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If you are a racist and you missed shooting Trayvon Martin yourself you now have the opportunity to do so. No of course, not the real Trayvon Martin he is dead, thanks to your likes, but close enough:

Racists who supported, and even celebrated, the killing of Trayvon Martin now have the opportunity to shoot the teenager themselves.  According to Tampa'sWTSP, an "unidentified entrepreneur," or scumbag, is selling shooting targets of a hoodie with a bag of skittles in the pocket (and iced tea at hand). In case you forgot the "skittles and iced tea" chants accompanying marches demanding justice for Trayvon, he had gone to the store to pick up the candy, and he never came home.
The entrepreneur said that sales of this product were great indicating that the urge to shoot and kill black men still thrives in the heart of many Americans. The only thing that used to stop them was the barrier of the law, and now with even that is quickly eroding.

The Stand your Ground law can be easily exploited to become as Van Jones said “kill at will law.” Furthermore, the Stand your Ground law seems to be inherently racist, considering the fact that when applied it is honored discriminately i.e., “white-only,” as Alternet documents and details in another article here.

But even many gun-owners are disgusted one gun-owner says:

"Even though I fully believe Zimmerman was justified in shooting, Trayvon was still a human being and does not deserve that kind of disrespect in death,"
Unfortunately there is nothing we may be able to do about this from a legal standpoint. We live in a system that  commoditizes  death, just as it commoditizes life.

Originally posted to Shawn on Fri May 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM PDT.

Also republished by Barriers and Bridges.

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  •  I am constantly surprised (4+ / 0-)
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    luckydog, hungrycoyote, Mannie, buddabelly

    at how low some individuals can sink just to try to make some money.  

    I suspect -- and hope -- this low life is lying when he says "sales are good."  I suspect he is just relishing in the publicity. I would not believe anything he says one way or the other.

    I suspect that even the vast majority of those who think that Zimmerman should not be convicted agree with this:  

    "Even though I fully believe Zimmerman was justified in shooting, Trayvon was still a human being and does not deserve that kind of disrespect in death,"
  •  If a law is only used in a racist fashion (8+ / 0-)

    does that make the law racist or selective enforcement of the law racist?

    This jackass selling the targets is probably one of those who would put forth a POTUS target if he could get away with it. The USSS doesn't particularly care for that though...

    Republicans cause more damage than guns ever will. Share Our Wealth

    by KVoimakas on Fri May 11, 2012 at 10:58:21 AM PDT

    •  Exactly, the real fight is equal application of (6+ / 0-)

      the "stand your ground" laws in general and specifically when it comes to battered women and minorities in general....

      A black gay abortionist wiccan has the same right to self defense as any WASP in the world and there is where the injustice lies.

      When a Person period has the same application of the law it works.

      Self Defense is a fundamental right, it's getting the racist and misogynist cops and DA's to grock that deeply......All too often as it sits the law is used just like the early gun control laws were, to support the white man while depriving everyone else of that same right.  Here we have a case where the law is actually blind, it's just those who must uphold the law who are not........

      Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
      I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
      Emiliano Zapata

      by buddabelly on Fri May 11, 2012 at 12:51:09 PM PDT

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    •  it puts the law in trouble (1+ / 0-)
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      Shawn Russell

      There's a Supreme Court case - don't remember the name - which held that a law that is racially neutral on its face, when applied in a discriminatory manner, can be overturned as though the law were racially biased as written.

      If it can be demonstrated that a double standard exists in the enforcement and protections of the "stand your ground" law, there may be grounds to challenge it in court with an eye towards overturning it.

      •  Yay, more people innocently defending themselves (2+ / 0-)
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        rockhound, theatre goon

        will be prosecuted because they couldn't prove they tried to retreat!

        That's what overturning this law would achieve.

        In fact, your argument wouldn't work - SYG isn't applied in a discriminatory manner; discrimination happens when people are denied its protection on the basis of race.

        You should note that Zimmerman is not protected under SYG - its protections went away the instant that probable cause that his use of force was unlawful, which is why he's facing charges.

        Non enim propter gloriam, diuicias aut honores pugnamus set propter libertatem solummodo quam Nemo bonus nisi simul cum vita amittit. -Declaration of Arbroath

        by Robobagpiper on Fri May 11, 2012 at 03:32:17 PM PDT

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  •  There is a special place in hell reserved for thes (2+ / 0-)
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    hungrycoyote, Mannie

    Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

    by Clytemnestra on Fri May 11, 2012 at 11:43:05 AM PDT

  •  Only thing I can add is (0+ / 0-)


    "Stupid is as stupid does" - The republican motto you can believe in as they live it daily!

    by Mannie on Fri May 11, 2012 at 12:23:31 PM PDT

  •  If I Was Trayvon Martin's Parents I Would Be (2+ / 0-)
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    Mannie, EdSF

    looking into suing that racist asshole.  A smart lawyer could probably find something to sue that lowlife scumbag for - such as causing emotional distress, etc. This country is surely heading down the toilet when individuals try to make money from the killing of a black teenager who did nothing wrong other than walk through the neighborhood to buy some candy and iced tea.

    •  Actually, Mars inc should sue - Skittels maker (0+ / 0-)

      It's a family owned company and on the diary by Meteor Blades someone already has a link for where to write a letter.  

      •  There is a petition. (0+ / 0-)

        It is almost a sure thing that Mars will jump on this guy, since under the law, if you do not defend your trademark, you lose the right to do so in the future. That's why companies always seem so touchy about that stuff--they have to be.

        "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

        by happy camper on Sun May 13, 2012 at 11:30:23 AM PDT

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