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If I Had A Son….

At the Justice for Trayvon rally in Miami, July 20


89 Responses to “If I Had A Son….”


  1. July 20, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Congrats on 1st Layla.

    That’s a fantastic T-shirt, Chips!! Expect to be seeing lots of those in the months ahead.

    From bottom of previous thread:

    Good day Chips & TODers!

    An important recommendation from adept2u at TPV:

    “We are currently in the midst of celebrating the life and times of the Madiba. I like President Obama came to political activism struggling against our nation’s support of South Africa. I would like to propose a tool the South African people used to great effect, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission except an American one.

    The most appealing aspect of this idea to me is that of Truth. We would have stakeholders from say, not just Native peoples, but the issues of a Native person from the plains and from Alaska. We would have not just Asians, but Japanese to speak of internment, Chinese to speak of their experiences in America’s cities. We should have stake holders for everyone to write in an event where all of American history is discussed.

    We can discuss the individual experience of every wave of immigration we have been blessed with and finally expose any painful myths laying underneath like how Italian people are seen as mafia dons, or just anything.”

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/07/president-obamas-recent-race-speech.html

    Yes We Can

    • 4 Dudette
      July 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      YES we can!

    • 5 jackiegrumbacher
      July 20, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Bob, This is a brilliant idea from adept2u and one that I have not seen take place in my life time. I think it would go a long way to revealing (and possibly healing) the divisions in our country that are both fresh and deeply hidden in our collective psyche. While a national convocation would be ideal, we can being in our own communities, one group at a time. Even the smallest groups can open eyes and begin to make a difference.

    • July 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      Hope everyone reads your post, NCG.

      “I am not 100% sure what I can offer the conversation that is erupting all over our social media from Twitter feeds to the New York Times, but I am haunted by the words of Elie Wiesel, “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” Perhaps it is time, even for non-politicos like me, to join the sticky and uncomfortable conversation about guns and violence and just talk about how our children might stay safe enough to grow up.”

      Yes. We need you and every American to do just that!

      “A discussion of getting out to vote does not seem a strong enough response right now to the tragic murder of 17 year old Martin, but it was a strategy used very effectively by both Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. to crumble walls that stood forever. Can we simple citizens now Stand Our Ground without a gun but with a ballot in our hands to create a place where your sons and mine can meander home in safety? A day where we put our Guns Down? For, after all is said and done, We are All Trayvon Martin.”

      Agree.

      Thank you.

      Yes We Can

    • 11 betseyc
      July 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks for letting us know about this, NCG. Shared on FB.

  2. 13 Allison
    July 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Beautiful.

  3. 14 Dudette
    July 20, 2013 at 1:43 pm
  4. 19 Dudette
    July 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm
  5. 22 Dudette
    July 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm
  6. 23 Dudette
    July 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm
  7. 24 Dudette
    July 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm
  8. 25 JER
    July 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    LIVE NOW: Trayvon Martin Rally In Chicago – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  9. 26 Dudette
    July 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm
  10. 30 Dudette
    July 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm
  11. 31 Dudette
    July 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm
    • 32 Lynn
      July 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Just delurking to send you major hugs for last nights music, dudette, and to humbly thank one and all for EVERYTHING. I’m going back to do battle with the anger monster. 0388 can tell you I was in pretty bad shape, then things got worse. My roommates 21 year old grandson is attending his murdered black friend’s funeral today. I’ll be back to commenting when I regain some sanity. Love and hugs by the truckload!!

      • 33 Dudette
        July 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

        Many hugs to you and all you love Lynn {{{{{{{ Lynn }}}}}}}
        Be at peace.

      • 34 vcprezofan2
        July 20, 2013 at 2:27 pm

        Wishing you a great big, genuine, hug of support by someone who is physically close by, Lynn. This calls for more than a virtual hug, though I’ll send one in the meantime. {Lynn}

      • 35 jackiegrumbacher
        July 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm

        Oh Lynn, I am so sorry–no 21 year old should have to endure attending the funeral of a friend that young. All the love and hugs in the world back to you and to your grandson and the poor family of that murdered young one. Sometimes it’s just all too much for words.

      • July 20, 2013 at 6:18 pm

        Sending you big (((((hugs)))) Lynn. My prayers to your grandson and his friend’s family. It’s hurts deep in your soul losing someone so young and senseless. I lost two cousins before they reached 30yrs old to violence in SoCal. They were both gunned done because of mistakenly identified as a rival gang.

      • 37 sjterrid
        July 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm

        I’m so sorry, Lynn, you and your loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. 38 Dudette
    July 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm

  13. 39 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    GA, TOD.

  14. 40 Allison
    July 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm
  15. 43 Mellesia Barnett
    July 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/19/charles-barkley-zimmerman_n_3622632.html

    Former NBA power forward Charles Barkley spoke about the George Zimmerman trial on CNBC on Thursday, telling host Maria Bartiromo he agreed with the verdict.

    “I feel sorry that a young kid got killed, but they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him. Something clearly went wrong that night…but if you look at the case — and there was some racial profiling — something changed the dynamic that night,” Barkley said on the program “Closing Bell.”

    Could someone tell Barkley to STFU

    • 44 anniebella
      July 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Excuse Charles Barkley, he never had any dam sense anyway, he just was good at playing basketball.

  16. 45 LDS
    July 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Charles, STFU!
    If this was your son WTF would you say, then?

  17. 46 Dudette
    July 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm
  18. 47 MightyPamela
    July 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Oh. God. Thank you.

  19. July 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks, Chips. As usual, you find how to say it with pictures that leave an indelible imprint.

    Have you seen this? http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/07/black_mothers_speak_out_for_their_sons_after_trayvon_he_is_not_a_suspect.html

    It’s absolutely beautiful and so poignant.

    “Black Mothers Speak Out After Trayvon: ‘My Son Is Not a Suspect’

    In the aftermath of George Zimmerman’s acquittal on all charges related to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the continued racial profiling of young black men has become even bigger news than usual. On Tuesday, Essence Magazine launched a social media campaign called #HeIsNotASuspect to challenge the negative images of young black men in the media. Its aim is to end racial profiling by targeting the often unacknowledged victims of violence targeted at young black men: the black mothers, grandmothers, aunties, sisters, and girlfriends who are often left behind to pick up the pieces.

    So far, the campaign has unearthed beautiful images and declarations of love…”

  20. 57 Allison
    July 20, 2013 at 2:26 pm
  21. 59 Dudette
    July 20, 2013 at 2:27 pm
  22. 60 Dudette
    July 20, 2013 at 2:28 pm
  23. 61 Dudette
    July 20, 2013 at 2:28 pm
  24. 62 Dudette
    July 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm
    • 63 vcprezofan2
      July 20, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      This #heisnotasuspect and the one above (and a few others) is where I personally wish they’d all go – that is, show the young boys/men ‘doing’ what they do, or are.- helper. athlete, musician, dancer, teacher, community leader, yada, yada. This is highly unlikely, and maybe somewhat artificial, but I wish all stations were diligently and religiously focusing on the ‘good’ kids – black or white -half as much as they do on the ‘bad’ ones.

  25. 64 utaustinliberal
    July 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm
  26. 69 Dudette
    July 20, 2013 at 2:34 pm
  27. 70 utaustinliberal
    July 20, 2013 at 2:34 pm
  28. 71 Dudette
    July 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm
  29. 75 Dudette
    July 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm
  30. 76 utaustinliberal
    July 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I hear David Gregory is going to host an MTP conversation on Race and Justice in America. I would like to know the drunk who thought this was a good idea and decided to roll with it.

  31. 83 Dudette
    July 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm
  32. 85 utaustinliberal
    July 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm
  33. 88 Jovie
    July 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    How can he fight implementation unless they don’t fund the government and shut it down?
    That’s the only way!
    Are they that stupid?
    Yes!
    Yes they are!

    • 89 vitaminlover
      July 20, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      You know actually Bonehead and his ilk are trying to do everything to thwart President Obama himself.


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