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California legislators don hoodies for slain Florida teen
San Jose Mercury News ^ | 29 March 2012 | Steven Harmon

Posted on 03/30/2012 2:22:09 AM PDT by blueplum

SACRAMENTO -- California lawmakers donned hoodies Thursday in the Capitol to express outrage over the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old black teen shot to death by a self-styled neighborhood watch leader in a case that has generated an impassioned national debate about race and justice.

The lawmakers, led by the legislative Black, Latino and Asian Pacific Islander caucuses, adjourned in memory of Martin as pressure grew around the country for Florida authorities to file charges against the alleged killer, George Zimmerman.

..."Why, in America, almost 150 years after slavery, is African-American life not valued at the same level as their white counterpart?" said Assemblyman Steve Bradford, D-Inglewood. "If the roles were reversed, I assure you, there would be an African-American in jail right now facing possibly the death penalty."

...Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said that wearing a hoodie was an "effort to try to stand in the shoes of young black males who we know are often targeted for harassment, discrimination and are immediately suspect by virtue of the color of their skin and what they wear."

...A trial for Martin's killing must be held, Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, said.

...Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, said she was saddened that she had to sit down with her 12-year old son to describe what the racial epithet "coon," meant. Zimmerman, at one point in his conversation with the 9-11 dispatcher, called Martin a word that many believe is "coon." The word could be the basis of a hate crime, an option being explored by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: hoodies; trayvonmartin; tryvon; zimmerman
the Latino caucus seems to want to go along with the 'whitewash' of Zimmerman (pun intended)
1 posted on 03/30/2012 2:22:21 AM PDT by blueplum
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To: blueplum

With all information available from media and publicized information from the Sanford PD..... Zimmerman acted within the law an was in fear of his life IMO....

That said those trying to incite racial violence an the murder of Mr Zimmerman need to be brought up on charges an tried by jury.

My opinion only...


2 posted on 03/30/2012 2:31:53 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: blueplum
Why, in America, almost 150 years after slavery, is African-American life not valued at the same level as their white counterpart?

Look how you treat each other in the black community. If you don't treat yourselves or those who share the same color skin with respect, how the hell do you expect anyone else to give you respect?
3 posted on 03/30/2012 2:35:48 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-eyed killer of the deep.)
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To: blueplum

Gangsta legislators don gangsta garb. How appropriate. The real shame is they probably represent their constituents very well.


4 posted on 03/30/2012 2:37:18 AM PDT by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: blueplum

Are they going to rob a home or steal a car also?


5 posted on 03/30/2012 2:39:48 AM PDT by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: blueplum

Since when did this become all about hoodie’s?


6 posted on 03/30/2012 2:42:18 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: bmwcyle

Are they going to rob a home or steal a car also?


They do that for a living.


7 posted on 03/30/2012 2:46:46 AM PDT by OwenKellogg (Charter Member of the Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List)
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To: Jacquerie

My suggestion for the legislators....wear your hoodies from 10PM to 2PM out on the streets of your district. Just one night. My guess is that none of them have the guts to drive around town for four hours, in their hoodie, and make them seen by their adoring fans at that time day.


8 posted on 03/30/2012 2:47:21 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: blueplum

The NY Slimes calls Zimmerman a white Hispanic.

I’d like to ask some well known Hispanics if they are a white or black Hispanic.

Is J Lo a black Hispanic?


9 posted on 03/30/2012 2:47:23 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: blueplum

Goes to show you how racism is alive and well with the black community.


10 posted on 03/30/2012 2:47:45 AM PDT by HarleyD
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To: Jacquerie; Dusty Road

No photos yet - - -

Apologies to all from our adopted state.
I’m sure the legislators looked charming and dignifed while in session - role models - NOT

Unfortunate that our legislators felt the need to lower
themselves - - -
A sign of solidarity, I’m sure.
PHHHFFFTTT

I have a hoodie, too, but know where it is appropriate and not.


11 posted on 03/30/2012 2:55:47 AM PDT by USARightSide ( SUPPORTING O U R TROOPS)
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To: blueplum
..."Why, in America, almost 150 years after slavery, is African-American life not valued at the same level as their white counterpart?" said Assemblyman Steve Bradford, D-Inglewood. "If the roles were reversed, I assure you, there would be an African-American in jail right now facing possibly the death penalty."

So by saying ths, he's not only clainming that the Sanford Police are racist, but there is an active conspiracy going on.

12 posted on 03/30/2012 2:55:52 AM PDT by csense
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To: blueplum
The lawmakers, led by the legislative Black, Latino and Asian Pacific Islander caucuses...

It's almost like watching crime families, in 1920's Chicago, consolidate their power.

It is just amazing what is going on in this country...

13 posted on 03/30/2012 3:09:01 AM PDT by csense
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To: blueplum
"Why, in America, almost 150 years after slavery, is African-American life not valued at the same level as their white counterpart?" said Assemblyman Steve Bradford, D-Inglewood.

Gee, I dunno. Why don't you go into the hood and ax all the brothers that kill all the NO_LIMIT_NIGGAS, every day in every city.

14 posted on 03/30/2012 3:37:34 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorists savages.)
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To: blueplum
Justice for Tray-von!

@NO_LIMIT_JAWA!

15 posted on 03/30/2012 3:56:25 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: blueplum

I wish all these morons wanting to use the Trayvon situation would forgo the hoodies and climb into body bags instead, and then shoot themselves...


16 posted on 03/30/2012 4:07:29 AM PDT by LRS ("This is silly! It can't be! It can't be!!" "Oh yes it is! I said you wouldn't know the joint.")
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To: blueplum

one wonders if they’ll apologize to zimmerman should the facts support his side of the story?
then again one doesn’t.


17 posted on 03/30/2012 4:18:25 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: blueplum
So, at least we have some California politicians outing themselves as thugs and racists? Good. Is the African community offended again? [Note to “offended”: Liberia was founded for disaffected free Blacks. It's still in business. Bye-bye.]
18 posted on 03/30/2012 5:04:27 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: OCCASparky

Yes, why do they continue to kill one another?

Back in the late 80’s the early evening news showed another body of a young black teen shot and killed by another young black teen. (many were 13 to 15 years old).

One of the news reporters stated:” There is no answer to it, no solution!”

Suddenly it hit me, we had just read that morning;”By mercy and truth iniquity is purged, and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.”(proverbs 16:6)

In our teaching I found these children had been taught nothing about the LORD, they had the mind set; when you are dead, you are dead, and that is all there is to it.”

To me that is fatalism and dispair, there is no hope to a generation that all people have no hope and life in the Saviour, Jesus Christ, whom God sent, not to condemn, but to save. (John 3:17)


19 posted on 03/30/2012 5:06:03 AM PDT by LetMarch (If a man knows the right way to live, and does not live it, there is no greater coward. (Anonymous)
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To: blueplum

Thugs in the state legislators emulate Thugs on the streets ,,, what’s new here ??? Getting mugged one way or another is the way I see it . . .


20 posted on 03/30/2012 5:09:25 AM PDT by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: blueplum

US tourism is a $50billion annual industry.

The first order of business by elected officials; Federal, State and local, should be eliminating street violence and random acts of terror.

The national and global attention on this case and the Florida murder of two British tourists is illustrating that lawlessness is rampant in the US.

Not hyperbole - read the statistics.

http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/law_enforcement_courts_prisons/crimes_and_crime_rates.html Worse than Afghanistan.


21 posted on 03/30/2012 5:22:47 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Newtrition - soul food for a starving America.)
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To: HarleyD

Black hate, and resentment - racism - is stoked by leftists ritualistically. Socialists love the power of corrupting a whole race of people and the spilling of innocent blood. It’s called multiculturalism.


22 posted on 03/30/2012 5:24:59 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: blueplum

23 posted on 03/30/2012 5:41:39 AM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: blueplum

Didn’t they get the memo Wearing a hoodie is so “two days ago.”

Didn’t they hear everyone is laughing their heads off at the absurdity of this — it reveals the Dems as the criminals they are. They are making fun of themselves without realizing.

So, keep wearing the hoodies, dummies.


24 posted on 03/30/2012 5:49:50 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: Lizavetta

Heh!


25 posted on 03/30/2012 5:53:05 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: blueplum
Stupid CA libs acting stupid....again.
26 posted on 03/30/2012 5:53:41 AM PDT by CAluvdubya
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To: blueplum

Had two unsolved murders here in Salinas, CA this month. A 15 year old and a 17 year old. Both Hispanic. No witnesses will come forward. No hoodies in Sacramento noting these events.


27 posted on 03/30/2012 5:55:43 AM PDT by artichokegrower
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To: blueplum
Lawmakers wear hoodies to protest shooting - March 29, 2012 - The chairman of the Latino Caucus called on Florida lawmakers to revise the self-defense law that he says allows people to kill in cold blood and walk away with no consequences. Assm. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell, says the spirit of the law should fit the letter of the law.
28 posted on 03/30/2012 5:58:21 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: blueplum
How do we know they are nothing but Left-wing Race baiters?

Yep... Pretty much just like this.

29 posted on 03/30/2012 5:59:06 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: Dusty Road
Since when did this become all about hoodies?

Agreed. Besides, they kinda look like sheets to me ...

30 posted on 03/30/2012 5:59:33 AM PDT by glennaro
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To: blueplum

Any question why the state is so screwed up?


31 posted on 03/30/2012 6:06:55 AM PDT by sasquatch
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To: LRS

I wish all these morons wanting to use the Trayvon situation would forgo the hoodies and climb into body bags instead, and then shoot themselves...

If they ride around town at night with the wrong color hoodie, they may not have to shoot themselves. Some 17 yr. old punk will do it for them.


32 posted on 03/30/2012 6:18:55 AM PDT by chainsaw (Sarah Palin is still my first choice to save the USA. . .)
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To: blueplum

Live like a thug, die like a thug.


33 posted on 03/30/2012 6:21:55 AM PDT by TheDon (The Democrat Party, the party of the KKK (tm))
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To: blueplum

Maybe we can get the Florida legislature to wear sidearms in remembrance of all the innocent victims slain, unable to defend themselves, in gun control crazed CA.


34 posted on 03/30/2012 6:32:49 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The Democrat Ku Klux Klan is alive and well under the banner of diversity and tolerance)
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To: pepsionice

Or try to walk in any bank these days with hoodies, sun glasses, stocking cap, etc. - your butt won’t get past the front door...
but you will be able to walk into the CA Assembly hall...
dopes.


35 posted on 03/30/2012 6:49:05 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: blueplum

If you want to be taken for a gangster adopt the gangster persona. And that fits very well with any California Legislature.


36 posted on 03/30/2012 7:02:27 AM PDT by JayAr36 (Old enough to remember when this was a Free Country)
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To: blueplum

When California goes belly up because of all their stupid decisions, they better not expect the rest of us to bail them out...


37 posted on 03/30/2012 7:13:17 AM PDT by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: GOPJ

I had on a hoody yesterday, but I call it a hooded sweatshirt. It had ‘Harley Davidson’ on the back of it and goes rather nicely with my handmade ostrich Lucchese boots, plus my Glock fits in the pocket. I am not Trayvon!


38 posted on 03/30/2012 7:32:42 AM PDT by nobamanomore
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To: blueplum
she was saddened that she had to sit down with her 12-year old son to describe what the racial epithet "coon," meant.

"Dat be meanin' nigga, son."

39 posted on 03/30/2012 9:01:11 AM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: WashingtonSource

Californians wearing hoodies?

Well, I moved here almost 2 decades ago from the East Coast. I was advised to dress in layers, to be prepared to shed stuff and to put stuff on too.

I didn’t heed the advice, and sometimes when checking out parts of the state (esp. the coast), I’ve had improvise bundling up. Lucky for me, for this they sell hoodies.

One of my favorites comes from the creeps-up-on-ya fog bank of Capitola. It’s a great beach by day yet only to get really chilly. (Pismo Beach solves this with clam chowder.) So I bought a hoodie from Zelda’s.

I don’t get attacked (yet!) for wearing this, I get asked where Zelda comes from,
http://www.zeldasonthebeach.com/


40 posted on 04/01/2012 1:40:24 AM PDT by QuestingElf
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