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Jul
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You Cannot Give Up

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by UTAustinLiberal / @NerdyWonka

Shock. Anger. Grief. Confusion. These are all the emotions that ran through peoples minds when a jury of white women told the world that in their belief system, it is perfectly okay for a white man to stalk, attack, and murder a black child. The same emotion that ran through peoples minds when Troy Davis was executed even though the evidence was murky. We’re back here again. How could a jury of mothers not understand the fear Trayvon Benjamin Martin felt when a stranger with a gun accosted him on a dark rainy night for no reason except for the color of his skin? How could a black woman who fired shots into her ceiling because she felt threatened but didn’t kill anyone get 20 years in prison while George Zimmerman walked away with no consequences due to the “Stand Your Ground” law? How does a man who was told to stay in his car and not follow Trayvon Martin walk away free? The simple answer? Sanford, Florida is 80% white conservative gun owners. The other answer? Society doesn’t value a black life as they do a white one and it seems to want to break black people down every single time by saying “hey, you’re inferior….hey you’re worthless….hey the President of the United States is black and you will pay for it every single time you step out of your home because you share the same color of skin as he does.”

That’s what they want black people to believe. That’s what they want society to believe. From Sanford to Newtown they want us to believe that children’s lives have no value. They want us to believe that human life has no worth. That guns are more valuable than a living, breathing, full of possibilities human being. That the color of your skin should damn you for life. It hurts. It is painful. It makes my heart bleed that we are here once again. It makes me scream WHY!!! Why are we here again? Why is it a constant struggle for society to see black people as human beings? Why do we always have to prove our worth every second of every day? Why can’t society see that a black child deserves the same protections as a white child? That a black child deserves the same bountiful life as a white child? That when you look at a black child you see a child first because that is who he or she is and not a thug? It makes one want to throw up hands in the air and say I’m done. This is it. Why should I fight for your rights when you won’t fight for mine? Why should I regard you as a human being when you look upon me as a thing? Why should I continue to have hope?

That is what they want. That is what the racists, bigots, ALEC, and the NRA want. Cynicism. Defeat. That is what they want. But you must not give in to them. You must never give in to them. The worst thing a civilized society can breed is cynicism and indifference. This fight is not over. I want you to look at Trayvon Martin’s family and have hope. They are not giving up. They are not broken (though they have every right to be). They are not defeated. They are out there continuing the fight for the Trayvon Martin’s of the country regardless of color. They are out there making sure that society realizes that dangerous laws such as ‘Stand Your Ground” must be stopped. Activists are out there making sure people know that ALEC is not your friendly neighborhood club but a poison to society. We cannot give up now. There are millions of lives counting on us. There are future generations whose lives we hold in our hands. We cannot give up now. I understand the rage, the pain, the hurt that you feel; especially if you are black. But you cannot give up now.

You cannot give up until a black child can walk the streets free of fear. You cannot give up until a black child is treated the same as a white child. You cannot give up until all human life is regarded as precious despite name, color, who they love, who they worship or don’t worship, and their socioeconomic level. The battle to change laws and society’s heart will be long, tough, and painful. But please, please, please, do not give up. There is a precious life out there in the world who is counting on you.

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W.E.B. Dubois – ‘The Souls of Black Folk’: It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness,—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.

The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife — this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self. In this merging he wishes neither of the older selves to be lost. He does not wish to Africanize America, for America has too much to teach the world and Africa. He wouldn’t bleach his Negro blood in a flood of white Americanism, for he knows that Negro blood has a message for the world. He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows, without having the doors of opportunity closed roughly in his face.

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141 Responses to “You Cannot Give Up”


  1. 1 57andfemale
    July 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Don’t care if I’m no. 1 today. This is a tragic day.

  2. 2 57andfemale
    July 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm

  3. 3 vitaminlover
    July 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Forward!!!We will NEVER retreat nor give up!

  4. 5 utaustinliberal
    July 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm

  5. July 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Thank you, ut.

    I will bring this over from the end of the last thread. Some times humor allows us to hear a bitter truth.

  6. 8 Nena20409
    July 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    This was said in 1963…..by the late Emperor Haile Selassie. Bob Marley made a song out of it. The US justice system is part of that injustice.

    That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned; That until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained; And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed; Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will; Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; Until that day, the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil. – Haile Selassie I

  7. 9 anniebella
    July 14, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Don’t forget to sign that NAACP petition……http://www.NAACP.org/DOJ.petition. Keep trying, this is too important .

  8. 25 Nena20409
    July 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    One thing that Irks me……is The media, the rightwingers and yes some on the left would always shy away from wanting to discuss race. But Hold on, who benefits when Race is Not discussed?

    We get Rand Paul, we get You Lie being shouted to a duly elected POTUS addressing Congress, we get TRMS impersonating a president giving an address to the nation in the Oval Office….mocking him, we get a political Coup d’etat against a POTUS for the 1st time in history, we get record number of filibusters and obstructionism, we get birtherism, we get debt ceiling, we get voter suppression laws and conducts across the US, we get more gun laws, we get a News network declaring itself The opposition Twice, we get radio hosts saying I want the POTUS to fail, we get ex-VP Nine days after POTUS was sworn in calling him a supporter of Al Qaeda, etc…….etc, etc.

  9. July 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I am not sure if my posts are getting out of “moderation mode”. I pray they are not improper responses. Please let me know if there is a problem with my postings. I would not purposefully write anything that would offend anyone. Maybe it’s because I am a mac user…yep, I’m one of those . Again, please let me know if I am doing something wrong or not holding my face right :). Take care.

  10. 57 betseyc
    July 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Please everyone, spread this beautiful essay far and wide in every way you can. I posted in of FB with the following comment: In Florida today a white man who murdered a black child is home with his gun. A black woman who shot at the ceiling in the hopes of deterring her attacker is in jail for 20 years. For those of us filled with a nauseating mixture of grief and rage, this is a powerful, powerful essay.

    Another great link to spread far and wide, from Moms Demand Action: http://momsdemandaction.org/in-the-news/today-we-are-all-trayvon-martins-mother/

  11. 60 Layla
    July 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Racism is around me everywhere
    Of human ignorance I am almost in despair
    For racism is around me everywhere
    But like they say sheer ignorance is bliss
    Just like Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss.

    Some people carry their honour in a flag,
    and of their Nationality they brag.
    They feel superior and they differentiate,
    and against those who are different they discriminate.

    So many people still judged by there race,
    For such there never ought to be a place
    ‘ A fair go’ those untruthful words I do recall,
    There is no such thing as a ‘fair go for all’.

    Though we live in a so called democracy
    Of racism we never will be free.
    They judge you by where you come from and,
    The color of your skin.
    For many equality and respect seems impossible to win.

    It’s been awhile since the days of Martin Luther King Jr.
    His name to it has a familiar ring.
    If against Racism he dd not choose to strive
    Today the great man he would be alive.

    So many holding the reins of power not spirtually aware,
    and Racism is around me everywhere.
    And racism only leads to division and war,
    Just goes to show how ignorant some are.

    Shacorrie Harvey

  12. 61 PrayerWarriorforObama
    July 14, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I believe that justice is unstoppable and timeless. I believe that the wrong decision that acquitted GZ will be righted at the moment designated by justice.

    Hold strong, Martin family. We, the people of the world, join with your US supporters to wish you God’s strength and peace to endure to the end, for there, victory awaits you.

    Hold strong, Martin family. Know that good will always triumph over evil because it is unstoppable and timeless.

  13. 62 betseyc
    July 14, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    UT, I just described you on FB as “one of the young women who are going to lead us out of the wilderness.” Bless you!

    • 63 utaustinliberal
      July 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      Oh wow. Thank you so much for the kind words.

      • 64 HZ
        July 14, 2013 at 7:17 pm

        UT, I just want to say, I concur very, very much. TY for all that you said today and all that you do here for all of us and our beloved Chips. I appreciate you all so much. It is an honor to be living and being a part of the energy and hard work that this TOD family is doing. ()HZ

  14. 65 desertflower
    July 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    http://thinkprogress.org/media/2013/07/14/2297761/black-tv-host-i-live-in-a-country-that-makes-me-wish-my-sons-awaybecause-its-not-safe/

    Joy-Ann Reid, an MSNBC contributor, added that she too is afraid for her teenage African American sons “because everywhere they go, everything they are wearing, their demeanor, the way they walk, are they looking at you funny, everything about them is supposed to be suspicious.
    “As soon as they are out of my custody, out of their dad and my care they are waiting suspects. Waiting to be arrested by police, followed around a store, made to feel uncomfortable in a store like they are not shopping, they are stealing, questioned about where they are, why are they there,” she said. “You always have to teach them these horrible lessons in 2013 that you need to be really careful about who is around you.”
    These fears are justified by national statistics.

    • 66 Nena20409
      July 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Isn’t it sad, horrible and true that since slavery, the image of having a Black man as a wild beast who needs to be feared, controlled remain today in 2013.

      No other Race is assigned this burden. Wickedly, the othering of Black Males is alway to deny them of humanity, Never for opportunity or for humanity afforded every community. Black middle children in US are suspended at a higher rate. So when do those in this community are suppose to feel safe to be just like everyone else?

  15. 67 Anna
    July 14, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Just as the majority of this nation elected Barack Obama, not once but two times, I feel deep down the majority of the nation feels that George Zimmerman is guilty. His history is of someone who soon will be in trouble again. I wish him to never have a peaceful sleep.

  16. July 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    • July 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      This is why, each year in my class, a great part of our history unit focuses on slavery and the civil rights struggle that came after it. We do this through a lot of children’s literature and discussion. Every year I worry a little about how the children (and secondarily families) will react. So far all has gone well. The children are always amazed at way black people were treated-can’t understand it. Of course that doesn’t mean they won’t change as they grow older, but I believe in planting seeds. This year a Jewish family shared that during Passover, as they were reading the story of the Israelites escaping from Egypt, their daughter suddenly stopped and said, “Oh now I understand” and went on to connect their story with the lessons we were learning. Another mom told me that when they lived in Mississippi her daughter (white) was in an all-black class where she had difficulty fitting in and finding people who would be her friends. Mom was very sad and after a year put her daughter in another school with a more mixed population. She was very worried that the girl would dislike all black people after this experience (she ended up in a great class with a black teacher and had a good time). She said that one day the girl was telling her about Ruby Bridges (whom we had just learned about) and said, ‘I think I know how she felt.’. Mom and I both felt happy about the fact that she had identified with the person who had had a n experience similar to hers, not on the basis of skin color. It just reinforce for me that this is not “black” history, but OUR history and the sooner we own it, the sooner we can overcome it.

      • July 14, 2013 at 1:43 pm

        “Of course that doesn’t mean they won’t change as they grow older, but I believe in planting seeds.”

        Thank you Mary, for what you are doing. Please keep planting those seeds!!!

        Yes We Can

        • July 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm

          Thank you, Bob! If anyone would like a list of books that address these subjects, I’d be happy to oblige. I read an article this summer that said that even parents who want to address these issues with their children don’t know how to talk about them and are afraid to make things worse by even mentioning the topic of racism. Books can be a way of easing into a discussion in a non-threatening (for both parties) way.

          • July 14, 2013 at 2:11 pm

            Mary, if you can post the list of books, I know I would appreciate having it and will certainly share it with others. Thank you.

            • July 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

              Bob, my books are at school. If I can get in this week I will make a complete list.

            • 74 nathkatun7
              July 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm

              Bob, I know this was directed to Mary on books that may be valuable to parents in helping them talk to children about issues of race and racism. I am looking forward to her list of books suitable for children. At the same time, I also feel that all of us adults can benefit from books that explore the history, complexity and the entrenchment of Race and Racism. This is, of course a very vast area, but here are some books for adults that I feel honestly deal with the issue of race in the context of history, the American legal system, and the emerging understanding of “white privilege.” I hope other members of TOD will find them helpful.

              1. A. Leon Higginbothom, “Shades of Freedom: Racial Politics and Politics And The Presumption of the American Legal Process.”
              2. Derrick Bell, “And We Are Not Saved: The Elusive Quest For Racial Justice.”
              3. Derrick Bell, “Faces At the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism.”
              4. W.E.B. DuBois, “The Souls of Black Folk.” (A timely classic that is still so relevant as UT highlighted).
              5. W.E.B. Dubois, “Dark Water: Voices from within the Veil.” (Another Books that contains a great deal of Dubois’ insights on Race).
              6. John Hope Franklin, “Race and History: Selected Essays, 1938-1988
              7. Paul Finkleman, “Slavery and the Founders: Race And Liberty in the Age of Jefferson.”

              Here are some of the books that have helped me understand the nature of “white privilege”:

              1. George Lipsitz, “The Possessive Investment in Whiteness:How White People Profit From Identity Politics.”
              2. Robert Jensen, “The Heart of Whiteness:Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege.”
              3. Frances Kendell, “Understanding White Privilege:Creating Pathways To Authentic Relationships Across Race.”
              4. Andrew Hacker, “Two Nations, Black And White: Separate and Unequal.”

              Again, Thanks always for your wonderful contributions to TOD and on twitter in spreading knowledge and fighting for justice.

    • 75 Nena20409
      July 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      As always, you break it down perfectly.

      My objections are on Those doing the preaching of teaching……those selecting when race is discussed and listening to the Zimmerman camp……they have assigned themselves to determine when race can be used, by their portrayal of TBM as a Thug. However, the media having taken sides on the Casey Anthony, Jodi Arias…..but on the killing of TBM, they are calling for the respecting the Jurors and staying calm?

      Sadly the injured are always asked to carry the burden. Accept. Swallow the injustice. This is 2013 and those who do wrong are never ostracized by the media and the society at large.

    • 77 nathkatun7
      July 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Great tweet, Bobfr!

  17. 78 sjterrid
    July 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Ut, thank you for writing this very powerful essay. Your work on this and on what is happening in Texas have been incredible. You give me hope for the future.

    You can also sign the NAACP petition justice for Trayvon Martin at the whitehouse.gov petition site, We the People. I’m not sure how to post the link. I saw it on another blog, bpicampus.com and signed it.

  18. 80 Dakota
    July 14, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    From Rasul Muhammad

    This is not a secret to we the Black people of North America, not because we are knowledgeable of everything this or any other President of the United States has said or done; but because we have grown up in this DEMOCRACY of WHITE supremacy, we know how they think!

    Justice can only come from GOD today (we are the instruments of God’s Justice) as the culture of politics, court rooms, the Media and the world over have become chronic LIARS!

    Richard Nixon, 1969:

    “The whole problem in America is really the Blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes that while not appearing to.”

  19. July 14, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Shame on Zimmerman! Even though White privilege have worked in the verdict, it will not work with the Almighty.
    When Zimmerman stands before the judgement seat of Yeshua (Christ Jesus), The heart of Zimmerman and his actions will be judged and the lake of fire will be his destiny. No flesh shall glory in YHVH’s sight. That will seriously wipe that smirk of of his wicked face.

  20. July 14, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Just heard a Rachel Murphy, some sort of expert on Alex Witt Show say the reason Zimmerman was exonerated was due to FL extreme laws that if GZ feared for his life the law allowed unequal force. She said this law is different than many other states.

  21. July 14, 2013 at 1:37 pm

  22. 85 globalcitizenlinda
    July 14, 2013 at 1:40 pm

  23. 86 Layla
    July 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Where are the black leaders, politicians, churches, businessmen, colleges. universities, principals etc…..I want to hear voices!!!! not controlled MSM interviews!

    • 87 amk for obama
      July 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      bbc

      Civil rights groups in the US have expressed dismay after neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida last year.

      Rights leader Jesse Jackson said he was “stunned” and that the Department of Justice (DoJ) should intervene.

      ///

      Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson told CNN on Sunday: “I remain stunned at the decision. The Department of Justice must intervene to take this to another level.”

      In a Facebook posting, he said “the American legal system has once again failed justice”. But he also appealed for calm, saying anyone seeking to “compound our pain with street justice” would do “damage to the innocent blood and legacy of Trayvon Martin”.

      Right activist Al Sharpton also appealed for calm, but said the verdict was “a slap in the face to the American people”.

      He compared the case to the beating of African-American man Rodney King by police in 1991, which sparked widespread rioting.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23307610

      But you are right. More prominent persons, especially whites, should speak out. Their silence would only confirm their agreement with this gross injustice.

      • 88 Layla
        July 14, 2013 at 2:02 pm

        AMK, I appreciate their efforts but “stunned”, “dismay”, “slap in the face” does not quite do it for me. A young man was brutally killed, I need more!

        • 89 Anna Luc
          July 14, 2013 at 3:09 pm

          With all do respect, isn’t it unfair to ask someone else to express exactly what you feel? I think it is completely appropriate for real leaders to use language thoughtfully at this time and not to inflame emotions that are already running high. You and I, on the other hand, can say whatever we please, for we have no followers who might act on ill considered words. There is one thing I learned from President Obama’s campaigns — when I want more, I do more.

  24. 90 PrayerWarriorforObama
    July 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    For those whose spirit is still disturbed by the GZ’s ‘not guilty verdict’, I am suggesting that you re-watch the 2nd inauguration of President Obama. There’s a calming balm embedded in the whole process. When I am deeply troubled, I watch it and it never fails to uplift my spirit.

  25. July 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    My fellow white males are the ones who need to own the fact that it is neither manly, just or honorable to oppress women and persons of color. It’s a disease, a terribly vile and disabling disease. We are the ones who must change. We are the ones who must teach the value of every person’s life and the absolute truth that any form of discrimination is an act perpetrated by someone too weak, too insecure to compete fairly.

    Yes We Can

    • July 14, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      thanks for saying that bob. RT’d

    • 93 WilTal
      July 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you Bob. You’re a treasure.

    • 95 globalcitizenlinda
      July 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      thank you for point this out

      true, leadership for change must come from those who stand to gain from structural injustice.

      others can lend our vocal support to those who are leading the struggle to change the system

    • July 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      And might I add that with change, you all must acknowledge that you defile the very image of the Creator when you decide to de-humanize what God has made to be the image of Him which is all men. After all no one has ever seen Him, so the color of skin has no value with Him. I know you are sincere Bob.

    • 97 nospin
      July 14, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      thank you Bobfr. Your words, because I know you truly understand, are like a balm to a grieving spirit. Trayvon could be my child.

  26. 98 sabreen60
    July 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm

  27. July 14, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Well, UT said everything I would have said, and much better. I can’t fashion a coherent thought right now.

  28. July 14, 2013 at 2:04 pm

  29. 102 professorx10
    July 14, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    NAACP in my opinion is becoming worthless. Too much grandstanding, aligned themselves with the Tea Party
    it’s all about the Benjamins. If people want real action, I say join NationalActionNetwork. Rev Al Sharpton and his
    organization is actually doing real work and not grandstanding. http://nationalactionnetwork.net/

  30. 105 desertflower
    July 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Anyone? http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2013/07/14/trayvons-voice-was-silenced-but-yours-isnt/

    I am producing a new Blunt video, and I am asking you to send me your reaction, in 30 seconds or less (yes, I empathize and really do know it’s difficult to keep it that short, but I can’t make a 2 hour video that nobody will have the patience to watch) to what happened last night.

    Even if you cry, send me your tears. Even if you yell, send me your screams. Even if you swear, send me your feelings. Even if you’re dumbstruck, send me your silence.

    But at least you have the ability to do any and all of those things. Trayvon does not.

    Please send your videos, of you speaking to the camera, or of your voice as the camera is focused on something else, to BLUNT @ ThePoliticalCarnival dot net.

    Please don’t be shy or reticent, be vocal. Please email me your video file within the next day or two if you can. Thank you.

    Might be cathartic.

  31. 106 JER
    July 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm

  32. 107 sabreen60
    July 14, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I don’t know one parent of black teenage or young adult sons who says their sons have NOT been profiled. My son has been profiled. My husband’s grandsons have been profiled. The most recent incident happened here in a Blue State. His grandson and a couple of friends were walking around the “Inner Harbor” in Baltimore. If you are unfamiliar, there are shops, restaurants, galleries, etc. These two white cops came up to them and accused them of loitering and said if they did not have a particular destination, they had to leave. The Harbor is like a huge town square. You go there to walk around; see the sites and maybe get something to eat. They should have gotten the cops’ badge #’s & names, but they didn’t. These are young men under 21. One is in college and the other two work. They were doing what white folks do their all day long. They were dismayed and couldn’t understand why they had been treated in this fashion.

  33. July 14, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    The state must persuade the jury beyond a reasonable doubt.

    But reasonable doubt is an elastic standard, and it seems to work in favor of whites much more often than it does blacks. It is hard to imagine that a black “neighborhood watch volunteer” who pursued and killed a white kid under the same circumstances would have walked away a free man.

    The prosecution was limited by shoddy police work in the crucial hours after Martin died, by a stand-your-ground law that invites violence and, critically, by the fact that Martin could not give his version of events. Zimmerman took care of that. But black men and women have been convicted with much less to work with.

  34. July 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm

  35. 110 Layla
    July 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I just thank the Lord that my black son is alive, well and safe!

  36. 111 desertflower
    July 14, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    MUST SEE

  37. 112 desertflower
    July 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    MUST SEE. Fear kills. Love Heals

  38. 113 WilTal
    July 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    • 119 Layla
      July 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      I am not reading this!

      • 120 vitaminlover
        July 14, 2013 at 2:28 pm

        Me neither!

      • 121 sabreen60
        July 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

        The reason I posted this was so that people will understand the mindset of people like George Zimmerman and why he believed he was within his right to kill Trayvon Martin. Parents usually have profound effect on their children. George’s father is probably a substantial influence on his son. You don’t have to read it. All of this is hard. But we need to understand the mentality that produces a George Zimmerman, because there are a hell of a lot of them out there.

        • 122 Layla
          July 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm

          Appreciate that however I think we all understand the mindset of the GZ’s out there.

        • 123 jacquelineoboomer
          July 14, 2013 at 6:22 pm

          How George Zimmerman’s father brought him “up” was written all over the father’s face in the court room. Racism begets racism. If his father were standing in front of me right now, I’d slap his face hard and walk away, and I’ve never slapped anybody in the face in my life.

    • 124 desertflower
      July 14, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Projection, pure and simple. I’m not reading any of this BS….it takes away from what needs to be done, tries to erase responsibility and might I add, makes it known that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

      • 125 sabreen60
        July 14, 2013 at 2:41 pm

        Sure it’s projection and if you all would like Ms. Chips to remove my comment than I ask her to do it. The sad truth is there IS a substantial number of Americans who believe this BS. My question is how do we fight the good fight, if we pretend the other side doesn’t exist or we don’t know how and why they form their opinions. It was not my intention to offend. They discussed this mindset on a couple of shows I saw, but apparently I should not have brought it here. I do apologize.

    • 127 nathkatun7
      July 14, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      Didn’t care to read the letter, but this exactly what dominates the right wing media led by Beck, Limbaugh and Hannity.

  39. 128 JER
    July 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    LIVE NOW: Trayvon Martin Rally, New York City – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  40. 129 CEB
    July 14, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Dear Chips,
    Thank you so much for protecting us from the trolls as we grieve. You always do this, but it is needed even more today and I just wanted you to know how grateful I am to you for providing a safe place for us. The hurt, pain, sorrow, and anger that so many of us feel, those who have posted and the lurkers, would probably consume us and cause us to become like those who hurt us if we did not have this place. We do not have to battle the haters as we go through this time because you have done it for us. I wish that there was some expression that could relate the depth of my gratitude, but I have only thank you. Thank you, dear Chips.

    • 130 desertflower
      July 14, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      YES! A Gagillion times over. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. :) :) Love our Chips.

    • July 14, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      Ah CEB, thank you so much, but as I said to Amk, one of my pleasures in life is putting these creatures in the trash, which is where they belong. They won’t ever get to pollute this loving, smart community, I promise you that. Thank you again CEB.

    • 132 Lynn
      July 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      Very true, CEB. This troll free place is my lifeline.

      • 133 arkluvspbo
        July 14, 2013 at 6:10 pm

        Mine too!! I’ve said it many times before, and I’ll repeat and repeat…best place ever!

        • 134 HZ
          July 15, 2013 at 3:02 am

          I remember when I first came here and one thing that I will never forget is the fact that Chips stated from the beginning that this is a place to lift up, support, and respect POB. I have never forgotten that as I entered this beautiful space. Thus I immediate began to feel this was a sweet, sweet haven to come to, and I meant that. I will always respect Chips’ request as I enter this space that she created.

          So with much gratitude, I give you my commitment to be loving in my tone, caring in my actions, willing to learn from my TOD brilliant minds, and respectful to Chips and my TOD family. Thank you again, my dear beautiful angel, Chips. You make this such a beautiful space for so many to find so much peace as we work together for our president.HZ

  41. 135 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm

  42. 136 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 14, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    • 137 HZ
      July 15, 2013 at 3:05 am

      So true, Keith. So true. I even lived through a lot of that as some of my TOD family members have also. Truth has been spoken.HZ

  43. 139 desertflower
    July 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I always try to find the lessons in life..especially in the dark times. The times like these that have shown us such horror in the past few weeks. VRA, women’s rights being denied, and of course, Trayvon’s fight for justice. For those that believe in a higher power, could it be that he was meant to show us all the error of our ways? The deeper, honest conversations that we never allowed ourselves to have, but instead tamped down and thought we were over, so enlightened because we managed to elect an amazingly competent AA man as our President. Twice. Did that act, give us a false sense of being a post racial society? While we celebrated this wonderful and wonderous feat….the same ugly, destructive racially divisive forces were working hard at the state level…tearing down and dismantling all the gains made in civil rights, voting rights, woman’s rights…the list goes on. While we were slapping ourselves on the back, congratulating ourselves on a job well done….evil was creeping.
    Maybe…the culmination of all we’ve seen these past weeks, and all the emotions that went with them…was supposed to happen. As a wakeup call to a great country. A tsunami of a reminder that if we don’t care for and protect those ideals that are precious to us….they can be swept away in the blink of an eye. A tsunami of giant proportion….laying waste to our society that we fought for, but forgot to tend to. Like a garden, we planted the seeds, but we didn’t tend to the weeds. We thought it was ok…we had our fruits and flower….the weeds crept in…we didn’t tend the garden. The weeds can not overtake the garden, or all the goodness that is there, will rot and be overrun.

    This is how we will get through this turbulent time. Recommit to tending the garden. See the face of Trayvon, see the women denied, the students, the sick and elderly, the students…and know that we can, must, do better, be better…for them. Turn the anger to action. It is the only way. This feeling we have is the EXACT feeling that we should hold on to. It will spur us to action and keep us from getting complacent again. It will force us to tend our country’s garden..

  44. 141 nathkatun7
    July 14, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you so much UT for this brilliant and righteous statement. It should be circulated widely as it contains a great deal of wisdom and inspiration.


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