I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my ‘very practical and potentially life-saving campaign urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies.’Geraldo Rivera • In an email to Politico, sort of apologizing for the comments he made regarding Trayvon Martin’s choice of attire on the night he was killed. Although Rivera stands by his beliefs, he said he’s received nothing but ridicule and hatred since making the statement, and even admitted that his son was “ashamed” of him. So, in response, he felt the need to apologize to anyone offended by his “crusade to warn minority families of the danger to their young sons inherent in gangsta style clothing; like hoodies.” In other hoodie-related news, this. source (via • follow)
windupbirdchronicle asks: you had my follow for about a day, before you neglected to mention the circumstances surrounding the reports that Trayvon Martin "attacked" George Zimmerman.
» SFB says: We’ve been covering the story for weeks, and our full reports show the context you’re looking for. We were just trying to report the most recent element of the story. We’ve covered both sides of this story; we were merely relating the latest information reported by the local newspaper. I hope you reconsider; stories have multiple sides and we were merely pointing the latest information that the local newspaper, the Orlando Sentinel, reported. Context and fairness is important, and ultimately, we have to point out information that doesn’t necessarily agree with earlier parts of a story. — Ernie @ SFB
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It sounds pretty obvious to me. If that was a racial epithet that preceded the attack on Trayvon Martin, we definitely have a hate crime.Drexel University law professor Donald Tibbs • Suggesting that, if George Zimmerman, the gunman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, used a racial slur to describe Martin (as has been suggested by many who listened to the 911 tapes before Martin’s shooting), the federal government could charge Zimmerman with a hate crime. Others disagree on this sentiment, but the Justice Department could decide this depending on what evidence they find. Or, depending on whether the state of Florida chooses to charge Zimmerman themselves, they may not act at all. Zimmerman’s attorney claims his client, who is half-white and half-Hispanic, acted in self-defense and was injured in the incident.
What the president said, in a sense, is disgraceful. It’s not a question of who that young man looked like. Any young American of any ethnic background should be safe, period. We should all be horrified no matter what the ethnic background. Is the president suggesting that if it had been a white who had been shot, that would be OK because it didn’t look like him. That’s just nonsense dividing this country up.Newt Gingrich • Decrying President Obama’s comments on the Trayvon Martin case on Sean Hannity’s radio show yesterday. For those who didn’t hear, President Obama mentioned, while discussing the boy’s tragic killing, that if he himself had a son, “he’d look like Trayvon.” In Newt’s world, this represents a heinously divisive racial statement, tantamount to saying that if Martin had been white, his death would’ve been okay. This dovetails with Gingrich’s aggressive, bomb-throwing style in the past couple weeks, one that sometimes smells strongly of desperation – he’s also railed against the TV show GCB, and tried to gin up outrage over an extremely innocuous Robert DeNiro joke. To put it simply, it’s precisely this self-destructive, scorched earth, attack at all costs (no matter the sensitivity of the issue, clearly) instinct that made the GOP establishment turn on Gingrich’s campaign late last year, blunting his momentum and torpedoing his chances at winning the nomination. source (via • follow)
I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.Geraldo Rivera • He continued:, saying that “every time you see someone sticking up a 7-11, the kid is wearing a hoodie. Every time you see a mugging on a surveillance camera or they get the old lady in the alcove, it’s a kid wearing a hoodie.” Geraldo eventually concluded that, Million Hoodie March aside, “you can not rehabilitate the hoodie.” We predict that these comments won’t be controversial at all. source (via • follow)
My mother, Ada Sharpton passed in the early hours of this morning. She was my all. I hope God will give her now, PEACE. I love you, Mom.The Rev. Al Sharpton • In a tweet earlier this morning revealing his mother had died. Despite this sad news, he still chose to travel to Florida to attend a rally against the shooting of Trayvon Martin: ”I am on the flight to Florida and will move forward with our plans to protest the killing of Trayvon Martin. My MOM would have wanted me to,” he tweeted a short time later.