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  •  If only Travon took Zimmerman's gun (4+ / 0-)
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    twigg, AntonBursch, JanetT in MD, Wee Mama

    and threw it over a fence somewhere, the trial would have been a minor assault case with Travon likely the defendant. Although I don't like those odds in FL any better for a black teenager, it would have been a better outcome.

    Travon reminds me of a half dozen of my daughter's friends who are black males that were in her theater or music program at her NYC arts HS which she just graduated from.  I love them and all of her friends like a surrogate mother since they spent so much time at our apartment during her HS years.  I worried, and still do, about them and the NYC "stop and frisk" program that targets young black men in ridiculous numbers.  I know at least one friend of hers that had to go before a NYC judge since he was carrying a small amount of pot when he was asked to empty his pockets.  So much for the decriminalization of pot where young black men are involved.  

    I fear for my daughter's black males friends more thanI do for any of her other friends. They have to walk a finer line that she does on their journey through late adolescence and early adulthood.  They don't have the latitude that my daughter or white adolescent girls and boys have to be brash and irreverent.  

    I want them to be safe.  This verdict makes me fear for their safety.

    "In America white privilege is what this country is built on and if you don't think so its because fish are the last ones to realize that the ocean exists." -commenter on a HONY photo

    by Glinda on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 12:07:17 AM PDT

    •  See my stupidly long comment below (1+ / 0-)
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      Linda1961

      I will say Trayvon as trying to get away, not 'win" the fight.

      If he was truly on top of Zman and WANTED to have won, Zman was easy pickings. - or Trayvon as just not as skilled as alleged. Brawling in high school isn't exactly trained MMA.

      It is rational to fear for people's safety with this ruling.

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