What are your thoughts on what Barack Obama had to say?
only words, Trayvon is still dead. Blacks still killing blacks and racism exists all around
You can hear it in his voice he cant do anything except watch…..
chess move… he cannot do anything, if he did he would be indirectly saying that the juridicial system is fucked..
He is not in a position to be commenting on this at all. It needs to be left to local authorities like he said, and he needs to stop whining about blacks. He represents all of the United States. Not just blacks. He is doing nothing but dividing this country, and I suspect that he gets involved in all this garbage to make people forget the fact that he is has a large involvement in so many government scandals.
People need to get off this black on black crime bull shit because that has nothing to do with this case. Basically he is explaining to the dominant society how black people feel about the way there being treated and that the system is fucked up. Racism is a tree that had been planted years ago and the only way to have some change is threw dialog on a mediated platform. just to start!!!
How can a man stalk another, ignore adamant police warnings not to follow the man, the prey seeks to defend himself against the stalker, then the predator/stalker claims he was defending himself? Kills his prey and then claims self-defense when the dead prey is voiceless.
All other issues are irrelevant. The FACTS! The Prey was Stalked – Police warnings Ignored; Why, because the Predator had his agenda. RESULT! He got away with MURDER in this day and age. It speaks volumes to an inefficient system that encourages injustice. It sends a NO CONFIDENCE in the justice system. A radical need for an URGENT Overhaul.
That case is backward and has totally ignored all the lobbying and advocacy appeals for justice that our fore fathers were vociferous about.
The general purpose of government is protection and uniquely in the US to ‘protect’ our rights – as secured in the Bill of Rights and defended in law. Laws have at times been unjust – such as the Dred Scott decision, Japanese internment during WWII, the Vietnam draft, taxes during the FDR administration – but we have laws. We have a responsibility to support our laws and those laws that we disagree with we have a duty to work to change without compromising our commitment to the security of our unalienable rights.
Trayvon’s death is a tragedy I can not comprehend – I wish his family and those close to him peace and security.
George’s life is a tragedy – I wish him and those close to him peace and security.
Let’s be vigilant in our responsibility as citizens, friends, and neighbors to work within our communities to instill respect for ourselves, respect for each other, respect for our laws and pride in our system of government (and justice).
Don’t be too quick to jump on any bandwagon that will abridge your rights.
Democracy – is the worst form of government other than all the others that have been tried.
Obama didn’t make these statements as the President. He made them as a black man who’s experienced racism. I thought his words were much needed, if only to explain to white people WHY so many of us reacted negatively to not only the verdict, but the situation in general.
That a white/Hispanic whatever man could racially profile Trayvon and then shoot and kill him…and then not even get arrested after the fact. That is outrageous.
I get people talking about black on black crime. But that involves so many variables (economics, drugs, easy access to guns, lack of positive male figures, etc.) These are issues that can’t be solved in a month, or even a year. But the situation with Trayvon was entirely preventable! All it takes is to change the way people view black men as aggressive “mother fuckers” who are “up to no good”.
Our society is based on the concept of individual responsibility. We all interpret events through the lens of our experiences (and education), Blacks do not somehow have a different logic, or reason, that leads them to different conclusion given the same facts – that would be ‘racialist polylogism’. In order for anyone to feel “they’re a full part of society” they should seek to take individual responsibility.
Don’t be too quick to agree with politicians suggesting that ‘limiting your unalienable rights will benefit society’.
Recall Martin-Niemöller’s poem.
First they came for the communists.
I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists.
I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists.
I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionists.
Then they came for the Jews.
I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics.
I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Catholic.
Then they came for me.
Society assumes every man is as able as every other man to behave responsibly. If the law falls harder on any one class than another, it falls hardest on the weakest in society. For it is most likely those that will err by temperament, ignorance, or folly, that the threats of the law are most dangerous. (essentially Oliver Wendel Holmes Jr, The Common Law)