Skip to comments.Black Pastors to Members: Be Aware and Beware Zimmerman Verdict
Posted on 07/25/2013 4:25:47 AM PDT by YourAdHere
Rev. John K. Jenkins, Sr. looked out at the congregation of First Baptist Church of Glendarden and sighed.
Less than 12 hours after jurors in Sanford, Fla., found George Zimmerman not guilty in the fatal shooting of unarmed Black teenager Trayvon Martin, he was having trouble coming to terms with the verdict and what it meant for justice, and righteousness, or the lack thereof, in this country.
Though the church celebrated its annual Music and Arts Ministry on July 14, Jenkins had a heavy heart. His topic for the day was Directions for Troubled Times.
I was speechless, Jenkins told his audience about his reaction to the verdict. It took the breath out of me.
Jenkins said he found particularly disturbing statements made by one of Zimmermans defenders. I heard the mans lawyer say he did nothing wrong I heard the killers lawyer say [Trayvon] used the concrete as a weapon.
At one point, tears began to roll down his cheeks.
Even for men and women accustomed to explaining evil and wrong, the verdict that freed Zimmerman proved difficult. Jenkins and several other pastors from Baltimore to the metropolitan Washington area decried the verdict July 14 and urged their members to understand that the verdict indicated that Black life was not as valuable as White life, despite some race gains over the last 50 years.
While some Americans believe the verdict delivered by the six-woman jury was just, many Blacks found it implausible that the jurors could acquit Zimmerman in the 2012 slaying of Martin, 17.
Rev. Dr. Beryl Whipple, pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in White Marsh, near Baltimore, said he was not surprised by the jurors decision.
This is a wake-up call not just for America, but for African Americans, he said.
This is a call to finally put an end to the senseless violence and be active in their community to make sure a tragedy like this never happens again.
Whipple, like Jenkins, heard the verdict on television.
I was watching CNN at home, he said. I dont think he was innocent Zimmerman killed a minor. In this case, we missed the mark on our opportunity for justice. I can only assume they came to that verdict based on their own life experience .They sided more with the community watch patrol officer than the young man trying to get home.
Rev. Grady Yeargin, pastor of City Temple Baptist Church of Baltimore, preached in a hoodie, the morning after the verdict, as did Rev. Tony Lee, pastor of Community of Hope AME Church in Temple Hills in Prince Georges County.
Trayvon was wearing a hoodie on the night Zimmerman reported him to police as a suspicious person, then followed, fought with and fatally shot the youth.
"When you have great progress, there is always great pushback, Lee told his congregation. We want to act like we're in this post-racial society where everything is Howdy, howdy and everything is all good. Just because you found you have a Black woman, Black man, Black baby girls, a Black dog and a Black grandmamma in the White House, you thought it was a post-racial society."
Several pastors said they believe race figured in the verdict, just as it did in the shooting and the investigation by law enforcement officials in Sanford, Fla., where Martin was killed.
Trayvon was racially profiled from the beginning to the end of the case, Whipple said.
With this verdict, it showed that in the 21st century, we havent really moved forward as we should have it terms of racism, he said. We didnt have justice in this case.
Like Jenkins, he took offense at the idea that Trayvon had assaulted Zimmerman during the fight that ensued after Zimmerman refused a police dispatchers order to stay inside his car and followed and confronted the youth. Trayvon was returning to his fathers home in the community after going to the store to buy snacks.
Travon Martin was trying not to get shot, he didnt use the concrete as a weapon, Whipple said.
At Turner Memorial AME Church in Hyattsville, the Rev. William H. Lamar IV asked his members to call out the names of the Black men they lovechildren, brothers, fathers, uncles, cousins, etc.
Im very clear that this nation continues to tell us that America does not value Black flesh the way it values the flesh of others, Lamar told the AFRO after the service. My whole context was that our ancestors were true freedom fighters, but we are asleep at the wheel. We have confused civil rights victories with the ultimate victory of the freedom struggle. And [Supreme Court Chief] Justice John Roberts told us in the recent decision [on the Voting Rights Act] that they do not even intend to let us keep our civil rights.
Jenkins, who preached from Psalms 27:1-6, urged his members to continue to praise through the troubled times, as well. The congregation, led by the male chorus and praise and worship team, sang a lengthy rendition of Psalm 3:3 from the Bible.
For thou, Oh Lord, are a shield for me. A glory and the lifter-up of my head I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who set themselves against me round about, they sang.
Be encouraged and continue to pray, Jenkins told his members.
Although the world is ugly, we serve a beautiful God.
Teria Rogers contributed to this report.
Race Baiters never ‘get’ the truth. They only ‘get’ the need to elect their marxist overlords and to say whatever has to be said to make that happen.
Which makes their explanations of evil and wrong suspect.
Whites found it implausable obama could be re-elected.
They could also tell their little kiddie-pooos not to bash in the heads of armed men—OR ANYODY ELSE, FOR THAT MATTER.
The Black Man didn’t get to be the killer.
These “people” are not even the same species.
Whites also find it implausible that a 17 year old could shoot a baby in the face.
Let’s forget, of course, the white folk who are killed by Black folk. Just keep pushing that racism and keep America divided. The Zimmerman-Martin incident was indeed unfortunate but it happened when odd circumstance came together. Zimmerman wasn’t gunning for a Black man. That happens in Chicago and other inner-cities, but that happens when the gun is held by a Black hand. Blacks who have achieved success have done so with plenty of white support and are admired for their successes. They have failed to listen to Black leaders and Democrats who for years have told them they are inferior and have no opportunity in life, hence the welfare check and government programs. Democrats need Blacks to be subservient and it’s amazing the Black population hasn’t figured that out.
in their mind, if it’s not the outcome THEY want its wrong.................and obviously racist.
Makes me kind'a wonder if black's have an uncanny sense of whom to abort and whom to allow to live.
I think they're killing George Washington Carvers by the aborted drove and allowing Hitlers to roam the world.
You can start by having your young men pull their pants up, keep their peckers inside them, learn to speak english, relize making babies is not a sport, understand that being black is not a cause, have them learn to appreciate real music, see that air-humping to music is not 'dancing'..... I could go on.
Why doesn’t this pastor preach to his church members to be good parents and to teach their children right and wrong? Or more importantly, why doesn’t he stress the need for people to no commit crimes in the first place?
I’m tired of the race baiters acting like Trayvon was shot in the back while he was innocently walking home from a candy store.
“a Black dog”?
Dogs have races? Who knew?
Trayvon should NOT have broken George Zimmerman’s nose.
Trayvon should NOT have given George Zimmerman two black eyes.
Trayvon should NOT have repeatedly slammed George Zimmerman’s head on the pavement.
Trayvon should NOT have gotten suspended from school for possessing traces of marijuana.
Trayvon should NOT have stolen 12 pcs of ladies jewelry, and a mans watch.
Trayvon should NOT have kept a flat head screwdriver described as a burglary tool, in his backpack.
Trayvon should NOT have had a criminal past of theft, hiding and acting suspicious.
Trayvon should NOT have encouraged ... fellow thugs to commit murder with the tweet, Plzz shoot da #mf dat lied 2 u!.
TRAYVON MARTIN: - Hey, are you following me?
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: - Ummm, yes.
TRAYVON MARTIN: - May I ask why?
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: - Well, uh, we've had a number off robberies in this neighborhood lately, and I don't recognize you...
TRAYVON MARTIN: - Oh, well, I'm Travon Martin, I'm spending the summer at my uncle's in unit 12. I expect you'll see a lot of me this summer.
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: - OK, thanks, good to know. I'm George Zimmerman, by the way.
They shake hands.
TRAYVON MARTIN: - No, thank you for keeping an eye out for your neighbors!
As a White-Swedish-Irish-German-English-American I too feel the pain and shame that America has brought upon my people.
Apparently the good reverend has no knowledge of the hate that lives in young men who chose the gangsta life style. When a man of God is deceived by the devil, it’s sad for mankind and most of all for the Black community that hold him in high regard when he reinforces the “we ain’t done nothin wrong” mantra.
Maybe Jenkins should have paid attention to the trial. Maybe Jenkins should acquaint himself with the facts of the case. Maybe Jenkins should remind himself that assault and battery is a crime, and that nobody is obliged to submit to criminal assault.
OTOH, half the population is below average. Maybe Jenkins is in that half.
I wish these A-holes would all just grow up! I’m so suck of their constant whining and complaining!!! How about preaching a little self co.truly and personal responsibility to that flock if your “Rev”?
> they make their decisions based on race not the facts. If they looked at the facts on this case an really studied them they would see GZ thought he was going to die at the hands of a black thug who was on top of him smashing his skull into the ground and pounding him (which was observed by witnesses) after being offended by the “white man” who questioned his reasons for being in a gated community wearing a black hoodie where there had been many burglaries. They also forget that Martin could have gone on home but chose to ambush GZ going back to his vehicle.
But the pastor who is supposed to preach the truth instead spreads the lie.
It must be insulting to be a member of the only ethnic group that’s followed in stores.
What irony—”Pastors” with absolutely no moral authority to lead their “flocks.”
No other ethnic group does ‘flash mob’ thefts either...only blacks.
How long until black ministers are insulted that whites are uneasy about 30 black kids outside their store?
Organized religion....what a joke.
3% of the Population committing 50% of the Crime in this Country.
73% of all Black Babies born out of wedlock.
Don’t blame this shit on me. I am 51 years old. Been paying to house, educate, medicate, feed, allowed to reproduce these parasites since I was 14 years old.
I am not just tired of it, I am Plenty tired of it. Clean up your own Nest you filthy freeloaders.
It is not my responsibility to pay you to sit on your ass and bitch about your lot in life. It amazes me everytime you turn on the tube, either in the news or on shows that highlight the life in the “hood” that almost every female is over weight, fancy hairdo and 100 dollar fingernails. WTF?
Someone explain to me how people not working, living in Section 8 housing, on food stamps, have that kind of cash to spend?
Racist? Who’s the racist here. The people that have been supporting thru their taxes these parasites for 4-5 generations or the lazy ass, crybabies that can’t even finish grade school and spend the rest of their lives either committing crimes or sitting in a public funded house, reproducing like rabbits, eating food paid for by someone else?
It is the fault of the Black Communities and their cowardly leaders that allow this to go on without holding people responsible. That includes the Elected Congresscritters.
It would be nice to hear just one call out the welfare mommas who think it is okay to have a dozen kids all with different DNA Donors, who then turn them on the streets to go feral.
Black pastors need to get on their knees to their Savior and beg forgiveness for allowing the community to descend into the evil it has become.
I saw a suggestion yesterday that the kids are defining black culture and the parents are following it. I think that assessment is correct. The church is allowing it, out of “solidarity”. Jesus didn’t preach solidarity, to the contrary, He preached righteousness even when it would cost one his family!
Facts and rational thought have shown the ideas Liberals embrace to be in error and downright wrong over and over again.
So what do they do...they eschew rational thinking.
They throw out the baby and keep the dirty bath water.
What is left is not a rational being or collection of beings but a kind of sub-human creature(s) that lives according to its urges, appetites, and emotions...a kind of walking dead.
They seem to be speaking for the other side, judging by the feelings they are attempting to stir up.
I hope I am mistaken, especially now, at such a critical time.
Just more afro-turf.
Some animals are less equal than others and really ARE subs ....
When dealing with folks such as this who continually claim that Zimmerman profiled, stalked, attacked and shot Martin, I ask this simple question:
“What was the poor black child doing when he got shot?”
The responses are amazing, but mostly they desperately want to ignore it. I often have to repeat, “Yes, I know that Zimmerman had been keeping track of his location, but what, exactly was the poor kid doing when he got shot?”
The mental twisting is kind of funny to watch.
It’s like saying England is evil because they are bombing Germany (in the early 1940’s). Well, to the ignorant it may appear that way...
Trayvon, the black man was the criminal.
He committed attempted murder
You and me both. I am 53 and started working at 14 while in school and since I was 19 in college have worked every day of my life to pay for their upkeep. I am to the point of just walking away and letting them and the morons that vote for libs have it.
part of it is accepting and being tolerant of a few little crimes here and there
How about - don’t think you need to put an ass whuppin’ on anyone you feel like it.
don’t try to put the beat down on someone that might be armed.
Thank goodness for Rev. Manning.
I was watching CNN at home, he (Whipple) said.
Requires no comment since he told us where he was getting his information.
Mr. Whipple’s been squeezing the Charmin a bit too much.
Same black pastors who turn a deaf ear and blind eye to their Master Barry O while he spouts the wonders of same gender copulations? Credibility = BOZer0.
According to Trayvon supporters, Zimmerman did what he did because of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, however, none of those supporters believe Trayvon should have fled from Zimmerman instead of attacking him.
Subject: Re Socialist Injustice
:How an examination of the Neighborhood Watch area of the Zimmerman trial exposes it.
Since the Zimmernan not guilty verdict has been rendered, the facts of this case are still being shamefully being concealed by the media to the extent they are advancing and are complicit in permitting a putrid injstice to be committed of the worst order,organized and instituted by our governent.While denied. It began as a miscalculation when a surname of a Jewish origin shot up and lighted the heavens like a star shell in the darkest of nights. It would have been difused if the media used pictures of both side by side because they look like cousins. And the area where this occured of paycheck to paycheck struggling homeowners of all races trying to protect themselves had been reported and not some ritzy all white enclave.they portrayed..
Instead the party that hypenated itself from God at their 2012 convention into demo-coms, and believe that all groups should be hyphenated , Afro-American, Hispanic-American, etc..Decided Zimmerman to be the egg that is to be broken,. sacrificed, so that we have an omlet..Just like Stalin did to the Ukrainian land owners known as Kulacks whom he executed, (and used that egg example) in a soclal engineering plan to organize collectives during a Russian drought..Because as we have learned there seems to be the intention to use a collective data base to create collectives.where a utopia of uniforimity of conformity exists. As was done in Detroit, and Oakland California.only this time a poor whitey or blacky won’t be able to move,.
Just as with the energy plan where the cost of fuel used for energy and transportation has skyrocketed placing those on fixed or limited incomes dependent on government handouts because of this regimes socialist policies the sacrifice of Zimmerman must die for . This time to another communist plan. We all move together in centers designed and approved by comrades running the collective who (just like Obamacare aren’t in it) won’t and never live there.
Too bad half of the so called conservatives talk show hosts Ive been listening to cant seem to be willing to connect the dots to what a heavy hand his imperious highness played in this despicable example of socialist justice which will turn on an innocent staunch supporter and churn out vicious life threatening propaganda against him just to mete out diatribes to serve the policies of the state . Turning this into a show trial replete with wall to wall tv coverage..The least they can do is get the facts out for tthe reason for the trial and its background instead of cope-ing with Obama moving the ball futhur and furthur away from what was done in a “Neighborhood Watch Area” while they’re milking the emotion response.routine like “big brother “does..
An example of this is demonstrated by the “news” circulating in local black or mixed areas in publications like the The New Amsterdam (linked) that unquestionably follow, follow,follow, like martinets., Are they being duped by the handouts of lies theyre getting from this government. and unwilling accomplices to a horrendous and disgusting injustice ? Or are they contributing to it for the good of the collective ? It’s a question only they should be made to answer. For those vehicles which contributed to this demonstration of disinformation of a contemptable injustice should be asked and severly dealt with if they did.. It’s time to hold them accountable ..
To reiterate; Many Neigborhood Watch areas consist of modest dwellings including the one Zimmerman was a watch captain in are comprized of single dwelling units or as in Zimmermans case townhouses.His was a mini US melting pot which includes a number of black families which banded together and set up patrols to protect their area.. In this case they were struggling with single and groups of young blacks from other hoods on the prowl., In some instances armed, preying on homeowners in his area..Watch activities are closely co-ordinated with local police departments and follow very set protocols. Most conservative hosts demonstrate their ignorance.and are rendering no futhur information then their listeners get from MSM .thus allowing the MSM to set an agenda of distraction from this regimes history of corruption and scandal..
Usually such neighborhood watch areas are posted with a window or garden sign announcing that fact and those patrols will observe any one; black,white, green, or blue .If the area is “gated” because it is private property even stop and question them.. When an area is “gated” public right of way is restricted solely to the entrances and exits to it.. .That fact and the area wasnt ever divulged by any of the so called media because it wouldnt fit their agenda if true journalisim existed, Because it couldnt support any racial assertion or questioning of movement .for anyone entering knows and surrenders that right when entering it. ..
It would even explain Zimmermans action taken during his surveilance of Martin because this watch volunteer got out of his car and continued his observation on foot because he lost sight of Martin. In many watch areas thats done frequently when the subject disappears from view they may leave their vehicle and continue surveilance on foot.. ....
According to the testimony there was an exchange after which as Zimmerman was going back to his vehicle Martin doubled back and attacked him and was severly beating him to the extent he feared for his life. To put it bluntly Saint Trayvon was a smart ass punk who attacked a guy with a gun and got killed in the struggle over it when he had the guy on the ground.beating the hell out of him..
Obama in his latest attempt threw more gas on the fire by portraying Saint Trayvon as what he was, an irreponsible pot head and subsequently found to be a petty thief ..That explains Bengahazi, where he left a top American diplomat and his aides die and the rest of his scandals like “travelgate II” Obama hopes his diatribes will hide. .
Even after learning the shooter was a staunch Obama supporter, not Jewish, (very quickly dismissed ?) and a dark skinned hispanic. Obama did nothing to curtail the hyperbole or tone down his edict creating this as a white racist episode. Obama the boss of bosses and gets all the information about anybody ignored Zimmermans defence of a homeless black maltreated by a local police officer which resulted in the disciplining of the offending officer that Zimmerman fearlessly waged a campaign for and got.. .
The socialists controlling the media propaganda machine oblidged.. They began claiming the exclusive gated neighborhood watch captain was a white hispanic . Used a picture of a 12 year old Martin instead of the 6 foot 165 pound person he was vs the smaller 140 pound lttle fatty neighborhood watch captain. Worse yet allowed his US Attorney General to use questionable activities to promote a show trial and ignored using a threat of prosecution to black militant groups threatening the watch captains life.
Do not confuse todays politicians and their ahearants in the press and academia as followers of Liberalism. . These are die hard God denying Im right youre wrong socialists incapable of independent thinking running todays media.. Devising political campaigns of lies and manipulated inflamatory languange disguised as news or reliable information designed to destroy any opponent or group to what is edict-ed by their leader. You must wind up goose-stepping in unison protecting the collective otherwise we will through the use of the government we control step on you and squash you like some insect..
Why is this being done ? Who accompained Obama on his many trips around the world at taxpayer expence ? Were they the heavy hitters or their friends holding the president’s hand ? Never looked into either by the House and certainly not even speculated about or reported on by the media. Seems like that could be considered pay back at US taxpayer expence. Isn’t that an impeachable offense ? Now if somebody even suggests impeachment. What better way to discourage that by organizing the base for riots in the streets ?
The more I think about this the more I realize that our white kids are defining the culture too.
Anything that embraces a lack of standards and discipline.
Self-control has become both a dirty word and an unreasonable demand.
This country embraces mediocrity.
Mediocrity would be an improvement in a LOT of places in America. I mean Jeantel the 19 year old 11th grader who cannot read cursive brags about her 3.0 GPA