Friday, March 23, 2012

Where is George Zimmerman? Why don't we know anything?

One of my BFFs made a really good point today, where is George Zimmerman? Ok so yes we know he's in hiding. But so was Casey Anthony which was a big case also here in Florida. The news cameras where all over the city, in front of Anthony's parent's home waiting for them to take a trip to Publix (the grocery store). Where is George Zimmerman's home? His parent's home in Lake Mary? Why aren't camera's there? Why aren't the media stalking him the way they would stalk well...any one else? His family, his wife's family? Sure, I believe everyone has the right to privacy but rare is the case that the media actually respects that right. Why now?
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bigger than Race But Not Much Bigger

CNN depicts another challenge to the Stand Your Ground law here in Florida in Valrico (Tampa suburb) where the race and age of the victim and alleged perpetrator are in a sense reversed of that in the Trayvon Martin case. An older (elderly?) Black man shot and killed a 41 year military father at the playground of their neighborhood after an altercation and he too claims self-defense under the same Stand Your Ground law. The father was shot and killed in front of his own daughter.

"Who brings a gun to a playground?" his widow asks in the report. I'm asking the same damn thing.

My point is not whether the Black elder should go free. My point is if you watch the video you will see him in HANDCUFFS!!!!! And proving his claim of self-defense in court.

We don't know where George Zimmerman is but we know he is not, and has never been, in handcuffs or in jail.  I wonder the outcome if they had considered him to be an ethnic minority. Nonetheless, this is bigger than race it is about what is right.

***CORRECTION*** After further reading and researching, the shooter, 69 yr old Trevor Dooley was not immediately arrested. He even returned to his job as a busdriver and picked kids up from school!! (Eeek!) However according to David James' widow's blog there is a trial against Dooley for manslaughter that begun last month.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Don't Shoot me I only have Skittles.

I've been on hiatus for a couple of months now and my last post was titled "I Just Died". My absense may have convinced you otherwise but I did not. But I was gone for good reason, I promise. There has not been a more opportune time to resume blogging than in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case here in my home state of Florida.

There are a number of painful aspects of this story that bother me. The gated community that (we?) "uppity, educated black folk" work hard to move into. The place where we feel will protect our kids from crime and bad public schools. This is the place where we would assume one could walk to the store and not get shot for his jordans.I can't bring myself to listen to the 911 recordings in its entirety. I am growing a little Black boy in my belly as I type. (I told you I was out for good reason!!) I am afraid for him. I feel powerless. There is no level of education or amount of money that will protect his freedom and give me piece of mind.
The another painful aspect is the comments of justification such as:
  •  Blacks kill whites all the time, Blacks kill Hispanics all the time. Why are we making a big deal out of it? 
  • Well, Blacks do most of the crimes. If they stop committing crimes they would not be viewed as suspicious.
  • He had a hoodie on to cover his face? He had it coming.
  • There must have been a reason.
  • Zimmerman was Latino so it's not racist.
Along with a whole host of hits. Who are these people? Please wear a t-shirt identifing who you are so I can cross the road when I see you.

There are easy responses, "well, most of the Blacks that kill whites are on death row or serving life sentences. EVEN when they are innocent. The point is justice is not served" "Most racists are white. The overwhelming majority of Serial Killers are white. Maybe people should take on the same reasoning and assume they all are." But honestly, I don't have the patience.

 Don't shoot me for this (awful, terrible, pun intended) but I am afraid of all youth collectives. Particularly, a group of young white boys ages 16-30 (35?) would cause me the same alarm. There have been many cases were the most vulnerable (women, homelessmen, puppies) have been victim to this demographic's desire of a good time. So I go inside and lock my door. Not too unlike the woman that clutches her purse when my brothers walk by. We all do it.

I but I don't trail them. I don't shoot any of them. Even if I did, there is no chance in hell I'd go free. Because that would be easily considered murder...for a Black person.  
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