April 4, 2012
"Unconscious or not, altering the tape in this way was incredibly unfair to Zimmerman, and incredibly stupid for NBC . How did they not think they would be caught? The real tape is out there."

Ta-Nehisi Coates, on the rank stupidity of altering the Zimmerman tape. (via theatlantic)

Well, yeah. But is it strange of me to be a bit happy that a national news source edited the tape to make Zimmerman look MORE racist, rather than less?

(via theatlantic)

March 27, 2012
High School & Trayvon

newsweek:

All of this focus on Trayvon Martin’s character after his getting suspended in high school—for an empty bag of weed, no less—is disconcerting. Anyone can get suspended for the silliest of offenses. Your tumblr was threatened with an in-school suspension in middle school for throwing a pencil across the room. Later in high school, your tumblr was sentenced to a ten-day suspension for a rather ambitious commerce scheme involving the school’s hockey fan club, t-shirt sales, and the morning news. (The suspension was later dropped to one day at home—which your tumblr found far more rewarding than punishment.) The point is: we all get reprimanded in school. And we all wear hoodies. We’d even bet a few of you have wound up in the lonely company of an empty bag containing traces of marijuana from time to time. Let’s stop this character assassination and stay focused on the facts of the case, Internet.

YES, INDEED. None of the things Trayvon was accused of has ANYTHING to do with his murder. NONE of them make him deserving of being killed in the manner in which he was murdered. He could have been a convicted felon, and he STILL wouldn’t be deserving of being shot for walking down the street wearing a hoodie and carrying skittles. 

Fuck EVERYONE who thinks these things make it more ok for George Zimmerman to have murdered Trayvon. Fuck them all to hell. 

March 20, 2012

I’m relieved to hear that a grand jury is going to hear evidence against George Zimmerman in April. Having served on a grand jury, I’m confident that he’ll be indicted. I’m not confident that he’ll be convicted or serve the kind of time he deserves, but this is still a step in the right direction, and I’m glad that the public outcry has resulted in some sort of appropriate action being taken. I’m not saying this is what should be happening— obviously, what should be happening is that Zimmerman should be under arrest and charged with murder. But it’s more than would have happened without the pressure, and that’s worth something. 

Never the less, I am so fucking angry. I wish I knew what I could do about it, but I’m feeling really impotent. I hope just being publicly angry is worth something, but I’m not sure it is.

Also, a friend had a decent idea for easy protest: send a bag of skittles to the Chief of Police in Sanford: Cheif Bill Lee, Sanford Police Station. 815 West 13th Street. Sanford, FL 32771. My skittles are going in the mail tomorrow. 

March 12, 2012
To the people defending George Zimmerman:

ladyatheist:

Let me break this down as simply as I possibly can. Trayvon was at his father’s house when he decided to go to the convenience store down the street to get skittles and iced tea. On his way back George Zimmerman called 911 because he thought Trayvon looked “suspicious”. The 911 dispatcher specifically told him NOT TO FOLLOW TRAYVON and that POLICE WERE ALREADY ON THE WAY. This 28 YEAR OLD, ARMED MAN decides to ignore the 911 dispatcher and follow 17 YEAR OLD Trayvon IN HIS CAR.

After following him for a while, George Zimmerman decides to get out of his car and confront Trayvon. They then (allegedly) get into a fight and George Zimmerman, the 28 YEAR OLD, ARMED, GROWN ASS MAN decides to SHOOT TRAYVON IN THE CHEST AND KILL HIM. When the police show up, HE ADMITS TO SHOOTING AND KILLING TRAYVON. THE POLICE LET HIM WALK AWAY, NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

How in the hell can you people defend that? He completely ignored the instructions of 911 dispatch, followed a kid in his car, and then shot and killed him in cold blood.  At the very fucking least he should have been taken into police custody for questioning. What happened to Trayvon and how the police handled it makes absolutely no fucking sense. Anyone with half a fucking brain should be outraged at the fact that they are letting this man get away with murder. If you are defending George Zimmerman, you are defending a murderer. You are condoning his actions. You are upholding the white supremacist system that says Black children are inherently suspicious and that everyone has the right to follow and kill them. 

I guess I should just be glad that no one on my dash is defending this murderer.

(Source: womanistgamergirl, via thegirlwiththefinchertattoo-dea)

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