[VIDEO] I'm starting off with this video. Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson sees hypocracy in the protests for the slain teen Trayvon Martin. He wishes to see more protests against either black-on-black or black-on-white violence. He even shares a soundbite of a story black-on-white story which involves burning someone alive.
I can sympathize with that point. In this case I want to avoid any attempt at racism although in this case the charges of racism appeared to be directed towards the police who wouldn't charge this man - George Zimmerman - who shot Trayvon.
Also with "Stand your ground" laws. Especially if you have the ability to protect yourself but surely the standard has to be so high were it will be plausible for you to be forced to defend yourself. If there is no evidence that your life was in any way in danger then yes one should be charged with murder.
BTW, in this case I hear that the FBI may want to investigate. The Feds don't normally investigate murder but who's to say a violating civil rights charge won't be thrown about or hate crimes. Could Zimmerman be charged with a hate crime in this case? I would say focus on the murder if this boy's race was part of it so be it but murder is bad enough. If the police down there in that Florida town messed up that's another aspect to.
Finally I want to share this Tribune article:
The rally began hours after Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. made the surprising announcement that he was stepping down "temporarily." Lee said he had become a distraction as the city deals with the turmoil arising from Martin's death, which has sparked allegations of police racism for officers' failure to arrest Zimmerman, 28, a neighborhood watch volunteer who says he acted in self-defense. Martin was black; Zimmerman's father says he is Latino.OK, charges of racism aside the fact is this young man know that he was being follow and accounts suggest that he was trying very hard to get away from this man. If Zimmerman was in fear for his life surely Martin was in absolute terror because he didn't have a gun. So yeah I would suggest that Zimmerman should've been arrested and hopefully a thorough investigation to determine if this is murder.
The gathering had been scheduled for a church that holds a few hundred people, but on Thursday afternoon, officials shifted the location to Fort Mellon Park, fearing the church wouldn't be big enough. They were right. By 8 p.m., the sidewalks, streets and the walkway skirting the shores of Lake Monroe were crammed with several thousand people, many carrying signs calling for justice for Martin, who was shot to death Feb. 26 as he walked through a gated community to a relative's home after buying a package of Skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea.
Zimmerman, who had called police dozens of times between January 2011 and Feb. 26, reported Martin as a suspicious person and got out of his truck while talking to the police operator. A lawyer representing Martin's family has said the teen told his girlfriend by cellphone that he was being followed moments before he was shot. Martin was unarmed. Witnesses reported hearing someone cry for help before the gunshot rang out.
Thursday night's scene featured a bit of everything. There were white people, black people, elderly couples, children in strollers and dogs on leashes. T-shirt sellers were getting $10 for shirts with Zimmerman's picture below a huge "WANTED" sign. Other T-shirts read, "I am Trayvon Martin," underscoring the theme of many speakers' comments that anybody could fall victim to a bullet if confronted by someone carrying a loaded gun and claiming self-defense.
"Trayvon is my son. Trayvon is your son," his mother, Sybrina Fulton, said in a shaky voice as she fought back tears.
But hence I said investigation. I hear Zimmerman has been getting death threats and that's only a distraction to the truth. Let's get the truth out at least find the truth and insure that we will know what exactly happend to Trayvon before he was shot to death!