Trayvon Martin’s Mom: “If They Refuse to Hear Us, We Will Make Them Feel Us”

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Trayvon Martin’s Mom: “If They Refuse to Hear Us, We Will Make Them Feel Us”

Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, penned a letter in Time.com to the Lesley McSpadden, the mother of slain teen Michael Brown and one sentence has hit a nerve with some folks.

Fulton ended the letter with a call to action (some have called it fiery):  “If they refuse to hear us, we will make them feel us.” She appeared on CNN this morning and explained what she meant, saying it was a call to vote. The Drudge Report and others ran with that statement, implying that it was a call to violence. Really? Wow.

Here’s an excerpt from Sybrina Fulton’s letter to Lesley McSpadden:

Facts, myths, and flat out lies are already out there in Michael’s case. Theories, regardless of how ridiculous, are being pondered by the pundits. My advice is to surround yourselves with proven and trusted support. Through it all, I never let go of my faith, my family, or my friends. Long after the overwhelming media attention is gone, you will need those three entities to find your ‘new normal.’ Honor your son and his life, not the circumstances of his alleged transgressions. I have always said that Trayvon was not perfect. But no one will ever convince me that my son deserved to be stalked and murdered. No one can convince you that Michael deserved to be executed.

But know this: neither of their lives shall be in vain. The galvanizations of our communities must be continued beyond the tragedies. While we fight injustice, we will also hold ourselves to an appropriate level of intelligent advocacy. If they refuse to hear us, we will make them feel us. Some will mistake that last statement as being negatively provocative. But feeling us means feeling our pain; imagining our plight as parents of slain children. We will no longer be ignored. We will bond, continue our fights for justice, and make them remember our children in an appropriate light. I would hate to think that our lawmakers and leaders would need to lose a child before protecting the rest of them and making the necessary changes NOW…

Trayvon Martin was gunned down by a wannabe cop, neighborhood volunteer watch captain, George Zimmerman in February 2012 as he walked home from a convenience store. Like Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin was unarmed.

Tea Party Leader Jesse Lee Peterson Says Michael Brown a “Thug” Because He Ran From Cop

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Tea Party Leader Jesse Lee Peterson Says Michael Brown a “Thug” Because He Ran From Cop

(OPINION) — Tea Party lunatic Jesse Lee Peterson, during an appearence on “The Steve Malzberg” show said he is disturbed that “thugs” like Michael Brown, the unarmed teen who was gunned down by a white police officer on a Ferguson, Mo., street, and Trayvon Martin, are “given the benefit of the doubt.” Really dumbass?

Peterson said criminals in America, “especially black criminals,” are let off too easily. Spoken like a true hypocrite. He added, “I’ve said from day one that Michael Brown is a thug.” How did he reach this conclusion? Because Michael Brown was “running the cops, period, because good folks do not run from police officers, they follow their instructions,” according to a video posted by Right Wing Watch.

Listen to venom being spewed by Jesse Lee Peterson about Michael Brown:

Jury Selected in Theodore Wafer Murder Case in Shooting Death of Renisha McBride

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Jury Selected in Theodore Wafer Murder Case in Shooting Death of Renisha McBride

A jury has been selected in the murder trial of Theodore Wafer, the Dearborn Heights, Mich., homeowner charged in the shooting death of a drunk but unarmed teen Renisha McBride as she sought help after a car accident.

A jury of seven men and seven women — four black (two men and two women) — was seated after nearly 70 potential jurors were questioned on Monday and Tuesday.

Renisha McBride’s aunt had expressed concern that too many black women were being dismissed from the jury. This comes as defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter wasn’t happy that the prosecution dismissed several jurors who were gun advocates.

Opening statements in the Renisha McBride murder case will start on Wednesday.

There are parallels to the Trayvon Martin murder case, as the defense sought to introduce information about Renisha McBride holding what appears to be a gun, having wads of money and marijuana. The judge did not allow that to come into evidence. You will recall, Trayvon Martin was on trial even though George Zimmerman was the one who pulled the trigger.

One Year After Being Acquitted for Trayvon Martin’s Murder, George Zimmerman Claims He’s Homeless

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One Year After Being Acquitted for Trayvon Martin’s Murder, George Zimmerman Claims He’s Homeless

George Zimmerman was acquitted nearly one year ago for the murder of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. While he may have escaped prison for the teen’s murder, he’s living in a hell-hole of his own making. He is reportedly unemployed, broke and homeless. He now begins divorce proceedings with his estranged wife, Shellie. As they say, karma will catch up with you. It never fails. He has only to look at former NFL great O.J. Simpson.

According to a financial affidavit Zimmerman filed last month, he only has $650 in his bank account and $14,000 in assets, mainly his pickup truck. He is reportedly $2.5 million in debt. His brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., who sparked outrage with racist tweets about Trayvon Martin, said his brother doesn’t have a home, but moves around sleeping at the homes of friends and supporters.

I have to ask, how does George Zimmerman manage to spend more than $3,000 a month, and claim to be homeless and virtually penniless?

 

 

Mark Cuban Apologizes to Trayvon Martin’s Parents for “Hoodie” Comment

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Mark Cuban Apologizes to Trayvon Martin’s Parents for “Hoodie” Comment (Credit: Inc. Screengrab)

Mark Cuban found himself in hot water after saying he would cross the street if he saw a black kid wearing a hoodie. Cuban was making the point that beyond Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling, everyone has their own inner prejudices that they instinctively and irrationally act on.

Cuban said, “If I see a black kid in a hoodie on my side of the street, I’ll move to the other side of the street.” Of course, he was taken to task on Twitter and ended up apologizing to Trayvon Martin’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin for his remarks. So, it’s okay to prejudge a black teen but not a white teen wearing a hoodie?

Um, I guess we know how he will vote over kicking Donald Sterling out of the league for his racist rant.

Frank Taaffe Now Says Pal George Zimmerman Racially Profiled Trayvon Martin

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Frank Taaffe Now Says Pal George Zimmerman Racially Profiled Trayvon Martin

Frank Taaffe, who staunchly defended George Zimmerman during his trial for the murder of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, now says he believes his friend racially profiled the teen. Um, no news there…we already knew Trayvon Martin was racially profiled by wannabe cop Zimmerman.

Taaffe, who was unceremoniously dumped as a regular guest on HLN’s “The Nancy Grace Show” after reports of his ties to a white nationalist radio show, told News13 he believes Zimmerman would not have followed Trayvon Martin if he “had been a white kid on a cell phone.” Again, we knew this…

Taaffe said, “What I know of George and his tendencies and also my opinion is that he racially profiled Trayvon Martin that night because if that had been a white kid on a cell phone, walking through our neighborhood, he wouldn’t have stayed on him the way he did and that’s a fact and I believe that in my heart.”

Gee, I wonder why Frank Taaffe is suddenly so apologetic to Trayvon Martin’s parents after trashing the teen on national television, night after night. Well, he credited the recent tragedies in his life for his change of heart.  He expressed his condolences to the teen’s parents saying, “I’m sorry that you lost your son. I know what that’s like and I wish things had been different.”

Taaffe said, “I can only ask the country to forgive me and today I believe that he racially profiled him based on the color of his skin. He said he has no book deal or a TV show, adding, “I’m just working on me right now and getting right with God.”

I am guessing Frank Taaffe owes George Zimmerman’s estranged wife, Shellie, an apology too for trashing her on Nancy Grace and Dr. Drew’s shows.

 

 Frank Taaffe Now Says Pal George Zimmerman Racially Profiled Trayvon Martin

LA Lakers’ Star Kobe Bryant Under Fire for Trayvon Martin Diss

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LA Lakers’ Star Kobe Bryant Under Fire for Trayvon Martin Diss

Kobe Bryant is pulling a Tiger Woods on race and it’s not sitting well with #BlackTwitter. During an interview with The New Yorker, the Lakers star admitted he was not comfortable with the idea of being compelled to defend someone just because they are black. He was referring to the Miami Heat players who wore hoodies in honor of Trayvon Martin. Bryant said he would rather sit back and wait for all the facts to come out before taking sides.

ColorLines reposted Bryant’s exact remarks:

I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,” he said. “That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well, we’ve progressed as a society, then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”

Um, I recall when Kobe Bryant was appeared on television to issue a statement about cheating on his wife. He didn’t want anyone to judge him then and he shouldn’t be pointing fingers at the Miami Heat now. Seems to me, he could simply have expressed some sympathy for Trayvon Martin’s parents and moved on to the next topic.

The fact is, the protests in the aftermath of the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the teen’s murder wasn’t about racial solidarity. It was about an innocent teen being gunned down by a coward who hid behind the flawed and very controversial Stand Your Ground law. What if Kobe Bryant had been living in America during the height of the civil rights movement? Would he have questioned Dr. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and others for taking a stand for what is right?

Reaction on Twitter:

House Bill 875 Seeks to Expand Georgia’s Stand Your Ground Law

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House Bill 875 Seeks to Expand Georgia’s Stand Your Ground Law (Credit: Wikipedia)

#StandYourGround:  Georgia’s “Safe Carry Protection Act” (HB 875) seeks to expand the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground legislation. It would allow people to carry guns almost anywhere they choose, including schools, bars, churches, government buildings and airports. Lucia McBath, the mother of teen Jordan Davis, who was murdered by Michael Dunn after an altercation about ‘thug music,’ is leading the charge against this bill.

Stand Your Ground laws, which was made famous by the murder of Trayvon Martin by overzealous neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, allowed armed citizens to defend themselves with deadly force if they feel threatened and believe they face physical harm.

HB 875, which was introduced by state Rep. Rick Jasperse, could be passed next week during before the current legislative session ends on March 20. Laura Cutiletta, a staff attorney with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence told PolitiFact“Of all the bills pending right now in state legislatures, this is the most sweeping and most dangerous.”

It should also be noted that Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun reform advocacy group founded by former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords who was shot in the head by Jared Loughner, called HB 875 the “guns everywhere” bill. Of course, the National Rifle Association is embracing this bill, calling it “the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state history.”

HB875 would not only overturn current state laws, it would also roll back concealed-carry restrictions and would loosen other gun regulations in Georgia, according to the NRA-ILA. The bill would:

  • Removal of fingerprinting requirement for gun license renewals
  • Ban the state from keeping a gun license database
  • Repeal the state licensing requirement for firearms dealers (requiring only a federal firearms license)
  • Expand gun owner rights in a declared state of emergency by prohibiting government authorities from seizing, registering, or otherwise limiting the carrying of guns in any way permitted by law before the emergency was declared
  • Lower the age to obtain a concealed-carry license from 21 to 18 for active-duty military and honorably discharged veterans who’ve completed basic training
  • Prohibit detaining someone for the sole purpose of checking whether they have a gun license  (H/T Mother Jones)

I am urging the residents of Georgia who are against Stand Your Ground laws to call your state representative and let he or she know you don’t want this bill passed. It could mean more unarmed black and Hispanic teens will be gunned down by cowards hiding behind a so-called threat.

 House Bill 875 Seeks to Expand Georgias Stand Your Ground Law

Michael Dunn Retrial Set for Murder of Unarmed Black Teen Jordan Davis

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Michael Dunn Retrial Set for Murder of Unarmed Black Teen Jordan Davis

Michael Dunn’s retrial has been set for May 5 for the murder of unarmed black teen Jordan Davis after an altercation over loud music leads to shooting.

Dunn won’t be sentenced for the attempted murder charges he was convicted of until after the retrial. Either way, he’s looking at 60 years behind bars.

Michael Dunn had been scheduled to be sentenced on March 24 for attempted murder and firing into a vehicle. His attorney is concerned that statements he makes at sentencing could be used against him in his second trial.

Rev. Al Sharpton Leads March to FL State Capitol Against Stand Your Ground Law

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Rev. Al Sharpton Leads March to FL State Capitol Against Stand Your Ground Law (Credit: Twitter)

#StandYourGround:  Rev. Al Sharpton led several hundred people in a march to the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee against the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, ABC News reports.

Trayvon Martin’s parents, Jordan Davis’ mother, Lucia McBath, and the family of Marissa Alexander were among those present.

Before the march began, Rev. Sharpton said, “To have laws that tell people that they can shoot first and then ask questions later is a violation of our civil rights. I believe that law is inherently wrong.”

Sharpton said, “The law in effect says based on your imagination, if you imagine I’m a threat, you have the right to kill me. He also called Florida “ground zero” in the fight against the controversial law.