Trayvon Martin verdict; artists reactions to Zimmerman acquittal

In case you have been in an isolation chamber over the weekend, the jury in the Trayvon Martin murder case returned their verdict Saturday night, moving to acquit shooter George Zimmerman. Whether the news produced a state of devastation and disbelief or confirmed your cynical detachment from a broken system, there is really no way around the fact that this case commanded us to locate the better angels of our nature–and then the verdict ripped that angel’s wings off.  No matter what your worldview, it was nearly impossible not to have an emotional reaction to the news and in the wake of this controversial decision, almost everyone gave voice to their feelings, from Barack Obama on down. As superfluous as talk may feel given the stakes and implications of this tragedy–and the legal travesty that attended it–it is just possibly more important than ever not to stop talking, sharing our anger, sadness and even hope. Power comes not only from the barrel of a gun, Chairman Mao be damned–and the power of a community coming together  to bond over an injustice can be the spark of something much, much larger. As we continue to wrestle with the American reality embodied by this verdict, we share with y’all some of the reactions from Okayplayers and key public figures which spoke to the moment most eloquently and no doubt we’ll be adding (and retweeting) more throughout the day.

- President Barack Obama:

The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy.  Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America.  I know this case has elicited strong passions.  And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher.  But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken.  I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son.

Beyoncé expressed her feelings by holding a moment of silence for Trayvon onstage in Nashville, before covering Whitney Houston‘s “I Will Always Love You.”

Solange (who organized a peaceful rally at Brooklyn Borough Hall): 

““I am optimistic. I am cynical. I’m angry. I’m in pain. I am motivated. I’m confused. I’m scared. I am sick of racism & want to do something about it.”

Talib Kweli conducted an ongoing seminar on the issues around the case, at times seeming like he intended to respond to every apology for Zimmerman’s actions one by one, knocking down every platitude and justification with the simple clarity of the truth. It’s this comment that stays with us, though:

“Yesterday’s decision was sad. But today is made sadder by those celebrating Trayvon’s death or blaming him for his own demise. Ghouls.

Acting like racism will go away by ignoring it, pretending it doesn’t exist and refusing to discuss it is the trademark of a closet racist.”

Common:

“Lets kiss and hug our babies a LiL tighter today. Aa a community, we must love and protect our babies!”

Erykah Badu (before tweeting out the lyrics to her song “Soldier”):

“This world is in a constant state of Grieving.”

Freddie Foxx:

“the feeling of unity comes & goes in our people like rainy days…even tho the sun is shining today.. it’s a rainy day.”

Black Thought (quoting activist Huey P. Newton):

“The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution.”

W. Kamau Bell:

“FYI, at this point I’d rather threats from Klan members rather than one white person “explaining” to me why this isn’t racism…no matter how low you set your expectations America can still find a way to disappoint you.”

dream hampton:

“Our strength shouldn’t be measured by our ability to endure suffering.”

- Lester Chambers, founding member of 1960s recording artists, The Chambers Brothers, was attacked by a woman who jumped onstage shouting “it’s all your fault!” after he dedicated Curtis Mayfield‘s song “People Get Ready” to Trayvon at The Russell City Hayward Blues Festival. He is recovering fine, according to a facebook statement from his son.

- DJ Cosmo Baker:

“Stand your ground if you’re white and use a gun to do it, you go home. Stand your ground with your fists and you’re black, you’re dead.

Friends in Florida, I will no longer be doing shows there until the #StandYourGround law is repealed. Hope to see you soon, XO Cosmo.”

The Justice Department said Sunday that it would reopen its civil rights investigation into the Trayvon Martin shooting, to consider possible separate hate crime charges against George Zimmerman.

- Eric Holder (speaking at a news conference in April 2012):

“We have to prove the highest standard in the law. Something that was reckless, that was negligent, does not meet that standard. We have to show that there was specific intent to do the crime with the requisite state of mind.”

- David Simon (creator of The Wire, Treme, Homicide, etc.):

“If I were a person of color in Florida, I would pick up a brick and start walking toward that courthouse in Sanford. Those that do not, those that hold the pain and betrayal inside and somehow manage to resist violence — these citizens are testament to a stoic tolerance that is more than the rest of us deserve.  I confess, their patience and patriotism is well beyond my own.”

- Questlove (via twitter):

“psssh i got nothin to say. im friggin crying. internalizing all this on some cube/dre “hear’s what they think about u” ish.”

Comments

  • Chris

    The loss of life was a tragedy. The reporting on this case from the mainstream media was terrible and slanted to be sure Zimmerman would hang in the courts of public opinion. Eric Holders comments above were spot on? They couldn’t meet the standard for murder (bad facts) Zimmerman’s actions (neglience or recklessness) would’ve constituted a lesser crime. Why didnt the prosecution see what was obvious?

    • http://www.okayplayer.com Eddie “STATS”

      all 3 statements you make are correct: a tragedy, terribly covered and poorly prosecuted. however in this case the jury was instructed to consider a charge of manslaughter reflecting the fact that the prosecution was not confident about proving the 2nd-degree murder charge. that suggests that it was the application of the Stand Your Ground law that shielded Zimmerman, which is a bad look. Holder’s comments were actually in regard to the possibility of trying this as a civil rights case on the federal level. you can’t try manslaughter or negligent homicide as a hate crime–you have to prove that the malice was present beforehand.

  • sampson

    I kinda feel that based on the fact that none of us have any real knowledge on what happened that night in Florida, we should refrain from “picking a side”. We should instead be concerned that the media and the power structure has a vested interest in keeping us divided along racial lines, and promoting this story as if it fits in with crimes of the Jim Crow era is disingenuous at best. The whole race issue has been manufactured from the outset…I laugh every time I see Zimmerman referred to as a white-hispanic man. Thats akin to referring to the president as a white-african american. ABSURD.

    Also curious as to why you didn’t include Lupe Fiasco’s level-headed reaction to the verdict. Perhaps it didn’t fit the narrative of your article?

    • http://www.okayplayer.com Eddie “STATS”

      I usually am the dude to reserve judgement and in past cases that had polarizing gender or racial dimensions (OJ, Anita Hill v. Clarence Thomas, the Kobe Bryant and Duke U. rape cases–even Mumia’s case!) and also created strong emotional reactions and sensationalist coverage in the media…I was the one pointing out that you couldn’t know what happened if you weren’t there, and that the ‘side’ you picked said more about who you identified with than the facts of the case. I think this situation is different. Even without knowing exactly what happened between Trayvon and Zimmerman that lead to shots being fired, there is enough on the public record to know that Zimmerman was not a passive victim of a mugging or a home invasion–he ignored instructions from the police to stay in his car, pursued and confronted a stranger based on sketchy evidence and with a loaded weapon. Even before that situation ends in tragedy there is already reckless criminal behavior that should not be protected by the Stand Your Ground law–and the fact that such behavior was protected in this case sets an extremely scary legal precedent. That is very different than extrapolating what the facts of a case “must be” from knowing the history of race or gender relations in the US. Even if you credit Zimmerman’s version of events, he clearly created a situation that placed 2 people’s lives in jeopardy through his actions in a way that cannot reasonably be described as “self-defense.”

      I would also add just because the media engages in its usual race-baiting spin does not mean there is not a real element of racial profiling or hate crime to the case, and again not just the incident but the precedent established by legally protecting such behavior is something that damn well needs to be discussed.

      I didn’t include Lupe’s twitter comments because, quite honestly, I couldn’t follow his logic.

    • f.g.t.

      Regardless of the underlying race issues in this particular case (of which there are many), stand your ground laws are inherently dangerous. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, as a grown man it should not be OK to be able to shoot an unarmed person just because you are getting your butt kicked. It should be even less OK to stalk and ultimately kill someone just because they “look suspicious”. If you want to talk facts look at the statistics that show increased likelihood of injury in states with a conceal and carry law. Guns are dangerous because even the most even keeled person’s temper flairs or their judgement fails them in the heat of the moment. It’s the statute that made it legal (questionably) for Zimmerman to shoot Trayvon I am most upset about. As a white man the race aspects of the case just make me sad and ashamed.

      I’m with you that there are big shadowy interests that would like to make sure that we stay ignorant and divided, but I would say that that is better illustrated by education cuts around the country and the embrace of the corporate prison industry.

      Yes the clichéd media portrayal of African Americans is in part reinforced in the machismo and violence evident in some “black” music and culture, but can’t we agree that much of those cultural cues have been in response to repression and class stagnation. By the way, rap and hip hop are not so easily confined to those stereotypes today, Nicki Minaj and Kanye, and even the current manifestation of Jay-Z, are not sporting the same “thug life” image that scared the hell out of suburban parents 20 years ago.

      If you’re interested in uniting America, why don’t we work together leveling the playing field, changing minds and changing laws, rather than leaning on a wrong-headed law as a justification for a young man’s death? Sorry this response is all over the place, but I’m a big picture kind of guy.

    • sampson

      I agree with you on a few of your points. However, I would take you task regarding education cuts. Our education system was designed after the Prussian model of education, and was destined to produce an inferior product. The students of this model were meant to excel as worker bees in an industrial culture, not as free-thinkers in a liberal economy. So I think that is more of a systemic flaw, not something that is rooted in dollar amounts…if dollars equated to knowledge than our students would possess super-human intellect, because we still vastly outspend the rest of the world on education.

      I still think that the purpose of this article is to further stoke racial tensions. What makes the opinions of these entertainers so informed? Are they privy to facts and a knowledge of the law that we weren’t exposed to? If anything, they are just reinforcing the emotional hysteria surrounding an event that has been subject to media manipulation from the very beginning. It is irresponsible, and detracts from very REAL higher stakes issues at play within our country. Like our president claiming the right to assassinate american citizens without due process, illegal drone strikes abroad that kill women and children…black on black genocide in our inner cities….

    • Derrick

      While I can acknowledge that some people’s anger may be misplaced, I, simultaneously, caution myself against telling folks how to feel. I, personally, am not upset about the verdict (to be upset would suggest that I am surprised at the verdict). I resist making this about me. My thoughts are with Trayvon’s mother and father. Yet, I can’t help but ponder what the verdict will mean. I’m interested in the cultural work of the verdict. See Ta-Nehisi Coates article “Trayvon Martin and the Irony of American Justice,” who summarizes my feelings.

      Are African American males (of all ages, socio-economic statuses, etc…) always already “suspicious”?

      Do African American boys & men have access to the concept of innocence?

      Etc…

      Question: Is it possible to critique perceived or actual injustice (the verdict), while critiquing… “our president claiming
      the right to assassinate american citizens without due process, illegal drone strikes abroad that kill women and children…black on black genocide in our inner cities….”? From my estimation,
      there are several grassroots organizations that have a vested interest in ALL of these issues at the same time. The sort of hierarchy you create here does very little to address how structural violence (including racism) is linked and must be addressed at once. Or do you want us to leave the racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, etc….on the backburner to focus on the “real” issues? And who, exactly, gets to decide what the “real” issues are? It’s ALL structural violence that exists because one needs the other to reinforce itself.

      Finally, I read ALL of Lupe Fiasco’s tweets concerning the verdict and I hardly consider most of them “level-headed.” But the medium and its 140 characters I do take into account because of his inability to expound on his thoughts. What I find more interesting are the responses (Big Hollywood) to his tweets, which are even less “level-headed” and absolutely telling.

    • Sampson

      Your premise still relies on the view that the crime that occurred is a hate crime. The whole argument that the prosecution posited was based solely around trying to convince a jury that Zimmerman targeted and shot Martin out of hate. That argument didn’t hold up, and the Dept. of Justice will run into the same problem if they choose to prosecute. Esp. since an investigation by the FBi was already conducted, and the lead FBI investigator just penned a memo to DOJ attesting to the fact that no evidence exists that Zimmerman is a racist. He’s not even a “white guy”. So the traditional criticisms of the “white racist establishment” don’t even apply in this case.

      My point right now is, we all need to challenge the media narrative that has been manufactured for our consumption. No one is saying that racism doesn’t exist or won’t continue to exist….Im simply stating that I don’t believe this specific case is the hate crime that people would have it become. There are more important things to throw bricks over. This is a mere distraction.

      Do I want people “to leave the racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, etc….on the backburner to focus on the “real” issues?”

      Absolutely.

      Because the one thing those -ISM’s have in common is that they are all rooted in the phony concept of “identity politics”. If for once, we could move beyond superficial identity traits, and accept the radical concept of individualism, I believe we could address all of those big issues at once…because we break them down to their common core.

    • Derrick

      Not once did I assert that a crime occurred because of hate. Not once.

      “Identity politics” is the not-so-new phrase evoked when someone thinks considering racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, etc…. is limited, stratifies people, divides people, and diverts our attentions away from the “real” issues. I get it. Bringing attention to the material reality of people is, now,
      unfashionable: intellectually and politically. Again, I get it. Also, again, WHO gets to decide what the “real” issues are? Who? I refuse to bend to the old left & new right, who both love to evoke the phrase “ identity politics (to advance their respective agendas),” even when the issue(s) is (are) present and relevant. We speak very different languages. I’m good with that.

      If you believe that “radical individualism” can
      effectively address racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, etc… I say okay. If you believe that “radical individualism” will bring about the end of these issues simply because the idea
      of the collective becomes disrupted is noble, smart, but romantic. I actually agree with you. With “radical individualism,” people will no longer be parsed. They would exist outside of “communities.” Taxonomy based on class, gender, sexuality, race….will not only be unnecessary but, most importantly, passé. In other words, we would be a…”nation where [individuals] will not be judged by the color of their skin (or race, or gender, or sexuality, or class, or gender expression) but by the content of their character”(1963). Got it. Intriguing idea.

      Yet, the present forces me to reject that type of futurity because I don’t live there…yet.

      Peace.

    • Lewis Orne

      And you are a fool, a white man with a gun stalks and murders a black child, that much we know. Trayvon used word “creepy” in describing Zimmerman which indicates Trayvon was in fear !

    • sampson

      Lewis…..he wasn’t a white man. That much you must not know. Now try and keep up, I know this is alot of information for you to process.

    • Lewis Orne

      Oh spare me the rubbish.. His daddy is white, with regards to the law and how zimmerman was treated, for all intensive purposes g. zimmerman is a white man.. Don’t play coy..

    • Bobby

      Obama’s mom was white – is Obama a white man too?

  • J

    @ any and all that seem to challenge the sincerity of thoughts, emotions, and overall disgust a case such as this brings forth. Upon hearing the facts of a grown man supposedly seeking to protect his neighborhood, finds himself literally stalking(hunting), confronting(and getting his arse beat) then killing an unarmed teen, only after contacting the proper authorities and being told to remain in his vehicle, one would hope that some punishment would follow the assailant. In this day and time, this is what is called the “New Jim Crow”, where persons of color are subjected to a kind of treatment others never have the misfortune of being treated. Really, the media set this case into a racially motivated case, I think not. His own words and behaviors leading to the unfortunate night 16 months ago, perhaps, lead by the daily, weekly, monthly, yearly media prompted portrayal of Black men and boys as more violent, animalistic, shiftless, lazy “, assisted in the mindset of this assailant…But to deny this country’s long history of such portrayals is just naive, and erroneous…The title of this article is Reactions to … not all the reactions, there are no absolutes here, this is an avenue of expression…#StayWoKe!

    • sampson

      Im sorry, what media are you aware of that portrays young black men in the light you described above? The media that I regrettably had to digest over the past year went balls to the wall in portraying Zimmerman as a racist…NBC even went so far as to edit his 911 call to make it appear that he profiled racially. Someone even got fired over editing the soundbite. In fact, the media goes out of its way to avoid anything that could be perceived as a racial stereotype, to the point that its political correctness reaches an absurd level. Actually, the more I think about it, the largest forum for the negative portrayal of young African American males happens to be within the mainstream rap world, radio and tv. The black on black genocide happening in Chicago, Baltimore and Detroit certainly doesn’t help matters….where is your outrage over that?

  • Reality is

    Might be good to concentrate on why the kid thought it best to start a fight with someone, rather then walking away. The fault lies mostly on him. Don’t start a fight, dont get shot, pretty simple.

    • Facts are

      Don’t know if you are a troll or just seeking attention, but it is not that simple. Once again a young man was walking home. He was stalked and followed by someone who was in a car. He didn’t start the fight. Point blank.

    • yikes…

      It actually is that simple… if you would like to try it yourself you can see just how simple it is when you’re either dead or in jail.

    • Thomas

      So the kid started a fight with a man who was following him? The fight began when that clown started following the kid. I’ll never be able to grasp this kind of think. Trayvon never had the right to protect himself? Wow…

    • Guest

      Crazy thing is, (theoretically) if the kid (was a grown up with a concealed weapon license) had a weapon and this guy kept stalking him would he have had the right to shoot the guy who he felt threatened by? To me it seems he would’ve had the right to protect himself the same way the stalker says he was protecting himself even though he caused this situation.

    • reality is

      No he would not have had the right. Thats like saying you can open fire on someone who keeps looking at you funny. The problem here is that everyone is so fixated on racism (which I agree is a issue and maybe played a role here) they fail to place any blame on the kid walking around a night, with burglary tools, who starts a fight with the neighborhood watch captain.

    • Sonya Y. Urquiza

      Nobody truly knows who started the fight. I heard that kid screaming for help on the tape though. He was coming home from buying Skittles not walking around at night. But isn’t this America? Don’t you go where you want, when you want? I’m sure you do. Maybe someone will say they were threatened by you being out and shoot you! Nobody who’s being followed says to themselves “Hey, maybe he’s just an undercover cop.” That doesn’t even make sense.

    • hmmm

      That’s weird… some of the best audio analysts in the world couldn’t determine whether it was the voice of Zimmerman or Martin screaming for help, but you knew the whole time! Why weren’t you a star witness?!

    • reality is

      Protect himself from what? A guy following him? What if the guy had been an undercover cop? Seriously, sure its creepy he was getting followed, but given there was no imminent threat to himself there was no point in starting a fight. That is the choice he made that ended his life. It also probably doesn’t help that he had a thug mentality (which I too had that age) which made him think he was hard.

  • R3last

    Ahh the standard, “blame the victim.” Walking as a black male in my 30′s (dressed for work mind you) I’m still looked at as a threat, regardless of the fact my tone of voice has not changed nor has my body language. But i get i it, the kid should have “known his place,” nor been in that neighborhood and when confronted by someone who stalked him, answered with the “yessuh boss i’s sorry. I’s gon’ take mah beatin anan head home now.”

    • sampson

      Quick question. How have you informed yourself on the case?…y’know, in order to arrive at that opinion?

    • sampson

      like….have you ever asked yourself “why is the media blowing this story up so hard…when this shit happens all the time, every day in America?”

      What if the corporate/political media wants black people to be mad as shit and break things and get mad at white people…then riot, so the news media can cover that episode, as the police fire rubber bullets in the crowd. I mean, why else cover this case so hard, when this type of stuff happens all the time all over the place. At this point I would be curious as to the larger agenda at play here…hopefully then people wouldnt allow themselves to be manipulated emotionally to this degree.

      I’m thinkin’….”man there were 65 deaths in Chicago last weekend”….or “hey, our hope and change president is blowing brown people up abroad indiscrimenently without any trial or jury…what up with that?”

    • Sonya Y. Urquiza

      That’s the problem. This shit happens all the time, everyday in America. And for the record, blowing brown people up didn’t start with Obama. This country has a long legacy of violence a lot of people like to forget.

  • @Thankhoodness

    My beloved America – How many hearts must stop before the lust of hate is satisfied?

    How many caskets of sons must be lowered before this unforgiving thirst of injustice is quenched?

    My beloved America – How many sacrifices must be made to the gods of indifference before true compassion becomes relevant again?

    Or was compassion ever relevant?

    Are we animals born from the loins of animals who have no moral compass, no sense of love, no use for empathy?

    Are we pretending to be something other than our real selves only to loosely justify our superiority over other animals?

    That verdict says to the world that a young black males life is so meaningless that he can be shot down like a dog and the shooter won’t even be punished as if he shot a dog.

    Jurors – You can never understand the difficulties of blindness because you can see.

    You can never understand the difficulties of the deaf because you can hear.

    Jurors – You will NEVER understand because you are neither YOUNG or BLACK.

    Jurors – A black father’s “be careful” now means something entirely different to his kids than it does yours.

    Justice is blind -but today her head is bowed, resting in her palms and she feels her ugliness. But is she disgusted that she will never know my pain? My beloved America.

    God and man will eternally agree to disagree on the details of this case because that is truly where Satan lives.

    But know this: God gave George Zimmerman endless opportunities to heed his command: Thou shalt not kill

  • Flobin

    Aw man, I want to give Questlove a hug.

  • Donyelle Headington

    THE COMMENTS ON THIS PIECE CONFIRMS TO ME THAT PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND (OR CARE ) THAT WE ARE IN THE STATE OF MOURNING, OR TRYING HARD AS HELL NOT TO BE. BUT THEY JUST CAN’T LET IT GO CAN THEY? THEY JUST WANT TO KEEP TELLING US OUR REALITY IS NOT VALID. I GUESS THAT’S THE DIFFERENCE. EVEN THOUGH I WISH THAT CHASM WASN’T THERE.

  • ali

    Thanks for writing this. It explains beautifully why this politicized case is personal to many people, and that is the part so many seem to disregard when they start deconstructing the case and making arguments like “what about the violence in Chicago…” as if because people care about the Trayvon case, they clearly don’t think gun violence in cities is a problem (WTF? That’s the worst logic I’ve ever heard). I’m so sick of reading comments like “if he had been a white kid, no one would care” (first of all, yes they fucking would, and second, had he been a white kid, would this likely have happened?) And then others ask, why is this case blowing up in the media? Because it’s symbolic. Because people know it represents an issue about which there is little real conversation in our country. And because people are sick of pretending that we live in some post-racial America because Barack Obama was elected. Thank you Questlove for having the courage to be honest because your story could teach us all some things.

    • sampson

      Its not a question of “if he had been a white kid, no one would care”…its an issue of “had he been a white kid the media wouldn’t care”…because that issue doesn’t fit the narrative. The corporate/political media complex is really smart…they read their Macheivelli….they know that as long as they can divide the public along any lines they can, we can be conquered, unable to unite against a greater threat than racism. Our civil liberties are being eroded every day, our police are being militarized, and the empire is growing paranoid and expanding. People should stop viewing life through the lens of collectivism, once you start viewing people as individuals the race element falls apart.

    • Sonya Y. Urquiza

      Thank you. This country was founded, built, and shaped by racism. IT WILL ALWAYS AND FOREVER BE RACIST AND NOT JUST AGAINST BLACKS!

  • John Crawford

    Wow, boycott Florida…. Really?!? What about boycotting Michigan, Illinois, Louisiana or Maryland? Black people get murdered in those areas quite often… Oh wait, it’s blacks killing each other… we don’t mind that. SMH Where is all this action and outrage when those 4 teens where killed in New Orleans last year or Ms. Powell that lost her son to murder in the streets of Detroit in April of this year. Where’s the petition for these crimes against black people? Where are all the celebrities and important black people with money?

  • susy jane smith

    thanks to all the writers and talnt who say it in great ways. anyway, everyone says the same thing…..it is not okay! Trevon got cut down for nothing becasue he is black. Trevon fought back? For his life? no f—-ing shit! Florida is off my list of things to do until they get a law or three corrected!

  • susy jane smith

    If you do not understand this as race bated, you are not among the real world in this land. Zimmerman calls racest names to 911 over 40 times? give me a break! He coudl not wait, to get his hands on the f—ing N.!
    Jury ws as inadequat as the prosecution team. Poorly picked all of them.
    Defense wasn’t even that good. Prosecusion really bad!

  • Just us

    When an adult man stalks a child because he thinks the behavior is suspicious, confronts him, and then shoots him dead following an altercation, most would associate the blame with the adult. No one knows the ensuing struggle that occurred but that was the deciding factor if Zimmerman was allowed to “Stand his ground.” That is what is so disturbing. He confronted a child and the state of Florida deemed it legal for him to kill him after the confrontation. That should strike fear in all parents and make us ashamed that we cannot protect our children.

  • Officer Friendly

    I’m a 49 year old Geezer, white and a cop. I’m outraged that Zimmerman didn’t at least get hit with manslaughter. But beyond my personal disgust, I have no way to truly empathize with people of color when things like this happen in our society…but I try. I want to know…but my life as a Caucasian will only allow me to imagine what it must be like. I do thank Questlove for getting me as close as I can get to understanding. Your story, along with many others, allows me to at least take a few steps in your size 14s. I’m trying to make things different in my spot on the planet…but it doesn’t seem like enough at times like this.

    • sampson

      I am a 6′ 1″ supermodel. I am really hot. I enjoy cooking, beer, yardwork, and fantasy football. I would like to thank the 49 year old white geezer cop for affording me the opportunity to understand the extent of his empathy for people of color.

    • sampson

      it is also comforting to know that 49 year old white cops enjoy reading hip-hop forums…and I think its pretty cool that one would be so self-deprecating as to refer to themselves as a geezer…at age 49.

  • sulaiman

    Opposite entitlemen, I like that. The perfect description of a common conditional response of black folks.

  • Tonya Ryals

    I guess if your not black you can’t defend yourself against one. Throw out all the media hype and goto wikipedia and look at the facts. Multiracial neighborhood multiracial witness all say TRAVON…not a short 12 year old BTW…he was almost 6′. Did attack Zim….and they both struggled to get the gun. If Zim had got shot I guess you would all be happy. Even though neither had spotless records Travons pockets were full of reported stolen merchandise. Don’t let facts get in the way though…march on. BTW Travon was a good fighter so he could have beaten Zim till he was dead. Zim’s face was a mess and Travon barely had a scratch…but thats ok with you.

    • JesseGray

      Wow, how many “facts” can you get wrong in one short post? Absolutely nobody saw who started the physical confrontation. There was an audio witness, however – the girl Trayvon was on the phone with, who said Trayvon said “get off me, get off me” after being questioned by Zimmerman. Which would point to Zimmerman initiating the physical confrontation. Absolutely no witnesses say there was a struggle for the gun. Trayvon’s pockets were not full of stolen merchandise. He had skittles, tea, and his cell phone on him. Seriously, where are you getting your info? As far as criminal records, Trayvon had none, and Zimmerman had a record that included assaulting a police officer and a restraining order for domestic violence. Not to mention claims of violence toward patrons – including women – by former coworkers at a security job, and his run-ins with the law after the verdict, which included gun threats, destruction of property, and allegedly punching his father-in-law. And Trayvon barely had a scratch? He had a bullet wound through the chest. …but that’s ok with you.