A letter to the Trayvon Martin mob

Dear Hateful Liberal Mob,

Sorry for the redundancy. I mean, is there any OTHER type of mob anymore? You are the collectivists, the disciples of mass media, the vacuous drones lacking in principles or sound morals, causing you to overcompensate in these sorts of situations. You are the mob, even when you’re not out looting storefronts and throwing rocks.

Forgive me, Hateful Liberal Mob, but I’ve got to be honest with you. I’m angry. I’ve had enough. I’ve had enough of you, specifically. I want to get away from this Zimmerman case and discuss something else. Anything else. Let’s talk about puppies or cartoons or sandwiches, I don’t know. Something. Anything. But you won’t allow that, will you? You’ve latched onto this unfortunate event like a moldy barnacle, and you won’t let go. That’s why I can’t let go, either. You’re hoping to shout so loud and make so many empty threats that the reasonable folks, like myself, who believe in truth and REAL justice, will just give up and slink timidly away into the silent cold night. Sorry, not going to happen. Not this time. Not with me. You’re wrong, you’re disgraceful, you’re hypocritical and fraudulent, and I won’t stop reminding you of that fact.

In the past few days, as I’ve articulated my thoughtful and fact based perspective on the Zimmerman verdict, you’ve attempted to punish my deviation from the Approved Opinion Spectrum by sending me hundreds and hundreds of vile, vulgar, and demeaning messages and emails. You’ve pledged to have me fired from my job so that my children will go hungry. You’ve tried to shutdown my Facebook page and blog. You’ve tried to threaten me into silence. All because I think a man shouldn’t go to prison if the government can’t prove that he’s actually guilty of a crime. And while you attempt to punish dissent and scare people into conformity, you have the audacity to claim that you desire “justice.” Sorry, nobody buys that. I don’t think you even believe yourselves. You have exposed your true intent. You crave a target for your depraved aggression, that’s it and that’s all.

My experience with you has been downright civil compared to others who have become the focus of your hysteria. Everyone directly associated with the defense’s side (otherwise known as the side with the evidence and the facts) has been forced into hiding. Even Zimmerman’s parents — his elderly father and his old Hispanic mother — have been inundated with death threats. What can I say about people who would terrorize an elderly couple because their son was found not guilty in a court of law? Cowards? Fools? Despicable weaklings? None of these terms fully encapsulate the true depth of your moral perversion. This is to say nothing of Zimmerman himself, who will live the rest of his days in fear for his life, much to your sickening glee. His attorneys have been the subject of many volumes of explicit death threats, but I’m sure they expected that going in.

You had an opportunity, Hateful Liberal Mob, to regain some semblance of dignity last night, when Juror B37 gave an anonymous interview with Anderson Cooper. I watched the segment. I saw a fearful woman — broken, distraught, sincere. She tearfully explained the jury’s thought process and how they came to their infamous decision. I watched and my heart broke for this lady. You, on the other hand, watched with spite and vindictiveness, eager to find a reason to add this innocent woman to your enemies list. Minutes after the interview aired, Juror B37 was on the list, she was a public enemy, a pariah, another of your many victims. People flocked to the internet to cut her down and attack her. Some of you have been insisting that her identity be exposed. I guess it would make you feel better if someone put a bullet in her head and burned down her house with her family still inside, wouldn’t it? And why? Because she listened to the evidence and came to the same decision that any impartial person would? Because she said she felt sorry for Martin AND Zimmerman? Gasp! Her empathy extends to more than just the one Media Approved individual! The horror!

Guess what? I feel sorry for Zimmerman, too. He was attacked, he defended himself, and now his life is destroyed by the likes of vile tyrants such as yourselves. Did it ever occur to you that maybe this woman sat and actually listened to the FACTS and the EVIDENCE insulated from the overwrought manipulation of you, the Hateful Liberal Mob, and so her perspective is more honest, more fact based, and more reflective of the reality of the situation than yours? You could take this opportunity to listen to Juror B37 and LEARN and GROW, but instead you call her horrible names and spit on her because she committed the crime of saying things that fall outside of your shallow, one sided, fabricated view of the issue. Yes, she said she wanted to write a book. I guess you’ve since put an end to that by threatening the purported publisher. Good for you. Real champion for truth and the American Way, you are. Hey, by the way, did you know that dozens of jurors in high profile murder cases have written books? Where was the outrage then? And don’t act like you’re offended that someone would “profit off of the trial.” First, when you take to the streets and burn flags and beat up innocent Hispanic bystanders, you don’t get to pretend to be offended by anything, and you certainly don’t get to lecture about “poor taste.” Second, cable news profited from the trial. Al Sharpton profits. Millions have been made from this spectacle, and mainly by liberals.

Hollywood made movies about September 11th. Did you protest that bit of shameless profiteering, or do you hold the death of Trayvon Martin in greater reverence than America’s worst national tragedy? Get a grip already. It’s a sad case. It’s not an atrocity of historic proportions.

You say this juror was clearly “biased.” Of course, you’re lying. You’re not mad that she was biased — you’re mad that she wasn’t. She simply evaluated the situation impartially and came to a pragmatic and reasonable conclusion. That’s why you hate her. You are Insanity Personified. You are the culmination of a decades long effort in the media and academia to turn generations of Americans into mush brained, gullible, spiteful fools.

But it’s not just your hate, your attacks and your violence that I abhor. You’ve done something far more destructive than any of that. You’ve turned people like Rachel Jeantel and Trayvon Martin into heroes. You’ve made Martin into a martyr and Jeantel into a “voice for her community.” Rachel Jeantel is embraced as a symbol for the black community, while guys like Ben Carson, a revolutionary pediatric neurosurgeon, and Bill Cosby, an American icon and insightful social commentator, are ostracized and rejected. Worse yet, this is a ploy largely orchestrated by the white liberal media. This is the most insidious sort of racism. The racism of a white elite who elevates a woman like Rachel Jeantel, while tearing down the Ben Carsons and Clarence Thomases of the world. I have no problem with Ms. Jeantel, but she is not the sort of person your child should aspire to be. She’s a pitiable figure, and to pretend otherwise is simply absurd, and maybe even sinister.

Trayvon Martin is dead and that is a sad thing. It’s not any sadder or more tragic than the hundreds of people who die in the cities every day. It’s certainly not as tragic as atrocities like Sandy Hook, despite what some blabbering imbecile on MSNBC might say. But it is sad, nonetheless. It is not, however, a reason to hoist Martin up to sainthood status. Obama said we should “honor” him. Honor? To honor someone is to hold them in high esteem and respect; to glorify them. We do that with war heroes. We do that with Dr. King. If you do that with Martin, you do it to the detriment of your children. He’s not a symbol, he’s not a role model, he’s not anyone that any kid should emulate.

I think you know that. But you’re the Hateful Liberal Mob, so you don’t care. You’re out to destroy, not to build. For that reason, I’ll oppose you every step of the way. You don’t scare me. You’ll never fool me. You won’t silence me.

Until next time,

Matt

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139 Responses to A letter to the Trayvon Martin mob

  1. redbaronx says:

    Since there are so few comments on here from “liberals” (and I imagine very few black people) I thought I’d share some thoughts from the other side. Or what you call the “Hateful Liberal Mob”.

    1) You don’t see many ‘hateful’ liberals using the tone and stridency of your blog post which was hateful in tone.
    2) It’s not surprising that you’d like to “get away from this Zimmerman case and discuss something else.” It’s hard to discuss something at all when you’re really talking about threats and all sorts of other things that have nothing to do with actually discussing the Zimmerman case.
    3) Zimmerman doesn’t have to “fear for his life”. In case you haven’t watched some other network besides Fox (which I presume is the only station you watch), most people supporting Trayvon Martin’s case have been directing their anger at changing the system, where anyone can now follow and shoot a man and claim self defense. How would you like it if I followed you, shot you, and claimed self defense?

    Of course, I can envision your response: “You’d never follow me because I’ve got a gun and I’d shoot you first”. My comment is a hypothetical. I think we can all agree that there are plenty more right wing wackos with guns that would pull out a gun. Liberals are against guns. Remember?

    The fact that you do not see this as a tragedy and compare this to Sandy Hook, 9/11 or Boston, and say how insignificant this is, shows one thing: You think this is about one individual getting killed. It’s not. Trayvon Martin is one person, and I haven’t heard anyone comparing this to Sandy Hook or any other terrorist incident…except when I read right wing bloggers!

    The real tragedy becomes if we can’t depend on the system of justice. That’s what our society is based upon and separates the US from the rest. The moment you allow someone to shoot another person based on his own account of the incident, we’re all in trouble!

    And for those who would like to point to the trial outcome and the “evidence”, then here are some indisputable facts for you:

    1) Eyewitness accounts of the police report had two conflicting witnesses saying who was on top of who.
    2) Matching time stamp cell phone records between the 911 operator and Rachel Jeantel cover a three minute period between 7:12 and 7:15pm and Rachel Jeantel’s account which was given before the 911 tape was released had Martin RUNNING AWAY from Zimmerman, and later now that we have access to the tape, you can clearly hear Zimmerman saying he was “running away” from him.
    3) The two minute window between the end of the 911 call at 7:15pm where Zimmerman gets out of his car, and Officer Smith arriving on the scene at 7:17pm (this is all factual and not in dispute)…Meaning if Martin was running away, Zimmerman would have had to chase Martin, stop him or have Martin turn around, have that whole exchange of conversation with him that he claims to have had, got into a physical fight with him, struggled with him, and then be at total rest. Because that’s what Officer Smith found when he got there to see Zimmerman standing over Martin. All in two minutes. And not by Zimmerman’s car mind you. Does that not tell you who was the aggressor here?

    I don’t know what gives your followers the impression that Martin was a “punk” as I’ve seen some people comment on here. I will give people the benefit of the doubt that they are not racist. With that being said, if you think Zimmerman really thought a kid holding a soda and a bag of Skittles was casing houses for a robbery, I have an iceberg in Florida I’d like to sell to you!

    Please don’t talk to me about liberals being out to destroy, not to build. I’ve given you an email here in reasonable tone, and thoughtful comments. Your blog is anything BUT about building, because if you were about building, you’d engage in positive, constructive discussion breaking down events like I did.

    • Anna says:

      I like to think of myself as neither a liberal nor conservative, so I didn’t have a preconceived desire for the trial to turn out one way or another. I watched a great deal of the trial. The facts that you’ve listed, these were not the facts the prosecution presented. Had they presented a plausible alternative narrative that could be backed by evidence, it’s very likely that Zimmerman could have been convicted. As it stands, there was no such narrative or evidence. Perhaps the prosecution is to blame for a poor performance. Regardless, they had the burden of proof, and failed to provide it. I for one am glad to live in a society where I’m innocent until proven guilty, in a court of law, not the media.

      • Ken says:

        Thank you.

      • J.T. says:

        You hit the nail on the head. I blame no one but the prosecution Defense did their job, which I must say did not have to take much effort considering the weak case they brought forward.

    • MJ says:

      I call him a punk, because my understanding is that the whole reason he was with his father in this community is because his mother could not control him. Enough so to send him to his father. Anyone who habitually disobeys parents is a punk in my book. If you think I am drinking anyone’s kool aid, so be it. If A/B students in this society think it is okay to continually disobey parents, there is something wrong here too.

      My second thought is you have no idea how long altercations last or how short they can be. Your judging Zimmerman as the aggressor is just an opinion based on not much, unless you consider all people responsible for protecting property, checking out what they think are odd/unusually situations to be aggressors.

      Things can happen real fast, hence the comment, “Police are minutes away when seconds count.”

      • redbaronx says:

        I love how you keep concocting things. Where do you get this stuff? And what does their house life have anything to do with anything???

        I don’t have to “judge” Zimmerman to be the aggressor. He was told not to follow Martin, and he followed him. 4 minutes on the 911 call, plus there were two minutes between the end of the 911 call and the officer on the scene. Plus there’s a good block in between of where Zimmerman’s car was parked, and where Martin was murdered. So Zimmerman must have been chasing him to have done it in two minutes. from where he parked his car. Greta on Fox (no less) showed it on TV tonight. There’s no way you cover that ground unless you’re running, and that would mean Zimmerman pursued him.

        You can keep coming up with excuses about “protecting property” and all sorts of other BS, but it doesn’t change anything.

        The fact that’s

      • American Mom says:

        MJ…thank you for a voice of reason.

    • kenny says:

      Redbaronx, Where do you start It all seems so pointless, the facts are all out there, the 911 call the police report, the transcripts. Lets dispense with all the unnecessary going through of where G.Z was at and things you have made up in your head in order to find him guilty. Lets instead stick to things we know for a fact to be true. Trayvon had no marks other than the bullet wound and abrasions to his knuckles. G.Z had cuts to the back of his head and a broken nose. I’m getting ahead of myself here you wanted to know why people would call Trayvon a punk , I would use extremely troubled violent teen myself. Trayvon was caught at school spray painting and when they searched his locker they found women’s jewelry a screwdriver and Pot residue. His mother couldn’t control him and from all available evidence his mother and father played human hot potato with him. From evidence on his phone we know he enjoyed fighting and one of his favorite moves was to punch people in the nose and “make em bleed” . The night in question maybe Trayvon had a sweet tooth and it was worth walking several blocks in the rain to satisfy it. But lets look at what he had instead, he had two of the three ingredients needed to make a powerful narcotic drink the druggies call “Phizzle” or “purple drank” skittles or suckers and watermelon drink all he needed was the codeine if he was waiting for his connection I would assume he would be “walking around looking looking suspicious” as G.Z claimed in his call. But just the facts. In his autopsy they found the exact damage you get from using Purple Drank. You would have to assume G.Z has seen black young men all the time, but he doesn’t always call the police nor does he chase them down and kill them. But we don’t have to assume anything because in her interview Jantel has admitted Trayvon punched G.Z first. He thought G.Z was a “creepy ass Cracker” now when asked what that meant she said he thought G.Z was a gay man and wanted to probably rape him. So we can add gay basher to his list of deeds. One of the side effects of drug use is paranoia. That also would explain alot. G.Z went up against the police dept in defense of a homeless black man and did not stop until he had justice. He tutored children in his spare time all his neighbors said he was a nice kind man. The F.B.I interviewed 40 people and not one had anything bad to say, the press tried for 17 months to come up with anything to make him look bad and couldn’t. I don’t know anybody who’s life could stand up to that kind of scrutiny. So there is nothing to point to him being a cold blooded murder. There is overwhelming evidence to point to him being an honest good hearted person. You would have to assume he knew he was going to kill Trayvon and set up his 911 call as a way to foil the investigation. You then would have to believe that after having his head bashed against concrete and his nose broke and having just fought for his life that he managed to put together a bomb proof story that all the evidence and witnesses backed up and he did it in under two minutes as you pointed out. Sorry there is no way. The truth comes fast and stays the same as my father used to say.Now I don’t celebrate Trayvons death it is a sad thing he had plenty of life to turn things around I’m sorry he did not give himself that chance. Maybe everybody would prefer Trayvon had killed G.Z but of course no one would have heard of Trayvon Martin then it would have been just another sad story of a young man in prison for the rest of his life.

      • redbaronx says:

        You expect anyone to take your comments seriously? Skittles and a soda make 2 out of 3 ingredients in a narcotic?

        And you think every kid that gets suspended from school and smoked a joint is a “punk”? Let’s get real. We all know what you’re saying when you say “punk”. So don’t say that Trayvon’s death is a sad thing if you’re going to come up with a bunch of BS that goes on from blogs. The kid got suspended from school once and was caught smoking pot once. The only ones saying all this nonsense about him being a bad kid is internet gossip.

        His parents have been straight up at every turn, never indicated that Trayvon was a problem, and again he was an A/B student. So let’s stop with the character assassination of a dead kid whose worse crime was getting suspended from school!

        As for the facts I brought up, they are FACTS!
        Fact #1: Zimmerman’s 911 call ended at 7:13pm with the sound of his car door chime in the background.
        Fact #2: Officer Smith arrived at 7:15pm and saw Zimmerman standing over Martin’s body.
        Fact #3: The distance from Zimmerman’s car (where the 911 call ended with the open door chime in his car the last audio part) to Martin’s body was a full city block. To cover a block in two minutes means that Zimmerman would have had to RUN that distance in two minutes. To anyone with half a brain, that means Zimmerman was CHASING Martin. Even if you follow Zimmerman’s story on this, and you assume Martin struck first, is it at all possible that Martin was afraid of this guy chasing him and decided to turn around and defend himself?

        So don’t give me this stuff about him being a bad kid and stop inventing stuff about Martin wanting to rape Zimmerman or being a gay basher. You’re just making stuff up and using your comments to find some sort of justification of all of this. You’re outrageous!

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  3. Jo Baker says:

    Yay! You write!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Yikes. “Dear Hateful Liberal Mob” (?????) Well, seeing as how qualifying the title you have just assigned to what I am assuming goes for ALL LIBERALS would be pointless … and to furthering your crusade by answering to any of the very … well narrow minded assumptions you make about the liberal-minded people out there (such as: “You are the collectivists, the disciples of mass media, the vacuous drones lacking in principles or sound morals, causing you to overcompensate in these sorts of situations. You are the mob, even when you’re not out looting storefronts and throwing rocks;” “You crave a target for your depraved aggression. …”) I will only leave you with this: I am your hated LIBERAL because I have an open mind. That scares you, doesn’t it? I am liberal, not because I paste a label on my forehead which brands me as someone who will kill someone because they don’t believe in what I do. Redbaronx says it well. In my mind, you are the one posting “hateful” here. And, despite that, Redbaronx and I are perhaps naive enough to respond. Will you have the guts to listen? to answer? Or will you remain so convinced that we “liberals” are not worth your time, and retreat into your little world, convinced that Right is Right?

    I am a liberal, because, instead of clenching my fist and closing myself off to the world, I open my hand, learn new things, accept differences, welcome change, face challenge. I believe that is part of what has made me a better and happier person over the years. But, as you will see in my earlier post in response to the 29-y-old living in Dad’s basement (agreeing with your response), this doesn’t mean I don’t believe in morals, values, respect, discipline. It doesn’t mean I won’t be big enough to agree with someone who is “different” from me in most respects. It doesn’t mean I am not capable of loving another human being, simply because he or she is “different.”

    Now, I challenge you. Engage with me. Venture out. Have a meaningful (non-hateful) conversation with someone from the “other side.” You just might be amazed at how good that feels.

    • Ashley.Nevels says:

      and again…. did you feel targeted? if it doesn’t pertain to you, then why answer. If you read what he says… he has tried to have peaceful conversations, or how about he just would like to use his first amendment right to voice his own opinions… which I believe he says are followed with threats and what have you. I don’t believe for a second he was trying to group all liberals together. Simple.

      • redbaronx says:

        @Ashley Nevels – So let me get this straight. You back up his first amendment right to voice his opinion, but I can’t express my opinion on a comment on a blog? And he wasn’t trying to group all liberals? Really? “Dear Hateful Liberal Mob” wasn’t strong enough for you? The rest of his post didn’t provide enough of a clue as to his thoughts on liberals? Give me a break!

        • Ashley.Nevels says:

          well are you a hateful liberal, or just a liberal? I mean there probably indifferent liberals too…. same with every side. I love that you responded… first because you have the right and its beautiful isn’t it! (not sarcastic) Also because I can only conclude that you must find yourself with somewhat of the same view as he described the “hateful” liberal mob to have. Same goes with the comment you made about not many liberals or blacks weighing in on the blog. What I find baffling still is what in the world does being black have to do with anything? And to be quite honest, I am interested in what non-“hateful” liberals really think about all of it. Especially when 8 black males are killed in Chicago by other black assailants…. where is the kick off then? I think the point is evident. His opinion in this letter is how he feels about a certain group of people. Not ALL liberals. Unless you are saying that all liberals have the beliefs and actions mention above, which you and I both know is not the truth! His opinion, his blog. Either way, I feel sorry for both sides of the case, not only cause there was a death of a human being, but because of the national uproar its causing when to be honest there are far better things our dear Mr. President should be focusing on…. but that’s just my opinion.

        • redbaronx says:

          @Ashley Nevels – Since you asked the question what does being black have to do with anything, I will answer. When you only have one viewpoint that primarily goes across racial lines, and one side says that it matters, and the other doesn’t, that’s why it matters. If you only have a bunch of white people posting one opinion, at the very least that should set off some bell of recognition that perhaps your perceptions are biased.

          And I’m not sure what you mean by “the same view”. Same view as who? The stereotype that Matt used? Quite obviously I’m not both through my comments and my blog.

          It’s nice that you’re showing concern for other blacks, but discussing this issue isn’t about discussing other events. What is different is that this is an issue that went through the court and was a major miscarriage of justice.

          Just yesterday on greta van susteren’s show on Fox they showed the distance from where Zimmerman’s car was to the area of killing. It was a good city block on a path between residential buildings. Now my point is, in two minutes between 7:13pm when the 911 call ended, and 7:15pm when the officer arrived is all the time Zimmerman had to kill Martin. That means Zimmerman would have had to chase Martin within those two minutes to get to the location of where Martin was killed. I contacted the Sanford Police Department to request the exact distance between the car and the murder scene. They didn’t measure it.

          People aren’t stupid. The only point that many people are trying to make is that Zimmerman wasn’t arrested till months later when pressure was brought to bear. What that means is that the Police investigation never really occurred, Zimmerman wasn’t asked any tough questions.

          The perception in the black community is that if Martin wasn’t black, a real investigation would have ensued. That doesn’t mean that black people think Martin didn’t attack Zimmerman or get into a fight with him, but what it does mean is that had there been a real investigation on this, the outcome might have been different.

          That in addition to the fact that Juror B37 clearly stated that “Stand Your Ground” played a role in their deliberations despite the fact that the jury was told not to take that into consideration, makes this a tough case.

          Last but not least, an adult with a gun should not have confronted a kid. Coming from a guy that called police multiple times on people walking through the neighborhood, at the very least the police should have been more thorough in questioning Zimmerman.

          The other outrage that you’re seeing is this depiction of Martin as a punk. Being suspended from school or smoking pot doesn’t make Martin a criminal. Plenty of kids do that. His teacher said he was an A/B student. A/B students typically don’t get into trouble.

          Yet the reaction of many people, including on this blog, is that Martin was a “punk”, up to no good, and was on his way to a career in crime. It’s outrageous, and there’s certainly a tinge of racism connected to those comments. To deny that, is to live in a bubble. Blacks encounter this stuff all the time.

          Ask your black friends. If you have any….

        • Ashley.Nevels says:

          I was speaking to the stereotype he depicted, and I do have to agree with you that an adult pulling a gun on a teenager is not necessary and shouldn’t have been… and with the point of depicting Martin as a “punk,” as again my child is only six, but I know one day the whole “boys will be boys” saying will kick in! However, I was raised in a multicultural area, predominately black, and often times noticed them segregating themselves. Now I am not so daft to think that just because I am not racist that it doesn’t it doesn’t exist. But that is a talk for another day. I know how it feels to be racially profiled against, I also
          All in all, I just feel that none of us were there, and there are so many conflicting reports, from eye witnesses, people who are supposed to uphold the law… so to offer up anything other than our prayers, positive thoughts, and love in covering those families is just a waste of time. I would hate to live somewhere other than the United States, where we don’t always get it right, but I feel like our justice system at least puts forth effort.

        • Ashley.Nevels says:

          @redbaronx- and the above comment really wasn’t intended for you it was to Elizabeth. Who did make some valid points. But its a trend to take things personally. After all its just an extremist right wing fundamentalist blog….

    • Elizabeth – the only people I see closing off their minds is the progressive left who live in their comfortable ideological bubbles in media, academia, and government employment.
      The progressive mindset tolerates no dissension, conservatives are not merely considered wrong, but evil, and apostates are mocked and ridiculed without mercy.

      • redbaronx says:

        Mark,

        Being a liberal means open-mindedness. Maybe you should start thinking about that as you reject everything that doesn’t fit your ideology. Progressive means forward movement. Look in the mirror and start doing some self-evaluation.

  5. aceson92 says:

    After awhile I just stopped reading all of the above… Cant we just all get along.. I am at a point in my life when I am sick of the rant rave and the right way things ought to be done. Sick of it. You do right-ers and left-righters got all the answers. But you do realize none of you really has any control over change unless the powers that be want the change. Both sides have these endless discussions about the way ‘it’ should be. Been there done that. All the dialogue from so many eras gone just keeps repeating itself. Race. Race has been a topic of heated discussion from hundreds of years. But you all know whats best?! I am sorry for both George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin . For both of them and for their families. And after all of the above tire of hashing the sad situation of a man and younger man, two lives destroyed, you will move on to another topic to dissect. Sick of it. I am just going to enjoy myself and be kind to anyone for what remains the rest of my life.

  6. MatyW says:

    Hmmmmmm, I am fairly liberal. I am not hateful, I think that I would fall into the indifferent liberal category. It is my opinion that in order to truly find peace and piece of mind, you must be able to look at both sides of the argument with as little bias as possible.
    I live in the 4th largest city in the US, there have been troublesome protests here in the past week. I find it problematic when the aforementioned “hateful mob” blocks traffic across a major highway during rush hour and impedes a parent who was trying to get her daughter to the hospital after an allergic reaction to drugs. Did the mob know what was going on? No…but when the parent tried to go around the demonstrators by driving on the grassy shoulder. She rolled down her window and said, “We’re trying to get my granddaughter to the hospital,” and a guy just started hitting her.
    A Local news camera covering the protest recorded the entire incident. On this video you could see the woman sitting in the front seat of an SUV, she had her window down and you can see a man reach in and grab her. The whole time, the mob was chanting “No Justice, No Peace.”

    Where is the justice in this? Where is the peace?

  7. MJ says:

    @redboron

    The other outrage that you’re seeing is this depiction of Martin as a punk. Being suspended from school or smoking pot doesn’t make Martin a criminal. Plenty of kids do that. His teacher said he was an A/B student. A/B students typically don’t get into trouble.

    Actually he did exhibit criminal behavior for which he was serving a suspension. Too bad, if he had been in jail, he would still be alive.

    From the Washington Times:

    The inaccuracies and poor reporting continued. The media described Trayvon as a good student. Subsequent information, however, showed he often got into fights, used marijuana and was suspended from school before he was shot — material the judge has restricted the defense from using. Further evidence indicated the teen had marijuana in his system at the time he was shot. Moreover, Trayvon’s purchases of watermelon-flavored fruit juice — not iced tea as reportedly frequently — and Skittles may not have been so innocent. These are two of three ingredients of Purple Drank, a concoction that also includes cough syrup he used to get high, according to his text messages.

    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jun/26/harper-media-misreporting-rampant-in-trayvon-marti/#ixzz2ZgwMCjXL
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    Here more facts that indicate Martin had issues:

    In October 2011, after a video surveillance camera caught Martin writing graffiti on a door, MDSPD Officer Darryl Dunn searched Martin’s backpack, looking for the marker he had used. Officer Dunn found 12 pieces of women’s jewelry and a man’s watch, along with a flathead screwdriver the officer described as a “burglary tool.” The jewelry and watch, which Martin claimed he had gotten from a friend he refused to name, matched a description of items stolen during the October 2011 burglary of a house on 204th Terrace, about a half-mile from the school. However, because of Chief Hurley’s policy “to lower the arrest rates,” as one MDSPD sergeant said in an internal investigation, the stolen jewelry was instead listed as “found property” and was never reported to Miami-Dade Police who were investigating the burglary. Similarly, in February 2012 when an MDSPD officer caught Martin with a small plastic bag containing marijuana residue, as well as a marijuana pipe, this was not treated as a crime, and instead Martin was suspended from school.

    Finally, if you read this far, I believe pot smoking is a crime in the state of Florida. If Martin smoked pot, and the evidence says he did, he committed a criminal act. Just because “everybody does it”, doesn’t make it less of a crime.

    Your comment before the “punk” line was:

    “Last but not least, an adult with a gun should not have confronted a kid. Coming from a guy that called police multiple times on people walking through the neighborhood, at the very least the police should have been more thorough in questioning Zimmerman.”

    Zimmerman was captain of the neighborhood crime watch in a neighborhood that had many break-ins. It was his job to report what he thought were suspicious people walking through the neighborhood. How do you know how thorough the questioning was? Why should an adult with a gun not confront a kid?

    • MJ says:

      @redbaronx, Sorry, I meant to check your name before I pushed sent. Nothing intended by my misname of @redboron. Just bad typing.

  8. Joe Goncalves says:

    Let me make this simple, had Trayvon Martin been a white guy, we would not be talking about this case anymore, enough said.

    • Christina says:

      Absolutely correct. Why aren’t we talking about those black teens who shot a white baby in Georgia? How about the 42 black on black shootings last week in Chicago? Racism at it’s finest.

  9. cyclops911 says:

    Here’s a survey for those upset about the Zimmerman verdict:
    http://www.dlas.org/questions-zimmerman-verdict/

  10. Heather says:

    Ummm…is this the matt welsh i met at trains? lol.

  11. smh says:

    Thank you for so effectively articulating the way I feel about the situation. When I try to put it into wOrds, it comes out more just a chorus of disgusted sounds. Plus, I probably wouldn’t have handled the death threats as stoicly. 🙂
    I wish I had seen this earlier. It’s still every bit as relevant, just not so current anymore.

  12. Paul says:

    Dear Matt,

    Before George Zimmerman got away with murder, he assaulted an undercover agent (2005). Later that year, his ex-fiancée filed a restraining order against him. After he got away with murder (2013), his estranged wife called 911 reporting that George pointed a gun at her and punched her father in the face. Later this year, his girlfriend also called 911 reporting that George pointed a gun at her as well-he initially barricaded his home and refused to speak to police. He was charged with felony aggravated assault as well as domestic battery and criminal mischief. The taxpayers of FL ended up having to pay for George’s home-arrest ankle monitor because he claimed he was “indigent” (for you ‘conservatives’ who are obsessed with other peoples’ laziness, that means you don’t have a job).

    Which leads to the inevitable question: are the dumbest people in the world in Florida’s jury pool, or does George Zimmerman have a picture of someone with a donkey?

    In short, Matt, the “Hateful Liberal Mob” was right and you were wrong. As usual.

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