Justice Department to Re-examine Trayvon Martin Case

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Thousands gathered in New York City's Union Square and Times Square over the weekend to protest the shocking acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case.

TrayvonThe Justice Department is beginning to reexamine the case now that the criminal trial (though not its repercussions) is now over, the NYT reports:

The federal inquiry, which was started shortly after the shooting last year but had been delayed while the state criminal trial in Florida was under way, was being restarted after civil rights leaders called on the Justice Department to re-examine the case. The leaders said Sunday that they remained convinced that the shooting had a racial element. Mr. Martin, 17, was black.

“There is a pattern of George Zimmerman making dozens of calls to 911 over several years, frequently about young men of color,” Benjamin T. Jealous, the president of the N.A.A.C.P., said in an interview on Sunday. Mr. Zimmerman and his family have defended the shooting as an act of self-defense.

In a statement on Sunday, the Justice Department said that now that the state criminal trial was over, it would continue its examination of the circumstances in the shooting.

President Obama released a statement over the weekend urging calm after the verdict:

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.  And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities.  We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis.  We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this.  As citizens, that’s a job for all of us.  That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.

The protest in Times Square:

Comments

  1. disgusted american says

    what is there to investigate? just switch around the scenerio…..TM shoots GZ using stand your ground law…..and there WOULD HAVE BEEN A Guilty verdict, or at least manslaughter.

  2. says

    More and more Towleroad real estate seems to be taken up by non-gay issues, which are better covered elsewhere. I come here for gay news and, as distressing as this verdict is, it’s not gay news.

  3. Misty says

    If that’s the case, why did you expect the NAACP to support gay marriage, but at the same time you won’t fight for racial justice because “it doesn’t involve gay issues”? Newsflash, hun. Some of us LGBT members are black and so we deal with racism just as much as homophobia, biphobia and/or transphobia, so this is part of our life too. You can’t ask people to constantly “give give give” and not give in return.

  4. says

    @MISTY-My point was that blog space is limited and stories such as this are better covered on general news sites. Gay readers can find full coverage there. And despite your spin, this story is not a gay matter.

  5. Tatts says

    Since Trayvon Martin was killed, there have been hundreds of black people killed in New York City by other black people. Where’s the outrage over that? Huh? Why aren’t those people marching about that? Where have they been? Where has Al Sharpton been? How about the NAACP?

    One white Hispanic guy kills a black kid and it’s the end of the world, but hundreds killed by their own? Pfft–no biggie.

    Don’t get me wrong–Zimmerman escaped justice this time (but I hope the feds get him on civil rights violation). It’s just the blatant hypocrisy and blame-game that I find so disgusting.

  6. Adam says

    It’s disgusting that Zimmerman is now a free man. The stand-your-ground law gives license to kill. It should be abolished.

  7. bandanajack says

    we asked the black community to stand in solidarity when we were the victims of injustice, and, in time, they did. can we do any less. while people of color have a longer history of unequal justice than the glbt community, we who know our own history know the sting of murderers walking away free or with a slap on the wrist. remember the killer of moscone and milk served only 2 years in prison, barely a year for each life he took. gay lives are worth less than straight lives… unless they are black lives.

  8. says

    Andy, I for one appreciate the variety of topics you cover.

    As for the verdict in the Zimmerman case: I was appalled, but not shocked. Given that the trial was conducted in one of the most backward parts of Florida and under the cover of their ridiculous “stand your ground” law, the verdict was hardly surprising to me. I have no doubt, of course, that had Zimmerman been black and Martin white, the verdict would have been very different.

    We ought not turn the struggle for equality into a contest of gays vs. the poor/non-whites. We’re all in this together – and we need to pull together.

  9. john says

    The stand-your-ground law was never an issue in this trial. If you watched the trial you would see there was no racial profiling in this case, regardless of how the prosecution tried to claim there was. This case was totally blown out of proportion by the media, Sharpton, Jackson and Crump. If anyone should be investigated, they should be for trying to incite a riot for perceived racial discrimination when there was none.

  10. Mikey says

    A man hunted down and murdered a teenager, and he’s a free man today. Bring race into it or not, it’s still disgusting and wrong.

  11. ripper says

    “My point was that blog space is limited”

    OH NOES! We’re about to run out of Internet.

  12. CzarM says

    Zimmerman may be an acquitted murderer, but he’ll never truly be free. When he isn’t looking over his shoulder, and trying to not be noticed, he’ll notice people giving him cold stares and going out of their way to avoid him.

    Like Chris Rock said, the irony here is that now every time Zimmerman goes out in public, he’ll be forced to wear a hoodie.

  13. Derrick form Philly says

    @John,

    why was Zimmerman let go that night of the murder (and I MEAN murder)? That was the reason that Reverend Sharpton was asked to come and lead the protests. If Reverend Sharpton hadn’t come what would Trayvon’s parents have done? Would Zimmerman have ever been arrested?

    @ “Since Trayvon Martin was killed, there have been hundreds of black people killed in New York City by other black people. Where’s the outrage over that? Huh? Why aren’t those people marching about that? Where have they been? Where has Al Sharpton been? How about the NAACP?”

    Were the killed because of their race?

    And when Black people kill other Black people we want them arrested and prosecuted. We don’t want them to be sent home with their gun.

  14. ripper says

    I don’t really understand what the Justice Department can accomplish. Double jeopardy prevents Zimmerman from being tried again.

    I do hope the Martin family sues the pants off Zimmerman in civil court.

  15. Adam says

    Zimmerman is the modern-day equivalent of a lynch mob. I hope the Feds throw the book at him.

  16. northalabama says

    if trayvon had not attacked zimmerman, he’d still be alive. even if zimmerman had wrongly profiled trayvon, and was following him inappropriately, that was no excuse for trayvon to, in turn, attack zimmerman.

    trayvon attacked zimmerman, and zimmerman defended himself. the “angry black man” attack response did not sit with the jury, or the police for that matter, and i respect their verdict.

  17. Derrick form Philly says

    @” trayvon attacked zimmerman, and zimmerman defended himself.”

    Oh, how brave of Zimmerman! Trayvon used his fists. Zimmerman used a gun. Which one was more the man?

  18. john says

    Derrick…yes he would have…The lead investigator himself stated that he was preparing manslaughter charges to be filed when the case was snatched away by the states attorneys…who by the way withheld evidence in order to secure a prosecution. Because of the circumstances, the police wanted to have the facts before they made an arrest. It wasnt a clear cut case of GZ maliciously shooting a teenager. That was drummed up by the media and turned into a political issue. The majority of self defense cases are investigated first. The majority of the people who are outraged are the people who never bothered to learn the facts and are relying on the media for their information. If the watched the trial from the beginning…not the soundbites…they would realize the verdict was just and that this case was blown out of proportion. I was anti GZ until I did, and I was amazed at the actual facts.

  19. Hyde says

    Leave it alone. The poor Latino guy has been through enough racist black and white people trying to put a kill that was clearly in self defense on him.

    He’s innocent and the press is still twisting the truth to rile up the morons and get them into mob mentality. If this were back in the day you people would be hanging a random innocent black person from a tree right now saying you are just out for justice, instead you are just trying to hang a Spanish person who killed a lunatic that was attacking him.

  20. Riley says

    If some lowly neighborhood patrolling wannabe cop randomly approached me in the middle of night, and accused me of not belonging in my own neighborhood, I wouldn’t have a diplomatic reaction either. He wouldn’t have blinked at a 17 year old white boy in the same scenario.

    If Zimmerman had followed the 911 dispatch’s instruction and simply let Martin walk home in peace like he was trying to do, instead of assuming that he was walking the streets looking for a house to break into and trying to be David Duke with a John Wayne complex, none of this would have happened.

    Zimmerman’s gonna get his. He may have gotten away with murder, but he’s hardly free.

  21. James Nichols says

    A lot of faux outrage over this – as others have pointed out if you were so concerned about racisim and justice in America why aren’t you protesting the fact that the death penalty is handed out disporportionately to blacks, sentencing guidelines for drug possession tend to impact minorities more than whites, more minorities in prison for petty crimes that prevent them from getting jobs once released, etc. the list goes on. . . George Zimmerman, who doesn’t look white to me but apparenty the media thinks he is, should never have followed Trayvon Martin and instead should have called the police. But once he did confront him the evidence point to the fact that Martin started bashing in Zimmerman’s head and the situation escalated – e.g. self-defense. 99% of the people spouting their opinion have no legal background or education. If anything Zimmerman might be held to account through a civil claim and one that involves the home owner’s association because they will have the money not Zimmerman.

  22. UFFDA says

    The lynch mob (s) are in the steets right now. Zimmerman has rightly been acquitted and the real racists can’t stand it.

  23. Jeyotu says

    LOL at ‘HYDE’ trying to play up Zimmerman’s “latino” heritage (apparently you haven’t seen this man’s very white father) for affect and to divert attention away from his being a racist. Not only did he racially profile Martin, but during the phone call to 9-1-1, he uttered a racial slur…and later investigators uncovered Zimmerman’s old Myspace account, where he posted numerous racial slurs toward Mexicans — so much for Spanish pride. But you wanna sit there and try to play him up as some poor “latino” guy who is being ripped to shreds by an accusatory public. Please.

  24. ratbastard says

    What’s shameful and embarrassing[or should be] is the ridiculous level of violence and violent crime in the ‘community’ that people like Al Sharpton claim to represent. HOW MANY YOUNG BLACK MEN AND ‘MEN OF COLOR’ were murdered in just one city alone, Chicago, since the time Trayvon Martin was shot and killed? Just one city, Chicago. There have been about 75 shootings in Boston since the marathon bombings, and far more people have been murdered in that time than the 3 killed in the bombings. ALL those shootings in Boston, 75 or more, have involved young men ‘of color’, and have almost all taken place in the ‘community’.

    So why don’t people stop the sh*t, grow up, and do legitimate things such has legitimate job creation, mentoring by responsible adults, etc., to improve conditions in the ‘community’. More fun to act like a big goof wearing a hoodie while giving a sermon or speaking before congress. How these frauds can keep a straight face and look anyone in the eye with such antics is beyond me.

  25. ratbastard says

    Let me say this,too:

    I have a license to carry a firearm and own several. You break into my place and try and assault me and I’m carrying, consider yourself dead. I’m a really good shot. I know what it’s like to live in a dangerous, violent, ghetto; I grew up in them, and I know the widespread mentality that exist in the ‘community’. If more young men who rob, assault, pistol whip, stab, beat up [common practice in a street robbery is to stun your victim with extreme violence such as punching them unprovoked in the face] got shot dead themselves, and realized people actually fought back and refused to take sh*t from them, you’d see a reduction in this kind of stuff. Obviously the police and courts have their hands tied and can only do so much as far as preventing crime. The rest is up to ‘victims’. You like being a victim or potential victim? I don’t.

  26. Zeta says

    @CZarm: Koon, Powell, Briseno and Wind are free and not looking over their shoulders. 20 years, and the pain is still there. There’s also the killers of Till and every other silenced voice during the Jim Crow era. The pain is still there, and the criminals are still free .. but it’s okay because the system has spoken. Whatever.

    @Misty, “You can’t ask people to constantly “give give give” and not give in return.”

    Rich white feminists and rich white gay/lesbian men who aren’t in the entertainment field do exactly that, though. Every day. It’s not your turn yet. You have to wait. Whatever.

    @AndyTowle, oh my!

  27. ratbastard says

    @JEYOTU,

    You AHOLE. George Zimmerman was a adopted by a very nice and honorable American man [a Jewish man] who gave him a far better life with far better opportunities if he hadn’t been adopted. George Zimmerman is obviously Mestizo.

    I can’t believe the aholes on these thread. You are worse than the very ‘racist’ you whine about. You sound like a bunch of immature teenagers looking for attention. Look in the phuking mirror sometime, most of your problems are not due to nefarious outside sources, they’re due to you and decisions you’ve made in life. This is true of all human beings.

  28. Zeta says

    @James Nichol, Latino is an ethnicity, not a race. Latins can be of any race, which is why you have so many olive skinned Native American latinos with ‘white’ checked. That’s what it means to be white not of hispanic origin versus white hispanic. You’re both ‘white’. Not to mention the Latinos who could pass as German until they open their mouths, or who are assumed to be a minority just because of their last name in spite of white skin privilege.

    Anyone can be a racist, even blacks and dirty-whites like Zimmerman.

    Zimmerman stalked a teenaged boy, killed him, and was let go by a jury of females. It takes a special person not to be appalled by that.

    Does anyone have any links to Latin perspectives on the Zimmerman trial?

  29. ratbastard says

    I see TR has it’s share of spoiled brat upper middle class and trust fund baby ‘radicals’. Same old, same old. Maybe the Marxist are right and they should just be put to work in hard labor gulags for awhile and see what transpires.

    Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

  30. ratbastard says

    @Zeta,

    Who approved of the all female jury and why did they? Defense could have objected and certainly the prosecution could have. I have my own theory that both sides knew it was a legally extremely weak case and couldn’t be won by the prosecution. The prosecution and Trayvon supporters can now blame it all on the all female jury and white female jurors. How convenient.

  31. Derrick form Philly says

    @ “….that people like Al Sharpton claim to represent.”

    Reverend Sharpton has spoken out many times about Black men killing Black men in the cities of our country. Don’t f.cking lie on him, Ratbastard.

    The issue that caused the protests was why was Trayvon’s life so worthless to the Sandford police department, the state of Florida and George Zimmerman.

  32. Kline says

    @RATIDIOT

    George Zimmerman wasn’t adopted by a white man, you trolling dunce you. His father, Robert Zimmerman (who is of White/German heritage) is his biological father.

    You can shut up now.

  33. Derrick form Philly says

    @”If more young men who rob, assault, pistol whip, stab, beat up [common practice in a street robbery is to stun your victim with extreme violence such as punching them unprovoked in the face] got shot dead themselves, and realized people actually fought back and refused to take sh*t from them, you’d see a reduction in this kind of stuff…”

    All of which has nothing to do with Trayvon Martin, Ratbastard.

    Read

  34. says

    “A Black woman in the South who raises sons, grandsons and nephews had her heartstrings tied to a hanging noose.”
    – Maya Angelou, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”

    the culture of racial prejudice is not over, and has not only taken another life, but denied him justice.

    this case will be talked about in history classes, and eventually in law classes when the affront to intelligence that is the “Stand Your Ground Law” is finally stricken and relegated to the annals of “what were they thinking?” legislations.

  35. spatial79 says

    How about the Justice dept. start looking at the amount of black-on-black violence in Chicago.

    It’s strange the Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson etc don’t seem to care about that.

    Also, George Zimmerman wasn’t white. He was BI-racial.

    But then again, Trayvon thought he was because Trayvon called him a racial slur.

  36. ratbastard says

    @ DERRICK FORM PHILLY,

    Trayvon was 6 feet tall and had a good muscular build on his teenage body. He may have been a ‘child’ [notice they don’t use the word ‘boy’?] but he had the body of a full grown man. Zimmerman is 5′-8″ and to put it bluntly fat. Martin could have easily badly hurt him or killed him ‘with his fists’. They don’t call guns the great equalizer for nothing. I’m a tall strong guy who knows how to fight. But if I were being assaulted and thought my life was seriously in danger, and had one on me, I would use a gun on my attacker without question. Anyone who wouldn’t is a fool. Better the be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

  37. ratbastard says

    @Kline,

    Link please? And if it’s true, George Zimmerman is still CLEARLY ‘Hispanic’ and of Mestizo descent.

  38. ratbastard says

    I’m really happy about this story because it gives me a chance to vent all my anger toward black people whose giant genitalia are responsible for my power-bottom father dying from a perforated anus.

  39. ratbastard says

    @Little Canadian,

    STFU and go home to Thunder Bay, the great white north.

    And I’ve read many of Maya Angelo’s works, along with Alice Walker, her stuff I actually like. I had to in school. The woman is a racist, as racist as any KKK member [if there are any klan members left, the few that still exist are disproportionately government informants.]

  40. ratbastard says

    I’m really happy about this story because it gives me a chance to vent all my anger toward black people whose giant genitalia are responsible for my power-bottom father dying from a perforated anus.

    POSTED BY: RATBASTARD | JUL 15, 2013 11:10:29 AM

    =================

    This is how little canadian [and apparently Mr. Miller is in fact little] responds to anything he disagrees with. He’s a child-like, spoiled, immature individual whose only adversity in life has been being a ‘queer’ [a rich, privileged queer], and male pattern baldness.

    Obviously anyone who would write what he posted above is also mentally ill.

  41. ratbastard says

    I was planning on killing myself but then I realized I’d be joining my dad in Hell and the best part about him being in Hell is that he’s no longer having to be embarrassed by my cowardly excuse for a life anymore. So really, it’s like heaven for him. With all the flaming phalluses his worn old buttocks can take.

  42. ratbastard says

    @Derrick form Philly,

    Reverend Sharpton has spoken out many times about Black men killing Black men in the cities of our country. Don’t f.cking lie on him, Ratbastard.

    ==============

    You’re right Derrick, he has. I agree. But I still think he’s a miserable sh*t stirrer and does it for his own gain.

  43. ratbastard says

    I was planning on killing myself but then I realized I’d be joining my dad in Hell and the best part about him being in Hell is that he’s no longer having to be embarrassed by my cowardly excuse for a life anymore. So really, it’s like heaven for him. With all the flaming phalluses his worn old buttocks can take.

    POSTED BY: RATBASTARD | JUL 15, 2013 11:18:21 AM

    ==============

    AGAIN…the little Canadian. Speaking of coward, You wouldn’t dare say what you post here to my face, Mr. Miller.

    And Mr. Towle could confirm that in fact it is Mr. Miller making these posts and MANY others.

  44. ratbastard says

    I was planning on killing myself but then I realized I’d be joining my dad in Hell and the best part about him being in Hell is that he’s no longer having to be embarrassed by my cowardly excuse for a life anymore. So really, it’s like heaven for him. With all the flaming phalluses his worn old buttocks can take.

    POSTED BY: RATBASTARD | JUL 15, 2013 11:18:21 AM

    ==============

    AGAIN…the little Canadian. Speaking of coward, You wouldn’t dare say what you post here to my face, Mr. Miller.

    And Mr. Towle could confirm that in fact it is Mr. Miller making these posts and MANY others.

  45. Johnny says

    Trayvon used his fists along with the concrete,more will come out now that this trial is over and all you Trayvon worshipers will see that he was not much of an angel. How long should one wait to defend themselves when you getting your head banged on concrete?…try it out youself and let me know cause I think if you had a gun like GZ you would have used it too…justice was served respect the law and the verdict!

  46. anon says

    For those not familiar with civil rights laws, there is technically no double jeopardy (it would be in separate jurisdictions, anyway). He would be charged with violating TM’s civil rights (by shooting him dead). This is a desperate attempt to get around jury nullification in an area known for racial discrimination, but has been used so few times it’s more of a threat than a process. The Federal Govt. is just the worst vehicle for prosecuting local crimes that you can imagine. It makes for a mockery of court proceedings too. Essentially, while the administration is talking big, this is a last resort tool if ever their was one.

  47. northalabama says

    the accusation that someone is racist because they agree with the jury verdict is disappointing. why would anyone understand a difference of opinion, or try to have a legitimate debate on the issues of bigotry in our county, with this much hate being spewed at everyone with a different opinion?

    if you’re not ready to calmly and dispassionately debate the issue before resorting to name calling, you’re playing right into the racists hands, by stopping the only path that will lead to resolving the animosity.

  48. Misty says

    James Nicholas: we also protest that, but racial profiling is also an issue for us too, you know?

  49. Misty says

    James Nicholas: we also protest that, but racial profiling is also an issue for us too, you know?

  50. ratbastard says

    Come on Little Canadian, I DARE YOU to say that to my face! Just come to my parent’s basement where I live amongst empty bags of corn nuts enema bags. I dare you to come to my parent’s basement where I live and say it to my face!

  51. OHLAWD says

    What’s going to happen is this: In spite of Zimmy being found not guilty, by a jury of his peers, the organization formerly known to me as the “justice department” but now known as the “clown car show” will find some weak ass trumped up BS to parade on the media outlets to FURTHER divide the US along racial lines.

    The prime race-baiters in this ongoing clown show (Ego-bama and Erica Holder) will delight in this divisive ploy, because it will take the spotlight off of what an ongoing TRAINWRECK this president is (see: Benghazi, IRS, Obamacare, and NSA scandals, for starters..).

    Good GOSH. Even here in my city which is DANG FULL of minorities, do ya know how many “outraged protesters” filled the streets downtown? Hmm?

    About 15.

    Seriously. And at least 3 of them were LEO. So yeah watch for the media to hype hype hype this tragedy, all for ADVERTIZING REVENUE. It boggles the mind.

  52. ernstroehm's ghost says

    All you people hollering about Z. being acquitted need to remember something. America is supposed to be a country under the Rule of Law. That means that sometimes the POPULAR WILL is frustrated. The people DON’T get what they want–because it doesn’t square with the law. From the very start, the police said that Z. had not committed a crime. Understand??? It doesn’t matter HOW YOU FEEL!!! What the LAW says is what counts!

  53. MIKE says

    WHERE

    IS

    THE

    OUTRAGE

    OF

    BLACK ON BLACK VIOLENCE?

    That’s what makes this whole this a big, ridiculous HYPOCRISY. SO, so, so, so many blacks kills blacks EVERY DAY (see CHICAGO).

    But the Kiwis and Derrick from Phillys don’t seem to care about that. They only care that some 17yo was killed by a bi-racial guy.

    H Y P O C R I SY

  54. UFFDA says

    Andy Towle…when are you going to do as you say and put an end to the fake namers…especially to KIWI who is the worst and the most vile offender? Or is KIWI just too much your darling? That’s the way it seems. In fact he drags this website way down into the mud. He’s a creep.

  55. anon says

    Civil rights laws were enacted to overcome cases where jury nullification allowed racists to get-off scot-free. However, the convoluted nature of the laws allows for multiple appeals and they’ve only been used in a handful of cases. You can’t argue that this violates rule of law, but it does violate the spirit of double-jeopardy. The main problem here is that common narrative of racial discrimination doesn’t quite fit the facts. And, if justice was not served it may or may not have been due to racial animus. There are a lot of trials where justice has not been served. Justice is least likely to be served when there is a plea deal. It works badly both ways. Either the innocent plead guilty to a crime they didn’t commit or the guilt plead guilty to a lesser crime that doesn’t do justice to the victim.

  56. Kev C says

    What Democrats are utterly unaware of, is how much they’ve lost the latino vote because of the bias they’ve shown against George Zimmerman. Look at the protests in LA or NYC, nary a latino. Just blacks and whites and no latinos. Dems probably won’t recover the latino vote for a generation and I expect the next POTUS will be someone like Rick Perry or Rand Paul.

  57. UFFDA says

    I’m obsessed with KIWI because I have no life of my own except for a glamorous profile on MegansLaw.com

  58. Rik says

    If a 6’3″ black 17 year old knocks you down and starts beating the snot out of you, just lie back and take it. Self-defense is not tolerated.

  59. Diogenes says

    Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if reason were used instead of emotional outbursts. There is no basis for a federal charge. There was no where near enough evidence to prove murder and the state made a mistake in making that charge. But what is past is past and pitching a fit because an ill informed public did not get the verdict they were expecting based on the limited amount of the evidence they saw is NO basis for calling for a federal charge. The system worked as it should, its the law its not about what is right and what is wrong only what can be shown with the evidence available.

  60. James E. Pietrangelo, II says

    The prosecution of Zimmerman was outright racism–based simply on his race as White/Hispanic. The evidence–from the beginning investigation to the trial–only ever showed that he shot in self-defense.

    MLK, Jr. would be sad (but not shocked) to see that a significant portion of the Black community is (along with a portion of the White community) the oppressor now, supporting outright racism against Whites and Hispanics. Racism by Whites OR Blacks or anyone else is simply WRONG.

    I said that MLK, Jr. would be sad but not SHOCKED, because of course MLK, Jr. believed all races have the equal proclivity towards racism. But, fortunately for Dr. King’s dream, I think there are enough Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, and Asians in America whose proclivity is towards equality to overcome those who are supporting the racist prosecution of Zimmerman.

    What concerns me though is the fact that the DOJ and President Obama in their usual bigoted manner are completely ignoring the fact that Blacks across this country are openly threatening to kill Whites in response to Zimmerman’s acquittal, just as some Blacks actually attacked Whites after the original incident. Besides undercutting the principle of rule of law and equality, Obama’s/Holder’s ignoring outright racial hatred and violence simply invites violence. Racist Whites and those Whites who would otherwise be disposed towards racial harmony will use this Black violence to justify their own violence against Blacks.

    This racial violence is Obama’s direct legacy, because he himself is racist and otherwise bigoted.

    Finally, the comparison by the NAACP and others of the shooting of Martin to the murder of Emmett Till is disgraceful, racist, and shows how far the NAACP and their like have become nothing but race mongers. Emmett Till was a 14 year old boy who was kidnapped at gun point from where he was staying by at least two racist White men, transported somewhere else, repeatedly beaten, and then shot in the head because he considered Blacks equal to Whites, and his body dumped in the river. The indisputable circumstances of the shooting of Martin were far different–not least because of the evidence of self-defense and of Martin’s own use of the racial slur “cracker” (another piece of evidence that the NAACP, Obama, Holder, and their allies conveniently ignore). To compare the two deaths is to unforgivably diminish the heinousness and illegality of the murder of Till.

  61. dpbfeb says

    It’s funny. I’m part of a Black Gay support group and Friday, before the verdict, our discussion topic was, are you Gay first or Gay first. Thanks to reading these threads, I think I’ve come up with an answer.

  62. gomez says

    @northalabama. just amazing that you and many others think trayvon had no right to defend himself againt a man who confronted him in the dark brandishing a gun. unfuckingbelievable.

  63. says

    Whether it was self-defense or murder, Zimmerman will forever be labelled a coward. If everything the defense is true, then the only reason he had the courage to stalk Trayvon was because he was carrying a gun. Given the claims that Zimmerman didn’t know any form of self-defense, which is laughable, he never would have chased down anyone without a gun.