racism and conditions of helplessness and crime.


33 posted on 03/25/2012 8:30:16 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Altura Ct.
What was this little boy doing?

Teenagers poured gasoline on boy walking home from school and set him on fire

34 posted on 03/25/2012 8:45:57 AM PDT by vrwc1
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To: maine yankee

“There’s a war coming.”

Not a chance. The American Idol generation has been drugged into a stupor by consumerism and PC “education”. It will only get worse as we get more post Cold War generations with Hollywood muddled brains and no grasp of history.


35 posted on 03/25/2012 8:50:50 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: vrwc1

Exactly. They can kiss my lily white ass. Somehow in this nation of ‘equality’ the National Association of Black Journalist (which is a an Orwellian organization to begin with) along with almost all Black/African organizations put more value on the rights and life of one of there own than on others. Their ‘civil rights’ are paramount. They also are duplicitous. This whole circus has illustrated that thought perfectly. Almost from the jump this was not about getting away with murder but about race, ‘social justice’ and ‘civil rights’. This was about a ‘white guy’ taking out his ruthless “racism” on a poor candy carrying black child. Of which the guy is not even white, the ‘kid’ is 17, self defense seems possible and otherwise thanks to the GD anti-white press in the country we really don’t know exactly what did happen.


36 posted on 03/25/2012 9:09:42 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: SaraJohnson

“I am worried for Hispanics as the Left tries to cleave them to the Leftist Black mentality of tribal racism and conditions of helplessness and crime.”
___________________________________________________

I’m hopeful that the Hispanic Community shows much discretion than the Black Community has chosen to. I hope Hispanics take a good long look at the condition of the Black Community, and think twice before rushing into this hopeless squalor that awaits them if they choose to follow White Liberals.


37 posted on 03/25/2012 9:23:57 AM PDT by Artcore
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To: Altura Ct.

I am still horrified by that unspeakable story, thank you for posting it, please re-post again and again and try Facebook and anyplace else you think it has to be seen - R


38 posted on 03/25/2012 10:01:53 AM PDT by Rockiette (Democrats are not intelligent)
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To: ricmc2175
Statement of the National Association of Black Journalists: "Anyone who pursues someone and asks them questions deserves to be beaten and should lay there and take it... Well, except journalists."
39 posted on 03/25/2012 10:08:37 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: ricmc2175
Statement of the National Association of Black Journalists: "Anyone who pursues someone and asks them questions deserves to be beaten and should lay there and take it... Well, except journalists."
40 posted on 03/25/2012 10:08:37 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: ricmc2175
Statement of the National Association of Black Journalists: "Anyone who pursues someone and asks them questions deserves to be beaten and should lay there and take it... Well, except journalists."
41 posted on 03/25/2012 10:08:37 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: ricmc2175
Where is the outcry from the NFL and NBA players et.al from the “brothers” in Kansas City setting that “white boy” on fire? I am sick and tired of this racial BS. Martin was shot it is a tragedy Zimmerman pursued this boy despite being told by the 911 operator and kill that young man. Now it is being investigated by local authorities and the Notional national media had gotten a hold of this to taint the jury pool. Any hear a Casey Anthony verdict in the works.
42 posted on 03/25/2012 11:04:53 AM PDT by Warrior Nurse (I am an American Fighting Man, fighting to keep our country free from despots and idiots)
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To: ricmc2175
Where is the outcry from the NFL and NBA players et.al from the “brothers” in Kansas City setting that “white boy” on fire? I am sick and tired of this racial BS. Martin was shot it is a tragedy Zimmerman pursued this boy despite being told by the 911 operator and kill that young man. Now it is being investigated by local authorities and the Notional national media had gotten a hold of this to taint the jury pool. Any hear a Casey Anthony verdict in the works.
43 posted on 03/25/2012 11:11:16 AM PDT by Warrior Nurse (I am an American Fighting Man, fighting to keep our country free from despots and idiots)
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To: tomkat
I was referencing the Christian/Newsome murders...horror doesn't even begin to describe it...it still amazes me that the parents didn't administer their own 'brand of justice' at some point during that trial.

Do people understand what those savages did to those two kids? The perps should die in the same manner...

44 posted on 03/25/2012 11:48:09 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: kcvl

“It’s not too often that we as African Americans get to help America with its conscious just a little bit. This is our opportunity.”

Yes, we are waiting with bated breath...


45 posted on 03/25/2012 11:59:18 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2

When hell freezes over...


46 posted on 03/25/2012 12:17:13 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

When black journalists have candid discussions about black issues on a national level, and when they are no longer part of an ethnic journalists group, I’ll take them seriously.

All these ethnic associations tell me is that I have nothing in common with their members; they are not “my people” in any sense of the words, and they are apathetic at best, and hatefule at worst, towards other groups.


47 posted on 03/25/2012 12:25:08 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Northern Yankee

NABJ = MS13 in suits with a Race Card.


48 posted on 03/25/2012 12:28:54 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: plangent
-- but it is revealing that Atty. Parks knows this is a "NO-GO" legal issue. There is too much evidence casting doubt on the popular story. --

The only conviction Parks is caution-lighting is a federal hate crime conviction. He finds the case to warrant a state criminal conviction against Zimmerman, I would guess at least manslaughter.

49 posted on 03/25/2012 12:34:28 PM PDT by Cboldt
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