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?

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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.

Marissa Alexander Facing 60 Years in Prison in Stand Your Ground Retrial

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Marissa Alexander Facing 60 Years in Prison in Stand-Your-Ground Retrial

Florida State Attorney Angela Corey strikes again….

Marissa Alexander, who won retrial after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot in the ceiling to fend off her abusive husband, could now face 60 years in prison if she is convicted again, the Florida Times Union reports.

Angela Corey couldn’t get a guilty verdict in the Michael Dunn trial for the murder of unarmed black teen Jordan Davis, but she’s pushing for three consecutive 20-year sentences for a woman who shot into drywall. The same holds true for the Trayvon Martin case where George Zimmerman walked free for murdering another black teen.

Activists from the Free Marissa Now advocacy group, which has campaigned for the release of Alexander, 33, and raised money for her legal costs, described the move as a “stunning abuse of power” by the state attorney, Angela Corey.

“When Marissa Alexander fired her warning shot to save her own life, she caused no injuries. Now she’s facing the very real possibility of spending the rest of her life in prison for that act of self-defence,” Sumayya Fire, a spokeswoman for the group, said in a statement.

“That should send a chill down the back of every person in this country who believes that women who are attacked have the right to defend themselves.”

Prosecutors said they were merely following directions from state authorities. An appeals court in Tallahassee ruled last year that when convicting a defendant of multiple counts of the same crime under the state’s “10-20-life” mandatory minimum sentencing rules on gun crime, judges must make the sentences consecutive.

“Absent a plea agreement, if convicted as charged, the law of the State of Florida fixes the sentence,” Richard Mantei, one of Corey’s assistant state attorneys, told the Florida Times-Union. “At this time, Ms Alexander has rejected all efforts by the State to resolve the case short of trial.” Source: Guardian

Louis Farrakhan Calls for Blacks-Only Courts After U.S. Justice System Failure

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Louis Farrakhan Calls for Blacks-Only Courts After U.S. Justice System Failure

Nation of Islam leader Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan sparked controversy on Sunday when he suggested that the black community set up its own court system because the U.S. judicial system is biased. Um, there is so much wrong with this suggestion — replacing one oppressive system with another. From a constitutional perspective, this is just plain laughable.

While speaking at the Joe Louis Arena on the last day of the Nation of Islam’s annual convention in Detroit, Farrakhan said, “We want equal justice under the law. He added, “Our people can’t take much more. We have to have our own courts. You failed us.”

Farrakhan’s comments come as widespread outrage continues over the mistrial on the murder charge in the Michael Dunn trial (#DunnTrial) for the murder of unarmed black teen Jordan Davis after the two got into an argument over ‘thug music.’

Louis Farrakhan said that the black legal system should be based on the tenets in the Quran and the Bible.

He asked the crowd, “Has America been just to us?” The crowd roared back, “No!” Farrakhan said, “So, if we retaliate, you can bring out your soldiers. We got some too.”

Farrakhan attacked Christian pastors who endorse gay marriage, saying “God has never sanctioned that kind of behavior.”

Before Louis Farrakhan delivered his speech, his spokeswoman Ava Muhammad said blacks need to separate because “planes are going to destroy every area that is not dominated by Islam.” She said the Nation of Islam members may choose to migrate to Detroit in order to form their own community. By the way, the NOI was started in Detroit 84 years ago.

Zimmerman Pal Frank Taaffe Called Oprah Winfrey N*gger on White Supremacist Radio Show

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Zimmerman Pal Frank Taaffe Called Oprah Winfrey N*gger on White Supremacist Radio Show

Frank Taaffe, who made a name for himself as a close ally of Trayvon Martin’s murderer George Zimmerman, reportedly called Oprah Winfrey a n*gger during a radio show he hosted that’s geared towards white supremacists,  Mother Jones reports.

Political Research Associates, a progressive activist group, posted the audio on Tuesday from an October 2013 segment of Frank Taaffe’s show, “Standing Our Ground,” which aired on the White Voice Network.

During the segment, Taaffe and co-host Joe Adams debate whether Oprah Winfrey can be considered a n*gger. Adams, author of the “Save White People Handbook,” said, “To me she wouldn’t.” Frank Taaffe responded, “I think she is” because she “keeps spewing out all that bullsh*t. She goes over to Switzerland and she says that lady didn’t want to share a handbag because she thought she couldn’t afford it, and she keeps just doing what she’s doing.”

There’s more racist venom:  Frank Taaffe insisted, “You know, it’s birds of a feather, they flock together and stick together, and to me, she’s a n**ger.” “Oprah Winfrey’s a n**ger. She’s a n**ger.”

Taaffe also criticized Winfrey for promoting “her boy,” as in President Barack Obama. Um, Nancy Grace and Doctor Drew must be really proud to have given this racist dirtbag the time of day on their shows night after night. Praise God, we won’t be seeing Frank Taaffe on any TV network again….On Monday, HLN canceled his booking after Mother Jones slammed the network for giving him a platform to spew his racist venom.

Mistrial on Murder Charge in Michael Dunn Trial Sad Reminder of Stand Your Ground

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Jury Deadlock on Murder Charge in Michael Dunn Trial Sad Reminder of Stand Your Ground

#StandYourGround:  Happy birthday Jordan Russell Davis…only the jury seemed to believe a liar and coward for your murder. I guess the fact that Jordan Davis COULD have had a gun is the same as Jordan Davis HAVING a gun, right? Michael Dunn hid behind the racially biased Stand Your Ground law to justify his actions, despite fleeing the scene, ordering pizza, consuming more alcohol, walking the dog, not telling his girlfriend he saw a gun, using the term “thug music,” not calling police to report incident, etc. I guess with all those inconsistencies, his word carried weight because he is WHITE. Ta-Nehisi Coates said it best: “I insist that the irrelevance of black life has been drilled into this country since its infancy, and shall not be extricated through the latest innovations in Negro Finishing School.”

The shock of the jury being deadlocked on the murder charge in the Michael Dunn murder trial for the shooting death of unarmed black teen Jordan Davis has reopened the old wounds in the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of another unarmed black teen, Trayvon Martin. The fact is that it is too easy for a ‘shooter’ to ‘defend’ himself from a perceived threat with deadly force. The fact is more blacks have died at the hands of whites using Stand Your Ground as a defense than black-on-black and black-on-white cases.  This is truly a sad way to celebrate the memory of Jordan Davis on his birthday — essentially saying Michael Dunn was justified in killing an unarmed black teen during altercation over “thug music.”

We can’t ignore the fact that “Stand Your Ground,” which is the law in 20 states, is problematic, at best, for blacks and Hispanics, more than it is for whites. This is a throwback to the Jim Crow era when Emmett Till was beaten and thrown in a pond for looking at a white woman, and no-one was found guilty on the charges. It is part of the collective consciousness in these states with Stand Your Ground laws empowers some people to take out their gun and shoot when they ‘perceive’ a threat. It’s not right. It’s frightening and could have created a reasonable doubt in the minds of some jurors. Some people have said Stand Your Ground wasn’t introduced in the case. On the contrary. Defense attorney Cory Strolla made it clear that Michael Dunn had a right to stand his ground. The SYG principles were included in the jury instructions.

John Roman, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, recently conducted a study examining racial disparity using FBI data on 43,500 homicides from 2005 to 2009, the most recent years for which data was available. He sifted out only the killings in which there was a single shooter and a single victim, both of whom were strangers to each other — narrowing the pool to about 5,000 homicides.

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Roman also found that Stand Your Ground laws tend to track the existing racial disparities in homicide convictions across the U.S. — with one significant exception: Whites who kill blacks in Stand Your Ground states are far more likely to be found justified in their killings. In non-Stand Your Ground states, whites are 250 percent more likely to be found justified in killing a black person than a white person who kills another white person; in Stand Your Ground states, that number jumps to 354 percent. Source: PBS Frontline

Below is a chart with figures representing the percentage likelihood that “deaths will be found justifiable compared to white-on-white killings.”

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Stand Your Ground: Likelihood White-On-Black Killings Found Justifiable

The reality of the deadlocked jury is giving people an open season on killing young black men. Kids should not be afraid to walk down the street and play loud music. Michael Dunn left the scene after shooting into a SUV multiple times. Michael Dunn got away with murder while hiding behind the “Stand Your Ground” law. Something must be done. This is a disgrace.  Race played a big role in this case and it was simply unconscionable that Angela Corey and her team, John Guy and Erin Wolfson, didn’t bring up the racist jailhouse letters Michael Dunn wrote, saying the more he got to know blacks, the more he hated them.

The prosecution could have used those letters to counter Cory Strolla’s steady parade of character witnesses who claimed Michael Dunn was ‘gentle’ and a peaceful man. It seems that the prosecution didn’t learn anything from their stinging defeat in the George Zimmerman murder case. They didn’t win the case for connecting the dots and presenting a compelling case to the jury on the hard charge, they won on the easy ones, despite Michael Dunn giving them a gift on a silver platter. Michael Dunn, who had seen his own son only three times in 15 years, expected submission from Jordan Davis, whose father was in his life. When he didn’t get that submission, he pulled out a gun and killed the teen. Race was used in the most insidious way in this case.

Happy birthday Jordan Russell Davis…your killer wasn’t charged with your murder after all despite his claims that you had an imaginary gun.

Brent Posada Blames ‘Imaginary’ Hoodie-Wearing Black Man for Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

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Brent Posada Blames ‘Imaginary’ Hoodie-Wearing Black Man for Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

Brent Posada told police that he lied and blamed an ‘imaginary’ black man after he intentionally shot himself in the stomach on February 1.

Posada, who sought treatment at Shasta Regional Medical Center, told Redding, Calif., police that a black man approached him and pointed a gun at his head, KRCR reports.

The Redding Record Searchlight reports Brent Posada described the ‘imaginary’ black man as “wearing a black hoodie-style sweatshirt, blue jeans and black, high-top shoes with silver stripes.”

Brent Posada changed his story about the clothing and injuries during an interview with the police on Monday. He admitted that he intentionally shot himself in his apartment.

 

Michael Dunn Caught in Several Inconsistencies During ‘Thug Music’ Murder Trial

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Michael Dunn Caught in Several Inconsistencies During ‘Thug Music’ Murder Trial

#DunnTrial:  Michael Dunn took the witness stand in his ‘thug music’ murder case and he didn’t bat an eye, even after he was caught in several inconsistencies. Dunn claimed he riddled Tommie Stornes’ SUV with bullets because he feared for his lift. He said, “I thought I was going to be killed.” Um, that’s after he suddenly grew bionic ears and heard Jordan Davis’ profanity-laced death threats even though his window was turned up and the music blaring from the SUV. He claimed during his testimony that he had little hearing in his right ear due to a scuba diving accident as a child.

Dunn, who was dressed in a white shirt, green sweater and tie, choked up when he talked about his girlfriend and their dog Charlie. Er, no remorse for the 17-year-old trash-talking kid he gunned down. The shooting occurred at a Gate Gas Station where Dunn and his fiancée, Rhonda Rouer, stopped to buy white wine and chips on their way back from his son’s wedding. Um, this is the son who had only seen him three times in 15 years. Some close relationship, right?

Dunn said that the music wasn’t playing when they parked next to the SUV, though his girlfriend was pretty clear on what he said about the music — “I hate that thug music.” He got on the witness stand and denied saying that. He claimed he said, “that rap crap.”

He said, “My rear view mirror was shaking, my eardrums were vibrating. It was ridiculously loud.” Most people, would simply find another parking space or leave quickly after purchasing whatever they came to buy. I certainly would not start an argument with anyone over loud music, much less pull out a gun and shoot when they got the better of me. The fact remains, Michael Dunn could have just driven off and all this would have been avoided.

Instead of taking the high road, Dunn said the young men in the Dodge Durango started using expletives after he asked them to turn the music down. They complied but turned it back up with Jordan Davis instructed them to. He said, “I start hearing things like F-him and F-that.  It was mean-spirited.” #YouThink?

Michael Dunn and Rhonda Rouer fled the scene and later ordered pizza and walked the dog. At no time did either of them bother to call the police. They both had cellphones and had a phone in their hotel room. If Michael Dunn truly acted in self-defense, he could have left the gas station, pulled into a safe location and called the cops to report the shooting. Instead, he chose to lay low for a few days. He has such a sense of white entitlement that he felt he could chose which officer he wanted to tell his version of the shooting. He called a neighborhood cop to divulge the series of events that led up to Jordan Davis’ murder. He claims the officer called him at the request of a mutual friend, but prosecutor John Guy got him to admit, after producing phone records, that he was the one who called that officer. Boom. Another inconsistency.

Cory Strolla, Dunn’s attorney, told the jury in his opening statement that his client only started shooting after seeing what looked like the barrel of a gun or a lead pipe through the Durango’s back passenger window and that he acted in self-defense because he was in imminent danger. Um, the last time I checked, you can’t just shoot someone because you thought they had a gun. Yeah, Cory Strolla spun a lot of fairy tales during the course of the trial and it will only backfire for his client. Dunn also claims that Jordan Davis attempted to get out of the SUV, even opening the door. The fact is, his car and the Dodge was parked a little too close for comfort and there was no way Jordan Davis could have alighted from that vehicle without hitting Dunn’s car. There was no-0ne to corroborate Dunn’s assertion. The fact is, police found no weapon in the Durango after the shooting. The fact is, Jordan Davis was leaning to the left, away from Michael Dunn when he was shot three times.

The prosecutor hit a home run when they asked Michael Dunn if he had told Rhonda Rouer that he saw a gun in the teens’ SUV after the shooting. He said he told her multiple times. Um, one problem….Rhonda Rouer said he had not. Boom. The fact is, she showed that Michael Dunn is a LIAR. So much for that wedding….I found her to be a credible witness, though I believe there were grounds for her arrest, but the cops were really after Michael Dunn.

The prosecution also introduced his racist jailhouse letters. Boom. The prosecution also played parts of the interrogation tape conducted by Dets. Marc Musser and Travis Oliver. It clearly showed the cops did not believe what Dunn was saying and they challenged him on his inconsistencies.  The police told Michael Dunn, “law doesn’t allow me to shoot them because I think they have a weapon.”

Stay tuned for closing arguments, which are expected to start at 10 a.m. Wednesday, followed by jury instructions and then the fate of Michael Dunn will be in the hands of the jury.  Dunn is being tried on one count of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of firing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle on November 23, 2012, that led to the murder of Jordan Davis. This latest shooting thrusts Florida, dubbed the #GunshineState, in the national spotlight for the “Stand Your Ground” law that must be repealed.

By the way…..Michael Skolnik, editor of Russell Simmons’ Global Grind, issued a public apology to Jordan Davis’ parents. Um, really? The one who should be apologizing for this crime are Michael Dunn and Rhonda Rouer and people who take the law into their own hands. Skolnik wrote:

On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I would like to publicly apologize to the parents of Jordan Davis, Ron Davis and Lucia McBath.  Mr. Davis and Ms. McBath, we owe you our deepest regrets for the loss of your son.  We beg for your forgiveness for not protecting one of our own. We are embarrassed by the consequences of our lack of participation in the political process that has allowed laws to be passed that encourage the citizens of this nation to shoot first and get asked no questions later.  This land is your land, yet with no explanation, your son was killed on his own soil.  It is our greatest hope and prayer that this nation, our nation, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all, delivers justice for the death of your child.  A child who has been defined by “loud music,” yet it is the melody of your grace and compassion that deserves a harmonic apology.  And it will be you who defines the legacy of your son, not any media outlet and certainly not the outcome of a murder trial.

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