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George Zimmerman's Website Raised $200,000

gloria-swanson:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Remember when George Zimmerman sought donations from his website? You know, the one that looked like it was designed in the mid-’90s, and that proudly featured a photo from a vandalized black community center? Turns out Zimmerman raised $200,000.

Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, where he said that he just learned about the money on Wednesday and will inform a judge Friday. Zimmerman has shut his site down — he’s been barred from engaging in any social media — but O’Mara said he will start a new defense fund for his client.

O’Mara admitted that if the judge had known about the $200,000 Zimmerman raised, Zimmerman’s bail might have been set higher than $150,000. The defendant, who faces second-degree murder charges for shooting Trayvon Martin, was released from jail earlier this week after paying 10 percent of the bail.


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NY DAILY NEWS: George Michael Zimmerman's lawyer apologizes for his client's apology over the killing of Trayvon Martin. In other news, George Michael Zimmerman still murdered Trayvon Martin.

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Florida judge removes herself from George Zimmerman trial

(Reuters) - A Florida judge removed herself on Wednesday from presiding over the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, according to a court news release.

Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler’s move was expected. Last week, Recksiedler disclosed a potential conflict of interest in that her husband’s law partner previously had been contacted by Zimmerman seeking representation. Recksiedler asked Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, to file a motion quickly if he wanted her off the case, which he did on Monday.

Recksiedler announced her recusal in a three-page order.

ALEC Retreats Under Pressure, Ends Push For 'Stand Your Ground,' Voter ID Laws

WASHINGTON — The American Legislative Exchange Council, the controversial corporate-sponsored lobbying group whose push for “stand your ground” gun laws and voter ID legislation ignited grassroots protests, announced Tuesday that it is getting out of the social policy field to focus on core economic issues.

Corporations associated with ALEC had been under siegefrom public interest and civil rights groups who demanded they cut ties with ALEC, most recently because of its successful push to pass “stand your ground” legislation in multiple states. Florida’s version of that law has been cited as a reason why neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was not initially charged in the deadly shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Several companies — including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, McDonald’s, Kraft and Intuit — had already distanced themselves from ALEC before Tuesday’s surprise announcement.

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Reblogged from The N3rdy Girl

n3rdgirl:

Oh god, Kevin Sorbo is one of *those* people. See, this is why everyone likes Xena better. 

And Kev, dear? The reason Obama, Jackson, and Sharpton are silent is right there in your tweet…the boys responsible WERE ARRESTED. The police didn’t stand around with their thumbs up their asses for almost two months. The police didn’t coach the witnesses to make them think that the aggressors were innocent victims. 

Fuck you, Kevin Sorbo. 

Reblogged from Glossylalia

Years before the killing of Trayvon Martin grabbed the nation’s attention, the teen’s father warned him that his race could make him a target of violence.

The advice Tracy Martin gave his black son, that people veiled by racism and prejudices might see him as suspicious or violent, is a common and continuous warning in many black families, parents and experts say. In the aftermath of Trayvon’s death, more families are having “the talk,” teaching sons to be aware of their race, avoid confrontations with authority figures, and to remain calm in situations even if their rights are violated.

“I’ve always let him know we as African Americans get stereotyped,” Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father told USA TODAY three weeks after his son’s death. “I told him that society is cruel.”

Trayvon, 17, was shot and killed on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., as he was returning to a gated community after buying candy at a nearby store. The gunman, George Zimmerman, whose father is white and mother is Hispanic, now faces a charge of second-degree murder.

Trayvon was “profiled” by Zimmerman, who “falsely assumed (Trayvon) was going to commit a crime” as the teen was trying to get back to the home of his father’s girlfriend, according to public filings by Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey. The documents portray Zimmerman as the aggressor throughout the incident, remarking to police at one point that people like Trayvon were “punks” causing trouble in his neighborhood.

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USA Today (via the Detroit Free Press), “Trayvon Martin’s Father Warned Son About Stereotypes.”

This is for anyone who thinks that race had absolutely nothing to do with the Trayvon Martin murder.

Seven words: “Get your head out of your ass.”

(via inothernews)

Travyon Martin case magnifies everyday race relations

By Shannan Hicks

Chris Rock once joked that the poorest, most down-and-out white man would rather stay that way than be rich and black.


Family lawyer Benjamin Crump, right, lays his head against Sybrina Fulton’s shoulder, next to Trayvon Martin’s brother Jahvaris Fulton, during a news conference about the arrest of George Zimmerman in the death of Fulton’s son Trayvon Martin. (Jacqueline Martin - AP)

That’s because the default opinion of other races is generally that black folks are inferior, regardless of education, economic status or ability.

We have to prove that we are not going to snatch your purse, ask for spare change or sit by idly while surviving on welfare. It’s exhausting having to explain yourself everyday.

I have a law degree from Tulane University. My mother had her master’s in education; my father, a former college president, his PhD. My grandmother had a master’s when most black people didn’t even attend college. Being highly educated and prepared runs in the family.

As I walk down the street, however, I look like any other sister on the continent. At a drug store on a Saturday morning, no makeup, my naturally curly fro and Tulane Law Alum hoodie, I was asked if I got it at Goodwill. What other explanation could there be?

Black folks must always show that we are on the same level as whites. Put the most suspect-looking white person next to a well-dressed black man and there is still a millisecond of doubt about the brother. It’s the reason that the Trayvon Martin case has shaken so many black Americans, no matter their age, economic status or gender.

But raising the issue comes across as whining to people who only see your outward success. On Facebook, one of my white friends asked in regard to the Trayvon Martin case: “Shannan, why is the black community so quick to blame everything on race?”

Trayvon Martin’s death has awakened black folks, at least temporarily, from a decades-long malaise. I am 41. I grew up in integrated schools and have always interacted with and had friends of other races.

It’s easy to forget that 50 years ago, I would never be able to have an LSU alum license plate.

Until the day she died in 1996, there were certain stores that my grandmother would not “trade” in because of the way she had been treated. It’s easy to forget that Emmitt Till was tortured and killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. He should be a grandfather now. Instead, his is the picture that our parents showed us to point how far we’ve come and the dangers still present for us.

It becomes easy, 20 years later, to forget the Rodney King and Yusef Hawkins cases. But racism is not over.

And it’s exhausting. At 4, my teacher wanted me tested for special education because I was bored. She didn’t know — until my mother straightened her out — that I was already reading.

I have been followed around stores by saleswomen who thought I was there to steal. I have had a woman who asked in horrible grammar why I wanted to purchase LSU ribbons to make a wreath and let me know that they didn’t sell Southern University ribbons.

Then there was the waiter who, after I asked for the wine list, informed me that they didn’t have Alize. I wanted Riesling, you idiot.

At a deposition, a lawyer wouldn’t start the deposition until his opposing counsel, Shannan Hicks, arrived. I was there, well dressed with fly shoes but had to be the court reporter, even though I had no court reporting equipment and I was carrying a briefcase.

It gets old. No matter how far we’ve come, in some people’s eyes, we are still no good, less than, deficient and not worthy. It’s a heavy burden.

I also realize it’s difficult for the white people in our lives who love us and who don’t look at us so jaded. I have homegirls and homeboys from Bucharest to Bossier City. They know and love me and I love them.

But being black for a day, I promise you, can give you a nervous breakdown if you’re not strong. This is daily pain that we swallow, the price we pay for being black in America. And we swallow it and swallow it until our psyches become engorged with long-simmering anger.

So, please stop telling me I am a credit to my race, not like other black folks or different from other black folks you know.

I don’t need a hoodie. I wear this brown skin everyday.

I am Trayvon Martin.

According to Reuter's poll, 91% of blacks think Trayvon Martin was unjustly killed, contrasted to only 35% of whites

Americans are deeply divided by race over the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, with 91 percent of African Americans saying he was unjustly killed while just 35 percent of whites thought so, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Thursday.

Fifty-nine percent of Hispanics believe that Martin was innocent and unjustly killed six weeks ago, according to the online poll of 1,922 Americans, conducted Monday through Thursday.

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Reblogged from Cognitive Dissonance

cognitivedissonance:

Um…

Too bad we can’t talk to Trayvon Martin about not being able to safely go to a 7-11 and back. 

But no, let’s all feel sorry for George Zimmerman, the man who shot an unarmed teenager who was on his way back from a 7-11 with Skittles and an iced tea. Because George Zimmerman can’t go to a 7-11 any longer - never mind the inconvenient fact that Trayvon can’t either. Because of your client, Mr. O’Mara.

Zimmerman’s life may suck now, but at least he still has it. Perhaps if Trayvon Martin still had his, this whole going-to-a-7-11 thing wouldn’t be a problem. 

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Breaking: George Zimmerman’s Legal Team Withdraws Counsel

newwavefeminism:

George Zimmerman’s legal team announced on Tuesday afternoon that they are withdrawing their counsel. “We have lost contact with him, we are not sure what he’s doing,” the lawyers said.

The way this case has unfolded and been handled is the single most greatest example of fuckery I have ever seen.