Are you all older than dirt? Have you ever heard of brainstorming and putting everything on the table? I’ll be back with an “I told you so” when daddy’s ties to the police dept. of Sanford is confirmed or denied by a reliable news source. I’m hearing more cries of racism here than at other sites. This site has become smear Trayvon central. I’m going to look for Zimmerman’s dad myself this afternoon. You guys appear too set in your ways and are determined to make this about race and I have talked race next to nothing compared to some of you.
“Are you all older than dirt? Have you ever heard of brainstorming and putting everything on the table?”
We usually try to deal in facts here, not speculation and strawmen, and yes I am older than dirt. I also grew up on a farm in Florida, and know what southern bovine excrement smells like!
I think you might be misinterpreting the frustration here at FR. I can only speak of my point of view and my years of FR engagement.
The outrage here is that it has been turned into a race issue where there is little evidence supporting this being a racial issue. There are some here that would like to suggest that the "suspicion" was enough to label Zimmerman a racist. Others have suggested the fact that Zimmerman wasn't arrested suggests the police were racists. But those opinions are in the minority in my opinion.
Largely, my frustration is that this is actually a pretty complicated case. The racism issue that has been generated is clouding the issue and is a source of a lot of emotional embellishment and bogus fact fillers. Chasing, pursuit, following all have different meanings and connotations. Some would like to call it black and white and get mad at others (many have).
I have always been proud of the fact that FReepers throw out most of the PC BS regardless of Freeper race, sex, religion, etc. There are black Freepers, women, gay and lesbian, Mormons, catholics (I don't know if there are any Muslims), etc.
Don't mistake the racial overtones associated with media attitudes, motivation and provocation as a label for this website. Most of the debate here is well intended and respectable. But it is a public forum and it will have it's share of goofballs, hayseeds, trolls and drama queens.
When the media attacks a civilian, folks here "get suspicious." When the detestable Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson show up to call for a bounty on "Whity's" head, you might find some that would like to call attention to the fact that Treyvon was not the 12 year old innocent saint he was portrayed to be initially. Noting he had gold teeth and was a gangsta wanna be (see Twitter) is not smearing but certainly pushing back against the media picture. It also presents a different potential picture of what might have transpired in those final 90 seconds or so. Thank you.
This site has become smear Trayvon central.