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  • Fired: Mom Behind Trayvon Martin Halloween Costume (Let go for something your adult child did)

    11/03/2013 1:21:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Root ^ | November 3, 2013 | Lynette Holloway
    Dressed in Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman Halloween costumes. A Massachusetts woman was reportedly fired after racially insensitive images surfaced online of her sons dressed as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman for Halloween. Caitlin Cimeno reportedly posted photos of her sons, William Filene and Greg Cimeno, with the caption: "Happy Halloween from Zimmerman & trayvon (insert smiley face emoji here)," according to a piece by Myeisha Essex at BlackAmericaWeb. Following the outrageous post, members of the social media world not only tracked her down, but eventually also her employer, who told a caller that she no longer worked there, reports...
  • I Want to Be Friends With Republicans

    11/02/2013 1:48:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 2, 2013 | David James Poissant
    The trouble started the night Jeff, one of the guys I drink and talk about God with, announced that he’d been summoned to court for the Zimmerman trial jury pool. We’d kept politics out of our Wednesday night meetings, which are held on my back porch, the six of us seated at an old dining room table propped next to my broken hot tub (Florida short-sale homes come standard with broken hot tubs). Instead of Bible Study, we call it our Tavern Ministry, and while we were often drunk halfway through, a churchlike decorum had always held sway. Once the...
  • Ted Cruz To Trayvon Martin's Mother: Stand Your Ground Laws Are Not Racist

    10/30/2013 1:30:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | October 29, 2013 | Ian Schwartz
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Stand Your Ground laws, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued the law benefits everyone, including African-Americans. Cruz also accused public leaders of exploiting Trayvon Martin’s death to inflame racial tensions....
  • Ted Cruz Explains to Trayvon's Mother How ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Help Protect the Black Community

    10/29/2013 11:35:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 29, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) came face-to-face with Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, on Capitol Hill during a Tuesday hearing on “Stand Your Ground” laws. After offering his condolences to Fulton, Cruz told the mother that the self-defense laws are not racist because they help blacks as much as whites, if not more. Cruz also explained that, despite some efforts to exploit Martin’s death, George Zimmerman’s defense team never used Stand Your Ground laws as a defense in the murder trial. “We know that some in our political process have a desire to exploit that tragic, violent incident for...
  • Dick Durbin’s Senate Gun Trial to Feature Ghost of Trayvon Martin

    10/29/2013 8:07:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/28/2013 | J. Christian Adams
    After a government semi-shutdown, the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov and the looming budget crisis coming again in January, you’d think the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate would reserve his limited time and resources to focus on fixing these critical issues the federal government has already messed up. You’d be wrong. Senator Richard Durbin, the second most powerful man in the Senate, will hold a special hearing this week on state self-defense laws and the death of Trayvon Martin. (PJ Media has extensively covered the Trayvon Martin incident. See, “Justice for Trayvon, Race Hustler Style,” or Bill Whittle’s fantastic revelation about...
  • Trayvon Martin's mother calls on states to clarify 'stand your ground' laws [Not used in Trial]

    10/29/2013 6:19:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    AP via FOX ^ | 10/29/13
    Trayvon Martin's mother says states should clarify their "stand your ground" self-defense laws. Sybrina Fulton is telling a Senate committee Tuesday that the laws, which generally eliminate a person's duty to retreat in the face of a serious physical threat, are confusing and inconsistent. She says neighborhood-watch volunteer George Zimmerman "got away with murder" in the 2012 killing of her son, largely because of Florida's policy.
  • Rev. Al Sharpton accuses Ted Cruz of politicizing Travyon Martin’s death

    10/29/2013 8:48:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 35 replies
    redalertpolitics.com ^ | October 29, 2013 | Katie LaPotin
    Killing two birds with one stone is an understatement for what the Reverend Al Sharpton did on his MSNBC show “Politics Nation” Tuesday evening, as the civil rights leader accused Texas Sen. Ted Cruz of “politicizing” the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012 during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law at the center of the trial. Although Florida’s ”Stand Your Ground” law – which allows people the right to use deadly force to defend themselves in a dangerous situation – was not used by the defense in the trial of Martin’s alleged killer,...
  • George Zimmerman, civil-rights hero? Stunning exposé reveals efforts to seek justice for black man

    10/29/2013 3:28:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 29, 2013
    George Zimmerman a civil-rights hero? That’s one of the eye-openers in Jack Cashill’s new book “If I Had a Son: Race, Guns, and the Railroading of George Zimmerman,” published Tuesday by WND Books. It was Zimmerman, acquitted by a jury in July of second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, who led the charge to bring to justice for a black man assaulted by a white teenager in 2011. In “If I Had a Son,” Cashill brings to light the Sherman Ware incident and Zimmerman’s crusade for justice, writing: “In fact, Zimmerman made about as unlikely a racist poster...
  • WSSU to hold event for Trayvon Martin

    10/29/2013 2:37:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    WGHP-TV ^ | October 29, 2013
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Students at Winston-Salem State University are holding an event Thursday centered on Trayvon Martin, the teenager who was fatally shot last year by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was acquitted earlier this year of second-degree murder and manslaughter in Martin’s death. The event is called Martin Had a Dream and is open to the public. At 12 noon Thursday, a recording of 911 calls made on the night of Feb. 26, 2012 will be played at The Clocktower at WSSU. People are asked to dress in black hoodies. Martin had a hoodie on when he died. Larry Little, an...
  • Ted Cruz Tells Trayvon’s Mother Why Stand Your Ground Laws Can’t Possibly Be ‘Racist’

    10/29/2013 2:03:18 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 68 replies
    Ted Cruz via YouTube ^ | Oct 29, 2013 | Ted Cruz
    10/29/13 - Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in early 2012, appeared on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a hearing regarding the controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws. When it came time for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to speak at the hearing, he informed the still-grieving mother that Stand Your Ground laws actually benefit African-Americans as much as, if not more than, they do whites. Cruz began by offering his condolences for Fulton's loss, but quickly moved on to defend the trial by jury process that found Zimmerman not guilty of murder. He...
  • Man who issued Zimmerman bounty promoted: Offered $10K now takes control of New Black Panther Party

    10/28/2013 2:04:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 27, 2013
    Hashim Nzinga, the man who issued a $10,000 bounty for George Zimmerman before he was acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin, now has assumed leadership of the New Black Panther Party. It was in March 2012 when Nzinga issued the bounty even before Zimmerman was charged for the death of Martin. Nzinga never has called off the bounty. Journalist and author Jack Cashill, who covers the Zimmerman controversy in his upcoming book “If I Had a Son: Race, Guns, and the Railroading of George Zimmerman,” said the fact that Nzinga has risen to lead the radical black nationalist organization...
  • Sowell: Early Skirmishes in a Race War-Officials & media aren’t being honest about violence

    10/24/2013 7:33:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The National Review ^ | October 24, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the reasons for being glad to be as old as I am is that I may be spared living to see a race war in America. Race wars are often wars in which nobody wins and everybody ends up much worse off than they were before. Initial skirmishes in that race war have already begun, and have in fact been going on for some years. But public officials pretend that it is not happening, and the mainstream media seldom publish it at all, except in ways that conceal what is really taking place. For American society, a dangerous...
  • Hate Crime? Black Youths Beat White Couple In Racially Motivated Attack

    10/20/2013 4:41:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Inqusitr ^ | October 20, 2013
    “Hate crime” is the buzzword of the day after a Brooklyn incident in which 10 black youths were said to have taken part in the beating of a 30-year-old white couple. According to the New York Daily News, the white couple’s car was blocked at an intersection by 10 youths in the New York borough of Brooklyn. The husband, Ronald Russo, and his wife Alanna were parked at a stop light. When the light turned green, Russo honked his car horn to signal the group to move out of the way. Instead of complying, they began kicking the car. Witnesses...
  • No one taking responsibility for hoodies for Trayvon flyer (Portland, Oregon)

    10/17/2013 8:05:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    KGW-TV ^ | October 16, 2013 | Staff
    PORTLAND -- The PTA and Portland Public Schools said Thursday they have no idea who made a flyer that encouraged students at King School in Northeast Portland to wear a hoodie to class on Friday in solidarity with Trayvon Martin, who was wearing one when he was killed in Florida. George Zimmerman shot and killed Martin, unarmed, sparking national outrage and a trial that cleared Zimmerman of any criminal wrongdoing. Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton had been scheduled to speak at the Black Parent Initiative Parent Symposium on October 19th at Marshall High School in Portland. She has since canceled. Wednesday...
  • Black Boys Are Not Safe on Our Streets

    10/17/2013 3:52:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Root ^ | October 17, 2013 | Edward Wyckoff Williams
    Attorney Benjamin Crump talks about the new Trayvon Martins, a brutal death and the fears for all black sons.Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Trayvon Martin's family, has become a new face in the fight for the equal treatment (under the law) of black and brown boys. Just months after a demoralizing verdict in George Zimmerman's second-degree-murder trial, which saw Trayvon's killer walk free, Crump is engaged in two new cases. First, the case of Leon Ford Jr. -- a teenager at the time of the incident -- involves a far too common occurrence of unexplained police brutality. The second case...
  • Ivey describes herself as 'Trayvon Martin's mom': 1st African-American woman to seek lt. gov. post

    10/15/2013 2:00:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | October 14, 2013 | Erin Cox
    Del. Jolene Ivey After Del. Jolene Ivey told a Baltimore crowd she hopes to be Maryland's first African-American female lieutenant governor, she discussed what it means to be a fair-skinned black woman whose racial heritage is often questioned. Ivey, 51, is the daughter of a white woman who was raised by her black father and stepmother. She said her racial heritage was the "No.1 issue" when she launched her first political campaign in 2006 — repeatedly being asked by voters to "clarify" her racial identity. "As much as I'd like to believe that we're in a post-racial country, we're not,"...
  • FIRST ON 3: Trayvon Martin’s father comes to the Scenic City

    10/13/2013 12:51:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    WRCB-TV ^ | October 12, 2013 | Megan Brantley
    CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Trayvon Martin's father was in Chattanooga Saturday, speaking to young boys for the 4th Annual Boys Leadership Summit. It's to raise awareness on the importance of the future. Tracy Martin says after his son was killed last year, he wants to be an encouragement to young people to help make sure no other parents have to go through what he went through. "It always takes a tragic event to awaken the communities around the country, it just so happened the tragic event happened in my life," said Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin's Father. That tragic event was...
  • Senate chaplain: ‘Cover our shame’ (He’s not being paid during the shutdown)

    10/09/2013 7:50:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    KPLR-TV / CNN ^ | October 9, 2013 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The federal shutdown has found its angry prophet. Senate Chaplain Barry Black is usually a calm, pastoral presence on Capitol Hill, doling out spiritual wisdom and moral counsel to his high-powered flock. But the Seventh-Day Adventist and former Navy rear admiral is mad as hell about the shutdown — and he’s letting the Senate, and the Lord, know about it. “Lord, when the federal shutdown delays payments of death benefits to the families of (soldiers) dying on far-away battlefields, it’s time for our lawmakers to say enough is enough,” Black said in his prayer opening the Senate on Wednesday. “Cover...
  • Liberty and Justice for All: Race, law, and redemption in the United States (Unreal)

    10/09/2013 1:22:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    City College News - The Student Newspaper of MCTC ^ | October 9, 2013 | Sarah Stanley-Ayre
    Miss Stanley-AyreThe year is 2013. Our nation has been crawling and clawing its way towards progressive thinking and radical acceptance. Racially speaking, however, relations remain polarized in many parts of the nation, especially pertaining to law enforcement and the American justice system. As marijuana arrest rates have climbed across the country, a glaring statistic has emerged. Nearly four times as many African Americans are arrested for marijuana-related offenses than Whites, according to the ACLU. In Minnesota, the discrepancy is twice as large. Nearly eight times as many African Americans here are arrested for marijuana possession than whites. According to the...
  • Singer’s Trayvon Martin Song Wonders Who Teen Could Have Been

    10/07/2013 10:03:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    News One For Black America ^ | October 7, 2013 | Abena Agyeman-Fisher
    While some are undoubtedly on to the next news items since shooter George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering teen Trayvon Martin this summer, there still remains many in this country who haven’t been able to “move on.” Los Angeles-based singer Gina Loring clearly falls in to the latter group, with her new song, “For Trayvon Martin,” where she wonders what the world would have missed if your life had ended at 17. In a five-minute video, Loring passionately sings: You were somebody’s baby, You were somebody’s child, Now you are my angel watching from the sky The video...
  • Corey claims 'sovereign immunity' (Zimmerman trial)

    10/04/2013 2:37:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Saint Augustine Record ^ | October 4, 2013 | Larry Hannan
    <p>Lawyers for State Attorney Angela Corey say she has “sovereign immunity” and are asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed against her in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case.</p> <p>Ben Kruidbos, her former information technology director, was fired in June after he testified that prosecutors did not turn over all information to Zimmerman’s defense team in the shooting death of the 17-year-old. Kruidbos said he was a whistleblower and under the law cannot be fired.</p>
  • The Trayvon Martin/Paula Deen Episode of SVU Was Absolutely Ridiculous

    10/03/2013 4:42:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Jezebel ^ | October 3, 2013 | Madeleine Davies
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Trayvon Martin, Paula Deen, Stop and Frisk and Assistant DA Raul Esparza? Dick Wolf was not kidding with this whole Law & Order/ripped from the headlines thing. Of course, if he wanted to be more accurate, the slogan would go "ripped from one headline, ripped from another headline, ripped from a third headline and then put in a blender with an added sprinkle of crazy," but maybe that's too clunky. Last night's episode of SVU managed to combine so many hot-button current events (current=three months old) that it could make a gal's head spin. It began like all SVUs —...
  • Trayvon Martin's parents visit Katie Couric

    10/01/2013 4:25:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel's TV Guy ^ | October 1, 2013 | Hal Boedeker
    The parents of Trayvon Martin will be guests Tuesday on Katie Couric's nationally syndicated talk show. "Katie" airs at 2 p.m. weekdays on WESH-Channel 2. Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon, are in-studio guests for what the "Katie" show bills as "an honest and compelling discussion about the reality of race in America." Couric asks how the parents are holding up. "It’s difficult when you’ve gone through a tragedy that we’ve gone through... so many people supporting us and lifting us up," Fulton says. The program provided an excerpt of Fulton talking about her activism after her...
  • ONU's Cultural Conversation hour to focus on 'Self-Defense, Stand Your Ground & Trayvon Tragedy'

    09/30/2013 9:01:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Ada Herald ^ | September 30, 2013
    ADA - "Shoot First, Ask Questions Later: Self-Defense, Stand Your Ground, and the Trayvon Martin Tragedy," will be the title of the discussion during the Ohio Northern University Cultural Conversation hour in the Celebrezze Court Room on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Black Student Union, the Black Law Student Association and the Office of Multicultural Development. Dr. C. Antoinette Clarke, ONU professor of law, will discuss the law of self-defense and the changes to settled doctrine that "Stand Your Ground" laws represent, and she will examine both...
  • In death, Trayvon Martin offers a gift (Blech)

    09/26/2013 3:47:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | September 26, 2013 | Sister Mary Ann McGivern
    Slowly, I'm beginning to understand the freight of meaning in President Barack Obama's comment that Trayvon Martin could have been him. George Yancy's "Walking While Black in the 'White Gaze' " in The New York Times sent shivers down my spine. Fifty years ago, he was a kid in north Philadelphia carrying a telescope, and a white police officer said to him, "Man, I almost blew you away. I thought you had a weapon." Yancy says he's waiting for the day a white president says, "There is no way that I could have experienced what Trayvon Martin did (and other...
  • 6 Reasons Guns Aren’t Like My Gayness (He's serious, I think)

    09/25/2013 10:20:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    care2 ^ | September 25, 2013 | Steve Williams
    An NRA commentator is claiming gun rights are like gay rights. Put simply, they’re not. Here’s what led to this ridiculous comparison and why these two topics are so very different. Starbucks recently had to make a little request to customers: that they do not bring firearms into the coffee chain’s stores because, they feel, having to have one eye on the man with the gun while drinking your latte should not be part of the “Starbucks experience.” Prior to this, the gun lobby had used Starbucks’ uneasy silence regarding gun carrying in store to peddle so-called Starbucks Appreciation Days,...
  • Dream Defenders Stand Their Ground On United Nation’s Floor (Yes, you read that correctly)

    09/25/2013 9:58:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    WUFT-FM National Public Radio ^ | September 25, 2013 | Chabeli Herrera
    The Dream Defenders are taking their message to the floor of the United Nations. The group, which is against Florida’s “stand your ground” law and formed in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death, submitted an eight-page shadow report Friday to the U.N. Human Rights Committee answering questions the committee raised as to whether stand your ground violates the United States’ civil rights obligations. The group has gained momentum since the July acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case. They initiated a 31-day occupation of the Capitol building in Tallahassee to pressure members of the Florida House of Representatives...
  • School official tells students Trayvon Martin case proved it is 'legal to hunt' children

    09/25/2013 12:01:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 25, 2013 | Alan Srout
    An email sent to students by a University of Maryland official that cites the Trayvon Martin shooting as evidence "it is legal to hunt down and kill American children in Florida" is being blasted as the latest evidence of a left-wing bias on campus. The email, from William Dorland, director of the school's Honors College, starts by welcoming students back to campus, but then quickly veers into politics. "This year, we learned that it is legal to hunt down and kill American children in Florida," it reads, in a reference to the trial of George Zimmerman, who was cleared of...
  • '2 Broke Girls' Premiere: 'Texas Hates Women, Florida Hates Blacks'

    09/24/2013 6:16:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | September 24, 2013 | Christian Toto
    The minds behind the CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls thought it might be clever to catch viewers up on what they missed during the summer hiatus. They also figured they could hammer home a pair of false liberal memes at the same time. The show's season premiere Monday night featured Max the waitress (Kat Dennings) attending to a young male diner. "I've been out of town all summer. Anything new?" the customer asked her. Max proceeded to rattle off a series of pop culture anecdotes, name checking Chris Brown, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber and Oprah Winfrey before turning political....
  • 'Uh-Oh, Instead of Defeating Us They Made Us Defiant' (Union/Black rage in North Carolina)

    09/23/2013 7:54:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Labor Notes ^ | September 23, 2013 | Ajamu Dillahunt
    Since April North Carolina has made national and international news with a remarkable social movement that has gathered thousands to protest, with nearly 1,000 arrests for civil disobedience. The Forward Together Movement, led by the North Carolina NAACP, showed up at the General Assembly in Raleigh for 13 consecutive Mondays while the Republican/Tea Party-controlled legislature was in session. Although 17 clergy members made up the first wave of arrestees, the activists who formed the backbone of the actions were part of the six-year-old, NAACP-led HKonJ Coalition (Historic Thousands on Jones St.—site of the legislature), which had mobilized thousands to the...
  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Convention Draws Thousands to D.C.

    09/21/2013 8:27:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The AFRO ^ | Byron Scott, special to the AFRO
    If numbers make an event a success, then day two of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual convention was just that. The halls and conference rooms of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest Washington, D.C. were filled with attendees who sat in on policy sessions, made plans to attend a bevy of social functions, and networked with other convention-goers. The CBCF’s Annual Legislative Conference is a gathering of African-American industry leaders, policy makers, elected officials and citizens. More than 70 policy sessions were planned for the four-day event, which began Sept. 18. As the convention unfolded, events took...
  • A Dangerous And Dishonest View Of Mass Violence

    09/19/2013 8:15:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Neon Tommy - Annenberg Digital News ^ | September 19, 2013 | Jacqueline Jackson
    Monday morning, the United States saw yet another mass shooting. The Navy Yard shooting occurred only 2.5 miles away from the White House, shocking the nation and reminding citizens that nowhere in America is safe from gun violence. Since President Obama took office in 2008, Americans have witnessed at least 19 mass shootings. All received exclusive media coverage, a type of coverage that has yet to occur when violence takes the lives of youth in minority communities across the nation. It is clear that in America you are in danger simply by living out your daily life. But it seems...
  • George Zimmerman is public-safety threat, Lake Mary police chief suggests

    09/19/2013 6:57:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 18, 2013 | Rene Stutzman
    LAKE MARY — Lake Mary police Chief Steve Bracknell hinted in a recent email exchange that he thinks George Zimmerman may be a threat to public safety. That came in an exchange last week with a West Coast man who complained about how Bracknell's department had handled a domestic-violence dispute between Zimmerman and his estranged wife, Shellie, and her father. Zimmerman was handcuffed Sept. 9 but later unshackled and never arrested after his father-in-law was punched in the nose and Shellie complained that her estranged husband was reaching inside his shirt for a gun. Police found no gun, but a...
  • Trayvon Martin Was a Victim of Black-on-Black Crime (Guess the other meme wasn't working?)

    09/19/2013 9:09:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 16, 2013 | Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor
    It was nice to be some thousands of miles away when the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial came down. I confess to being about as skeptical of a guilty verdict as I was of the predictions of mass violence in response. But being back and having thought about this a bit, I think something needs to be pointed out. There is this horrible idea out there that we should bracket off murder; that Trayvon Martin was a victim of racism but Derrion Albert and Hadiya Pendleton were not. The thinking holds that black people are concerned about the violence...
  • Town Hall On Trayvon Martin’s Death Held For Broward Students

    09/18/2013 5:13:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    WFOR-TV ^ | September 18, 2013
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A group of Broward County students attended a special town hall meeting Wednesday that focused on the death of Trayvon Martin and the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. The panel included Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton and students were allowed to ask questions and try to find answers to help improve race relations in South Florida. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Akailah Smotherman, 17, was one of the students in attendance. She said when she learned that Zimmerman was found not guilty for the death of Martin, she had a strong response. “It hurt. I cried; my mama cried; it...
  • Commentary: Saving Our Sons – A Call to Action

    09/18/2013 1:20:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Black Entertainment Television ^ | September 18, 2013 | Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)
    The best way to honor Trayvon Martin is to work to elevate the social status of Black men and boys everywhere. It's up to us to close the opportunity gap and stop the school-to-prison pipeline, so we can, at long last, eliminate society’s negative stereotypes and — most importantly — end the crisis of negative self-perception. Forty-two percent of Black students attend schools that are under-resourced. Young Black Americans are 10 times more likely to be arrested for drug offenses than young whites — in spite of evidence showing that white kids are more likely to abuse drugs. Taken...
  • Congress postpones 'Stand Your Ground' hearing after DC shooting

    09/17/2013 9:17:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9/17/13 | RTAmerica
    The Senate Judiciary postponed their hearing on "Stand Your Ground" laws on Tuesday morning, after the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard one day earlier. "Stand Your Ground" came into national prominence last year after George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida, where the law allows people to use deadly force to defend themselves. Martin's mother was expected to testify, along with the parents of Jordan Davis, another unarmed, black teenager killed in Florida. RT's Meghan Lopez talks to Jordan's father Ron Davis and his lawyer, John Phillips, about the controversial legislation.
  • First Case Scenario (the story of Mark O'Mara's assistant, Lorna Truett - good read)

    09/17/2013 3:20:34 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 23 replies
    Orlando Life ^ | 8/28/2013 | Randy Noles
    The State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman was no different. But there was one key player who was both highly visible and oddly inscrutable. Wearing an inevitable muted pantsuit, she sat at the defense table scribbling notes and occasionally whispering to the stoic Zimmerman and lead defense attorney Mark O’Mara. Newspaper cutlines identified the woman with shoulder-length blonde hair as Lorna Truett, co-counsel. Although she never questioned a witness, spoke to a reporter or addressed the jury, she played an integral, behind-the-scenes role in this high-profile, once-in-a-career case. Truett, whose name hangs on the shingle outside the tiny converted house...
  • Did Obama’s divisive racial Rhetoric over Travon Martin motivate the Aaron Alexis shooting?

    09/16/2013 9:09:13 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 42 replies
    SOL | 9/17/2013 | SOL of course
    It’s an obvious question. After George Zimmerman was acquitted Obama got on TV and gave a very racially divisive speech condemning the law, the legal system and America’s treatment of blacks. He made it clear he believes that blacks are treated almost as bad as they were in the 1950s, in spite of his four years in charge making progress. And Dividing America into opposition groups against one another is how Obama won two elections. And now this Navy Yard mass shooting After all as liberals endlessly lecture us : ‘words mean things’ and 'they have consequences'. After all they...
  • Florida police chief concerned about George Zimmerman

    09/14/2013 6:43:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    United Press International ^ | September 14, 2013
    LAKE MARY, Fla., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A Florida police chief agreed with assertions by an emailer that George Zimmerman is potentially dangerous. In the email exchange, which was originally revealed by the website ThinkProgress, Steve Bracknell, who heads the police department in Lake Mary where Zimmerman lives, endorsed his correspondent's statements that Zimmerman is a "ticking time bomb" and "a Sandy Hook, Aurora waiting to happen." Since he was acquitted this summer of killing Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, Zimmerman has been in the news several times. These include two stops for speeding, a visit to the Florida...
  • Trayvon's Death Is an Outrage, But..

    09/14/2013 1:39:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 29, 2013 | Joe Klein
    Thanks to immigration, stronger laws and years of hard work, our poisonous biracial era is ending.Suddenly, we are being dragged back to the 1980s--a time when race was front and center as the great American divide, a time of anger and backlash and showboating. We are dragged there by the Trayvon Martin verdict, by the Supreme Court's decision to void a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and even by the slow dissolution of immigration reform in the House of Representatives. There is an easy slippage into antique caricatures: Al Sharpton is back; Rachel Jeantel, Martin's unfortunate phone...
  • Trayvon Martin's Mother to Testify in Senate on 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

    09/14/2013 5:26:29 AM PDT · by kevcol · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Sept 14, 2013 | William Bigelow
    Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, announced on Thursday that a central witness in the September 17 Senate hearing targeting “Stand Your Ground” laws will be Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother.
  • After acquittal, Zimmerman still in spotlight (who wields the spotlight?)

    09/14/2013 8:29:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 2013 9:37 AM EDT | Allen G. Breed and Kyle Hightower
    Whether they think that he got away with murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin or that he was just a brave neighborhood watch volunteer “standing his ground,” many Americans can’t seem to get enough of George Zimmerman. And he can’t seem to stop giving it to them. So it’s hardly surprising that everything Zimmerman does produces a Twitterverse explosion and spins out into heavy news coverage. …
  • Black Caucus Annual Conference to Meet Under ‘It Starts With You’ Theme

    09/14/2013 5:12:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    AFRO - Your History. Your Community. Your News ^ | September 13, 2013 | Zenitha Prince
    The 43rd Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation will gather under the theme “It Starts With You” from Sept.18-21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. About 10,000 persons are expected to attend the yearly gathering of Washington power players, industry leaders and ordinary men and women in the nation’s capital. With an eye to developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public, the conclave will comprise more than 70 forums and brain trusts on the critical issues facing African-Americans and the African Diaspora. Most notably, this year’s national town hall meeting, “From Poverty...
  • Don Lemon to George Zimmerman: ‘Have You Any Decency?’

    09/13/2013 7:38:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Black America Web ^ | September 12, 2013 | Don Lemon
    The Author Two words for you: George Zimmerman. A lot of people have a lot of questions for him lately, including his estranged wife, that’s a whole other show though. However there is one question that I haven’t heard anybody say, and I think we should be asking him, and we should be asking ourselves. And I’ll tell you what that question is in just a moment. I’m going to speak directly to George Zimmerman, though, because I hope he hears this segment and if you know him, please send the clip to him. Email it to him. George, since...
  • Sarasota City Commission Supporting Repeal of 'Stand Your Ground' Law

    09/13/2013 3:14:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | September 13, 2013 | Allison Nielsen
    When outlining the major legislative priorities for its 2014 agenda, the Sarasota City Commission voted to support a repeal of Florida's Stand Your Ground laws. The repeal was listed in the City Commission's document titled Revised Final 2014 Legislative Priorities. "The City Commission requests that the state Legislature repeal the Stand Your Ground statute and establish a more civil approach to governance than afforded under the current statute," the document states. The National Rifle Association has already sunk its teeth into the Commission's decision to support a repeal of Stand Your Ground, which received a great deal of publicity over...
  • Post-Trayvon Wave of Anti-White Terrorist Violence Continues Every Day

    09/12/2013 9:06:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | September 12, 2013 | Robert Stacy McCain
    The New York Post reports: An attacker pummeled a bus passenger so hard he smashed the bones in his face after calling the victim a “cracker” in Manhattan — marking the second time in two days that people appeared to be randomly targeted in racial tirades against white people, authorities said. In the latest incident, the suspect passed a 31-year-old rider on the M60 bus riding through Harlem, on West 127th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive, around 2:45 p.m., Friday, when he shouted the racial slur and punched the victim in the face, breaking his nose and eye...
  • Take his guns away, already: Why the George Zimmermans are so protected

    09/12/2013 2:15:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Salon ^ | September 12, 2013 | Katie McDonough, assistant editor
    What exactly does it take for a man with domestic abuse complaints and a fatal shooting to lose access to weapons? Exactly what happened on Monday between George Zimmerman and his estranged wife, Shellie, in Lake Mary, Fla., is still in doubt — but seeing the words “Zimmerman,” “gun” and “altercation” strung together once again has turned Zimmerman into a lightning rod for questions regarding gun violence and domestic abuse in the United States. Based on the initial report, Shellie called the police that day claiming Zimmerman, brandishing his firearm, was threatening her, daring her to “step closer” to him....
  • Shellie Zimmerman: How bad was that news conference?

    09/12/2013 1:04:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 12, 2013 | Hal Boedeker
    (VIDEOS-AT-LINK)If Shellie Zimmerman wants her marriage to George Zimmerman to end quietly, she should avoid holding press conferences that become disasters. She should avoid press conferences in general, but that one Wednesday? Ouch. How bad was that conference with Shellie's attorney Kelly Sims?(VIDEO-AT-LINK) "Long and at times bizarre," WESH-Channel 2 anchor Syan Rhodes said. WESH anchor Jim Payne found it "one of the most bizarre displays I think I have ever seen." Robin Roberts of ABC's "Good Morning America" called the press conference "rambling." ABC's Matt Gutman described Sims' performance as "often theatrical" at 40 minutes. Sims' melodramatic presentation included...
  • Teen shot while playing basketball near Miami

    09/12/2013 4:18:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 9/12/13
    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Authorities are looking for a man they say shot a teenager playing basketball on a middle school court in Miami Gardens. The 18-year-old was injured in the Wednesday night shooting....