Would Trayvon case be as controversial if races reversed?
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DEAR EDITOR:

To say that the Trayvon Martin case has controversy surrounding it would be a major understatement. I, like most Americans, believe it is a tragedy.

I am truly saddened that in the year 2012, there still has to be racism attached to a case such as this one. I would like to point out there is a huge difference between being a racist and being prejudiced. The definition of racism literally means to believe that one race is superior to another, while prejudiced is a word used to prejudge someone. Unfortunately wearing a hoodie with the hood up has become the trademark of gang members/criminals. I have seen signs in convenience stores that prohibit anyone from entering the store with this look. It is not specific towards any race.

Please understand I am in no way implying that anyone walking down the street with their hood up on a hoodie is a criminal. I am not saying that Mr. Zimmerman had or did not have the right to shoot this young man. I was not there so I will never know the accurate version.

I also have to question if this story be receiving as much attention if the racial roles were reversed? I wonder if the majority of Americans are aware of the case involving the two young British men that were killed in cold blood in Florida, James Cooper and James Kouzaris. They were murdered by a 17 year old who referred to them as “crackers” and viciously ignored them when they begged to be allowed to go home. President Obama has not made an attempt to contact their parents after they have tried repeatedly to reach out to the White House.

Please let us keep our wits about this, and let the judicial system handle it.

Toni Easterday
Powder Springs
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anonymous
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April 05, 2012
To off balance,

I not for the protest there would be no investigation, much less court. That is why people speak out, to insurejustice is served.
Off Balance
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April 04, 2012
@Toni

"Please let us keep our wits about this, and let the judicial system handle it."

Sound advice.
Cant tell you that.
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April 04, 2012
I think that this is totally unfair. The authority in Florida knows who shot Trayvon, but couldn’t arrest him because some stupid law that implies you you can shot somebody in cold blood and get away with it by claiming self-defense, and saying that this person you just killed threatened your life. I mean sometimes its true and things like people threatening your life can happen. But I think that this law in Florida should not exist, what happend to justice in our country, every man created and treated equal?. That’s what I want to know. I also think that Trayvon Martin deserves justice, nobody in our country should get killed and not have there killer go to jail. His killer needs to go to jail for the crime he committed, we know who the killer is its time the people ,us, decides what happens.
Off Balance
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April 04, 2012
The courts will decide the rights and wrongs of this shooting. I just want to say that we have no way for knowing if it was "in cold blood". Or possibly if your definition of cold blood is different than mine.

"in cold blood" definition:

Deliberately, coldly, and dispassionately."

I honestly don't know and I am waiting for the incident to be investigated.
Grey Matters
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April 04, 2012
The stand your ground law was created to allow a person to defend themselves without some lawyer telling the person attacked that they have the responsability to flee and hope they aren't shot in the back.

Now, what confuses me more is why Zimmerman hasn't been charged under this very law. Of all the facts that I've heard ,Trayvon was pursued by Zimmerman even against the 911 operators instructions. So, by the "Stand Your Ground" law ,he should have been allowed to attack the aggressor chasing him. Maybe instead of being a bunch of mindless lemmings and screaming for the law to be eliminated ,we should be demanding it be properly applied.
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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April 03, 2012
Would this be "more contreversal" if races had been reversed? Don't know for sure...but I do know it would be a heck of a lot quieter...since Sharpton and Jackson only whine out loud when it's about a black person!
anonymous
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April 02, 2012
--RE: Please understand I am in no way implying that anyone walking down the street with their hood up on a hoodie is a criminal.--

But if a white or (white hispanic?) person was walking down the street with a pointy hood, you dang sure would have no problem expressly stating that they were racist Ku Klux Kluckers.

There is a double standard and black America is not willing to rise to the same standard as everyone else (white, yellow, brown, red...but not black). I'll be upset about Trayvon once black America starts getting upset about all the young black men that were shot this week (and every week) by other young black men. Until then, as far as I am concerned, the larger portion of black America just wants to gripe about something other than the real problems that plague their community. Hint: the white man ain't holding you back anymore. Stop making excuses. Set yourselves free. Take responsibility for your selves.

anonymous
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April 02, 2012
The problem is not who shot who and what race they are. The problem is with law enforcement who decide who gets arrested, tried and sentenced to prison.
ProJour
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April 03, 2012
@anonymous: Hoodies are available in most clothing stores - I've never seen a KKK hood for sale, even in Kmart. The Klanners fashion their outfit on purpose. And I'm sure you get your deep understanding of the black community from your extensive involvement with it, so you know that civic, religious, educational, business and other leaders never speak out about black on black crime, rail against the "thug culture," decry drug use or do anything to address those issues. Guess they're too busy plotting ways to stick it to Whitey. The white man ain't holding blacks back any more? I love the sanctimony that is Cobb County.
Rise?
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April 05, 2012
True. There is a double standard. If standards were the same, there would be no need to "Rise". How would feel if you are the one having to, "Rise"? Don't reply because you will have to lie.
anonymous
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April 07, 2012
hey anonymous, law enforcement gets to decide who is arrested. Period. They don't decide who is tried or sent to prison.

And your assertion that the color of George Zimmerman (the guy who shot trayvon) is not the problem,is out right lunacy. If a black guy had shot trayvon it would be just another night in the hood. If the guy who was shot was white I can promise you AL Sharpton would be nowhere near. And dear leader Obama would have never mentioned it.

Get real. Engage your brain cells.
just sayin
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April 01, 2012
"Let the judicial system handle it". I whole heartedly agree, this case should not be tried in the media. The problem is, "the judicial system does not have it". George Zimmerman is free, has not been charged and was appearently given a free pass because of a self defense claim. You draw comparisons between the Trayvon Martin case and the two British tourists case as being similar, they are not. The motivation for the vicious James Cooper, James Zozaris murder was robbery, then 16 yr old Shawn Tyson was arrested, tried and sentenced to two life sentences without parole for first degree murder in Sarasota, Florida. If Shawn Tyson had claimed self defense would he have been set free? If Travan Martin had been white would Zimmerman have pursued him based on the possibility that he might commit a crime? The answer to both is probably "NO". America is a violent country, with many racial problems, there are more than enough instances of racial violence both black and white. At this point, for some reason, Zimmerman has been given the benefit of the doubt. Justice is not being served.
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