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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 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 ^ | 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...