Today we want to send a special shout out to CNN and HNN Legal Eagle Asuncion “Sunny” Hostin. This is one well educated woman. She provided us with a solid female minority point of view during the entire George Zimmerman Trial. Now we are sitting watching her go through shock and absolute disbelief over the jury verdict.
Sunny this is Bill Maher and he’s right with you Sis
Sister Sunny we know how this goes totally against the truth. We know how deeply this has affected you; because of your black children. Sunny we know exactly how outraged you were; when they started attacking Rachel Jeantel.
You Sunny were the face of Black America during the drama
When we watched the weekend wrap up with Don Lemon (dressed in his mint green seersucker sports jacket), we knew that until you showed up nothing would be about us, really.
Little Don is kind of like that generic brand you pick up in the grocery aisle when it’s not an important element in your dish. He became that way when he was shifted onto the Gay Rights drama desk. We’re not here to discuss Gay Rights or Don Lemon but just the truth of what Sister Sunny Hostin has been through this weekend.
Sunny – know that WE Your True Fans are still here watching your face and we’ve Got Your BACK. Yes We’re Still here listening to your voice, calling for intelligent discourse on this travesty of justice.
This is what you wanted the jury to focus on
We know how important this was to the truth about who Trayvon Martin really was. He was My Son, Your Son and Every Black Mothers’ Son. Today He Was All Of Us, Murdered and just written off with no consideration; from a bunch of unadmitted self protectionists.
Yeah I’m trying to remain PC cause I don’t want to come on out and call them what we all know they are. Hegemonic Small Minded Self Protectionists. Yeah, exactly that.
You talked about it and then we saw it. You showed us what they were doing and how they were doing it. Everyone thought Trayvon was the problem, because of the false image played up by Team Zimmerman. You Asked Everyone To Look Above This. We Remember Sunny,
Instead the Zimmerman camp focused on Exactly That – Racist, Protectionist hegemonic. 27/7 Real time Lying and Fear Mongering
We loved it when Prof. Marc Lamont Hill said it clearly on Sunday Morning – ” If the tables had been turned, we wouldn’t be having this discussion right now, because the Black Man who shot a 17 year old unarmed White Boy would be in jail, probably awaiting his turn on Death Row.
Race Reversal: A Hypothetical Scenario Of What Would Happen If Trayvon Martin Were White And George Zimmerman Were Black, And Why Race Has Everything To Do With The Case
If you don’t understand how deeply and viciously racist has been the official and right-wing reaction to the murder of Trayvon Martin, all you have to do is consider what would have been the official and right-wing reaction had the races of Martin and his killer been reversed.
Imagine a lanky white teenager was walking in a strange neighborhood at night. He’s a good kid—according to one of his teachers “an A and B student who majored in cheerfulness“—although he’s not above making the foolish teenaged mistake of getting caught with an empty baggie with marijuana residue inside it. But he has no criminal record. The worst anyone can say about him is that he smokes some pot, which puts him in the company of nearly half of all American high school students, something more than half of all American adults would legalize. But he’s a good student and has no criminal record. In other words, he’s a pretty typical teenager. A good kid.
Then one night this typical teenager is walking alone in a strange neighborhood, munching on some junk food and talking on his cell phone. And remember that we’re reversing the races here, so now he’s a white kid walking alone in a strange neighborhood, and it’s a black man who steps out of an SUV and starts following him. A black man who outweighs the teen by nearly a hundred pounds. A black man who steps out of an SUV, pulls up a hoodie, and starts following the teen. The kid tells his friend on the cell phone that someone is following him. He tells her because he doesn’t understand why someone is following him. He’s nervous. He’s just walking along, munching on junk food, and someone has started following him.
Finally, he decides to confront the guy. Even though he is nervous, he probably can’t imagine that simply walking in a strange neighborhood would lead to someone shooting him dead. He’s standing up for himself, but the thought of violence, the thought of gunfire, doesn’t even enter his head. But when he confronts the big guy who had been following him, and asks why he has been following him, the big guy pulls a gun. It happens so suddenly,
the teen probably barely has time to realize that something serious is now happening. This was just an innocent evening stroll, a big guy had started following him for no reason, and now his life is being threatened. This was just an innocent evening stroll, and now he’s looking at a gun. Pointed at him. By a big guy who had been following him for no reason. A big guy who now shoots him dead.
Three witnesses later report having heard the boy’s desperate cry for help. The police report (pdf) says he was found face down, with his hands under him. He was carrying no weapon. He was carrying no drugs. He was carrying the type of junk food typical teenagers carry. In our reversal of races scenario, the story then is that a lanky white teen was walking in a strange neighborhood, snacking on junk food, talking to a friend on his cell phone, when a large black man stepped out of an SUV, started following him, frightened him, and shot him dead. Imagine the reaction.
Now suppose we find out that the teen’s killer had a history of race-based paranoia. Suppose we find out that the teen’s killer’s neighbors had complained of his aggressive behavior. Suppose we find out that the teen’s killer had once been arrested for “resisting arrest with violence and battery on an officer.” Suppose we find out that the teen’s killer that night had ignored a police dispatcher who had told him to stop following the teen. And suppose that after all that, the much larger black man who had stepped out of an SUV, pulled up a hoodie, and started following the white teen had ended up shooting the white teen dead. What would have been the official response? What would have been the right-wing reaction?
Would a police officer have tried to coach a witness to change her story? Would the local state attorney and police chief have overruled even the lead homicide investigator, who recommended that the killer be charged with manslaughter? Would the police have neglected even to give the killer a routine drug and alcohol test?
Would the police have neglected to contact whomever the kid was talking to on the phone just moments before he was shot, ignored the witnesses who contradicted the killer’s story, and later reported that the killer had been bloodied in a confrontation with the dead teen, even though the real time reports suggested no such thing, and even though the police surveillance video shows the killer had no discernible wounds or discomfort, and even though the funeral director who prepared the dead teen’s body for burial says there was no evidence he had been in a fight?
If Trayvon Martin had been white and George Zimmerman black, this would not have become a national story. If they had reported it at all, the right-wing media would have praised Martin for trying to stand his ground before a dangerous violent thug.
It defies credulity to think they would be dismissing the killer’s behavior, making despicable excuses such as blaming the kid’s clothing, or if— unthinkable in this reversing-the-races scenario—there had been no criminal charges filed against the killer, dismissing the story altogether. The questions here don’t even need answers. The questions answer themselves.
Had Trayvon Martin been white and George Zimmerman black, Zimmerman would be headed for death row. Right-wing media would be hailing Martin as a hero. A martyr who had stood his ground against a dangerous predator. They would be saying that it’s too bad Martin hadn’t somehow fought back against Zimmerman, and that if he had somehow succeeded in fighting a man so much larger than him, it would have been justifiable if he had left Zimmerman dead.
There is no polite way to explain what has happened. There is no polite way to explain the reflexive defensive rationalizations by the right-wing media and their right-wing fans.
This was a racist killing with a racist cover-up and the right wing’s reaction has been virulently and viciously racist. To understand the depth of the right wing’s racist depravity, all it takes is to consider the very different reaction to this horror had the races of the victim and his killer been reversed.
Welcome to post-racial America.
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There are so many trains of thought now on what could and probably should have happened. Yet Zimmerman only thought of one. Shoot To Kill an Unarmed Child.
If he had so much fear of teenagers and those who were taller than he is at 5’5 then maybe he wasn’t really a good candidate to be community watch captain.
The rules specifically said that it was an Un-Armed Watch. Yet Zimmerman Was Armed and Used Stand Your Ground instead of following the rules of his volunteer position; and the police who instructed him to stay in his vehicle.
The tapes clearly prove that the 911 dispatcher specifically told zimmerman “Not To Follow The Person”. Yet that is what he did. His actions demonstrate intention to ignore directions of the Police, who he called for direction and assistance supposedly; because he simply was not scared and was clearly the aggressor.
It seems completely illogical that zimmerman would follow someone if he was afraid. Normally people who are afraid wait for back up according to what the police said. This means Zimmerman had already concocted his “fear as a defense” posture before he emerged from his suv. Remember this happened after he stalked this teenager for a considerable period of time from the safety of his suv.
This is a bit of logic that points toward the variety of possibilities available to Zimmerman. His choice was instead to commit murder under false pretenses.
This should have been an open and shut case for the prosecution. Hopefully Sunny the Federal Investigation will bring out the facts because the Angela Corey team did their best to hide or obscure them.
You spoke to that when you talked about how the Detective almost seemed to be a Defense Witness instead of the investigator. We totally agree with your statement that this is not how a prosecutor conducts a murder case looking for a conviction.
“Think about it: We’re told over and over that if Zimmerman was afraid of Martin, according to Florida law, he had the right to put a bullet in the chamber of his concealed handgun, get out of his car after being told not to by the 911 dispatcher and follow and confront Martin and shoot him to death.
At the same time, we are told that Martin, who had far greater reason to fear Zimmerman, practically and for reasons of American history, did not have the right to confront his stalker, stand his ground and defend himself, including by using his fists. We are told that this was entirely unjustified and by doing so, Martin justified his own execution.”
— What about Trayvon Martin’s right to ‘stand his ground’? | CNN(via socialismartnature)
Just so that you know that All White Men are not like the Zimmerman’s – This man is talking to You Sunny, Listen to Him Sis
Yes Mr Man Tell It, Tell It Like It T.I.S.
Folks found it so hard to deal with your disappointment Sunny that they literally crashed the NAACP Servers; when Ben Jealous called for signatures on a Civil Rights Case. Be Proud Sunny cause you made it happen when you endorsed it. Yes You Did Sis, You made it happen.
“Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction, and …
“Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction, and whether federal prosecution is appropriate in accordance with the Department’s policy governing successive federal prosecution following a state trial,” says a Justice Department spokesperson.
Federal prosecutors are pressing forward with their investigation into the killing of Trayvon Martin following the acquittal of the man who shot him, George Zimmerman, on state charges, a spokesperson for the Justice Department said Sunday.
“Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction, and whether federal prosecution is appropriate in accordance with the Department’s policy governing successive federal prosecution following a state trial,” Dena W. Iverson, a Justice spokesperson, said in a statement.
The Justice Department’s civil rights division as well as the FBI are continuing to investigate Martin’s death, the statement said.
Civil rights groups and Martin supporters have called on the Justice Department to prosecute Zimmerman following his acquittal Saturday night. Sunday’s statement was the first response from Justice following the public pressure campaign.
Read the statement in full:
As the Department first acknowledged last year, we have an open investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin. The Department of Justice’s Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation continue to evaluate the evidence generated during the federal investigation, as well as the evidence and testimony from the state trial. Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction, and whether federal prosecution is appropriate in accordance with the Department’s policy governing successive federal prosecution following a state trial.
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You called for a Federal Investigation and Patience from the streets.
News Flash Sunny “America is Still Just as Racist as It Ever Was”.
Now you need to join us spooks sitting by the door, waiting for the real drama to start. Because Sister, like you – we all know it’s coming. and it won’t be too long.
“Those fucking punks. Those assholes, they always get away.” - George Zimmerman
The almost poetic irony of that statement, George Zimmerman.
Yes Sunny Everybody Knows, and Now So Does America