Barack Obama, Trayvon Martin, and Coded Communication Amongst People of Color

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The Trayvon Martin case has garnered national attention in a matter of weeks. SBM was at the forefront of reporting this atrocity, as we informed the SBM community about the details of the case, let you hear the 911 calls, and we even posted photos from the #MillionHoodies march. Our coverage here has helped to educate me on the issues surrounding the case well. I am firm in my position that Zimmerman needs to be arrested and tried for murder. I wanted to see what the prominent US figures had to say on the issue. Sports stars like Amar’e Stoudemire, and LeBron James have taken initiative to show their support for Trayvon. Others like Newt Gingrich and his ilk question Trayvon’s  innocence.  One person who was silent was Barack Obama. You knew that black people would have a field day with his silence. It gets touchy when you get into the federal vs. state affairs with law, so he was prudent at first. When asked about it directly, he gave the following succinct but poignant reply:

“If I had a son…he’d look like Trayvon…”

All races, nationalities, and organizations have ways to codify their statements, so that only members of that particular group can truly comprehend hidden meanings. Black people are awesome at this skill, and the quote plucked above is 100% proof. being a president, you can’t always be demonstrative and blatant with speech. You have to be shrewd. Obama shrewdly disseminated a message of understanding to all blacks when he gave that statement, that opponents of his would chastise if he could keep it all the way real. There were 3 messages to us, and ultimately to America, that he gave us in the brevity, but powerful words he spoke:

Those could’ve been my kids too
How many horror stories have Black parents heard from their children about being harassed on the street by police for “looking suspicious”? How many black people instinctively drive and fixate their eyes on the rear view mirror in anticipation of flashing lights? How many of those same horrors have parents lived through themselves? It’s a cyclical travesty that occurs to people of color. I personally have experienced racial profiling my entire life. My friends and I, all black professional men, were taking road trips through P.A. headed towards upstate New York (quickest way from NYC). We were pulled over in the same county in Pennsylvania on 2 separate occasions, 2 years apart, by white officers who said “you were speeding and i was following you for over a mile watching you do so.” In this particular county, you wouldn’t find too many cars full of black men, so we were easy to spot. Raise your hand if you’re black and this has happened to you twice. Imagine if that was Trayvon Obama in that Sanford neighborhood walking with hoodie up, snacks in hand, talking to his girl on that cell phone. What if George Zimmerman committed murder against the President’s son? Would he still have walked free? Would Geraldo Rivera stand by his idiotic and obvious inflammatory remarks that Trayvon’s hoodie had as much to do with being murdered as Zimmerman? Obama’s statement on Travyon Martin speaks to my soul as a black man because he told me that he wasn’t so sure. he might be President, but as a black man, he lives that reality that someone could easily disregard his children based off of race.

Prejudice and Racism gives no f*cks about our accomplishments

We shine because they hate us, floss cause they degrade us
We trying to buy back our 40 acres
And for that paper, look how low we a’stoop
Even if you in a Benz, you still a nigga in a coop/coupe – Kanye West

As a black man and a parent, he knows how deep this tragedy cuts the Martin family. When Obama made this statement, he acknowledged that the notion of a post-racial America is a pipe dream. He knows that there are many in our communities that clamor for him to be that galvanizing black leader that we have sought for since Martin Luther King Jr. Some of us more forward and holistic thinking blacks know that he can’t be that leader, as he is the leader of all America. That doesn’t mean that he is ignorant and oblivious to the racism effect that plagues his people daily. He had to make a speech about race during his campaign when tensions ran high. He has even challenged blacks to be better parents and strive for more regardless of the hurdles that closed minds erect on our path. But that message, shrewdly coded to his people, let’s us know that he understands that his biggest detractors, even some of his supporters, can’t get over the fact that “A nigga actually won the election and runs the U.S.A.”. I swear the amount of opposition this man faces politically has more to do with party affiliation. Maybe I haven’t been as politically aware as I am today, but even when Bush was sending us into senseless wars and trillion dollar debt, screaming YOLO, I couldn’t see the amount of venom and blatant opposition to him as President or his ideas other than the norm in Washington. He knows this, lives this, and yet still marches on, as MLK, Malcolm X, and all the civil rights champions of color would have done. The same way he wants Trayvon’s parents, and all Americans, to march on for justice.

I Am Trayvon Martin
Growing up in America, black men learn from society and experience that our lives are considered secondary. We are expendable. No Civil Rights movements, or fallacy of a post-racial America can change this feeling amongst the majority. Whether it’s an inaccurate perception or a blanket indictment on the feelings of White America, but our standings as second class citizens have been embedded into our DNA since we were brought to this country on the slave ships that traversed the middle passage, and the blood, sweat, and tears of our ancestors used to build the foundation for today’s United States of America. In some neighborhoods, making it to 21 is celebrated with extreme jubilance and celebration, not because its a normal milestone in adult life, but because we have beat statistics. Statistics, regardless of their factual nature, which tell us that we will either be dead or in jail before 21. So we celebrate, and thank our blessings that we made it to this milestone age.

I thought that all the I Am [fill in the blank with slain person of color] campaigns were corny at first. Putting this Trayvon martin case into perspective, it hit me closer to home more than usual. I was that 17 year old black kid walking through predominantly white neighborhoods with a bag full of snacks and a dream. Not a dream to rob, steal, or kill, but dreams of celebrating a junk food filled feasts. I dreamed of eating these snacks while taking my biplane to the U.S.S.R. to do battle with Zangief and any one of my comrades who dare stand beside him. I was well versed in the rules of engagement when police thought me to be suspicious. Hell, I could be chillin at a bachelor party and get shot up by law enforcement, or during a routine stop lose my life because my wallet looked like a semi automatic weapon. I was street smart so I knew when trouble beckoned to turn the other direction, but to fear fellow neighbor slay me in the name of justice, is inconceivable, but real. Regardless of perception of how I dress, because you saw Nas or Jay-z wearing something similar on TV, does not give you a license to kill. Because I embrace hip hop culture and emulate it through fashion does not make me culpable or careless or the world around me. If i go into a corporate America job interview, then that is 100% true, but not when i’m walking the streets living life!

Obama told the world that he was, and is Trayvon Martin, in uttering one sentence in a brief statement. Black people understood him loud and clear, whether in subconscious or in plain sight. Black men have had kids that looked like Trayvon Martin for ages. These same kids, with dreams of living life, without cares in the world, have had their lives cut short by bigots and racists, while this country will remain idle until public sentiment forces action. No matter how many degrees we earn, CEO titles we attain, or advances we make as a people, we still will be regarded as dogs.We are Trayvon Martin: minorities who are expendable, and whose lives means nothing.

StreetZ

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  • http://youreratchet.blogspot.com Young Heaux

    Good shit. I think theres a lot of coded communication being done when certain Republicans address and appeal to WASP crowds as well, although that's more racist rabble rousing ish.
    My recent post What Everyone Should Know About Trayvon Martin (1995-2012)

  • http://youreratchet.blogspot.com Young Heaux

    And you're right, that's one of the boldest, yet subtle, things when it comes to race in America that I've ever heard Obama say. I can't believe I didn't catch that! Love him for saying it
    My recent post What Everyone Should Know About Trayvon Martin (1995-2012)

  • tracyann

    Wow! I think that this may give investigation into this. Although I did not know the exact thing I should support Trayvon Martin because he is one of the victim here. Justice must get rid of this case as soon as possible. Thanks for sharing this news update.
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  • DeKeLa

    This message hits home. As an inner-city youth, I remembering celebrating turning 18 and 21 without being arrested, murdered(been shot at twice) or being addicted to drugs or having a child.Looking back, those accomplishments may not seem much to outsiders, but watching this Trayvon case makes me go back to those lil moments and thank my Jewels and my God that I made it this far.

  • Hebrew Princess

    No matter how many degrees we earn, CEO titles we attain, or advances we make as a people, we still will be regarded as dogs.We are Trayvon Martin: minorities who are expendable, and whose lives means nothing. <— THIS! I am nearly in tears…because of the Trayvon Martin case, the Hunger Games nonsense & all of the other senseless killings of innocent Blacks just because they are Black. I am so fed up. Too fed up to type anymore. I'm following this case from Australia & its late so I'm going to go to sleep and dream about a better America. Goodnight!

  • http://sharemysonshine.wordpress.com Share my Sonshine

    I'm not sure why but of all highly profiled cases of injustice this one hits me the most. I'm just at a lost for words. I had heard alot of people question Obama's silence in this case. As you mentioned above he is the president of the US not just black america. Its important that he doesn't alienate anyone. However, I love that he is a real Black man. I think he knows first hand the struggles of a being a black man, father and leader.
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  • Hugh Jazz

    Awesome post Streetz. Nothing to add, except I can't wait for Newt Gingrich to once again fade into obscurity.

    • Streetz

      Appreciate it Hugh and agree 100%

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisUnltd @ChrisUnltd

    "No matter how many degrees we earn, CEO titles we attain, or advances we make as a people, we still will be regarded as dogs.We are Trayvon Martin: minorities who are expendable, and whose lives means nothing." This is depressing as all hell but so damn true. I remember when my mothers house was robbed (by a white teenager, turns out) and the cop didn't even wan't to file a report because she had a young black son living with her. After all, only black men are capable of commiting crimes so I was the number one suspect in my own home. I hope this case comes to a close soon, it'd be nice to see a little bit of justice served for once.

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisUnltd @ChrisUnltd

    "No matter how many degrees we earn, CEO titles we attain, or advances we make as a people, we still will be regarded as dogs.We are Trayvon Martin: minorities who are expendable, and whose lives means nothing."
    This is depressing as all hell but so damn true. I remember when my mothers house was robbed (by a white teenager, turns out) and the cop didn't even wan't to file a report because she had a young black son living with her. After all, only black men are capable of commiting crimes so I was the number one suspect in my own home. I hope this case comes to a close soon, it'd be nice to see a little bit of justice served for once.

  • Cheekie

    "No matter how many degrees we earn, CEO titles we attain, or advances we make as a people, we still will be regarded as dogs.We are Trayvon Martin: minorities who are expendable, and whose lives means nothing."

    I just had this convo with my sister this weekend. I think NO tell-tale moment is more poignant, more jarring than the fact that even though a Black man holds THEE highest position in our country, he's still a ninja to the very people he leads. The blatant disrespect he's facing during his term is a true testimony to that.

    • http://www.therealslimjackson.com Slim Jackson

      I have the conversation about the disrespect he faces at least once a month. The only thing I can say as the Devil's Advocate is at least he hasn't had a shoe thrown at him. Eh, that still doesn't get it done.

      Though Bush did get clowned, people did still treat him like he was the president.
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      • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

        “Though Bush did get clowned, people did still treat him like he was the president.”

        EXACTLY. That is the major difference. The good-natured humor about a president, that’s a given, but you said it best. You pointed out the key difference. He was treated like the president.

  • Jon

    I'm sorry but this was not a racially charged incident – Trayvon was not shot because he was black…he was shot after he came back and said to Zimmerman you got a problem you do now and went to wallin…he beat dat man UP…punched him in da nose and punded his head in da ground…what happened to Trayvon was tragic, but he was not hunted out by a white racist gun-totin biggot out to "shoot him a nig**""…Trayvon was walkin mindin his business n was probably scared out of his mind cuz some dude was following him…, I would be too and I would run away also thinkin he would try to obduct me or was some crazy dude – he wasn't wrong for that; and Zimmerman was wonderin who this dude who don't live in his neighborhood is doin walkin round when he's never seen him b4, he's wearing a hoodie, it aint cold out, and we had lots of burglaries in da past few weeks…

    • Kam

      George Zimmerman pursued Trayvon because he was black he stalked that boy when authorities told him not to. Say what you are stating is true, of Course Trayvon would be scared and defend himself a strange man with no authority (because he is not a cop) was following him.

      According to reports it was raining that day so Trayvon has every and any right to wear a hoodie. George Zimmerman has no authority to approach anyone and ask them any questions that is up to the police.

      As well George Zimmerman is known to the police he has maid 46 calls since 2001 about suspicious people in the neighbourhood. How many people would make 48 plus calls.
      He also was charged for assaulting a police office, domestic violence, resting arrest but his dad who is an ex judge had those incidents buried. This guy had been getting away for years with breaking the law now its catching up to him.

    • Dr. J

      Don't give ignorance a long response.

      Your whole dissertation forgets one important fact, Zimmerman had a gun, Trayvon had two-fives and a bag of skittles. So let's play this one all the way 100. Zimmerman pulled out a gun and Tray tried to defend himself. That's how Zimmerman got beat up, but eventually Zimmerman pulled the trigger on him to end the fight. Scene can go a myriad of ways but remember it was, a gun versus two-fives.

  • Jon

    I along with dang near everyone I know would feel the same way, he aint wrong for wonderin whose in his neighborhood n what's he up to…so both men were suspicious of the other and on edge about the other…however both failed to communicate effectively to the other because of it…Trayvon eventually ran into Zimmerman again after running away and beat that man good (whether it was from fear, feeling like he had to or what), and that led to him being shot (again, whether it was from fear or feeling like Zimmerman had to)…this was not an "unfair fight…an innocent wholesome kid walkin down the street poppin some skittles keekeein wit his gf n out of nowhere was hunted down by a white racist vigilante"; both men defended themselves and both men responded/reacted in inappropriate ways…

    • Kam

      “he aint wrong for wonderin whose in his neighborhood n what’s he up to”

      Yes he can wonder but he had no right to follow and stalk a young man. Once again he is NOT the police he is NOT in a position of authority. He is a citizen just like Trayvon Martin was.

      This is not an issue of self defence because George ZImmerman pursued the young man he could of waited for the police to do their job but yet he decided to follow and stalk Trayvon Martin on his own accord.

      This was an unfair fight
      ZImmerman had a gun and 100lbs over Trayvon
      Trayvon had Skittles and Arizona ice tea

  • Jon

    their failure to effectively communicate is TRAGIC, their reactions to the situation is TRAGIC, and the resulting death of Trayvon is TRAGIC and I'm sure it eats up Zimmerman all the time and wishes he handled the situation differently…had both sides effectively communicated properly, we wouldn't be here discussing this. Was Zimmerman’s concern/suspicion and reason to follow Trayvon fueled by the stereotypes associated with a young black man in a hoodie, probably and that is unfortunate but what else does someone think when you got a STRANGE MALE (nevermind black or white or whatever) walkin in your gated community after there's been numerous recent robberies…would he have done the same thing if it was a young white kid in a hoodie (I’d be willing to bet he would)

    • Kema

      "what else does someone think when you got a STRANGE MALE (nevermind black or white or whatever) walkin in your gated community after there's been numerous recent robberies"

      You call the police (he did) and let them handle it (he didnt) <= simple as that

      • Sho'Nuff

        Exactly! I wonder if Zimmerman also put out fires and transported the injured to the hospital on his own…

  • Jon

    but what does it say to majority of Americans when we killin each other at alarming rates…all black people are not regarded as dogs and seen as dispensable…we treating each other like dogs, huntin each other out at clubs, in the community, riding home from school, chillin on the street corner…we're doing the most robbing of dreams TO OURSELVES and we ain't rallyin, protesting, n marchin to washington to end that? From Chicago to LA to Tampa to Philly and even Kentucky, blacks are killing blacks the most at ALARMING RATES, why aren't we concerned with that?

    • Hugh Jazz

      If you don't think no one is concerned with "killin each other at alarming rates", then point blank, you haven't been paying attention and obviously aren't involved in doing anything yourself.

      I find it disturbing I have to repeatedly point out the obvious to people. The difference between the Trayvon Martin case and all these other incidences people want to bring up is ZIMMERMAN WASN'T ARRESTED! In all the other cases of violence, if the police know the identity and the location of the criminal, they are 1. arrested, 2. jailed, 3. trialed, 4. found guilty, and 5. imprisoned. Notice Zimmerman didn't even make it to step one. And even if Zimmerman is innocent, that determination comes from the courts, not from the police.

      • Jon

        Don’t personally attack me when you don’t know me. 1.) I pay attention all the time 2.) I have my own nonprofit and work in my local community and communities around the world.

        Zimmerman would not be arrested because he had a concealed weapons permit and they tell you if you pull your gun in a situation where you feel your life is in danger you better shoot to kill…and that’s the law in FL, I live in FL AND I have my concealed weapons permit AND my own legally obtained gun. They also tell you YOU WILL NOT BE ARRESTED until an investigation is completed when you take the class. So no, Zimmerman would not be arrested. Sorry. and in “all other cases of violence” the perpetrator usually does not have a concealed weapon and the gun ain’t there’s/was legally obtained, so yea they definitely gettin arrested.

        • Hugh Jazz

          "Zimmerman would not be arrested because he had a concealed weapons permit and they tell you if you pull your gun in a situation where you feel your life is in danger you better shoot to kill"

          Let me get this straight. Zimmerman has the right to stalk someone, instigate a confrontation and has a right to self defense using a gun to shoot people. But Martin doesn't have a right to mind his business and doesn't have a right to self defense using his bare hands?

          And what if Martin successsfully wrestled the gun from Zimmerman's hands and shot him in self defense. Would he be chilling at his pop's house playing Playstation, or would he be sitting in jail?

        • Shamira

          I should have the common sense not to engage in this ignorance, but fine, I'll bite.

          1) I'm unclear how owning a nonprofit excuses you from saying incendiary BS. That's like saying, I can't be racist, I have a black friend. And furthermore, a nonprofit can be many things, as long as the surplus revenue is used to further its cause. Doesn't mean its automatically good. I'm not assuming yours is, but just saying you run a nonprofit in your community doesn't immediately make you a good samaritan.

          2) If that is the law in Florida, and I haven't done my own research on the matter to refute it, then its a bad one. In what world is it okay to allow someone with previous criminal history to carry a concealed weapon? Seriously, how many threats to your life do you receive on a daily basis that merit it necessary for you to carry a pistol? Gun control is a serious problem in this country.

          3) The problem was he wasn't investigated after the incident. No background check was done, no drug or alcohol test was done….nada. They let him hide behind a "Stand Your Ground" law that doesn't even apply, considering HE pursued the victim…but I'm sure you have an explanation for that too.

          4) Don't get butthurt when people attack when you post a flood of incendiary comments just to get a rise out of others.

        • Hugh Jazz

          And as far as a "personal attack", there was nothing of the sort. You stated, "why aren't we concerned with that", that referring to "killing blacks the most at ALARMING RATES". Yet, there are thousands of churches and organizations working to ameliorate that very problem, and you even claim to do the same.

          So if you say no one is concerned, then you were either unaware (as I stated), or using a great deal of hyperbole.

  • Jon

    people are ridin all the way to Sanford to protest yet HOW MANY INNOCENT BLACK KIDS are killed DAILY in our own neighborhoods nearly always by their own neighbor/friend/brother or sister, worst of all of their own race! with no outcries, no demands to end hating on each other, and no protests…we need to have protests against pure, simple, HATRED toward each other…the real HATE CRIMES are sensely killing another because they were "hatin on" you, your chick, your bike or your posessions…against killing your neighbor simply because they looked at you funny or they wearin da wrong color…where are the public outcries over these incidences?!?

    • http://twitter.com/Amaris_Acosta @Amaris_Acosta

      Sweetheart, although. 80% of murders in the "black community" are committed by other black people…….. the NATIONAL AVERAGE is 70%, meaning 70% of murders in the entire nation are committed within same-race parameters. So what's your point? I understand black people are murdering each other, but so are white people, hispanic people & asian people. This point belongs nowhere in the current conversation. Let's move on.

    • Rich

      The "black people kill black people all the time" argument is no excuse for complacency. Trayvon's case is far too egregious, and represents far too great and frequent of a pattern for it to simple be dismissed under that argument. If anything, Trayvon's case should be the impetus for blacks to rise up against any and ALL violence, regardless of the color of the perpetrator.

      • Hugh Jazz

        Rich: "The "black people kill black people all the time" argument is no excuse for complacency. Trayvon's case is far too egregious, and represents far too great and frequent of a pattern for it to simple be dismissed under that argument"

        That blame-deflecting tactic didn't work for Don Imus and it won't work here either.

  • Jon

    Dr. King didn't march and risk his life to get us the right to "be free" to kill ourselves?!? Really?!? If Dr. King were alive today he'd be APPALED by the amount of black on black crime; that the fact we celebrate making it to 21 or 25 b/c we didn't resort to crime or we didn't kill our own brother or get killed by him…

    • Kam

      Please don’t even make this an issue of black on black crime because it isn’t. Black on Black crime has been protested within the black community for years. Black on black crime can be contributed to socio economic disadvantages nothing to do with this case.

      This is an issue of a man who was not arrested, question properly, failure of the police to conduct a proper investigation by taking witness statements or giving George Zimmerman a drug test.
      Its become very clear why George Zimmerman’s was not arrested or this case taken seriously by the police George’s father, ex Judge Robert Zimmerman and his mother a court clerk has been making sure their sons crimes are covered up.

    • http://twitter.com/Amaris_Acosta @Amaris_Acosta

      Okay. So you are more likely to be afraid of your own people being the cause of you not making it to 25 then you are of another race. Point Taken. Let's move on. Because this point belongs nowhere in this conversation. It's just like geraldo. His point doesn't apply to this situation. It's two different fights, & we'll get to it in a minute, mmkay?

  • Jon

    What's TRAGIC is that we as a people don't come together and stay this enraged and be this passionate over killings that occur for no reason every day!…people are really truly hunted down in their neighborhoods and killed or inncocent bystanders killed because of it, and yet we allow it to continue to happen and don't try to change that…I will march to washington, ride out to any city, and protest anywhere to fight the biggest injustice of all…the devaluing, disrespect, and distain for your fellow human "just because"… http://www.theolympian.com/2012/01/31/1970773/bla

    • http://streetztalk.net Streetz

      Jon,

      Thanks for the comment(s).

      I think you fail to mention the obvious that 1) Zimmerman was racially profiling due to his bias. Did you not hear him say “f*ckin coons” under his breath at the 911 calls? It wasnt because someone “suspicious” was walking around the neighboorhood, its because a BLACK kid was walking around. He even has a extended history of violence and fake vigilante activiy.

      2) HE WAS NOT ARRESTED! If it was the other way around, a black dude would’ve been put UNDER the jail. Troy Davis anyone?

      3) Yes black on black crime is an issue. Definitely. Why are we bringing this up in this debate though. Deflecting issues is always an easy copout from addressing the concern at hand. You are exemplifying that well.

      We respectuflly agree to disagree.

  • Sara

    When I think about the fact that Trayvon was born in 1995…my God, he was just a baby. But the society we live in doesn't dictate that little black boys can grow up and live to reach the average life expectancy. And this breaks my heart.

  • NIC

    Damn. Well written.

  • jwoodny

    "In some neighborhoods, making it to 21 is celebrated with extreme jubilance and celebration, not because its a normal milestone in adult life, but because we have beat statistics."

    21 is a huge deal, but the 8th grade graduations and HS graduations are as equally a big deal in our culture. Because for so many neighborhoods, we bury more than we graduate. I mean to think that this child didn't even make it to the milestone of his HS graduation because of someone else's overzealousness is plain heartbreaking.

    We're never going to be a post-racial society because just as deeply embedded as our fear and lack of faith in justice, police, and the system exists, the Klan will continue embedding their hate and disillusions in their kids too.
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  • cynicaloptmst81

    Good post, Streetz.

    #icant with Jon today. SMH. The incident that initiated this horrific event is Zimmerman's profiling/following/chasing Trayvon. Beyond that, Trayvon was the one with the right to protect himself. I hope that part about Trayvon busting his nose and head is true. Good for him…getting a few good licks in before his life was snuffed out. I wish he'd broken Zimmerman's trigger finger as well. -_-

    Show all the pics of Trayvon with gold teeth you want…talk about him getting suspended over marijuana all you want. He had neither gold teeth or marijuana when he was murdered. That night, he was all the way innocent…and should still be alive today.

    Thumbs up to Barack for speaking on the topic as he did.

    • http://twitter.com/Amaris_Acosta @Amaris_Acosta

      "He had neither gold teeth or marijuana when he was murdered. That night, he was all the way innocent…and should still be alive today."

      THIS.^^^^^

      I mean someone quoted that at the end of the day, MLK & Malcom X were wearing suits, and they were just as murdered. It makes so little difference.

  • http://twitter.com/flipdascript28 @flipdascript28

    Obama cant win no matter what he does or says to the american public. On another note i never knew Neighborhood watches carried guns sounds like a militia to me
    " Neighborhood watches are not vigilante organizations. When suspecting criminal activities, members are encouraged to contact authorities and NOT to intervene." on that alone…everything that led to that young mans death was wrong and illegal and provoked. idgaf how it happened because it never should have happened. No crime being committed? no point in taking it further. And when i was a teen, i got pissed off when some random so and so with no authority stepped to me for no reason. So even if people try to take race away from the situation or try to downplay or "water down" the situation its manslaughter atleast. Military watchstanders challenge suspicious people not civ.

  • Beef Bacon

    Maybe it will get better one day, some say. Maybe one day we will all get along….maybe? I would much rather be with my own kind. Once we as a people HEAL from the travesty that was slavery…we will be Great Once Again. Only until we SEE, HEAR and KNOW that the only answer is we become a One. United we stand. Look at the the other Nations of the world—they are united. They don't allow others to RUN their countries. If We don't see by NOW that things will never change….smh.

    What do you all think of Allah that this happens to us? Don't you want to know WHY this is all allowed to happen to Black People ONLY? In all your knowledge and schooling if what you have NOT been taught and explained WHY black people are the way we are and HOW it will TRULY get better—–you are only dealing with fractions. Knowing your ENTIRE story allows you to have understanding of things that are happening and the Time. Fractions are what most of us are walking around with. Once you know the WHOLE STORY, it makes sense. It explains WHY. Don't you want to know WHY?

    I understand with the knowledge that I KNOW—that Allah has not turned his back on us. That this is all for a divine loving purpose. The treatment of our People is a sign of the bigger picture. Saying a change gone come and NOT know HOW doesn't make anyone feel better. Knowing is Key.