Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Trayvon Martin Saga, Part 4

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Philly Mayor: Bad Spinach Gets More National Attention Than Black-on-Black Violence
By Penny Starr

Black-on-black violence is a “disease” that deserves a “national investigation,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter told a Youth Violence Prevention forum in Washington on Monday….. Nutter said tainted food gets more attention than young people killing each other: “If there were five bad bags of spinach on the shelf somewhere, someone would put out a national alert. Every bag would be snatched off the shelves until someone figured out where they came from, what was going on, and there would be a national investigation.”…..Nutter noted that homicide is the leading cause of death for black men between the ages of 16 and 34. In Philadelphia last year, 75 percent of the city’s 316 murder victims were black men and 80 percent of the arrests involved black men, he said. Nutter told CNSNews.com that the Trayvon Martin case has received a great deal of attention, partly because the people involved were of different races. While Martin is black, the neighborhood watch captain suspected of shooting him is half white and half Hispanic.

Castle Doctrine is 'not guilty'
Amid rhetoric about “legalized vigilantism,” national media rush to indict both George Zimmerman and Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” (SYG) law. But even as editorialists call for curtailing such laws, Zimmerman’s own lawyer admits SYG probably doesn’t apply.  In 2007, I wrote North Carolina’s first “Castle Doctrine” bill (our version of SYG), shepherding it though countless iterations of eight different bills. Far from “sloppily written,” as one editorial alleged, our law, effective December 1st, was vetted by legislators, legislative counsel and legal experts. Castle Doctrine comprises three parts: The first establishes legal presumption that if somebody “unlawfully and forcefully” enters your home, workplace or vehicle, you have a “reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily harm” and may use up to deadly force in self-defense. You may not, as some suggest, shoot door-to-door salesmen; invasive entries must be both unlawful and forceful……As media feed on Zimmerman, consider cases they haven’t mentioned: Just four weeks into our law, two men broke down the door of a Vance County home containing a 14-year-old boy and his 17-year-old sister. As she called 911, he shot an advancing assailant. Should that boy waste precious seconds pondering whether his attacker poses a deadly threat? Far from being “flawed,” as some claim, Castle Doctrine saves lives.

Parents of murdered British students criticise Barack Obama
The parents of two British students murdered in Florida have criticised President Barack Obama for his lack of compassion over their son's deaths. His failure to respond to three letters sent to the White House was because there was no "political value" and not worthy of a few minutes of his time. They spoke out as teenager Shawn Tyson began a life sentence after being found guilty of the murder of James Cooper and James Kouzaris last April. The 17 year old, who shot the men as they begged for their lives, will die in prison.

NAACP Denounces Rev. Al Sharpton’s Battle Cry for Escalation of Civil Disobedience & Economic Sanctions in Trayvon Martin Case
Kudos to the NAACP for doing the right thing (for a change) in stepping back and denouncing the blind hate that has been growing concerning the shooting of suspected drug-dealing gang banger Trayvon Martin, for the ugly lynch-mob mentality of attacks and death threats against neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. At least two witnesses have come forward with information that suggests that Martin was attacking Zimmerman, not the other way around. The NAACP civil rights organization has denounced the latest irresponsible theatrical stunt of Rev. Al “Resist We Much” Sharpton.

My Take - I'm not so sure of this last one since I see far more posts with some NAACP groups declaring solidarity with the race baiters. RK

CNN’s Piers Morgan and MSNBC’s Touré in Volcanic Blow-up over Trayvon Martin’s Death (video)
If you’ve not had your fill of race-baiting trash journalism yet this weekend, look no further than this exchange on Friday between CNN’s Piers Morgan and MSNBC’s Touré about 17-year-old Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed last month in Florida by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman. During the volatile interview, Touré (he doesn’t use his last name, like Cher and Madonna) attacked the CNN host on his interview with Zimmerman’s brother Robert. He also said that Piers doesn’t have “the depth of the pain in the soul” of Americans because he wasn’t born in America. Touré said that he had already determined that Zimmerman is a racist and has appointed himself judge and jury finding Zimmerman guilty of murder. Morgan responded at one point with, “What a load of fatuous nonsense.”

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