Posts tagged Trayvon Martin
Posts tagged Trayvon Martin
Apparently NBC also added the “coon” remark, and made Zimmerman call 911 on, and harass black men in the neighbourhood for months, right?
Now, my view is a bit biased (but that’s what you signed for when you hit “follow”), but I don’t really think there’s that much of a distance between the “Save Zimmerman” crowd and the nazis. Save Zimmerman from waht, exactly? He hasn’t been arrested, that’s what people are angry about.
Lynching imagery? Stay classy, Allie.
And again, and again we reiterate. Zimmmerman wasn’t chanrged or even arrested. There was no crime scene so to speak, they just decided that a white man shooting a black kid had to be self defense.
George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin. There’s never been any question as to this happening. The question has been did he act in self defense, and if he did, was the use of deadly force justified. I’d answer “no” and “fuck no”, respectively.
Meanwhile, Zimmerman’s own view of black people was that they are guilty until proven guilty. That’s why he was constantly calling 911 on black men, and even a 7 year old boy in the neighbourhood, and that’s why he followed Trayvon, calling in, saying he looked suspicious. Because a black boy can’t walk down a stret without being suspicious, I guess.
It’s been a month since Trayvon Martin was shot, a couple weeks since the murder started getting national attention, and yet Lester still hasn’t learned that Zimmerman is Hispanic, not white. (Don’t waste my time with that ‘mixed race’ thing; Zimmerman identifies as Hispanic, thus he’s Hispanic)
Oh, and kudos on that background and setting, Lester. Guess you put all your effort into writing this and couldn’t be bothered to even draw a simple horizon line!
I say Zimmerman was white-passing, and upheld white supremacy.
Also, the question of “justice” isn’t about race, it’s about the fact that the shooter was never arrested despite being guilty beyond douubt.
Well of course Glenn couldn’t allow Brother Gary to upstage him in the “Let’s shamelessly politicize a senseless murder” Olympics.
Fun fact: there was no yellow tape at the murder scene. An officer told Zimmerman he had acted in self-defense and told him to go home. End of investigation.
I wonder how McCoy would react if he were informed of that fact. Maybe a shrug and back to whatever it was he was doing before?
And yeah, Obama sure is smug about a kid being murdered…
It’s the white conservatives who keeop repeating how Zimmerman is “half-hispanic”, as if he ever was confused for anything but white. This is just another racist tactic from the right, just pitting black and brown against each other to distract from the fact that it’s the structural white supremacy that makes it OK to consider a kid “suspicious” for being black, and any latin person to be a potential illegal immigrant.
Also, yeah, the New Black Panthers are of course the biggest threat in the country. Obviously.
Here’s cartoonistStephanie Eisner’s latest political cartoon published in the Daily Texan, the student paper at the University of Texas- Austin. You can see “The Media” there, telling its lies again, about how the BIG BADWHITE[*a bunch of arrows pointing to “white”*] man killed the handsome, sweet, innocentCOLORED[*a bunch of arrows pointing to “colored”*] BOY. Oh, you media. Always trying to pull the wool over theWHITEman’s eyes, to protect theCOLOREDBOYS. Blarrrrrggghhhhh.
The paper pulled this comic offtheir websiteaswe were writing this post. Good backlash anticipation. “Stereotypical Texas Person” joke goes here, etc. Ugh.
Most of Stephanie Eisner’s other cartoons aremerely mystifying.
UPDATE:The Daily Texan has put the cartoon back on their website, along with the followingstatement:
A controversial editorial cartoon on the Trayvon Martin shooting was published Tuesday on the Opinion page of The Daily Texan. The Daily Texan Editorial Board recognizes the sensitive nature of the cartoon’s subject matter.
The views expressed in the cartoon are not those of the editorial board. They are those of the artist. It is the policy of the editorial board to publish the views of our columnists and cartoonists, even if we disagree with them.
Please direct any inquiries to email@example.com.
Un fucking believable.
CC: Sociopathy at its finest.
The man who more or less called the police every time he saw a black person in his neighbourhood, started following a kid for being black, and muttered “coon” during the 911 call “not a racist”?
K but u rong doe.
Yeah, this is how I wanted to kick off a Monday: talking about Gary McCoy’s latest offense to common sense and decency.
What actually happened? A reporter asked President Obama about the Trayvon Martin shooting and, in his response, the president pointed out that if he had a son Trayvon would look like him, and for that he finds this death particularly upsetting.
Obama did not bring the issue up himself. The press conference where the matter was brought up was meant to introduce the next head of the World Bank. A reporter asked him about the shooting, a question unrelated to the reason for the press conference (but obviously an important issue).
Second, Obama did not say Trayvon Martin looked like him. He said Trayvon would look like his son, if he had one. He said this in relation to his own concerns as a parent, with the subtext being his concerns as a black parent. The shooting of Trayvon Martin has led to a lot of articles being written by African-Americans talking about the fear they have when their children go outside (here’s a sampling) because as much as conservatives (or many people in general) don’t want to talk about it, don’t want to accept it, America is not post-racial, America is not colorblind.
Even without the phone calls and the “fucking coons” comment the Martin shooting is just another reminder that walking while black is as much an invitation for the fear and scrutiny of those not like you as driving around in a car with “METH DLR” vanity plates is an invitation for the police to pull you over every ten seconds.
Do I even need to go over this? Do I need to talk about how ridiculous, how shameful it is that a boy died because he was holding some candy and Arizona tea? Or how pathetic it is people will try to write off the shooting as something other than what it was: another symptom of the cancer of hatred and bigotry our society still struggles with? They’ll make excuses, like Zimmerman felt threatened or Martin was wearing the wrong clothing, instead of saying “Hey, maybe our society isn’t as advanced and equal as we like to tell ourselves it is.”
No, let me just talk about this cartoon. I’ve said before conservatives will use anything - anything - they can to attack Obama, and still I am often amazed they find new depths to sink to. As I said, Obama did not bring the issue up himself and he did not say Martin looked like him. He did not make this issue about himself.
So McCoy is not engaging in exaggeration for the purpose of satire or absurdity. He is lying - no reason to put a fancy spin on it - shamelessly lying. He has conjured an image of Obama that bears no relation to reality save he used the words “Trayvon” and “look.”
And why? That’s what I would like to know. In a rational society the shooting would not be cause for division. This is not a political issue, it’s not abortion or gay marriage or foreign policy or anything that could illicit contrary opinions from different people. A boy was shot for no reason. It’s a tragedy. How is that not the consensus?
I can understand editorial cartoonists touching upon this issue, usually with the lazy “Oh, this was senseless” non-statements. But what was going through McCoy’s head, what was his train of thought, to look at the death of an innocent 17-year old and say “I can use this to attack Obama”?
What kind of man does that?
I wonder, has any conservative cartoonist made a comic about the death of Trayvon Martin that isn’t apologistic of the shooter, panicking about loss of gun rights, or personal attack against the victim, or Obama?