think-progress:

Read what’s happened in the Trayvon Martin case since you stopped paying attention.

"For some, there is complete disdain of the police department, even if Jesse Jackson was the police chief."

That odious little tidbit came from Sanford, Florida city commissioner Randy Jones upon Sanford’s refusal of the resignation of police chief Bill Lee. Followers of the blog recognize Sanford, FL as the location of the killing of Trayvon Martin and Chief Lee as the head of the police department that so botched the investigation the Department of Justice had to step in.

This little racist morsel of dreck, however, takes it to a whole new level of ugly.

Randy, you shmuck, STFU.

(via stfutoday)

scarygodmother:

“Jones said Lee “needs to be reinstated immediately” and that most of the issues regarding the police department stem from a small number of people in Sanford.

“For some, there is complete disdain of the police department, even if Jesse Jackson was the police chief,” Jones said.”

Oh fuck you, you racist dickbags. 

Lee and that police department need to be charged with…with whatever they can charge shitstains who not only fucked up a case like this, but also to alter the fucking case - telling a witness their account is “wrong”, trying to pin the blame on Trayvon, finding excuses for Zimmerman - and then not arresting Zimmerman or charging him with anything until the fucking FBI has to be called in to do their fucking job.

How dare these scum act petulant and hurt when people call them out on their bullshit? Bill Lee and his department of racist, child-murderer-abetters need to face real punishment for how they’ve acted. None of them are fit to be allowed to called “police”. None of these people are fit to hold that power, to supposedly uphold justice and protect the people of Sanford. They deserve to be fired, fined, and - for some - even jailed for this flagrant participation in the aggressive denial of justice.

soulsentwined:

The worst fauxpology ever

shaelephant:

cruelyouth:

sherbertsheperton:

cruelyouth:

shaelephant:

thatgirlannabagelhead:

cruelyouth:

“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son,” Mr. Zimmerman, 28, said in a soft voice as he took the stand with shackles at his feet and waist. “I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not.”

Oh, and that’s some nice writing, NYT, but it doesn’t fucking matter how soft Zimmerman’s voice was or that he had shackles on.

OH WOW, did he say it in a SOFT voice?

Well THAT just makes it all okay, doesn’t it?

soft voices mean that he’s meek, repentant, and worthy of forgiveness, duh.

motherfucking babykiller

also i can’t be the only one bothered by the fact that they found it necessary to mention shackles in a case that is so inherently about anti-black racism it’s disgusting. like i think that’s pretty goddamn insensitive. because it conjures images of him, a white man, enduring the same imprisonment felt by millions of black pocs for centuries and that’s really not okay to me.

@ the bolded (mine)

Nope, you’re not the only one.  I just didn’t have the words to describe it.

Guys, I think you’re missing the point. If he was speaking softly, then it’s the reporter’s job to report that. If he was shackled, then it was the reporter’s job to report that. A reporter is a writer, and they must show us what we cannot see due to there being no photo or video show the reader those things. 

He wasn’t trying to make it sound insensitive. He wasn’t trying to detract from the issues. He was merely illustrating the moment. No need to get all up in arms about it. There are things that are worth being outraged over, and things that aren’t. This is one of the latter.

As an ex-journalist myself who knows that journalists do add unnecessary qualifiers to make the stories more “marketable” (and they teach us to do this),

Shut the fuck up, you naive twit, and take some fucking seats.

i’m going to go ahead and second what’s said above. are you seriously naïve enough to think that the news media isn’t as rooted in institutionalized, unquestioned anti-blackness as the rest of this country? 

the news is dictated by what we as a people have proven we want to hear. the news isn’t for reporting facts anymore. the news is for creating propaganda and perpetuating despicable stereotypes. open your eyes and look at the facts. this man killed a 17-year-old black boy in cold blood with no motive beyond his own racist judgments, and they feel the need to portray him as sensitive, humble, appropriately chastened. no, he has not yet been dealt anywhere near enough punishment for his hate crime. no, i don’t want to see in the newspapers words that i recognize to evoke pity and sympathy for a man who committed an insufferable murder. and no, i’m not going to listen when someone tells me it’s not worth getting angry over. we have no ability to be objective as a country, and we never have, so don’t even try. 

^^^^^^^^^^

And whatever makes white people feel more comfortable about racism sells.

Source: cruelyouth

danielextra:

Suspicious Character Wearing a Hoodie | Trayvon Martin Case

"After we stripped the dead suspect and tested him for drug and alcohol use and then dug under his finger and toe nails for any incriminating DNA, we checked his blood-soaked clothes for any kind of evidence of wrong doing. All we found was 34 cents and a couple of baseball cards. …
That’s it? Gretchen Carlson asked dismayed.
Seems to me that something was obviously missing: why wasn’t there a receipt for the pop and candy? …
We at the Sanford Police Department asked the exact same question, Gretchen, Chief Bill Lee explained.
We concluded that the suspect must have stolen the candy and tea, and in my mind that bolstered Mr. Zimmerman’s self-defense claim."

Gretchen Carlson and Chief Bill Lee explaining their justifications for Zimmerman’s actions

I think I’m done with this case now. I’m washing my hands of it, because justice isn’t being served. Zimmerman wasn’t detained, he’s gone missing, Trayvon’s been completely dehumanized (stripped, tested for drugs/alcohol and violated for incriminating DNA while the killer roams free??) and apparently, he’s the suspect now.

(via dank-potion)

Who the hell keeps the receipt? I always throw them away, sometimes I don’t even take them. iJustCan’t (via amuzed1)

Plus, he got the tea and candy from a gas station, right? Every gas station I have ever been to ASKS YOU if you’d like a receipt and more often than not, I say no. And, if he paid for it with cash, he was probably even less inclined to take a receipt.

And, fuck, even if he HAD stolen the stuff, how is thievery an excuse for murder? And how would Zimmerman even know that? Ugh, this is some bullshit. The cops are just trying to make it seem like they aren’t completely racist assholes that let a half-white man get away with murdering a young, unarmed, black boy.

(via happilyevernow)

What the actual fuck. The handling of this case just gets more and more ridiculous with every passing day.

(via circles90)

Are you shitting me? Like, what? I don’t keep my receipts. In fact, if it’s a cash purchase, WHICH IT PROBABLY WAS, some stores don’t even give you a receipt. What the fuck kinda shit is this? What, if he had a bag for his candy and tea, would that be better for you, you simple bastards? How the fuck do you even? I hope you mothafuckas get uncurable syphilis. 

(via kyssthis16)

what the ever loving crap does this have to do w/Zimmerman’s “self defense”? Did he steal the tea & candy from Zimmerman? So he had change, but no reciept, so the ‘obvious’ conclusion is theft & not a cash sale in which a reciept was declined? Every time these chumps do or say the most absurd, disgusting thing I can think, they one-up themselves 20 minutes later. tableflip.gif whiteboypunch.gif

(via velocicrafter)

(Source: maarnayeri)

"

Over the last 48 hours, there has been a sustained effort to smear Trayvon Martin, the 17-year old African-American who was shot dead by George Zimmerman a month ago. Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said, “They killed my son, now they’re trying to kill his reputation.”

Thus far these attacks have fallen into two categories: false and irrelevant. Much of this leaked information seems intended to play into stereotypes about young African-American males. Here’s what everyone should know:

1. Prominent conservative websites published fake photos of Martin. Twitchy, a new website run by prominent conservative blogger Michelle Malkin, promoted a photo — purportedly from Martin’s Facebook page — that shows Martin in saggy pants and flipping the bird. The photo, which spread quickly on conservative websites and Twitter, is intended to paint Martin as a thug. As Twitchy later acknowledged, it is not a photo of Trayvon Martin. [Examiner]

2. The Sanford Police selectively leaked irrelevant, negative information about Martin. The authorities told the Orlando Sentinel this morning that Trayvon was suspended from school for ten days “after being found with an empty marijuana baggie.” There is no evidence that Martin was under the influence of drugs at the time of his death, nor would prior possession of marijuana be a reason for killing him. It’s unclear what the relevance of the leak was, other than to smear Martin. [Orlando Sentinel]

3. On Fox News, Geraldo said that Martin was dressed “like a wannabe gangster.” Bill O’Reilly agreed with him. The sole evidence is that Martin was wearing a hoodie. Geraldo added that “everyone that ever stuck up a convenience store” was wearing a hoodie. [ThinkProgress; The Blaze]

4. Without any evidence, prominent right-wing bloggers suggested that Martin was a drug dealer. Right-wing blogger Dan Riehl advances the theory, also advanced in a widely linked peice on a site called Wagist. There does not appear to be any evidence to support this claim whatsoever. [Riehl World View]

5. Without any evidence, a right-wing columnist alleged that Martin assaulted a bus driver. Unlike Zimmerman, Trayvon has no documented history of violence. This allegation continues to be advanced by a blogger on the Examiner even after the real reason was leaked to the police and confirmed by the family. [Miami Herald; Examiner]

6. Zimmerman’s friend says Martin was to blame because he was disrespectful to Zimmerman. Zimmerman’s friend Joe Oliver said that Martin would not have been shot to death if Trayvon had just said “I’m staying with my parents.” Of course, Zimmerman was not a police officer, and Trayvon had no duty to tell him who he was or where he was going. [NBC News]

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azizisbored:

I may never stop laughing at this. Thanks for the shoutout Hollywood Reporter.

Geraldo Rivera you need to step the fuck back.

Also, what the fuck, misspelling Trayvon’s name in the article? Especially after you got it right in the title? Really, guys?

badlandspolaroid:

Barack Obama makes a statement about the Trayvon Martin killing. He says, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”

I’m really glad he openly said something about it, because it means a lot coming from him — and hopefully others will understand the seriousness of the incident. I realize that some people were very disappointed that he hadn’t said something sooner, but there are lots of things to consider, I assume, when you’re the President of the USA and a formal investigation is going on. It’s just that my heart grew three sizes and I respect him that much more for it.

cowboykiller:

allimmaturityandallcaps:

jaybellavitta:

“I am TIRED OF burying little black boys”

Congresswoman Wilson’s House floor speech on the shooting death of Trayvon Martin

God bless Florida Representative Frederica Wilson.

Transcript:

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, for the time.

Mr. Speaker? I am tired of burying young black boys.

I am tired of watching them suffer at the hands of those who fear them and despise them. I’m tired of comforting mothers, fathers, grandparents, sisters, and brothers after such unnecessary, heinous crimes of violence.

In Florida, almost 3 years ago, as I served in the Florida senate, a young black boy, Martin Lee Anderson, was beaten to death at a Florida bootcamp. It was all captured on a State of Florida Corrections video and shown all over the world. Martin Lee Anderson was beaten and tortured until his lifeless body couldn’t take anymore, and then Martin Lee Anderson was dead, at the hands of several bootcamp guards. A young boy, who wanted to be somebody! A young boy who was trying to turn his life around.

After they beat him to death on international TV as the world watched, over and over again—not one guard was sent to prison. Not one was even reprimanded. In fact, after we closed down every bootcamp in Florida, many of the accused received promotions.

Well, guess what? In Florida, we have another Martin—Trayvon Martin. Trayvon Martin was shot to death by a renegade wannabe policeman neighborhood watchman.

Trayvon Martin lived in Miami, Florida, in District 17—my congressional district. Trayvon, a 140-pound young black boy, 17 years old, was just trying to live and reach 18. In spite of that, the accused killer, George Zimmerman, has not been charged, and is using the term of “self-defense.”

The 911 audio tapes tell it all. They tell the story of the last moments of Trayvon Martin’s life, just as the videotapes told so visibly the story of Martin Lee Anderson’s last moments.

Trayvon was running for his life. He was screaming for help, fighting for his life, and then he was murdered—shot dead.

Today, I applaud the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the FBI, and the Federal Department of Justice for their intervention. I encourage the citizens of Florida and the citizens from around the world to continue to fight for justice for Trayvon Martin. Justice must be served. No more racial profiling.

I’m tired of fighting when the evidence is so clear, so transparent.

Twenty years ago, while serving as a school board member, I founded the Five Thousand Role Models of Excellence project: A million-dollar nationally recognized and honored foundation that specifically addresses the trials and tribulations of young black boys, and sends them to college. It impacts almost 20,000 young men throughout Florida.

In spite of that, we still have to march, and demonstrate, and write letters, and protest, and fight, and have prayer vigils, and sue, and sit in, just to be heard.

No more! No more, Florida. No more, America! No more hiding your criminal racial profiling by using self-defense to get away with murder. Stand up for Trayvon Martin! Stand up for justice! Stand up for our children!

I’m tired, tired, tired of burying young black boys.

Thank you, and I turn back the balance of my time.

Thank you, Representative Wilson.