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The Illipsis: on Ferguson, riots and human limits

The thing about that tweet I sent out Monday night, that tweet wasn’t really from Monday night.  I made the exact same tweet, a year and a half ago, about Trayvon Martin.  The exact same tweet, word for word, all I did was switch out the name, and that’s how sick, that’s how predictable and sick, this white supremacy groundhog’s day is that we live in.  You can literally, word for word, have the exact same conversation year after year and just switch out the name of the black child we lost.


Arrest. George. Zimmerman.  For MURDER.  Charge the police department which still refuses to arrest him.  Federal Civil Rights violation charges for any "law enforcement" officer involved.  Up to and including Chief Billy Lee.

George Zimmerman arrested for allegedly throwing wine bottle at girlfriend

From News 13:

A Seminole County judge has set $5,000 bond for George Zimmerman, who was arrested Friday night in Lake Mary.

The 31-year-old was booked around 9:45 p.m. for aggravated assault – domestic violence with a weapon. According to Don West, Zimmerman’s attorney, his client threw a wine bottle during the incident.


Michael Brown’s parents held a press conference today and they reiterated their hope that Darren Wilson would be arrested.  I could pretend to be surprised that he’s still free, but it took the police six weeks to arrest George Zimmerman.

They’ve already protested.  Some have already rioted.  The vast majority of the media is in agreement that something is off.  And people around the world are in support of Michael Brown, but Darren Wilson is still at home.

What else can we do?  What else can we do?

Yesterday, I received an e-mail from someone suggesting that perhaps we should begin to sport buttons like those that became so ubiquitous in the case of Troy Davis last year. You know the buttons, right? The ones that said: “I am Troy Davis.” The ones that aimed at solidarity with an unjustly executed man, but which, on the lapels and t-shirts of white people seemed, to me at least, more banal and offensive than anything else, since we were not, in fact (and would not likely ever be) in the position of Troy Davis. And while in this case too, I understand the sentiment and appreciate the real compassion underlying the suggestion — or the no-doubt-soon-to-be-witnessed insertion of Trayvon Martin’s name in many a Facebook profile handle — I feel that perhaps we who are white should remind ourselves, before we jump on either bandwagon, that unfortunately, we are much less like Trayvon Martin and much more like George Zimmerman.
And that is the problem.

Tim Wise.

betta speak.

Trial For Michael Dunn, Man Who Fatally Shot Jordan Davis, Shows Similarities To Zimmerman's

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A white software developer is about to go on trial in Florida in the death of a black teenager — in a case that raises comparisons to the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of 47-year-old Michael Dunn.

Police say Dunn fatally shot 17-year-old Jordan Davis in 2012 outside a Jacksonville convenience store after arguing over loud music that Davis and his friends were playing from their SUV.

Dunn says he fired multiple shots into the SUV after the teens threatened him and one raised a shotgun. Dunn was arrested the next day.

Zimmerman, a Hispanic, was acquitted of second-degree murder last year in the death of Martin, a 17-year-old black teen.