Posts tagged "Zimmerman"


July 16th, 2013

I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world. As I said earlier, you can’t just talk about it, you have to be about it.

Stevie Wonder

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I included the map to show just how much touring money he’s about to lose over this. It’s a pretty big sacrifice.

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A noble sacrifice. My respect for him just sky rocketed.

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Please support Stevie Wonder. Go buy a record. Buy a song. Buy anything with his name on it. People love to judge a movement by the money it makes. I say we double Stevie’s fortune over this. 

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I was wondering (and hoping) that tourism dollars would start to be affected by these laws and the direction our country is headed in.  Hoping that international tourists would think twice about coming here.  Such a great decision!  

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July 14th, 2013

The Message

justdrh:

The worst thing is the message that this sends

I assume you know me, as we are Tumblr friends. 
I assume you know my temperament.
I assume you know how prone I am to search for peaceful resolution.
I assume you know that I am generally articulate and respectful.

Let’s for argument’s sake assume that it was me walking through that neighborhood on the way to see my father. Or my wife. Or maybe. I’m looking to buy some property. Or maybe, God forbid, I just want to go for a walk. 

I can guarantee you that if I thought someone was following me, I would at some point confront the person following me.

The verdict in the Zimmerman case sends the message that, I had better not confront the follower.
The stranger. 
The possible vigilante. 
The could be racist. 
The self appointed John Wayne. 
Because he could shoot me and get away with it.

So I have to walk with my plume in check.
Shuffle with my eyes down and turn my face towards the ground.
Make sure that I’m not wearing a hoodie.
And just to be safe, I should have on some dockers.
And above all, not stand MY OWN GOD DAMNED GROUND.

Because even if a 911 operator advises the stranger that is following me to stand down, he can shoot me and get away with it.

That’s the message that is being sent here.

So I walk with my plume in check.
Shuffle with my eyes down and my face towards the ground.
And I make sure that I’m not wearing a hoodie
And just to be safe, I wear dockers.
And above all, I’ll surrender MY OWN GOD DAMNED GROUND.
To get from point a to b

That ain’t living.
No matter what your race is.
Gun culture wins. 
Stereotypes survive.
To all the dark skinned kids who get this message and turn down their shine so they don’t get shot, I apologize.
That ain’t living. I know.

DRH - 

You know I don’t normally reblog you, but this piece is powerfully moving and something that I recognize that I could not write on my own. 

Over the past weeks, being in the Capitol, I have felt a different kind of discrimination.  One where being a different gender meant my voice, my activism, and my point of view were condescendingly shoved aside.  

Still, I had no fear of walking from place to place and the advantage of having a strong enough spirit to defy Pro-Birth defenders to dare me not to be there.  I was lucky in that respect, that there were many DPS troopers to keep the peace, but even still, it takes much more for a person in that situation to fear a violent course of action.  (We also tried to keep the peace as much as possible, despite what may have been reported otherwise, falsely.) 

Though I do know that there are ProBirthers that are violent and willing to act in violence to make their voice heard, and that I have to monitor a few places online to make sure my identity, in the form of my address and phone number do not make it into the hands of extreme activists, it’s also a choice I make, and, like it or not, I still have access to privilege, though I am not as blind to it as others are.  

It’s a far different thing to be told to sit down and shut up under the guise of the word “decorum”, than it is to fear a stranger walking down the street.  That message was not lost, is not lost on many of us.  

Houston is a melting pot of all kinds of nationalities, with Fort Bend and Harris Counties being among the most diverse in the nation.  I am not colourblind when it comes to people or their cultures.  I don’t believe that being so is respectful, because even if this is a melting pot, we should celebrate our differences and learn from each other, and I have had a lot of fun celebrating other cultures throughout my life here in this city.  

Still, this trial, this verdict, this troubling racial swell that continues to infest our nation, however it may shrink slowly, still exists.  For my part, I’ve found that I do everything I can to look people in the eyes, to give them that respect, no matter who they are or what position they hold.  I haven’t always, because I’m an incredibly shy person.  But, that one symbol of respect, helps tremendously.  

My words won’t help heal, you, personally.  They won’t help heal this wound.  There are those of us that are empathetic enough to know the sting, but not feel the pain.  All we can do is each try to be better to each other and speak out when we see wrong, when we can.  It is my hope that the protests yesterday, today, and tonight bring some bit of comfort.  That while we’re not where we want to be, we’re not completely in the past, either.   We will get there.  It takes time to change minds and attitudes.  That’s not an excuse, not an apology, because I can offer neither in full.  It’s just the way it is, even if it is no where near acceptable.  

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thedailywhat:

Breaking News of the Day: Zimmerman Takes the Stand at Bond Hearing: The family of George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, asked a Florida judge this morning to grant bail while he awaits trial. Family members — testifying by phone because they say they have been threatened — argued that Zimmerman is neither a flight risk nor a threat to the community.
“He is absolutely not a violent person,” said his wife, Shellie Zimmerman.
Defense attorney Mark O’Mara would prefer that Zimmerman be allowed to leave the area, if he is granted bond, because of concerns about his safety. “Normally, the conditions are that you stay local. I think that is going to be difficult,” he said. “I think nobody would deny the fact that if George Zimmerman were walking down the street today, he would be at risk. That is a reality.”
George Zimmerman took the stand to make a statement.

“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was, I thought he was a little bit younger than I am and I did not know if he was armed or not.”

[lat]

That Zimmerman statement hits a raw nerve. Let’s hope that as this trial commences, a much broader picture comes out. In related news, ABC News acquired a witness photo, allegedly of ZImmerman minutes after the shooting, that shows blood on the back of his head. However, the prosecutor in the case says they were aware of the photo but it did not affect the decision to charge Zimmerman with second-degree murder.
April 20th, 2012

shortformblog:

thedailywhat:

Breaking News of the Day: Zimmerman Takes the Stand at Bond Hearing: The family of George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, asked a Florida judge this morning to grant bail while he awaits trial. Family members — testifying by phone because they say they have been threatened — argued that Zimmerman is neither a flight risk nor a threat to the community.

“He is absolutely not a violent person,” said his wife, Shellie Zimmerman.

Defense attorney Mark O’Mara would prefer that Zimmerman be allowed to leave the area, if he is granted bond, because of concerns about his safety. “Normally, the conditions are that you stay local. I think that is going to be difficult,” he said. “I think nobody would deny the fact that if George Zimmerman were walking down the street today, he would be at risk. That is a reality.”

George Zimmerman took the stand to make a statement.

“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was, I thought he was a little bit younger than I am and I did not know if he was armed or not.”

[lat]

That Zimmerman statement hits a raw nerve. Let’s hope that as this trial commences, a much broader picture comes out. In related news, ABC News acquired a witness photo, allegedly of ZImmerman minutes after the shooting, that shows blood on the back of his head. However, the prosecutor in the case says they were aware of the photo but it did not affect the decision to charge Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

April 13th, 2012

tpmmedia:

An affidavit made public by special prosecutor Angela Corey said her investigators determined Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., was the one who pursued and confronted Martin.

Woah. 

I’m honestly waiting for the autopsy report, to find out if there was a determination of the trajectory and entrance wound of the bullet(s?), which probably won’t be revealed until trial due to Florida law.  

April 10th, 2012

Today’s Zimmerman updates… 

Also:

The special prosecutor investigating the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida said Tuesday evening that she was preparing to release new information on the investigation, and would do so in the next 72 hours. On Monday,  prosecutor Angela Corey said she would not convene a grand jury probe.

Should be an interesting three days… 

reuters:

No grand jury investigation in Trayvon Martin shooting
The special prosecutor in the investigation of the shooting death of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has ruled out using a grand jury to investigate the case, meaning her office alone will decide whether to charge shooter George Zimmerman.
The case has captured national attention, largely because of race. Martin was black and Zimmerman, who has not been charged, is white and Hispanic. The state attorney who was previously investigating the shooting, Norm Wolfinger, had said the case would go to a grand jury on April 10, but Wolfinger removed himself from the case on March 22 and was replaced by Angela Corey.
“State Attorney Angela Corey has decided not to use a grand jury in the Trayvon Martin shooting death investigation,” her office said in a statement.
READ MORE: Prosecutor rules out grand jury in Trayvon Martin case

I sincerely hope that the fervor surrounding this case doesn’t die down with this announcement.  Causes in this country tend to run sprints, not marathons, which is why so many of them are lost in the end.  
But, besides that not calling a grand jury in this case is a mistake, unless they’re just going to straight out charge him.  There’s too many questionable things about this case that need a grand jury to hear and decide whether or not there is enough evidence to try the case.  Unless they feel they have enough evidence to go ahead and charge him without one (I kind of feel there is), this is a huge, HUGE mistake.  
April 9th, 2012

reuters:

No grand jury investigation in Trayvon Martin shooting

The special prosecutor in the investigation of the shooting death of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has ruled out using a grand jury to investigate the case, meaning her office alone will decide whether to charge shooter George Zimmerman.

The case has captured national attention, largely because of race. Martin was black and Zimmerman, who has not been charged, is white and Hispanic. The state attorney who was previously investigating the shooting, Norm Wolfinger, had said the case would go to a grand jury on April 10, but Wolfinger removed himself from the case on March 22 and was replaced by Angela Corey.

“State Attorney Angela Corey has decided not to use a grand jury in the Trayvon Martin shooting death investigation,” her office said in a statement.

READ MORE: Prosecutor rules out grand jury in Trayvon Martin case

I sincerely hope that the fervor surrounding this case doesn’t die down with this announcement.  Causes in this country tend to run sprints, not marathons, which is why so many of them are lost in the end.  

But, besides that not calling a grand jury in this case is a mistake, unless they’re just going to straight out charge him.  There’s too many questionable things about this case that need a grand jury to hear and decide whether or not there is enough evidence to try the case.  Unless they feel they have enough evidence to go ahead and charge him without one (I kind of feel there is), this is a huge, HUGE mistake.