WHY I CARE – Trayvon Martin

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A 17 year old boy is dead and a man with a criminal record walks away free. Yeah, I’m pissed. Pissed doesn’t even begin to describe it. I’m outraged. Incensed. Livid. I’m shaking. I understand the anger. I really, really do.

I’m even more pissed because of all the ignorant comments being made. I saw a post on FB that said, “Suddenly everyone has a law degree.” No, I have no law degree.  I am not stupid. And I do have compassion.  Some people are even celebrating. (Ann Coulter tweeted, “Hurray!”) From Ann Coulter, yeah, we would expect such ignorance and hatred.  But what sickens me even more is the myriad of “spiritual” people who have commented:

“Why do you care?”

“There are more important things to focus on.”

 “The media is just trying to distract us.”

 “Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want.”

REALLY?

 

I am about to reclassify what I call myself. Because this brand of “spirituality” is NOT what I am or what I endorse. But this blog is not about me.

 

I heard the same comments in relation to Paula Dean and her racial slurs and prejudices. The exact same comments. I heard, “She said it 20 years ago, who cares?”  I am hearing these comments from a lot of people, “spiritual” and “non-spiritual”.

Who cares???

 

I CARE.

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Do you want to know why?

We have to stop accepting and enabling any kind of prejudiced, bigoted behavior in this country.

 WE. HAVE. TO. STOP. NOW. TODAY. THIS INSTANT.

A  17 year old boy, Trayvon Martin, is dead. What was his “crime”? Walking slowly in the rain with a bag of candy in Sanford, Florida, United States of (free) America.

When Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban because she wanted to go to school and it inspired international outrage.

 And rightly so.

 

But because Trayvon Martin is dead and George Zimmerman (his killer) is walking away free, I am hearing all kinds of arguments, from, “Why do you care?” to “They couldn’t prove anything.”  “This is how the American judicial system works.” “It was a fair trial” “It’s tragic for everyone involved.”

Well, then, apparently, our “system” SUCKS.

IT SUCKS.

 

 And racism is still very much alive and well in this country. And somehow I don’t think it was “tragic” for George Zimmerman, not at all, not in the least. (See the video of him laughing during testimony about self defense.)

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Because the Taliban shot Malala (and Americans hate the Taliban) that makes it somehow different?  (You betcha!) Trayvon was a young man, with no criminal record who was walking home from the store on his way to his father’s house. He was doing nothing wrong, he was unarmed and had no criminal record.  He doesn’t have the right to walk freely on a sidewalk without being confronted and killed?  Just as Malala had the right to go freely to school without being shot?

Someone please explain to me the disparity in thought here about Malala and Trayvon. They were both trying to live their lives. They were both shot. Fortunately Malala is still here to speak about it and fight for equal rights for everyone, regardless of color, gender or religion.

Trayvon Martin was profiled. Profiling is wrong. My sons, who are white, young men with short haircuts, have been harassed and profiled by the police. Because Trayvon was a black young man, walking, wearing a hoodie, he looked suspicious? (It was raining. I, too, would wear a hoodie in the rain. Wouldn’t you? Who even came up with this ridiculous thought process?)  I read articles that said he had gold teeth. Really? Really? Does this matter? So what? He was walking slowly? So what? Maybe his pants were hanging down. Again. So what???

He was profiled and killed by a man (George Zimmerman) who was accused of domestic violence by his girlfriend, Veronica Zauzo. It went to court, charges were dropped and they were ordered to stay away from each other for a year.  He was arrested by for assaulting a police officer. (YES!! Arrested for assaulting a police officer.)  Charges were again dropped, although he was fined and had to attend an anger management class.  He was accused by his cousin of 2 decades of sexual molestation and assault. The same cousin spoke of the Zimmerman family as being “openly and proudly racist” and she recalled a number of racially bigoted incidents.

So why was Zimmerman a “neighborhood watch” volunteer? Why would they let someone with his background even have a job like this? Don’t they do background checks on the volunteers?

It was clear that he was a law enforcement “wannabe”. There were documented incidents of Zimmerman calling the police on multiple occasions to report shoplifters, bad drivers, pit bulls, potholes, children playing in the street, open garage doors. One driver that he pursued for reckless driving called 911, in terror that Zimmerman was going to attack him. He also frequently called police to report “suspicious youth”……usually young black men.  (Are we surprised at this?)

It becomes very obvious that he was a self appointed vigilante on a mission and quite a scary one, at that.

He did apply to become a police officer but never completed the tests to gain entry to police academy. Why? I’m not sure but thank the Universal powers that be that he was not allowed to become law enforcement. He would have been (and still is) a “legal” menace to society.

It’s clear to me that Zimmerman had/has issues. (Let’s make that understatement of the year.)  Frankly, I would want to run, too, if I met someone like him on the street. He would scare me, too.

Zimmerman was told clearly NOT to follow Trayvon Martin, but he went against the dispatchers orders and followed Trayvon anyway, and ultimately ended up killing him. On the transcript (which you can listen to ~ all links are below), he clearly evaded questions from the police dispatcher as to where he was and where he would meet with the police. He refused to give the address of where he was located (because he was moving, following Trayvon). He made a statement to the dispatcher saying, “These assholes always get away.” Really??? He seemed pretty determined that this boy was NOT going to get away. And he didn’t. And for that, I am so, so, so sad.

What “assholes” was Zimmerman referring to? Young men walking on the street minding their own business? What “assholes”?

When you listen to the tape of Zimmerman and the dispatcher when he called police, his voice is calm and unruffled. It is not the voice of a person in fear of his life.

Had Zimmerman followed the instructions by the police dispatcher, there would have been no confrontation with Trayvon Martin and no need for his so called “self defense”.

 

 Given his past record and actions, it sounds to me as if Zimmerman was a guy who absolutely enjoyed conflict, confrontation and altercations (even with police officers). How could this not be obvious to anyone who knew his past history?? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out.  He was on a self righteous power trip and now a teenager is dead and his family is grieving.

And the Sanford, FL police department. OH. MY. GOD. This is another topic for another blog. Suffice to say, it seems they’ve had a series of racially motivated incidents that were swept under the rug. (Take a look at my links below).

I am a mother of two grown sons. Like I said earlier, they have been profiled and harassed even though they were doing nothing wrong, they look “normal” and they have no police records. As a mother and as a human being, my heart breaks, bleeds and cries  for Trayvon’s mother, family and friends.

So, NO, I have no “law degree” and I WILL NOT SHUT UP. I will NOT CLOSE MY EYES.  I will not keep my opinions to myself. It is apparent that racism is very much still alive in this country. I, for one, will speak out against it. I will never, ever shut up. I will not agree that the judicial system did its job in this case. I will not agree that justice was served. I will speak out against the Paula Deans and the George Zimmermans. Again and again and again and again.

Every time people like Dean and Zimmerman get a slap on the wrist, it enables all other kind of nutcases to follow their examples. People need to understand that this behavior is not acceptable and there ARE repercussions and consequences.

I’ve said this before and I will say it again, when we sit back in our “happy bubble” and stay silent, we contribute to, enable, and perpetuate the evil.

Racism, discrimination and  prejudice is NOT ACCEPTABLE. EVER.  NOT EVER EVER EVER. Not based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or anything else.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion. ~Edmund Burke

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

And guess what?  George Zimmerman’s lawyers want to know when he can have his gun back. “Because he needs it now more than ever.” And Zimmerman is going to pursue the career of a criminal lawyer so he can help people like himself who have been prosecuted “inappropriately”. They say he’s left Florida. Good riddance for those of us who live here. He’s a menace. A MENACE. And, yeah, give him back his gun. (Yes, that’s some sarcasm.) OH. MY. GOD.

I am in no way advocating more violence or hate. More violence and hate is NOT THE ANSWER.  Sign the petitions. (Below)  Attend rallies. Let your voice be heard that it is NOT OK to enable people like George Zimmerman.  CARE. That’s really what I am asking, just that you CARE. Look into your heart and know that a young life was needlessly lost. And, yes, we do need to care about that.  Let’s take actions to educate and take a stand and say NO MORE RACISM so that horrific acts like this will be fewer and fewer. And parents, let us teach our children well; they are our future. Bigotry is learned, it is not inherent in human beings.

 

 ( Photo  Trayvon Martin rally in New York City Union Square yesterday courtesy Joan Davidson) 

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And the next person to ask me why “I care” can hit the road and close the door behind them on the way out.

I have no desire to suffer fools.

 

Kathy Lee 7/15/2013

www. Tigerlilysgarden. Com

LINKS:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/13/george-zimmerman-not-guilty_n_3588743.html

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/what-happened-trayvon-martin-explained

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/23/v-fullstory/2712299/george-zimmerman-self-appointed.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2013/07/15/what-chance-did-trayvon-martin-the-suspect-have-in-court/         (Beautiful blog)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/07/12/malala-un-address/2511915/

http://www.aclu.org/racial-justice/racial-profiling-definition

http://www.yourdictionary.com/profiling

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/will-trayvon-martins-killer-george-zimmerman-get-his-gun-back-he-needs-it-more-now-says-lawyer-8709003.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO_H3H2SOBs ~ Zimmerman laughing during court

Petitions:

http://www.naacp.org/page/s/doj-civil-rights-petition

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/civil-rights-prosecution-george-zimmerman-united-states-department-justice-death-trayvon-martin/LkGHz0VH

http://www.change.org/petitions/the-florida-supreme-court-form-a-task-force-to-review-the-george-zimmerman-verdict

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One comment on “WHY I CARE – Trayvon Martin

  1. jane warner says:

    Thank you. I love you. Please know that you got it right. And my boy children are still in danger on streets. And they know they can get away with it. We are tired.

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