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Did Trayvon Martin Fear George Zimmerman Was A 'Rapist' Pursuing Him Sexually?: VIDEO


In her first interview since George Zimmerman was acquitted on all counts in the murder of Trayvon Martin, Martin's friend, Rachel Jeantel, who was thrust into the eye of a media storm after she gave testimony about the phone call she had with Martin moments before he was shot and who just yesterday was labeled "not credible" by the mysterious Juror B37, told CNN's Piers Morgan that she and Martin feared that Zimmerman was a "rapist" and was sexually motivated in his pursuit of Martin. Mediaite reports:

"He was 'freaked out' about [Zimmerman pursuing him], she said, especially after she had suggested to the late teenager that Zimmerman 'might be a rapist.'

She explained that because Martin was not a homosexual, he was troubled by the actions of Zimmerman: 'For every boy or every man who’s not that kind of way,' she said, 'seeing a grown man following them, would they be creeped out?'

Jeantel continued: 'You have to take it as a parent, when you tell your child, you see a grown person following you, run away, and all that. You going to tell your child stand there? If you tell your child stand there, then you’re going to see your child on the news for missing person.'"

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The Daily Show's John Oliver Registers His Shock at the Zimmerman Verdict: VIDEO

Acquitted Development

On last night's The Daily Show, interim host John Oliver covered the result of George Zimmerman's trial in a segment called "Wait: What? How Could You Possibly... You've Got To Be Kid... There Is No Way... I Can't... Oh My God." If you don't have the time to watch the clip or can't view it on your mobile device, then all you need to take away from it is John's slack-jawed incredulity when he recounted:

According to current Florida law you can get a gun, follow an unarmed minor, call the police, have them explicitly tell you to stop following [the minor] and choose to ignore that, keep following the minor, get into a confrontation with them, and if at any point during that process you get scared you can shoot the minor to death, and the state of Florida will say, "Well, look: you did what you could."

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Zimmerman Juror Speaks to Anderson Cooper: VIDEOS


Last night Anderson Cooper sat down for an interview with Zimmerman Juror B37.

In part 1 they cover opening statements, which witnesses she thought were 'credible' (the defense medical examiner), and which  she found not credible (Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon Martin's friend), what it was like day-to-day on the jury, the 911 tapes (she insists it was Zimmerman's voice on the call).

In part 2 he asks what she thought of George Zimmerman, whether she thinks he should have been carrying a gun, and the videotapes in which Zimmerman walked through a reenactment. The juror says she believes Zimmerman thought his life was in danger, and believes Trayvon Martin threw the first punch. She says she felt that both sets of parents said anything a parent would say. She also says she doesn't think race played a role in the case, and it wasn't part of the discussion in the jury room.


The juror had announced she was writing a book about the case, but after hours of outrage on social media for Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary Management LLC to drop the juror, it was announced that a book deal was no longer in the works, via a statement published by Buzzfeed:

“I realize it was necessary for our jury to be sequestered in order to protest our verdict from unfair outside influence, but that isolation shielded me from the depth of pain that exists among the general public over every aspect of this case. The potential book was always intended to be a respectful observation of the trial from my and my husband’s perspectives solely and it was to be an observation that our ‘system’ of justice can get so complicated that it creates a conflict with our ‘spirit’ of justice.

Now that I am returned to my family and to society in general, I have realized that the best direction for me to go is away from writing any sort of book and return instead to my life as it was before I was called to sit on this jury.”

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35 LGBT Rights Organizations Sign Open Letter Calling for Justice for Trayvon Martin

Thirty-five LGBT groups, led by the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, released an open letter today calling for justice for Trayvon Martin:

MartinAn Open Letter:

Trayvon Deserves Justice

We cannot begin to imagine the continued pain and suffering endured by Trayvon Martin's family and friends. We stand in solidarity with them as they continue to fight for justice, civil rights and closure. And we thank everyone who has pushed and will continue to push for justice.

Trayvon Martin deserves justice and his civil rights. We support the organizations and community leaders who are urging the federal government to explore every option to ensure that justice is served for Trayvon and that his civil rights are honored and respected. But our work does not end there: we will honor Trayvon Martin by strengthening our commitment to end bias, hatred, profiling and violence across our communities.

We represent organizations with diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender constituencies. Our community has been targets of bigotry, bias, profiling and violence. We have experienced the heart-breaking despair of young people targeted for who they are, who they are presumed to be, or who they love: Rashawn Brazell, Lawrence King, Ali Forney, Brandon Teena, Brandon White, Matthew Shepard, Marco McMillian, Angie Zapata, Sakia Gunn, Gwen Araujo and countless others.

Every person, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, must be able to walk the streets without fear for their safety.

Justice delayed is justice denied and in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "a right delayed is a right denied." We honor Trayvon by seeking justice for all people.

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Attorney General Eric Holder 'Shares Concern' About Zimmerman Case, MLK Image Goes Viral: VIDEO


In a speech given today in Washington, D.C. to a gathering of the predominantly African-American sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke out about the George Zimmerman case for the first time since Zimmerman was acquitted on all charges:

“The Deltas are deeply and rightly concerned about this case. The Justice Department shares your concern. I share your concern. And as we first acknowledged last spring we have opened an investigation into this matter. Independent of the legal determination that will be made I believe that this tragedy provides yet another opportunity for our nation to speak honestly about the complicated and emotionally charged issues that this case has raised. We must not, as we have too often in the past, let this opportunity pass.”

The Washington Post reports that Holder will speak about the Zimmerman case in further detail tomorrow when he addresses the NAACP in Florida. 

In his statement, Holder also pledged, "We are determined to meet division and confusion with understanding and compassion — and also with truth."

MLK Over the weekend, an image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a black hoodie, created by concept artist and Disney imagineer Nikkolas Smith back in 2011 in the wake of Trayvon Martin's shooting, went viral after former Obama administration adviser and soon-to-be co-host of CNN's re-vamped political debate show Crossfire, Van Jones, re-introduced the image into circulation on Twitter, asking others to re-tweet and share the image. Rapper Common also shared a version of the image on Facebook and it quickly began to trend on Instagram under the hashtag, "MLK."

As BuzzFeed notes:

"[Smith] titled the image April 4, 1968, the date MLK Jr. was killed, and coincidentally, also Smith’s birthday. One of his captions for the image is 'Suspect or Saint?'

'I write that because you don’t know who these people are,' he says. 'You don’t know if you shot the next Martin Luther King.'"

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(image: Nikkolas Smith via Facebok)

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Thomas Roberts Blasts Systemic Hate and Discrimination in America: VIDEO


Thomas Roberts, during a panel on the Zimmerman verdict, urged MSNBC to adopt an "I am other" agenda in a powerful statement about systemic discrimination and hate in the U.S.

Said Roberts (via Mediaite)

Don’t we need to do more about our social contract with each other in this country when it comes to being others? Because, as we look at this, we can use this as a great pivot point to talk about race relations in this country.

But, being an “other,” whether it’s LGBT, because you’re suspected of being a pedophile and a rabid disease carrier.

And if you are a woman, well you don’t have a right to your own body and your own reproductive health, because if you do you’re a slut that wants to sleep around and use abortion as birth control.

And then, if you’re Hispanic, you want to lay off the land and have anchor babies and you just want to lay off the land.

Isn’t that the — and I want to challenge this network: we had to have an “I am other” agenda and have a forum for it, because others need to unite to talk about this and figure out where we are going as a country.

The social contract that we have currently negotiated that is so wrong and how this is happening in a country where we have this huge group of people that– it’s supposed to be a melting pot but we treat each other with such disdain it’s not each funny.

Roberts' speech was greeted with an "amen" by the other panelists.


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