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  • VIDEO: Zimmerman acquitted because Trayvon Martin was black, says US attorney

    09/01/2014 10:42:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Jamaica Observer ^ | September 1, 2014
    KINGSTON, Jamaica — US attorney Jasmine Rand said that Trayvon Martin’s accused killer George Zimmerman was acquitted because the victim was black. Speaking at press conference in Kingston on Monday, Rand, who represented the interests of Martin’s relatives in the case, said Zimmerman was set free because of where the incident happened. “Trayvon Martin was shot because he was black. Zimmerman got away because he (Martin) was black. I think the case was lost because the jury selection was not done properly and the area where the trial took place,” Rand said. The law professor is in Jamaica to...
  • Finding justice on racial issues through the ballot

    09/01/2014 8:33:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | September 1, 2014 | Ebynn Hanna, state coordinator of Florida Black Youth Vote.
    The eyes of America remain focused on Ferguson, Missouri, gripped by the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death. The anguish of Ferguson — from the murder of an unarmed young person of color, to the lack of accountability fueled by a sheer disregard for black lives — is all too familiar for Florida. Our state has been the backdrop for a number of high-profile stories that have similarly illuminated America’s tragic legacy of killing unarmed people of color. There was Trayvon Martin, 17, who was walking down the street in Sanford in 2012 when he was followed and killed by George...
  • Letter: Re-enactment could be educational (Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin deaths)

    09/01/2014 9:18:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | September 1, 2014 | John C. Stevens
    I am having trouble understanding the error the teacher in Selma, Ala., made that was serious enough to warrant suspension without pay (“Sixth-graders re-enact Missouri shooting; teacher suspended,” Reuters article, Aug. 23 Dispatch). It sounds like a good idea to give an assignment requiring students to act out a current event. If the students themselves chose the Ferguson, Mo., shooting and the Trayvon Martin incident, perhaps they gained a deeper understanding of racism, crime and other societal problems. It would be a great exercise in communication, teamwork and addressing emotionally charged issues. The principal at the school was quoted as...
  • Nipsey Hussle Arrested For Getting Involved in Another’s Arrest

    08/31/2014 2:24:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Las Vegas Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | August 31, 2014 | Rebecca Grace
    Rapper Nipsey Hussle has been arrested for interfering in the arrest of a man authorities were after for violating his probation. The incident occurred on the night of Friday, August 29th. Police responded to a report that a man had violated his probation and was currently located in a clothing store in downtown Los Angeles. Upon searching the store for the alleged parole violator, they came across Hussle, who committed an undisclosed action that authorities viewed as obstructing an officer which subsequently resulted in his arrest. He was released shortly after his arrest after posting bail in the amount...
  • Human Rights Watchdog Demands End to America’s Racial Discrimination (United Nations)

    08/31/2014 2:06:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | August 31, 2014 | Rmuse
    It is beyond refute that the United States is a world leader, and exceptional, in several categories, although not in those that portray the richest nation in the world in a favorable light. Oh, it is true that America’s military is without peer, American corporations pay some of the lowest tax rates in the world, and the wealthy elite holding most of the nation’s wealth pay minimal taxes compared to most other countries. However, the United States also leads the world in the number of citizens incarcerated, number of guns in the population, number of gun-related homicides, lowest median income...
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: America’s Dark Obsession With Vigilante Justice

    08/29/2014 12:46:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | August 27, 2014 | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Our belief that the government wants to help us achieve fairness is lower than ever—leading to fantasies of lawless revenge. The events in Ferguson and elsewhere across the U.S. have launched a heated national dialogue that questions our faith in the benevolence of government institutions — especially police, judiciary, and politicians. Dead black bodies always makes us wonder whether they really have the best interests of the American people at heart, or just the best interests of some American people. Sometimes in the dense fog of passion and tear gas it is hard to see what values a country as...
  • Pushing Back Against the Darkness of Ferguson and the Big Apple!

    08/28/2014 6:59:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | August 28, 2014 | James Davis
    What is occurring in communities across this nation is tragic. It is as if a dark cloud has enveloped and fallen upon this nation when it comes to homicides by whites of black youngsters and black men. Blacks in Sanford, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; New York City and now Ferguson, Missouri have had enough. The killings were all suspicious in nature and in each instance the black victim was unarmed. Many of you know the details. Trayvon Martin, a youngster of 17 years was stalked and killed by a neighborhood watchman in Sanford as he was making his way home from...
  • Speech at work about anti-white-bias in context of the Trayvon matter = ‘hostile work environment’

    08/28/2014 4:21:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's Volokh Conspiracy ^ | August 28, 2014 | Professor Eugene Volokh, UCLA School of Law
    Here’s an excerpt from an administrative decision I just read, DeMay v. Richmond County Dep’t of Social Servs., 2014 WL 4206296 (N.C. Office of Admin. Hearings); it was filed July 2, 2014, but just posted on Westlaw on Wednesday. The petitioner was demoted because of a statement she made at a meeting, and the administrative decision upheld the demotion: 3. The [Department of Social Services’] Policy Concerning Unlawful Workplace Harassment provides in pertinent part: The policy of [DSS] is that no employee may engage in conduct that falls under the definition of unlawful workplace harassment. All employees are guaranteed the...
  • The Thick Blue Line: More than race fuels the ‘Support Darren Wilson’ campaign

    08/28/2014 6:23:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Pasadena Weekly ^ | August 28, 2014 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    “Support Daren Wilson.” These three words emblazoned at the top of the GoFundMe website in support of the Ferguson, Mo, cop who gunned down Michael Brown said it all. In the span of less than 48 hours, nearly 5,000 donations were received and the site got tens of thousands of Facebook looks and tweets. The fund’s beleaguered sponsors pleaded for patience while they tried to respond to the flood of emails that poured in supporting Wilson. The organizers announced triumphantly that they’d raised three times more than their goal. This was no surprise. The instant Wilson was fingered as the...
  • Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown lawyers join Jamaican case

    08/27/2014 6:45:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Voice ^ | August 27, 2014
    TWO US lawyers who represented the family of slain teen Trayvon Martin and police shooting victim Michael Brown have joined the legal team of Mario Deane, a Jamaican construction worker who died three days after being beaten by inmates in his cell. Justine Rand and Benjamin Crump agreed to join the team after hearing about the tragic circumstances that led to the death of the 31-year-old. In an email to The Gleaner’s news centre, Rand said human rights violations cannot be tolerated in the USA or Montego Bay, Jamaica. She added humanity in itself is universal and what happened to...
  • The Price of Our Blood: Why Ferguson Is a Reproductive Justice Issue

    08/27/2014 3:21:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    RH Reality Check ^ | August 26, 2014 | Katherine Cross
    The events that have unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri, in recent weeks have revealed many tragedies, among them the fact that the death of so many youth of color in this country is still debatable in its status as a vaunted “feminist issue.” But it is, and the expansive definition of reproductive justice, which reaches into the universe of conditions necessary to create and sustain life, shows us how. As RH Reality Check Senior Legal Analyst Imani Gandy put it so well in a recent tweet: Imani ABL @AngryBlackLady I saw so many people on Twitter saying "I don't want to...
  • Obama’s Harvard mentor compares Brown shooting to MLK assassination

    08/26/2014 2:29:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    The Harvard Law professor who mentored President Obama and the first lady during their time in Cambridge has compared the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown to the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Speaking with MSNBC’s Alex Wagner, Charles Ogletree also compared the police shooting of 18-year-old Brown to the 1955 killing of Emmett Till. “Looking at what’s happened, this is just like the assassination of Dr. King in 1968, when everybody was very upset trying to figure out what was going to happen,” he said. “It’s like the killing of Trayvon Martin two years ago. “This is...
  • What are white folks to do? From Trayvon Martin to Michael Brown (Guess where she's headed?)

    08/26/2014 1:55:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Transformation - Where Love meets Social Justice ^ | August 26, 2014 | Claudia Horwitz
    Killings of unarmed black men are now commonplace in the USA. These tragedies are also opportunities for honest reflection on our role in dismantling white supremacy. Trayvon Martin was a 17-year old African American high school student who was shot and killed on February 26th 2012 by George Zimmerman, who was later found not guilty of his murder. Martin was unarmed. Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law - which enshrines the right to self-defense even when lethal force is used against someone who doesn’t have a weapon and where there are no witnesses - played a prominent role in Zimmerman’s acquittal....
  • Michael Brown’s dad urges ‘day of silence’ (Nothing to "defile" the name of Michael Brown)

    08/25/2014 8:50:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    ST. LOUIS — The father of a black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson pleaded Sunday for a “day of silence” as he lays his son to rest Monday. “Tomorrow all I want is peace,” Michael Brown Sr. told hundreds of people in St. Louis’ largest city park during brief remarks at a festival that promotes peace over violence. “That’s all I ask.”(continued)
  • How Al Sharpton is using Obama, Ferguson and MSNBC to boost his influence

    08/25/2014 9:00:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | August 25, 2014 | Howard Kurtz
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Sharpton is again working both sides of the street, and it’s paying off for him. As he’s inserted himself into the tense situation in Ferguson, he’s had an assist from none other than the president of the United States. And he continues to bask in the spotlight at MSNBC, where he uses his nightly cable show to advance the causes he fights for as a civil rights activist. But these two roles are increasingly coming into conflict. It happened last year with the killing of Trayvon Martin, and it’s happening again with the death of Michael Brown. Sharpton is...
  • Families of Victims of US Race-Related Killings Go to Peace Rally

    08/24/2014 3:53:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | August 25, 2014
    ST LOUIS, MO, August 25 (RIA Novosti) - The protesters rallying against the police killing of an unarmed African-American teen in Ferguson, Missouri, headed to a peace festival in central St Louis on Sunday to hear the address of the parents of another victim of a race-related killing. The parents of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager who was shot dead in 2012, were expected to join the family of Michael Brown, 18, killed by a police officer in Missouri this month, in a rally against police violence downtown Forest Park. In light of the mass protests in Ferguson and the...
  • White Folks, Listen Up and Let Me Tell You What Ferguson Is All About

    08/24/2014 2:11:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Houston Chronicle's Texas Sparkle blog ^ | August 24, 2014 | Kathleen McKinley
    <p>Both sides lined up pretty much as expected over the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Social media is full of people on both sides making presumptions, and believing what they want to believe.</p> <p>But it’s the white folks that don’t understand what this is all about. You see, Ferguson wasn’t about Michael Brown specifically, just like the outrage over Trayvon Martin’s death wasn’t about Trayvon Martin specifically. Let me put it as simply as I can for you.</p>
  • Why I Take the Death of Michael Brown Personally.

    08/24/2014 1:44:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | August 23, 2014 | Eleanie Campbell
    This not a hard one to answer. Once again we have lost another young, black man at the hands of a police officer. I really tried to find the best way to write this without seeming so over-the-top, emotional or making it an issue of race. Well as you can see that was not possible. Yes it’s probably over-the-top, but so are the numbers of our black men dying at the hands of police officers. Yes I am emotional because when I see the Michael Brown and the Trayvon Martin I also see my own 14 year old son. I...
  • Brown vs America vs the Islamic State – and the rest of us, spectators

    08/24/2014 1:16:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Sri Lanka Island ^ | August 23, 2014 | Rajan Philips
    President Obama is under siege. Not enough having to put out fires in far flung places he was suddenly faced with a domestic flair in Ferguson, Missouri. The brutal shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year old unarmed African American kid, by a white policeman, brought Ferguson, a quiet rundown St. Louis suburb, to the brink of civil unrest. The rest of the country was put on edge. That was until the even gorier spectacle of the beheading of an American journalist, James Foley, by an Islamic State executioner in Syria, hit the news waves. The beleaguered President first took time...
  • Ferguson’s black community must not be given the same ‘justice’ as Trayvon Martin

    08/23/2014 12:25:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 22, 2014 | Gary Younge in Ferguson
    Only the courts can judge Michael Brown’s killer – but this is the system that let George Zimmerman walk free.Just outside a mall in Ferguson, Missouri, shortly after 10 o’clock on Wednesday, a black man in his 30s was stopped and frisked by around eight white policemen. As he gingerly emptied his pockets, careful not to move too quickly, he yelled at them. It was a soliloquy of pure rage; a fluent, apparently unstoppable oration against not just the men who had apprehended him but the system they represented. “Yes I’m angry,” he shouted. “Four hundred years we been here....
  • Teacher suspended after Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin lesson (Alabama)

    08/22/2014 11:42:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    SELMA, Ala. - An Alabama teacher was suspended without pay after being accused of having sixth-grade students re-enact the deadly police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida. The Selma Times-Journal quoted Dallas County School Superintendent Don Willingham as saying the social studies teacher used poor judgment during a lesson on current events. School officials haven't identified the teacher, who works at Brantley Elementary School....
  • Trayvon's Death Taught Liberals Nothing

    08/21/2014 6:25:40 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8/21/2014 | Jack Cashill
    Much too quickly after the death of big Mike Brown in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, the Trayvon Martin dream team -- ambulance chasers Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks, media hound Al Sharpton -- descended on his still warm body like so many turkey vultures. One would have hoped that their twisted performance in Florida during the previous two years would have taught America’s liberals something -- prudence, restraint, skepticism -- but it did not. Led by their media, liberals once again rushed in where wise men fear to tread. As expected, the media insisted on telling the same embarrassingly...
  • DOJ civil-rights probe in Zimmerman-Trayvon case continues (WHAT?!)

    08/20/2014 5:37:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 20, 2014 | Rene Stutzman
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)In Washington 21/2 years ago, the nation's top civil-rights enforcer, Thomas Perez at the U.S. Department of Justice, sat down with Sanford's mayor, city manager and U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown and promised to investigate whether Trayvon Martin was the victim of something more heinous than a homicide. Was he also the victim of a killer intent on harming him because he was black? That was March 20, 2012. The Department of Justice still has no answer to that question. Civil-rights investigators are due back in Central Florida this week to continue their work on the case. The agency has repeatedly...
  • In wake of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, black millenials should write their own story

    08/19/2014 9:42:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Huntsville Times ^ | August 19, 2014 | Afu Okosun
    Another black child is dead. And while the taste of the Trayvon Martin verdict still lingers in our mouths, injustices in the African American community have made headline news with an unexpected frequency in the last few weeks. Eric Garner. Renisha McBride. And now, Michael Brown. And while the community of Ferguson, Mo., deals with their grief and outrage, the best way they know how, I feel it most important to address this community, our community, and anyone with an open ear and open mind. Before there was a Michael Brown, there was a Trayvon Martin, before him an Oscar...
  • Obama Doesn't Want to Tip Scales of Justice (Like He Did with Skip Gates, Trayvon & Lois Lerner?)

    08/19/2014 2:15:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | August 19, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I'll tell you what. Let's listen to some Obama sound bites here. Let's just see. Start here at number two. This is yesterday afternoon in Washington, at the White House. The president came back from vacation. Oh, try this. People have been asking, "Why did he come back? Why did he come back to Washington from the Vineyard just for three days? What's the point? Just to meet Biden? Why couldn't they have had Biden go to the Vineyard?" Nobody in the Vineyard wants Biden there. "Oh. Well, he's gotta meet with people in Iraq and so...
  • Media fueling absurdity in Ferguson

    08/18/2014 8:20:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Hutchinson News ^ | August 18, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    It was in a college theater class that I learned about a genre called “Theater of the Absurd.” These were plays written mostly by European playwrights between the 1940s and 1960s, as well as a certain style that flowed from their work. What reminded me of this is now “playing” in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was – select one – a) innocently walking down the street when a police officer shot him to death without provocation, or, b) walking with a friend in the street and told by a police officer to get...
  • Exclusive: Trayvon Martin’s Mom: ‘If They Refuse to Hear Us, We Will Make Them Feel Us’

    08/18/2014 7:38:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | August 18, 2014 | Sybrina Fulton
    To The Brown Family, I wish I had a word of automatic comfort but I don’t. I wish I could say that it will be alright on a certain or specific day but I can’t. I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours but it won’t. What I can do for you is what has been done for me: pray for you then share my continuing journey as you begin yours. I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents and relatives who have...
  • Ferguson, Missouri, and Trayvon Prove America Is No Democracy For Blacks

    08/18/2014 4:44:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Miami New Times' Luke's Gospel blog ^ | August 18, 2014 | Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell
    The protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri are providing proof the U.S. government sanctions racial injustice in this country while denouncing it abroad. The federal government spends trillions of dollars so we can be the world's peacekeepers. We start wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the name of freedom. We help rebel groups oust dictators and oppressors like Muammar Gaddafi and the Taliban. We send drones and warplanes to bomb rebels from Islamic rebels in Iraq and Syria who are killing Christians. And we put sanctions on Iran for putting protesters in jail. Yet here in America, the federal government...
  • Families of Slain Teens Jordan & Trayvon Ask That U.N. Charge the U.S. w/ “Criminalization of Race”

    08/17/2014 2:57:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Source ^ | August 17, 2014 | April Dawn
    As rightfully incensed residents of Ferguson, Missouri continue to protest a police shooting that left an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, dead, Ron Davis–father of Jordan Davis, another slain black teen in Jacksonville, Florida–is appearing before the United Nations, aiming to shame the United States for the recent murders of young black men, and the gross miscarriages of justice that allowed their killers to walk free. Davis attended the 85th meeting of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva, Switzerland this past Wednesday and Thursday, in hopes of pressuring Washington to amp up efforts to stop the...
  • No comparison between Sanford and Ferguson

    08/16/2014 3:30:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 15, 2014 | Beth Kassab, Local News Columnist
    I watched the images of police in riot gear and protesters looting stores or running from tear gas in Ferguson, Mo., this week and thought: That could have been us. What happened to Trayvon Martin isn't anything for Florida to be proud of. Neither is the state's "stand your ground" law that received so much attention in the wake of Trayvon's shooting death. But Central Florida, specifically Sanford, can take a little satisfaction in knowing that during the tense days after Trayvon was shot, this was a place where protesters peacefully demonstrated and police didn't stand in their way. People...
  • Emmitt, Trayvon, Rodney, Raymond, and now Michael

    08/16/2014 3:12:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    San Diego Jewish World ^ | August 15, 2014 | Rabbi Ben Kamin
    ENCINITAS, California — Ferguson, Missouri, and the inexplicable shooting of teenager Michael Brown, represents not only the latest episode of America’s urban war against black men—it will be far from the last. Still unresolved is another horrifying racial incident in Miami Beach, Florida. Police there have still failed, ignominiously, to clear the air about the street slaying of motorist Raymond Herisse. Herisee, 22, was killed on a South Beach street in his vehicle in a barrage of firepower that entailed more than 100 rounds of ammunition. Herisse was taken out, reports the Miami Herald, “in a frightening war-like moment that...
  • Ingraham Slams Obama: Difference Between Being President and a Salon.com Commentator

    08/15/2014 5:19:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | August 14, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On the opening “Talking Points Memo” segment of “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel on Thursday, fill-in host Laura Ingraham gave a scathing critique of President Barack Obama’s remarks on the unrest in Ferguson, MO. Ingraham argued it wasn’t the president’s place to say anything at this moment in time, especially since the facts of the case have not been laid out, which she said he has been prone to do in the past in similar situations. Partial transcript as follows: “There you have it -- the leader of the free world with sagging approval numbers jumping into...
  • Trayvon Martin Autopsy Doctor Says Prosecutors ‘Hoped To Lose’ Case Against Zimmerman

    08/15/2014 1:55:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    <p>The doctor who conducted the autopsy on Trayvon Martin, and who later raised eyebrows with his uneven testimony during the trial of George Zimmerman, has released a 37-page e-book in which he argues prosecutors “hoped to lose the case.”</p> <p>Despite that claim, “Dead Men Can’t Lie,” e-book by Dr. Shiping Bao, offers no proof.</p>
  • NAACP: Michael Brown Shooting 'Front and Center' at the United Nations

    08/13/2014 7:39:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 13, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    U.S. civil rights advocates aired their concerns about the recent Michael Brown shooting to the United Nations in Geneva, according to a press call from the organizations on Wednesday. “This issue was front and center,” Hilary O. Shelton, director of the NAACP Washington Bureau, explained during the call. According to Shelton, Trayvon Martin’s mother Sabrina Fulton and Jordan Davis’s father Ron Davis told their stories about losing their teenage children in shootings in each of the pre-briefings of the process. “I think that everyone was outraged and horrified to hear that, yet again, it had happened in St. Louis, Missouri,”...
  • #Anonymous Releases Names, Address of Wife, Children of St. Louis County Police Chief

    08/13/2014 8:30:31 AM PDT · by Mariner · 245 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Aug 13th, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    On Tuesday #Anonymous released the private information of St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar and his wife and children. The group posted a link to the information in a tweet.
  • #IfTheyGunnedMeDown Shows How Black People Are Portrayed in Mainstream Media (Ludicrous!)

    08/13/2014 12:05:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Root ^ | August 11, 2014 | Yesha Callahan
    The hashtag demonstrates that the narrative the media continues to portray regarding black people isn’t always truthful. The vicious slaying of Mike Brown by Ferguson, Mo., police has once again shown that the narrative the media paints surrounding black people in America more often than not includes depicting us as violent thugs with gang and drug affiliations. It’s safe to say that Brown has become a victim of what I like to refer to as the “Trayvon Martin effect” in the media. Trayvon, who was killed by George Zimmerman, was depicted as a gold-grill-wearing, weed-smoking teenager in the photos used...
  • Lawyer: Teenager 'executed' by Missouri police (Benjamin Crump of Trayvon "fame")

    08/11/2014 6:42:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The attorney for the parents of an unarmed black teenager fatally shot by police in suburban St. Louis says he was "executed in broad daylight." Benjamin Crump joined the parents of 18-year-old Michael Brown during a news conference Monday. Crump says he and the family reject police accounts that Brown struggled with an officer before being shot Saturday in Ferguson...
  • Rachel Jeantel Talks Life After Trial, Says “With What I Know Now, I Would Have Done A Better Job”

    08/11/2014 5:50:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Madame Noire ^ | August 11, 2014 | Lauren R.D. Fox
    Last year, George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. But before that decision was handed down the public got the chance to hear from the young woman who was the last person to speak with Trayvon before he died, his friend Rachel Jeantel. As she testified during the case, Rachel became a public figure as the media and audiences bullied her with harsh criticisms and unfair labels. As a result of the humiliating ordeal, Rachel received an overwhelming amount of support to better her own needs and accomplish her dreams as a young woman. Now, just one year...
  • Trayvon Martin lawyer to represent family of unarmed teen shot dead by St Louis officer ...

    08/11/2014 9:06:55 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 76 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | August 11, 2014 | Jennifer Newton
    The family of an unarmed black teenager who was shot dead by a police officer has hired the same civil rights lawyer who represents the family of Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown died after being shot multiple times by a police officer in Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis after an altercation involving the officer, Mr Brown and another man on Saturday. The killing has drawn criticism from some civil rights leaders, who have referred to the 2012 racially charged shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a Florida neighborhood watch organizer who was acquitted of murder charges. Now it has emerged...
  • 5 human rights abuses America commits at home (Hurl-worthy! Beyond bizarre!)

    08/09/2014 2:55:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Salon ^ | August 9, 2014 | Terrell Jermaine Starr
    From voter ID laws to broken immigration detention centers, the U.S. is not the model democracy it fancies itself. Watching Israel’s brutal treatment of Palestinians in Gaza over our TV screens makes it easy to forget about the human rights abuses taking place right here on American soil. Sybrina Fulton and Ron Davis, whose sons were killed in what many believe were racially motivated attacks, are using their children’s deaths to remind Americans that human rights are being violated right here in the United States. More than a year after George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, Fulton felt the humiliating pendulum...
  • Trayvon Martin Cartoon Compares Efforts To Impeach President Obama To George Zimmerman

    08/03/2014 9:12:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | August 3, 2014
    A new Trayvon Martin cartoon is causing controversy because it portray efforts to impeach President Obama as being similar to the actions of George Zimmerman. As might be expected, Republicans and conservatives were upset, but should even some Democrats and progressives be calling foul? In a related report by The Inquisitr, the civil rights movement led by the NAACP believes that so-called Trayvon Martin gun control laws should be implemented and the Stand Your Ground laws repealed even though Zimmerman’s defense team only used standard self defense. Zimmerman’s lawsuit against NBC is attempting an appeal, with his lawyers claiming...
  • Blacks Continue to Fight for Justice a Year after Zimmerman Verdict

    07/30/2014 10:17:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Los Angeles Sentinel ^ | July 24, 2014 | D. Kevin McNeir Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer
    The word stunned might best describe how U.S. citizens, particularly blacks, felt after hearing that a six-member jury, following two days of deliberation in a Florida courthouse last July, found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. One year later, with increased cases in which defendants have used the “stand your ground” law to avoid prosecution, civil rights leaders and activists have ramped up efforts to challenge a criminal justice system that often treats blacks and women as second-class citizens. “Blacks seeking justice must continue with protests, pressure and patience,” said Benjamin Crump, the civil...
  • Local dad advocates for immigrant kids at the border

    07/29/2014 10:56:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WTEV-TV ^ | July 28, 2014 | Lorena Inclán
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The father of Jordan Davis is turning his attention to the crisis on the border where thousands of children who are showing up without their parents are being detained. Since his son's death, Ron Davis, has been working the U.S. Human Rights Network. Davis left Monday to attend human rights tribunals in New Mexico and Arizona along with members of this group. "We are going to cross the border and we are going to let them know what their human rights are and we are going to advocate for them," said Davis. Davis, who lost his own son to gun...
  • Statement from Pompano Pat's denies knowledge of George Zimmerman security detail in DeLand

    07/29/2014 8:57:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The West Volusia Beacon ^ | July 29, 2014 | Rick Tonyan
    Police: Acquitted killer was there 'as a friend'George Zimmerman, the man who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford in February 2012, was in DeLand over the weekend, providing security for Pompano Pat's on South Woodland Boulevard, the DeLand Police Department said. And reports of his presence prompted threats of violence against the business and its owner, a store employee said. Pompano Pat's, which sells guns and motorcycles, is owned by DeLand mayoral candidate Pat Johnson. Johnson is challenging incumbent Mayor Bob Apgar in the Aug. 26 election. Three hours after the story broke online, Pompano Pat's issued a press release...
  • Trayvon Martin: Slain Teen Becoming One Of Most Important Figures Of Modern Civil Rights

    07/26/2014 10:50:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | July 24, 2014 | Nathan Francis
    Trayvon Martin never lived to see his 18th birthday, but the slain Florida teenager is slowly becoming one of the most important figures in the modern civil rights era. Martin was walking to his home in a gated Florida neighborhood in 2012 when neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman mistook him for a burglar. After a brief struggle, Zimmerman shot and killed Martin, an act that a jury later deemed justified. The case aroused racial tensions and immediately became a cause celebre among activists who believed that police did not follow through on charging Zimmerman simply because Martin was a...
  • Trayvon Martin Riots? One Year Anniversary Of George Zimmerman Trial Stokes Fears

    07/26/2014 10:01:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | July 24, 2014 | Patrick Frye
    The controversial figure of Trayvon Martin is either a civil rights icon or a thug depending on who you talk to about the issue. With the one year anniversary of the George Zimmerman trial having just passed recently, some people fear these tensions could erupt into riots in major cities. In a related report by The Inquisitr, the name of Trayvon Martin was used as a slur by one woman, and she was arrested as a result. President Obama made a controversial remark recently when he talked about black people “acting white.” Last week, some people contended that the George...
  • Hood Pranks - Funny or Deadly?

    A pencil-necked geek harasses thugs in the ghetto who in response gets beat up. This insane individual then does it again and again and again, despite how often and severe he gets beat up.
  • First Annual Trayvon Martin Day Rallies Against Racial Profiling and Guns

    07/21/2014 2:25:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Breitbart's California ^ | July 20, 2014 | Robert Wilde
    On Saturday, 200 people marched through the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles protesting racial profiling and gun violence on the first anniversary of the verdict acquitting George Zimmerman of murdering Trayvon Martin. The crowd, led by Trayvon Martin’s parents, carried banners and chanted, “What do we want?... Justice. What do we want?… Justice.” According to CBS2 Los Angeles, the rally was organized by the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which states on its website that its purpose is to “create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims and to provide support and advocacy for those families in response...
  • Ky. must change its stand-your-ground law to make it fairer (Trayvon vs. Zimmerman, again)

    07/18/2014 3:29:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | July 18, 2014 | State Sen. Reginald L. Thomas, (D- Lexington)
    What may have started out as an ordinary evening in February 2012, ended with a dead teen-ager and a national controversy that is still unresolved. The fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the subsequent not-guilty verdict of the shooter, George Zimmerman, on July 13, 2013, prompted citizens across the nation to question the "stand-your-ground" laws. Such laws, often criticized as being "shoot first" laws, make it hard to prosecute cases against people who shoot others and then claim self-defense. Kentucky, as well as the other states with such laws, should revise them so that the one who initiates a...
  • A Year After Trayvon Martin, Who Is Leading the Race Conversation?

    07/17/2014 10:19:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | July 18, 2014 | Tierney Sneed, arts and culture writer
    Though Obama had largely avoided talking about race, he reiterated a poignant comment soon after the verdict acquitting George Zimmerman.It’s been a year since Obama made his Trayvon Martin remarks. Who has been speaking up since?Saturday marks the year anniversary of when President Barack Obama took the White House podium, unannounced, to weigh in on the verdict in the Trayvon Martin shooting. His extremely personal remarks were notable, considering the president's well-documented tendency to avoid talking about race. But in the year since Obama's brief moment of candor and concern, the national discourse on race has gone back to business...