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Manhood: Who would Trayvon be now?
The Miami Herald ^ | February 28, 2014 | Stephen A. Crockett, Jr., The Root

Posted on 03/01/2014 3:27:31 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

I imagine you taller now. I imagine you ready for college or the armed forces, or sulking because the world isn’t kind to those who are fresh out of high school. I imagine you annoyed that the economy sucks and that tuition is high and scholarship opportunities are limited and the paperwork is endless.

I imagine you unsure of your next steps and grateful for the anonymity that hoodies provide when you don’t feel like talking or being seen. I imagine you unafraid. I imagine you fearless. I imagine you scared of everything and hiding behind a scowl because hip-hop taught you that. It taught me, too. It taught most of us, ranging from vanilla latte-hued to unlit charcoal, which is why we still mourn you.

We are you. I was you.

Before I became this guy, a writer of marginal success who believes in the weight of words, I used to be Trayvon Martin.

I used to mug and grimace and stare people down and look silly while doing it because I was thin and not convincing. But Washington was brutal back then, and gangster rap was the soundtrack played on repeat. I wore my pants two sizes too big because we all did, and they hung loose on my frame because I, like other black boys, was playing man. I was playing tough. It was an actual grown black man who picked up on my thug impression and would call me “Tinactin: tough acting.”

Truth is, I was struggling to carry the weight of my blackness in rooms that didn’t seem to want it or me around. I had grown my hair out wild to have it braided. I wore a Polo hoodie most days with the hood up so it hid my earphones....

(Excerpt) Read more at miamiherald.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: blackrage; blacks; crime; hatecrimes; liberalbigot; scarewhitey; thugthevote; trayvon
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1 posted on 03/01/2014 3:27:31 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I imagine him in jail. For killing George Zimmerman.


2 posted on 03/01/2014 3:29:08 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Revolting cat!

I imagine you braggin’ about how many timeses your “gots shots”. Always a necessary thing (even if you gotta lie about it) for street cred as a thug, playa, or rappa...


3 posted on 03/01/2014 3:29:29 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Who would Trayvon be now?


4 posted on 03/01/2014 3:30:15 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The writer needs to go to therapy.


5 posted on 03/01/2014 3:30:18 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I imagine him not reporting to his probation officer.


6 posted on 03/01/2014 3:30:43 PM PST by Psalm 144 (1. Sow. 2. Reap. 3. Eat the result.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pffffft.....whatever


7 posted on 03/01/2014 3:31:09 PM PST by 98ZJ USMC
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; GeronL
I used to mug and grimace and stare people down and look silly while doing it because I was thin and not convincing.

When you try to intimidate strangers, don't be surprised when they look at you suspiciously and treat you as a dangerous fellow.

8 posted on 03/01/2014 3:31:13 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

prisoner #215671


9 posted on 03/01/2014 3:31:45 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I imagine him moving to Colorado for a Rocky Mountain high.


10 posted on 03/01/2014 3:32:21 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: BenLurkin

Mr. Martin today would be Florida Department of Corrections Inmate # 6211979.


11 posted on 03/01/2014 3:32:45 PM PST by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

trayvon would be bubba’s girlfriend over in Stoney Lonesome


12 posted on 03/01/2014 3:32:47 PM PST by MeshugeMikey (how many times has obie fundamentaly transformed obamacare now?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Did this guy knock off as many places as Tray did?


13 posted on 03/01/2014 3:33:06 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ya my first thought was were would George Zimmerman be had he not been jumped by Trayvon? I have no idea, perhaps in a better spot, maybe 100 lbs liter, maybe still with his wife, still employed, still serving the community as neighborhood watch leader


14 posted on 03/01/2014 3:33:27 PM PST by Friendofgeorge (Sarah Palin 2016 OR BUST)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The writer is living in an imaginary alternate reality that does not exist. Saint Trayvon was bound for neither College or for Military service. He was heading toward a future of drugs and laziness and sloth.


15 posted on 03/01/2014 3:34:12 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
MSM reporting likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidates:

Hillary and the memory of Trayvon.

/s

16 posted on 03/01/2014 3:35:17 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’d probably be a young father now.

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17 posted on 03/01/2014 3:36:40 PM PST by Mears
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Only two comments so far on the MH site.


18 posted on 03/01/2014 3:36:47 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


Bizarre Redman ?

Divine from the Pink Flamingos ?


19 posted on 03/01/2014 3:37:07 PM PST by American Constitutionalist
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To: House Atreides

Yup — and I seriously doubt that St Skittles ever had any interest in books that didn’t have lots of pictures in them.


20 posted on 03/01/2014 3:38:12 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Predictable. Same old, same old.

Life follows your thoughts and becomes what you focus on. Choose wisely.

God made lots of colors, but no favorites. Get over it.

We all have to answer for what we've done, not done and what we've not forgiven.

21 posted on 03/01/2014 3:38:59 PM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The writer has major racial issues and his writing is filtered through those issues.

For him to imagine Trayvon ready for college or the military is laughable. For him to write that Trayvon's parents have been "robbed of the opportunity to see you blossom...." makes me wonder if needs medication.

Bottom line: the writer is hung up because the color of his skin is black. He just can't accept it and live a happy life. Everything is seen through "black glasses". Pity.
22 posted on 03/01/2014 3:39:23 PM PST by Shannon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; BenLurkin
Before I became this guy, a writer of marginal success talent who believes in the weight of words, I used to be Trayvon Martin.

I think the author mis-typed something. I fixed it for him.

I think BenLurkin got it right.

23 posted on 03/01/2014 3:40:30 PM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: Friendofgeorge

LIGHTER


24 posted on 03/01/2014 3:40:51 PM PST by Friendofgeorge (Sarah Palin 2016 OR BUST)
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To: Shannon

Blackness is the all excusing characteristic or sumfin?

Maybe this fellow was a tad more honest than Tray when it came to not robbing, but I’m not so sure how honest he is being about comparing Tray to himself.


25 posted on 03/01/2014 3:40:57 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Who would Trayvon be now?

At best, he'd probably be in some county jail for B&E...

At worst gunned down in the street by another gangbanger...

26 posted on 03/01/2014 3:42:11 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I imagine him dealing dope, doing drive bys and fathering bastards for EBT sisters.
27 posted on 03/01/2014 3:42:38 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Military or college? Does anybody here believe that?


28 posted on 03/01/2014 3:43:22 PM PST by Graybeard58 (God is not the author of confusion. 1 Cor 13: 33)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’da made his first million by putting Purple Drank in pouches & selling em to the brothers in Miami Gardens.


29 posted on 03/01/2014 3:44:09 PM PST by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Funny - I just imagine him dead.


30 posted on 03/01/2014 3:44:44 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Trayvon is NOT dead because of Zimmerman!

Trayvon is dead because of his behavior and refusal to recognize there were consequences for his behavior.

If George had not been armed, Trayvon would have killed him, and the media wouldn’t have said a word about it.

Trayvon would have felt more invincible and escalated his violent behavior, only to end up dead in some other venue.


31 posted on 03/01/2014 3:45:07 PM PST by G Larry (Did You Like That Better?)
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To: Graybeard58

In these times, with you-know-who as chief executive? Sure. Why not OCS or West Point? High School to Flight School. Pararescue.


32 posted on 03/01/2014 3:45:31 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dead....There’s always someone tougher and braver.


33 posted on 03/01/2014 3:45:39 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: skeeter

sounds like a plan


34 posted on 03/01/2014 3:45:48 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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35 posted on 03/01/2014 3:46:20 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I shoulda thought of it.


36 posted on 03/01/2014 3:46:25 PM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter

It could just be some grape Kool-Aid and nobody’d know the difference.


37 posted on 03/01/2014 3:48:00 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FDC#137682


38 posted on 03/01/2014 3:48:12 PM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme),unemployment will necessarily skyrocket! Despite the % dropping. Period.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Trayvon, th felon would be in prison for attempted murder or perhaps murder


39 posted on 03/01/2014 3:48:21 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mr. Crockett talks like Trayvon was a martyr in the tradition of St. Peter, St. Paul ..

The Saints died for what they believed. They bravely forfeited their lives for the Kingdom of God. They were heroes.

Trayvon was a thug-in-training who thought he could beat up on whitey and get away with it. He was wrong. He was no hero. He was a fool. Unlike the real martyrs, he didn't die for a noble cause.

And unlike the saints, Trayvon will eventually be forgotten.

40 posted on 03/01/2014 3:49:42 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: BenLurkin

Actually, he was a good student until his CRIP father divorced his stepmother. Then he went over the edge and started remodeling his life after his father’s life.


41 posted on 03/01/2014 3:50:19 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You don’t want to get caught in Miami Gardens trying to sell beat bag purple drank.


42 posted on 03/01/2014 3:53:35 PM PST by skeeter
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To: G Larry

Dead of liver failure if nothing else by this point, if you paid attention to his autopsy.


43 posted on 03/01/2014 3:53:36 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: skeeter

I knew there was a hitch. Also it needs to be authentic Skittles, it is not the same with SweeTarts.


44 posted on 03/01/2014 3:56:01 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
You used to break into houses and steal jewelery? You used to take drugs to school and get kicked out?? You used to physically attack people who never said a word to you or touched you in any way??

Yes I get a picture of you today but the bars and high fences are in the way of a clear image.

45 posted on 03/01/2014 3:57:23 PM PST by oldenuff2no
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

he’d be thug-wannabe #354665 in county lock up

or just as dead by another hand


46 posted on 03/01/2014 3:59:42 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The writer could never be Trayvon Martin until he goes after an off duty cop or an armed citizen.


47 posted on 03/01/2014 3:59:57 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I suppose the author could have filed a report on how Travons closest friends are doing in the here and now...

...but the ‘kick out game’ probably put the fear of God into that lib brain.


48 posted on 03/01/2014 4:01:11 PM PST by exPBRrat
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To: WilliamofCarmichael; Revolting cat!
MSM reporting likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidates: Hillary and the memory of Trayvon.

St. Tray-von-dutch is eligible, he had an' old soul...

49 posted on 03/01/2014 4:02:47 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Freddy’s dead (from Super Fly).


50 posted on 03/01/2014 4:03:37 PM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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