Open Discussion

I stumbled upon this while keeping tabs on the Trayvon Martin case.  It's written by Kathleen "Texas Sparkle" McKinley, who currently blogs on the Houston Chronicle.

I want as many POC to share their thoughts on this before I say anything.  The portions in bold are my own emphasis.

Here goes:
The Tragedy of Trayvon Martin

The basic facts are this. Trayvon Martin, a black high-school junior, was walking home after visiting a store on Feb. 26 in Sanford Florida, when George Zimmerman, a white 28 year old (More on that “white” part later). Zimmerman, who was the Neighborhood Watch captain, saw Martin, thought he looked suspicious and called a non-emergency dispatch number to report that Martin looked intoxicated, followed him, and then minutes later after a scuffle, shot him.

Zimmerman’s father says that George is Hispanic and grew up in a multiracial family. It needs to be said only because it shows how different this story would have gone if it had been reported that way in the first place. But the media narrative was set, and that’s that.

These kinds of shootings occur every day in this country, the reason you are hearing about this one is because black celebrities like Russell Simmons and twitter blew it up. Never one to miss an opportunity to divide us racially, Al Sharpton is leading a rally this week in a Sanford Church. Not to be outdone, the New Black Liberation Militia, is planning to go to Sanford, Fla. next week to enact a citizen’s arrest against Zimmerman. That should be interesting.

There is good reason for the outrage. George Zimmerman claimed self defense, he was never arrested, and has been charged with no crime. He was not tested for drugs or alcohol at the time either. The FBI is now looking into the incident. Martin was unarmed.

The 9-11 calls tell the progression of events. Zimmerman says to the dispatcher, “He’s checking me out,” and then says, “This guy looks like he’s on drugs, he’s definitely messed up.” He added later, ”These a**holes always get away.” The dispatcher asks Zimmerman, “Are you following him?.. Okay, we don’t need you to do that.” Obviously Zimmerman ignored that warning and minutes later 9-11 calls are made saying that the two are fighting. One caller says the two are fighting on the back of his porch and one guy is yelling for help. In another call someone screams for help and then you can hear two gun shots in the back ground.

Zimmerman’s father is saying that Zimmerman did not follow or confront Martin, and that his son is being improperly judged by the media.

There is no doubt that there is reason for the family of Martin to be upset. Their son was unarmed, and there seems to be no reason at all that Zimmerman shot him, except that he was black. So, yesterday I started the conversation with several of the black tweeters tweeting about this, and my question was quite simple. Where is the outrage for the young black males who are killed every day in this country? African Americans comprise only 13.5% of the U.S. Population, yet 43% of all murder victims in 2007 were African American. Does it matter what race they were killed by? Why don’t we care that black males are being murdered at alarming rates?? Because other black males are killing them? That makes it somehow less tragic??

My black twitter friends tell me that this case is worse because the 17 year old was killed for nothing more than being black. But is the black 17 year old killed accidently by a drive by shooting any more dead than Trayvon? Again, is that any less tragic??

It’s not that I don’t think they have a right to be outraged, they do. But I just wish we could generate this outrage over the lives of these young black boys who are killed every day. Over 90 percent of New York City’s 536 murder victims last year were black or Hispanic. 90 percent! Isn’t that enough to be outraged over?? Instead we have to rely on the likes of Al Sharpton to swoop in, but ONLY if the shooter is white (or a white policeman).

So, we will expend all this energy on this one boy, a tragedy to be sure, but the other murdered black boys this year are just as dead.

In my twitter conversations I was schooled on “wealth disparities,” and “racial disparities,” and how I was “someone operating in whiteness” that couldn’t possibly understand.

The decimation of the black family is the main cause of the social ills in the black community and you only have to be “operating in humanity” to see that. But Al Sharpton and his ilk never want to address that. They never want to address the teenage pregnancy rates, the infant mortality rates, the abortion rates, drug use, or the school drop out rate. No, it’s so much better to just pop up when a celebrity cause is raised because a kid was shot, this time, by a white guy.

In 1920, 90 percent of black families had a father in the house. The social ills were negligible then. By 2011, only 30 percent of black families have a father in the house. It doesn’t take studies or a genius to see the correlation.

It’s the one thing that Pres. Obama and I agree on. This is from his Father’s Day speech 2008:

But if we are honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that what too many fathers also are is missing – missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it.

You and I know how true this is in the African-American community. We know that more than half of all black children live in single-parent households, a number that has doubled – doubled – since we were children. We know the statistics – that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and twenty times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home, or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.

How many times in the last year has this city lost a child at the hands of another child? How many times have our hearts stopped in the middle of the night with the sound of a gunshot or a siren? How many teenagers have we seen hanging around on street corners when they should be sitting in a classroom? How many are sitting in prison when they should be working, or at least looking for a job? How many in this generation are we willing to lose to poverty or violence or addiction? How many?


Where are the petitions for these kids? Where is the New Black Liberation Militia? Where is Jesse Jackson? Oh, I remember where Jackson was, he was on a hot mic saying how Obama was just “talking down” to black people in this speech. It seems that telling the truth is “talking down.” Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons can get all upset over Trayvon, but where is his outrage when the killer isn’t white?

What I want to see is this same passion for Trayvon channeled into changing the dynamic of the black family. Go into any inner city community and you go into a land of drugs, despair, and children being raised without fathers. THAT is the biggest tragedy of all, and one the celebrities and race baiters ignore.

When will we care enough about ALL black children and young men killed every day in this country? When will we care enough for THEM, when it’s not about racially charged shootings, to actively do something? KONY2012 video got all kinds of celebrites like Kim Kardashian, Justin Beiber, and many others to speak out for the children of Uganda. What about our children? When do they get their video? When do we start to realize that when we pretend that fathers don’t matter, then we lose generations of children?

On this point, Pres. Obama has always gotten it right. Yet, even he seems to be ignored.

……we also need families to raise our children. We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception. We need them to realize that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child – it’s the courage to raise one.
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About Kathleen McKinley
I'm a conservative activist. I blog at The Houston Chronicle, RightWingNews, Newsbusters, and my own site. I co-host SmartGirlNation on FTRadio for SmartGirlPolitics, an organization of conservative women to promote issues that are important to us.
Thoughts?

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  1. Who the hell is this bitch?

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  2. Leo Princess3/19/12, 8:25 PM

    Only because Russell Simmons et al blew it up. Right. She can have a seat next to Ms. "Don't Re-Nig" Bumper Sticker, and that teacher who told the one black student in the class to 'speak Blacker' while recited a Langston Hughes poem.

    I need to take some time away before I lose the rest of my cool. >_<

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    1. Leo Princess3/19/12, 8:31 PM

      ^while reciting, sorry. Man, that story was some ole bull-

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  3. I hate when white folks act like they give a fuck about us. I'm numb right now. I really am.

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  4. I have two things to say before I step away to think about a response to this.

    1. Texas Sparkle??? Seriously?
    2. Speaking from a place of white privilege.

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  5. I knew white folks were going to twist and turn this shit.There are plenty of community activist who address what's going on in our communities. No one gives THAT any coverage.

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  6. "Why don’t we care that black males are being murdered at alarming rates??"

    Is she foreal? She knows damn well why people don't give two shits about black men/people. I need to do a quick yoga session to calm my nerves.

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  7. I can't right now. I really need some time to formulate what I want to say because everything I said while reading this might get your page shut down. I'll be back with my flame retardant suit on!

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  8. I've been noticing this a lot throught the comments on this story. White people discussing how "black on black crime kills more black boys." and how we, as black people, should return our focus to ourselves and our "own issues." all that noise is merely deflection. Deflection from the fact that a white male ( they like to forget that you can be white and Hispanic, black and Hispanic, Asian and Hispanic, etc) killed a young black boy solely because he was black. White people can not, will not and won't not come to terms with the fact that racism is alive and breathing and that the disease is very much present in their DNA. All it takes is some random event to "switch on" their racism.

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    1. Kymie,

      This is another way for White society not talking any responsibility in what they do. Look at how his parents were saying that Zimmerman was Hispanic and that he was mixed. If he's White and of another non Black race, he's considered to be White.It's like they wanted to pull the race card( and yes I will say that his family was using it big time with this case) when it's convenient to save their son. Someone also need to tell these people that here are racists POC whether Zimmerman is Hispanic or not. I don't care what race that idiot was, Trayvon's life was snarred because he was Black and I'm just tired of the excuse people like his parents and Sparkle discuss just to keep from owning responsibility to the ills that are talking place in our corrupt world of ours.

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    2. both the police chief and the murderer's father pulled the race card

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  9. *throughout (oops)

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  10. What Sparkles fails to mention is a few things:

    1. Zimmerman was in his car with a gun when he spotted Martin. The cops told him to stay put and they would handle it. He ignored the police. Got out of his car and confronted Martin. Grown ass man confronted and attacked a boy and murdered him. And make no mistake. It was murder. Zimmerman chose to get out of his car with a gun and attack Martin and shot him twice. He wasn't in danger he wasn't defending himself. It was murder.

    2. Nearly a month has passed and this bastard is still out of jail.

    3. Black men being targeted and corruption is a trend that has continued for centuries. Most recently Troy Davis, Amadou Diallo (sp?), Sean Bell, the Jena 6, among countless others.

    @Sparkles:

    "Never one to miss an opportunity to divide us racially,"
    She talks like we've ever been united.

    "There is good reason for the outrage."

    No shit and you should've stopped right there.

    (cont...)

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  11. "Where is the outrage for the young black males who are killed every day in this country?"

    WE BEEN OUTRAGED OVER IT! WE BEEN PROTESTING. WHERE THE FUCK HAVE YOU BEEN? WE BEEN MARCHING!!!!!!!

    I got a question for you, WHERE ARE WHITE FOLKS AT IN THIS POST RACIAL SOCIETY? WHY AREN'T THEY OUTRAGED OVER THIS SHIT? That's the question you NEED to be asking.

    Bottom line is we DO speak on this shit and everytime we do some ignorant condescending caucasian shows up and moves heaven and earth to derail and shut down the discussion:

    http://neo-prodigy.livejournal.com/1055312.html

    "It’s not that I don’t think they have a right to be outraged, they do."

    Thank you Sparkles, I'm so glad my rage over my brothers being murdered is authorized and approved by your ignorant white ass.

    "Isn’t that enough to be outraged over??"

    Again I ask, what are white folks doing about this in a post-racial society. Why aren't THEY OUTRAGED over this shit?

    "So, we will expend all this energy on this one boy, a tragedy to be sure, but the other murdered black boys this year are just as dead."

    What energy? White folks for the most part haven't done dick. Kony12 went viral, the Sandra Fluke (and yes I co-sign on her standing tall) went viral, I've heard nothing but e-crickets from white folks, liberals, conservatives and fauxgressives alike.

    "The decimation of the black family is the main cause of the social ills in the black community and you only have to be “operating in humanity” to see that."

    Oh bless your little heart. Aren't you just precious? Did Pat Buchanan tell you that?

    No Sparkles, the main cause of social ills in the black community is the
    institutional oppression created by white society and STILL reinforced by white society. Because if white folks REALLY wanted to end racism, they'd be moving heaven and earth to make certain incidents like this didn't happen. At the very least, Martin's family would receive some modicum of justice with this boy's murderer being in jail. But you'd have to be OPERATING IN HUMANITY AND MOTHERFUCKING COMMON SENSE TO SEE THAT!!!

    "In 1920, 90 percent of black families had a father in the house. The social ills were negligible then."

    THE FUCK YOU SAY?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1920s, you mean that time when the KKK re-emerged?

    "What I want to see is this same passion for Trayvon channeled into changing the dynamic of the black family. Go into any inner city community and you go into a land of drugs, despair, and children being raised without fathers. THAT is the biggest tragedy of all, and one the celebrities and race baiters ignore."

    YESSUM MISS MILLIE, I'S IS GONNA SHOW GET THAT DUNN!!!!!

    "When will we care enough about ALL black children and young men killed every day in this country? When will we care enough for THEM, when it’s not about racially charged shootings, to actively do something?"

    Dumbass, we care now THAT'S WHY WE'RE PISSED OFF!!!!!! Because that one black kid represents countless others.

    You know why there aren't a lot of fathers in the home BECAUSE MANY OF THEM KEEP GETTING MURDERED AND LOCKED UP BY CORRUPT WHITE FOLKS!!!!!

    "I'm a conservative activist."
    I should've known.

    "I blog at The Houston Chronicle, RightWingNews, Newsbusters, and my own site. I co-host SmartGirlNation on FTRadio for SmartGirlPolitics, an organization of conservative women to promote issues that are important to us."

    Promote issues that are important to conservatives? And since when did that include black folks?

    And again I ask, when are white folks gonna get outraged over this shit. That's what I want to know.

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    1. *bows*

      That being said, I'm not sure what the hell else I could add. You've taken the words out of my mouth.

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    2. Yeah, Neo pretty much said what I was taking time to consider saying. *steps back and hands her brother from another mother the internet* She's going for the BEETCH IZ U SIRIUS award!

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    3. Neo,

      As my uncle would say when he agreed with people "Yes saar..!"( with a slight country twang in it). Agree with you to the fullest.

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    4. Oh my goodness. EVERYTHING that you said!

      I will also add this: I don't need not one more white person reciting President Obama's words (just like they do MLK) to justify their myopic oppressive white supremacist views!

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    5. I will also add this: I don't need not one more white person reciting President Obama's words (just like they do MLK) to justify their myopic oppressive white supremacist views!

      Ding ding ding ding ding!!!!

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    6. White people are busy creating excuses as to why shouldn't be furious in the first place, like what this white woman was trying to do in her article.

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    7. Leo Princess3/19/12, 11:09 PM

      You said it better than I ever could, because I'm way too numb-pissed to formulate a rebuttal.

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  12. White people like her really need to learn that passionate opinion =/= knowledge and understanding.

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  13. Leo Princess3/19/12, 11:09 PM

    I don't know how you guys North America-side deal with it, man. My hat's off to you, because I'm many miles away and today's serving of fail alone makes me want to kick something severely.

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  14. Here, you have a woman who failed to acknowledged that evil lurks within her ranks, choosing instead to focus on the evils of others. No one wants to think of themselves as having the capacity to be treacherous and evil, but they sure do love to point out the treacherousness and evil in others.

    "Texas Sparkle" should put her focus back on why George Zimmerman felt the need to kill Trayvon Martin instead of straying off-topic.

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  15. So the ONE THING she and Obama can agree on is blacks ain't shit.

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  16. The federal government/FBI is intervening in the case. Seriously, we have crossed back in to the 1960's....Also, thank goodness, about time some real action is taking place.

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    1. That's encouraging news. Just in case this don't go right, I hope that Tray's supporters keep going up the chains of command and that they will not let this issue die.

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    2. Hi M,

      Yes and no...apparently, the FBI put out the following statement :"The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation. The department also is providing assistance to and cooperating with the state officials in their investigation into the incident. With all federal civil rights crimes, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted intentionally and with the specific intent to do something which the law forbids — the highest level of intent in criminal law."

      Basically, they are saying that this is going to be hard to prove that it was a hate crime.

      We are also finding out that Trayvon's girlfriend was on the phone with him as he was being assaulted/murdered. The phone logs have been released. The "police" were sitting on this evidence as well."

      Here is the link that I wasn't able to provide earlier this morning:http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/19/2703029/us-department-of-justice-fbi-and.html

      This story just gets more and more depressing...

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    3. Seriously, this is what they had to do in the 1960's...send in the damn feds...

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    4. Thanks for the article,

      I admit, the more I read the article you have sent me,the more confusing it is to comprehend,which I feel that when Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law was purposely created that way( at least that is how I see it), so people can kill on contact and not pay for it.

      I'm not going to pretend that I'm a lawyer or anything that has to with law,but even with them saying that Trayvon's case could be hampered by this law,I'm trying to understand how the experts can say that it can be such. There are so many holes in Zimmerman's story it's not even funny. The only way I can see this is that they " botch" it as they so conveniently( That is what I think they are doing) have done and is continually trying to do with Tray's case.

      From what Florida's law say claiming self-defense shouldn't be easy to declare because according to it..if I correctly read it right..a person cannot just say they shot a person in self defense without the judge determining if,with witnesses if it was vigilante murder it is justified. Interestingly, the paper said that a judge threw out a college football player claim of immunity by stabbing a student there and the law itself isn't even specific.???? I really don't see any difference between what this football player' have done and what Zimmerman did. Both have killed somebody, supposedly because of self defense.

      One thing I will agree with the legal experts on is how unusually aggressive they are in proclaiming this man's supposed innocence without even arresting him or going to a judge. I 'm really beginning to wonder if 1) he comes from a rich family 2) he has powerful people in Miami or in our government 3) or both. This is sly as you can get.

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    5. "The federal government/FBI is intervening in the case. Seriously, we have crossed back in to the 1960's....Also, thank goodness, about time some real action is taking place."

      Never changed..We can have all the railys, and all the laws, but it will not change the people's hearts. This is the example of that fact.

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    6. Leo Princess3/21/12, 11:20 PM

      I 'm really beginning to wonder if 1) he comes from a rich family 2) he has powerful people in Miami or in our government 3) or both.

      You're not the only one. Trust.

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  17. WOC in Europe3/20/12, 5:20 AM

    So, first time I'm commenting here.

    That woman is so fucking despicable! What she doesn't seem to be realising is (among many other things) the fact that no black person kills another black person JUST BECAUSE THE LATTER IS BLACK. It is an outrage when anybody is killed just because of his/her skin colour.

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  18. You guys are completely missing the point.

    Let me clarify for you...
    Black people, you only have the right to be angry when we say so.
    Prime example... Kony 2012. See once we endorse it. It's okay for you to follow our lead.


    One key thing though, what's stopping her and her friends from putting on a rally for Trayvon?.
    they could have beat Al sharpton to the post if they wanted to, the news was there for everyone to see and still is.
    They should mount a bigger campaign for justice for Trayvon, one so big that it will upstage Al Sharpton's puny one.

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  19. Kathleen McKinley is a heartless bitch who deserves to burn in hell

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    1. She thinks it is 1955 and that she can tell you what you can think and say...

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    1. Kathleen, let me save you some time.

      White people don't care because white people don't want to care. There's no incentive or motivation to care; it's merely an inconvenience which impedes upon their privilege and when given the choice between racial privilege or simply being a decent person, the majority would choose privilege every time. You are a living embodiment of that majority.

      Your arguments are not new, your approach is unoriginal, and your refusal to focus strictly on the pathologies of white racism, supremacy, and privilege - as an actual white activist would - is very telling.

      There's care and then there's condescension. There's activism and then there's criticism. You are a condescending critic who probably scribbled your article for attention.

      Now, since you've given your thoughts on what Black people should do, I will give you my thoughts on what you - and all similar-minded bloggers like you - should do: go back to your corner of the blogosphere and enjoy your white privilege while it lasts.

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  21. I’ve never seen some shit like this in my life. Is she seriously suggesting that the black community doesn’t care about dying and murdered black men? How dare she go on twitter and question black people about their concerns and priorities. She herself writes in the article that the only reason Trayvon’s case is being talked about is because black people made noise about it and yet we’re the ones who don’t give a damn about black men and children. Why didn’t she go and ask white people where their concern was?

    We don’t have a choice not to care about what goes on in our communities because it’s constantly talked about anyway. America does nothing but talk us down; we have no education, we all sell or take drugs, our women have too many babies, and our men are worthless fathers. Black people aren’t in denial about the problems we face; how can we be when white people love nothing more than to constantly bring them up to make themselves feel better?

    The rest of the article was just white privilege nonsense that we’ve all seen time and time again. As though any POC was gonna fall for her “I care so much about black people” faux concern. Then accusing black people about making this all about race, as though Zimmerman totally didn’t do that when he shot an innocent black child.

    Imma need her to keep her concern about the black family to herself and worry about what goes on in white communities and how they themselves make lives hell for black people. And while she’s busy wagging her finger at black people about this, Trayvon Martin’s killer STILL walks free. If she so cares so damn much about him then why the hell isn’t she focusing on that?

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  22. She needs to stay in her damn lane. Why are some white women and white people so arrogant as to think that they STILL have the right to tell us what we should be concerned with? How dare she insinuate that we don't care about our own people. No lady, you don't care. Nor do the cops. When black women go missing, no one gives a damn. When black boys are murdered, no matter who is at the other end of the trigger, no one gives a damn. And she dares to suggest that this should be allowed to slide b/c of all of the other hazards that black men and boys are subjected to? What a worthless and condescending heifer she is.

    She doesn't care about what happens in Black America. It is so offensive that she wants to suggest that we have no right to be enraged that young black men can be hunted down by private citizens for no other reason than the color of their skin.

    The law in Florida is highly problematic if it lets people start fights that they can use deadly force to win.

    With black men, it is always shoot first and ask questions later. I'm used to cops getting away with this (Sean Bell anyone?) but for a private thug to be able to murder a child makes me think of what my parents lived through in the 50's and 60's in the Deep South. White people could boss you around, abuse you, question you, make you answer them as if they were authorities, and if you got out of line they could kill or maim you.

    Wait, what year is it again?

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    1. Nicthommi,

      Why did she think that S. Epatha Merkerson went on to make a show about missing Black people?

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    2. Leo Princess3/21/12, 9:03 PM

      @ M - And folks were screwing up their mouths about how the very idea of the show was 'racist'. *eyeroll* What the hell ever. When it comes down to doing it on our own vs. expecting Mainstream to get a clue, the former wins every time for me.

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  23. When she went on her whole "black family destabilized" spiel I thought she took a piece out of the Moynihan Report.

    And last I remember 1920 was the red summer. Bet she don't know anything about that. But according to her that was clearly the best time for the black family. Despite all the lynchings and mob violence.

    "Go into any inner city community and you go into a land of drugs, despair, and children being raised without fathers."

    How many inner city communities have you actually ventured into, McKinley? Cause you sound like a racist dumb ass making such sweeping generalizations. I can't take people seriously when they speak in hyperbole, but especially when they themselves are no authority on inner city life.

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    1. Leo Princess3/20/12, 7:54 PM

      "Go into any inner city community and you go into a land of drugs, despair, and children being raised without fathers."

      That could also be said for a lot of mainly white communities in the Mid-West and hill/mountain regions. Hell, even in white inner city neighbourhoods (why, yes, they do exist!). Just that they don't get much ink, unless something that even the media can't blanket occurs.

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    2. She could've just as easily said, "Go into any Appalachian community and you go into a land of drugs, despair, and children being raised without fathers."

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    3. Thank you...I'm from Kentucky originally (one of the two cities, not the country), and the pharmacies in my city do not carry Oxycontin and put up signs saying as much b/c people will actually make the trek in from rural areas to break into those pharmacies looking for them. And meth abuse/addiction has compounded all of these problems. Perhaps she missed the story where a 10 year old girl was snatched and murdered(and a lot of other awful things) in rural Indiana b/c she stumbled upon someone's meth den. Except that kind of violent and horrific crime isn't really unique in those communities.

      Broken families, drug abuse, domestic violence, poverty, high crime, etc. are really HUGE problems in rural white America (I also went to medical school in KY). Oh, and some prominent white doctors in rural areas have made a killing selling scripts (and had their licences revoked).

      And in the cities, you have trailer park neighborhoods that are all white that have all of the same problems.

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    4. " Go into any inner city community and you go into a land of drugs, despair and children being raised without fathers."

      How about some of those people who live in sprawling suburbia who are doing cocaine and lately, meth? Having to temporarily live in the projects with my mom, I can tell that this sister is as wrong as two left feet as there were two parents that lived in there as well as many who live in the upper crust Black communities and being in Texas, they have them but of course, you'll never get to see the good side of Black life. Critics like Kathleen want the world to believe that every Black person in this world are living third world lives and are clues to what families are.

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    5. I wonder if whites like Kathleen are smart enough to realize that when they pretend that drugs, despair and fatherlessness are unique to black people, not only are they being incredibly racist, but cowardly. Their desperation to believe in their own superiority means that they cannot acknowledge the destruction within their own communities. Ignorance, not just of African-Americans, but themselves will ultimately destroy them because they refuse to deal with their own mess. They don't want to deal with anything that challenges their racist narrative. It's like their racism is devouring them from the inside out.

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  24. This was way to painful to read all the way through. This bitch needs to get slapped across the face for her arrogance.

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  25. for some reason this whole piece reminded me of the "africans sold other africans into slavery," excuse that some white people like to use to excuse the dehumanization of Blacks by europeans during the middle passage. also since when did [some] white folks decide Blacks didn't give a damn about Black men being killed by other black men? it's law enforcement that doesn't care about that or they would have stopped it a long time ago, they wouldn't have put the drugs into the black community that fuel the majority of these black male-black male crimes.

    and the guy is white btw, just because he's part hispanic doesn't mean he isn't white because Hispanic can mean anything.

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  26. and her article ignores institutionalize racism and puts it all on Black people typical white supremacist move...bimbo

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  27. Opportunistic whites will seize upon this tragedy to raise their own profile. Her derailment- her sleight of hand, redirects the attention from that young man’s death to her and her noble cause. She’ll be lauded as a heroine in white circles. One brave woman’s fight against black on black oppression. It’s not about me you understand, it’s about those poor Negros (wink wink...). I can see her on Capitol Hill speaking on how this tragedy has affected her life. “If the black community doesn’t care about the plight of the endangered black male, than I shall assume the mantle,” she muses.

    When we consider white antiracists, we think blogs- book deals and speaking engagements that inflate the egos of the antiracist. There’s no thought whatsoever about black males because most whites have no Empathy for people of color. Its a chance to derail the discussion and remove race from the narrative; so as not to shed a negative light on whiteness.

    The Hispanic part bothered me as well because it seems his Hispanic heritage was never a part of who he was to begin with. Now that he’s been Accused of a hate crime Daddy asserts minority status for his wayward child. Citing minority members in his family, he attempts to make his son appear less racist. If it was simply a Hispanic male gunning down an unarmed black male daddy believes it would have been a non-issue. But the lame-stream media focused on his son’s whiteness. “They’re the real racists” he would assert.

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    1. Leo Princess3/21/12, 1:37 PM

      The 911 tapes have his so not racist son calling Trayvon a 'coon'. He better go back to the drawing board with that Hispanic Defense.

      Wow, I think this may be one of the rare times where someone who previously enjoyed race-privilege status actually claims to be POC (well, his father did it for him) when the fire got too hot.

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  28. Same shit different day. Do we need to acknowledge this heifer? She may as well be troll as far as I'm concerned.

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  29. The fox commentators are at it again this time attacking Trayvon:

    http://macklyons.blogspot.com/2012/03/little-thug-ghetto-monkey-should-have.html

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    1. Leo Princess3/21/12, 1:32 PM

      Took them long enough.

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    2. They're also referring to Zimmerman as "Hispanic."

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  30. My rage overflows each time I hear someone like this c**t 'Texas Sparkle' spout the same tired, racist, bullshit nonsense. Skewed statistics about prisons, without addressing the so-called 'justice' system. Sweeping generalizations about inner-city communities (gee, why didn't she just say 'black ghettoes' and be done with it?) and black families.
    Ultimately, this bitch and people like her are going overboard in justifying the murder of an unarmed, innocent young man. It's sickening, and if it doesn't show the 'BBFs' of these inbred, white-trash, supremacist fools what their inner workings are really like, then they (the 'BBFs') can be considered as useless and as culpable as the white people whose behinds they feel beholden to kiss. Sorry if I rambled - it's difficult to keep a straight thought about this!

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  31. truthbetold3/21/12, 2:02 PM

    Whites need to get on their hands and knees and beg God for forgiveness.

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  32. Hmmm.. it has been said that civil rights leaders as will their supporters are calling for the police chief to resign. Ironically, the man who could possibly oust him is Black. I could imagine what the racists will say " He's Black it can't be racist". While I agree on him waiting for the grand jury results concerning Zimmerman,I hope that he will not be Herman Cainish kind of city manager and be stupid with his decision. This guy need to be in prison ASAP.In case anybody want to see the article just type The Lede blogging the news with Robert Mackey: Death of teen sparks outrage and action.

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  33. Digital Coyote3/22/12, 2:58 AM

    Left her a comment:

    "The decimation of the Black family" didn't make that man with a history of violence-related arrests stalk and kill that child. If every social ill that could be claimed as endemic to the Black community were solved, it still wouldn't undue the firmly entrenched institutional racism and cultural attitudes that made it okay for law enforcement to let this man go without being arrested. The Civil Rights Movement was carried out by many fine upstanding church-going citizens of many backgrounds. They--and their supporters--were still attacked, harassed, and killed by the white people who didn't believe they should have equal rights as human beings. Children of color (not just Black) are stereotyped and treated differently from white children as soon as they enter the education system (public or private), irrespective of their behavior or academic performance. In fact, they are punished more harshly for the same offenses as white children. They are graded differently for the same work and effort by "well-meaning" white teachers who have bought in to the stereotypes they have been taught since birth. The disparity is so great that its affects can be measured by studying children in the same families with the same academic performance, the only difference being that one sibling has a more stereotypical sounding name than the other. This boy's murder is not the time to trot out your illogic or showcase your uninformed opinion and your paternalistic attitudes toward a community about which you truly know nothing.

    And, no, your "experience" as a jaundiced observer does not count.

    You also need to be aware that the "we" in "we ignore all the kids killed when it isn't sensationalized" is you and people like you. Communities of color (again, not just Black) are keenly aware of how many of our children and adults are killed by people who have benefited the privilege you are rolling in while condescending to us. (Make no mistake that it is condescension because, if you truly had the answers, the community you come from would have no social ills whatsoever--not just what you believe are lower rates of them in comparison to others--and no white people would use welfare or any other services you claim destroyed Black families. It's certainly not at epidemic levels if the majority of Black people in America [70+% of the general population] aren't living at poverty levels.) The conversation gets "ignored" because of your behavior. What happens is that you lot are always rushing in to try to justify what happened with unrelated tangents (much like the one you're on about birth rates or in-community crime), some postulation that if they were only acting "right" in some way that it wouldn't have happened, theories about provocation, and to whine about your hurt feelings when someone calls you out on the behavior and for the incorrect information you insist on parroting. This purposeful exercise of privilege derails the discussion and stops talk about the issue making you uncomfortable: racism.

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  34. Digital Coyote3/22/12, 2:58 AM

    Cont.:

    It is the same privilege the elder Zimmerman is using to obfuscate his son's racially motivated behavior. Just because he was raised in what Mr. Zimmerman alleges was a multicultural household doesn't mean that anti-Black attitudes weren't encouraged or transmitted. Claiming to have Black friends does not mean you are not a bigot, especially when you profile people based on their skin color, use slurs to describe them, and insist that they always get away from what you think is proper justice that you then dish out as a vigilante.

    The younger Zimmerman's alleged ethnic background does not absolve him from being a bigot either. Hating Black people has long been a way to become white or move up in the social hierarchy to obtain privilege if you cannot be accepted as a white person. It's been that way since slaves were separated from indentured servants to prevent them from plotting with each other in colonial times. Groups like the Irish and the Italians weren't always white people. Incidents like the New York City draft riots, where anger at the draft disproportionately affecting poor white people was turned on the Black people they chose to murder and terrorize instead of the white well-to-do (aka the source of the problem) who were protecting their own from conscription, certainly helped. This is basic American history.

    Your ignorance, it seems, reaches far beyond your busy body sociology.

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    1. I doubt she'll read it or will dismiss it if she does, but that was truly awesome. White women like her would never admit that they could learn anything from a Negro, which is a shame, b/c your post demonstrates that your IQ is about 3x as high as hers. She'll continue to roll about in her ignorance and privilege, sure that her white skin makes her right.

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    2. Digital Coyote3/22/12, 2:25 PM

      It looks like it was sucked in to moderation hell over there. Not surprised.

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    3. Yes, I would have been surprised if she would have let something so coherent that put her rightfully in her place through.

      I doubt blacks are allowed to comment on her blog.

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    4. Digital Coyote3/24/12, 1:10 AM

      She says she doesn't allow anything that she thinks insults her personally, so you're absolutely right. TexasTwit can't take being told she's stupid. She trotted out the "I have black friends" defense today in another post:

      Kathleen McKinley says:
      March 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      I think we have gotten to the point where whites are uncomfortable discussing race, thinking they may something wrong. I am perfectly comfortable talking about race. I do it all the time (obviously write about it all the time). I grew up with black kids, had best friends who were black, and over the last 20 years have had a houseful of kids black and white in my house on any given day. I talk to them about race too. We shouldn’t be afraid of it. What I hate to see is the anger and bitterness over race. Things are SO much better than when I was young. Yet there seems to be a systematic effort to make blacks feel angry towards whites. And there seems to be a disconnect from people who never hang around people of other colors or religions. If we don’t talk about it, then all the kids hear is the negative. Discussion and openness is the key.

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    5. Leo Princess3/25/12, 12:33 AM

      "Things are SO much better than when I was young."

      Nice to know things have improved since she was a young child of col...wait a minute.

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  35. Kathleen: "Blah, blah, blah, white priveledge, ignorance, blah, blah, blah, ass talk, ass talk, blah blah blah blah, psuedosympathy, condescension, blah blah blah blah...."

    *yawn* Don't they have anything new to say?

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    1. "*yawn* Don't they have anything new to say?"

      Nope. Too easy to fall back on the "white savior" myth and of course making it appear that it is the fault of the people living in poor conditions rather than the city not investing in poorer communities, cops not actually protecting the citizens, and politicians who just steal money from the city that could have been invested into schools, hospitals which are a few of the first things to get cut during a debt crisis.

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      You took the blahs right out of my mouth.

      @ deedee

      Pretty much.

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  36. Leo Princess3/25/12, 4:55 PM

    I might be late to the party, but I just learned that Daddy Zimmy is a retired judge. Now it all makes sense.

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    1. *rubs temples*

      I knew it. I knew it, I knew it, I knew it.

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    2. And therein lies the protection. And the privilege of being neighborhood watch captain.

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    3. And all those previous charges which haven't stuck.

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  37. This fat fuck was also charged with beating his ex-fiance;http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-03-21/news/os-george-zimmerman-domestic-violence-20120321_1_petitions-documents-injunctions. Mr. Zimmerman is a truly upstanding citizen*vomits in mouth*. In other vomit inducing news, some of the BWE bloggers are defending Zimmerman.

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    1. Leo Princess3/25/12, 7:16 PM

      "In other vomit inducing news, some of the BWE bloggers are defending Zimmerman."

      I knew they would! I knew it! Remember, their mantra is 'Black Men Ain't Shyt' and Black teenaged boys are just Ain't Shyt Men in Training. Meanwhile, White men are The Way, The Truth, and The Life. Their defense of Zimmerman in the face of all this fail on his part is expected.

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  38. Has anyone read Sinead O'Connor's respose to Trayvon's murder. Maybe it deserves its own post. I'd be curious to know what the members of the bar think

    Here is an excerpt:

    I would like to extend my very deepest sympathies to the family and other loved ones of murdered teenager, Trayvon Martin. I am very sad today (and am certain the whole of Ireland is) to learn of poor Trayvon’s terrifying ordeal and horrified by the fact his known and named and admitted killer has not been arrested, despite the crime having taken place a month ago. This is a disgrace to the entire human race.

    For those out there who believe black people to be less than pure royalty, let me inform you of a little known, but scientifically proven, many times over, FACT. Which after reading, you will hopefully feel both very stupid and very sorry. For you dishonor your own mothers and grandmothers.

    EVERY human being on earth, no matter what their culture, creed, skin colour, or nationality, shares one gene traceable back to one African woman. Scientists have named it ‘The Eve Gene’. This means ALL of us, even ridiculously stupid, ignorant, perverted, blaspheming racists are the descendants of one African woman.

    One African woman is the mother of all of us. Africa was the first world. You come from there! Your skin may be ‘white’.. because you didn’t need it to be black any more where you lived. But as Curtis Mayfield said.. “You’re just the surface of our dark, deep well”. So you’re being morons. And God is having the last laugh at your ignorant expense.

    If you hate black people, its yourself you hate. And the mother who bore you. If you kill or wish ill on black people, its yourself you kill and wish ill on. As well as the mother who bore you.



    http://bossip.com/562326/race-matters-sinead-oconnor-get-her-kumbaya-on-addresses-the-trayvon-martin-tragedy-and-the-black-community-in-open-letter-43081/4/

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