By Jueseppi B.
Lets start with Tavis Smiley: One day Tavis excels at telling a racist talk show host that if caucasians can stand their ground and arm themselves against Black America,….that Black Americans should arm up and defend themselves.
Then he goes and kicks over that beautiful bucket of milk with this:
President Barack Obama has received widespread praise for his impromptu remarks today on race and the trial of George Zimmerman.
Trayvon Martin’s parents said the president made a “beautiful tribute to their boy” and shared that they were “honored and moved” by his words.
However, talk show host Tavis Smiley, one of Obama’s most vocal African-American critics, was quick to dismiss the president on Twitter.
The backlash to Smiley’s broadside was just as swift, with numerous Twitter users calling him out for being “pathetic.”
The president told the press that “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”
He was very critical of Stand Your Ground laws around the country, challenging their effectiveness and enforcement.
“If Trayvon Martin was of age and was armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk?” Obama asked. “If the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we should examine those laws.”
The president also specifically addressed why emotions over the Zimmerman verdict were running especially high in the black community.
“The African-American community is looking at this through a set of experiences and history that doesn’t go away,” he said. “There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me.”
Thank You theGRIO
Sometimes, it’s best to sit the fuck down & shut the fuck up. Barack Hussein Obama would be a very difficult act to follow for most any man, but when an idiot house nigger such as Tavis Smiley attempts to follow the President Of The United States…..EPIC Fail.
Next lets move on to Juror B37: African-American tweeters with large followings shut down plans for a book by one of the former jurors in the George Zimmerman trial, juror B37.
When it was announced that juror B37 had secured an agent and was seeking a book deal to describe her experiences on the trial, many denizens of Black Twitter — sometimes referred to as “#blacktwitter” — quickly attacked the project.
A Change.org petition calling for the book project to be abandoned. With these results: the book agent mentioned in the Tweet, Sharlene Martin, became inundated with tweets criticizing her and the idea.
Sharlene Martin responded saying she would be rescinding the agent offer. She also made a formal announcement to the press.
“After careful consideration regarding the proposed book project with Zimmerman Juror B37, I have decided to rescind my offer of representation in the exploration of a book based upon this case. All best, Sharlene Martin Martin Literary Management,”
Thank you Ms. Sharlene Martin. #PeopleOverProfits.
Onto George Zimmerman’s Kel Tec 9 pistol:
George Zimmerman can’t get back the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin, but nothing is keeping him from purchasing another gun if he wants, Florida police said today.
Federal and local authorities said plans to return Zimmerman’s Kel Tec 9 pistol were put on hold after the Department of Justice announced a new investigation to determine whether Zimmerman violated 17-year-old Martin’s civil rights.
“The Department of Justice put a hold on all of the evidence in the case. The evidence will not be returned until such time as they release the hold,” said Sanford Police spokesman James McAuliffe.
McAuliffe, however, told ABC News that there is nothing legally preventing Zimmerman, who was acquitted in Martin’s murder on Saturday, from purchasing a new firearm.
Hey George, It Ain’t Over.
This afternoon, President Obama spoke from the White House Press Briefing Room about Trayvon Martin and the verdict of the trial that followed the Florida teenager’s death.
President Obama Speaks on Trayvon Martin
July 19, 2013 | 17:33 |Public Domain
President Obama makes a statement about Trayvon Martin and the verdict of the court trial that followed the Florida teenager’s death.
Nothing to add to perfection…..Barack Hussein Obama speaks from his experiences & his heart.
Suck It Tavis Smiley!
White House Schedule – Friday July 19th, 2013
10:15 AM: The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing.
11:30 AM: The Vice President meets with law enforcement officials to discuss commonsense immigration reform.
1:30 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney.
2:45 PM: The President meets with senior advisors.
5:00 PM: The President and the First Lady host the Diplomatic Corps Reception.
I don’t have to say a word about this asswipe…..he says it all for me:
Rev. Al Sharpton, who will be leading vigils this weekend in support of Trayvon Martin, applauded President Barack Obama’s remarks on the George Zimmerman trial verdict, calling them “significant” and “much needed.”
Zimmerman was acquitted on second-degree murder (and lesser charges) in the death of Trayvon Martin this past weekend. Zimmerman’s defense team argued that he shot Martin in self defense.
President Obama said in an impromptu White House briefing, “The African-American community is looking at this through a set of experiences and history that doesn’t go away.”
“Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” he added.
“I think he has set a tone for both direct action and needed dialogue. We intend to raise the issue of the Stand Your Ground laws that he discussed today that must be revoked in Florida and across the country and we will have a three day conference in Miami starting Tuesday,” said Sharpton in a statement. “We welcome the Department of Justice having a serious investigation into what happened in Sanford, Florida, on February 26, 2012. Tomorrow in an unprecedented one-hundred city movement that we organized in less than six days shows the outrage of our community. The mother of Trayvon Martin will join me in New York and the father will be in Florida.”
Thank you The theGRIO.
Rev Al on point, as usual!
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of the late Trayvon Martin, said they were “honored and moved” by President Barack Obama’s impromptu remarks on the George Zimmerman trial and acquittal.
“Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” the president said in a statement Rev. Al Sharption has hailed as “significant.”
He went on to express deep skepticism about the validity of Stand Your Ground laws and suggested the Trayvon Martin case should raise questions about how effective they are.
“The president’s comments give us great strength at this time. We are thankful for President Obama’s and Michelle’s prayers, and we ask for your prayers as well as we continue to move forward,” wrote the Martins in a statement.
The president’s ability to empathize with their son was especially powerful for the Martins.
“What touches people is that our son, Trayvon Benjamin Martin, could have been their son. President Obama sees himself in Trayvon and identifies with him. This is a beautiful tribute to our boy.”
Thank you The theGRIO.
These two parents have displayed a type grace, calm, restraint, intelligence, love, honor, strength and understanding that I can not comprehend or see myself ever accomplishing as they have done over the past 18 months. Bless them and I praise their character.
Florida’s brand as a top tourist destination glistens as enticingly as the bright sunshine that dapples its white, sandy beaches. But in the wake of a Florida jury finding George Zimmerman not guilty for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, some want to disrupt this image, through a black tourism boycott of the state.
“Tourism is huge in Florida! Vacation some place else! Boycott Florida!” exclaims a commenter on a story posted on theGrio regarding Zimmerman’s acquittal. This user is not alone.
A Facebook page called “Boycott Florida Tourism – In Honor of Trayvon Martin” has garnered almost 2,800 likes as of this writing. Other Facebook pages such as “Boycott Florida” and “Boycott Florida Economy” have been created as well, along with numerous calls for a boycott of the state that have been posted on the “Visit Florida” Facebook page.
As of Friday, more than 11,225 people have signed a Moveon.org petition calling for a tourism boycott of the Sunshine State.
On July 18, gospel duo Mary Mary tweeted an Instagram image announcing that sister members Erica and Trina Campbell will boycott Florida, taking a stand to demand that the state change its Stand Your Ground law, which grants individuals the right to use deadly force without retreating in the face of a perceived lethal threat. This law was invoked when Zimmerman was initially not charged by Sanford, Florida police after shooting Martin.
Joining Stevie Wonder, who made a similar pledge in recent days, Mary Mary’s statement reads in part,”We love our fans but we MUST do something. We understand that a No from us is not as big as a No from Stevie Wonder, but if all our voices join together we can REALLY change things!”
Thank you The theGRIO.
If you want to live, and you happen to be Black, #BotcottFloridaIfYouWantToLIVE.
Barack Obama, I’ll tell you what:
I will spend the next three and a half years doing everything I can to work with anyone — Democrat, Republican, or independent — to fight for middle class families.
But I’ll tell you what: it would be a lot easier if I had a Democratic House and a Democratic Senate to do it.
There are some Republicans in Congress willing to work with us and compromise — and I’m going to work with those people to solve the challenges we face and share the tough decisions.
But too often, Republicans seem more committed to gridlock than getting to yes. They seem more interested in stopping us at any cost than in helping the next generation.
That’s what we’re up against. It’s going to be absolutely critical that you feel the same urgency and intensity over the next year and a half leading up to the midterm elections as you did in 2008 and 2012.
If you do, then we can take back the House and we can keep the Senate in Democratic hands. That will allow me to appoint outstanding judges to the federal bench. That will allow us to ensure that we are making progress on issues like creating jobs and climate change and education that are critically important for the next generation.
It can be done — but it can only be done with your support:
The first full-length trailer has been released for the latest Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Idris Elba plays the iconic South African leader in the film and the British actor embodies Mandela’s character, speech and unyielding determination in his fight to rid the country of aparthied.
“Shall we begin?” Elba says in the trailer, which shows short clips of Mandela’s tumultuous journey to fight for his own freedom and the liberty of a nation ruled by an oppressive, white minority regime.
The film is directed by Jason Chadwick, who also helmed The Other Boleyn Girland The First Grader.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday told a group of protesters that he will not call for changes in the state’s self-defense laws following George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.
The Republican governor returned to Tallahassee late Thursday and for nearly an hour met with seven members of the protest group that has been camped in part of his office for three days.
“The protesters again asked that I call a special session of the Legislature to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. I told them that I agree with the Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection, which concurred with the law,” Scott said in a statement following the meeting. “I also reminded them of their right to share their views with their state legislators and let them know their opinions on the law.”
On Saturday, a Seminole County jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman said he shot the teen in self-defense after Martin attacked him in February 2012.
The verdict prompted demonstrations across the country, with many protesters calling for the repeal of the Stand Your Ground law, which opponents believe too easily allows citizens to shoot before retreating when threatened by what they believe to be deadly force.
The laws were thrust into the national spotlight following Martin’s death, though Zimmerman’s legal team did not specifically rely on the law in his defense during the trial.
Thank you NBC News.
I wonder if Governor Rick Scott would feel differently, if his teenage son/daughter had been slaughtered by George Zimmerman….using a Stand Your Ground excuse?
Ok, That’s it for todays Potpourri!
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