I Don’t Care For Most Things: The George Zimmerman Verdict

George Zimmerman was acquitted by a jury of twelve people. Those twelve people are allowed to vote and drive cars and be a part of a jury.

So, you know, that was a disgusting bit of news. Florida was full of disgusting legal news, as a woman who fired warning shots to frighten off her abusive husband was sentenced to twenty years in prison for it, and not allowed to defend herself under the “Stand Your Ground” law that George Zimmerman used to defend himself.

Twenty years in prison for doing absolutely nothing wrong. Hell, if she’d shot her abusive husband in the face, I’d still want to give her an award instead of a prison sentence. Throw her a parade.

There were, apparently, some truly wretched people who set off fireworks when George Zimmerman was acquitted. Sometimes, people are the worst.

Please remember that even though Florida kind of ruins a lot of things, especially when it comes to elections and laws, there are magnificent creatures who live there and a lot of really good people who live there. These people deserve our sympathy, because Florida weather is the worst that I have ever experienced. The awful people can be fed to the local fauna, like Florida’s adorable alligators.

If you somehow don’t remember, Trayvon Martin was a teenager who, armed to the teeth with a bag of skittles, was walking through a neighborhood while wearing a hoodie. Um, I regularly walk to and from the grocery store late at night. I’m in a suburban neighborhood where most people walking anywhere are suburban moms power-walking in pairs or people walking their dogs.

The idea that the fact that I’m in a different place than he is and that I’m white are the two factors that make me unlikely to be stalked and shot by a creepy man is appalling. No one should have to live in fear that he or she might be stalked and shot for “looking suspicious.” No one should have a loved one—a minor, at that—murdered by a paranoid man and have the man get no legal penalization whatsoever. It’s an absolute nightmare.

All of this is really infuriating. I despise injustice.

I walk at night, and I am all too conscious of the fact that my male privilege is what makes me feel comfortable walking alone in the dark. I am also conscious of the fact that my white privilege is what makes me feel reasonably confident that no one is going to stalk and kill me on the off-chance that I might be some sort of criminal.

Some people are arguing that the story has nothing to do with race, which is, you know, nonsense. Even if George Zimmerman were magically blind to race but still convinced that Trayvon Martin was a threat to the neighborhood, the inexplicable verbal and financial support that he has received from lunatics around the US is clearly a product of the race of his victim.

And even if it had nothing to do with race, that does not explain the acquittal. If a white man saw a white teenager walking down a street, and so decided to stalk him from his vehicle, and then stalked him on foot and then, when confronted by the teenage boy whom he was stalking, fatally shot the boy (while he himself came away with a broken nose), I would agree that race would not be involved.

I would still believe that the murderer should not go free. Everything about this very simple case is confusing, honestly.

On the bright side, CNN published an image of the police report on the shooting of Trayvon Martin. This included George Zimmerman’s personal information. I won’t post the full version of it here, or link to it, but here is the redacted version:

If you’re like me, you’re so horrified that a man’s personal information would be leaked to the public just because he literally got away with murder. Specifically, stalking a teenage boy and then shooting him and then being acquitted. I mean, George Zimmerman’s had to endure so much because of that tiny mistake, and now his private information is public, and a simple Google search for “George Zimmerman CNN Dox” will reveal the uncensored image on the first page?

Oh no. Someone should do something.

None of that sympathy for George Zimmerman is sarcastic, obviously. Perish the thought.

George Zimmerman has supporters. And now he has been acquitted, and we have no legal means of recourse—unless you SIGN THIS PETITION. Please and thank you.

I’m going to fix myself a drink and continue fuming about injustice.

PS: Why these particular pictures? Because they convey my feelings on the subject. And because I wanted to use images like complex emoticons rather than include more pictures of a murdered teenage boy and the man who killed him.

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So, We’re Still Doing This?

Buzzfeed recently put together a list called 20 Foolproof Ways To Win At Graduating more than half the list is about wearing something ridiculous. Perhaps a cap with “Game of Loans” on it, or a unicorn head, a batman mask, a penis costume. It’s all been done. No one cares. It’s silly, they’re high school kids.
In Alabama, Chelsey Ramer was supposed to graduate high school. You can imagine the excitement I’m sure. But Ramer was denied her diploma and fined $1,000—because she wore an eagle feather attached to her mortarboard to honor her Native American heritage. Yeah, you read that right. She was denied a diploma, transcripts, and fined a grand for wearing something that girls wear as an accessory. “About two months ago, me and the other Indian seniors from the graduating class asked our headmaster if we could wear the feathers on our caps,” Ramer told Indian Country Today Media Network. “She told us ‘no’ and that if we did, she would pull us off the field.”

Ramer wore the feather anyway and good for her. She said (and she was right) it was important to represent her heritage at that moment. “Being honored with a feather for graduation is a wonderful experience. It’s a lot more than showing off your culture. It has ties into our spirituality as well,” Ramer’s former teacher Alex Alvarez told WMPI-TV.
Ramer has appealed this ruling and may look into getting legal counsel. How in the year 2013 are we still doing this? Haven’t we done enough to other cultures? Haven’t we done enough to Native Americans? What the hell difference does it make if she wears a feather?! It’s a feather! I seriously hope this goes viral and that principal is forced to resigned and fined for discrimination.

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Fox News Can’t Take A Joke

Does anyone view Fox News as an actual news program? I mean—they’re not really relevant they’re more of a propaganda show, right? Well, I guess they didn’t get that memo because the “hosts” of the show “The Five” decided to attack Jon Stewart. Again, Jon Stewart who hosts a satirical news program was attacked by guys that call themselves newsmen.

Jon Stewart’s show is aimed at making fun of news because—it’s an easy target. The times we live in are ridiculous so “The Daily Show” points that out. Sometimes, actual news comes out of the show but it’s mainly a show that says, “Hey, world stop being an douchebag”. It’s not the place you turn for breaking news. It’s an opinion show. It’s the opinion of Jon Stewart and his writers.

Fox News is a racist, disgusting, barbaric program and Jon Stewart routinely calls them out for it. This behavior is what has him in their crosshairs this week. One of the hosts from “The Five”, Eric Bolling, said that Congressman Ellison is “very dangerous” and has been “the Muslim apologist in Congress for a long time.” He also noted that Ellison “raised his right hand and took the oath of office on the Quran” that’s probably because Congressman Ellison is a Muslim and swearing on a Bible mean d*ck to him. He used his religion’s holy book to swear an oath…WHAT A DANGEROUS MAN! He also took on Bob Beckel who called for America to restrict Muslim students from entering the country.

So, Jon Stewart made fun of two men who said that America should racially profile people and prevent people of a certain religion from entering a country that was built on religious freedom.

In response to Stewart calling them racists, Bolling turned to an article from the Union Leader newspaper, in which he said a professor agreed with his theory. The professor Bolling mentioned cited no sources or studies in the article. Instead, she made a similarly sweeping assertion:

“When we talk about radicalized Islamic ideologies, it’s a very small population within Islam,” she said. “Only about 10 percent of Muslims are fundamentalists, and only 1 percent of that 10 percent have a radical understanding of Islam.”

“Hey Jonny boy, pull up a chair right here between Bob and me and let’s debate this thing,” Bolling said. “You got the cojones?” Does Jon Stewart have the balls to debate an article by a professor that has no sources and therefore is stating her personal opinion? Yeah, I don’t think that needs a response from Stewart.

Beckel stepped up next and said “I was a liberal activist and a progressive before you were out of your Pampers,” Beckel said. “You may get on a TV show and talk liberal politics. I’ve been on the lines registering voters, being on union lines, and others. Maybe you want to bring your credentials up here.”

Says the man on the most conservative television program. He is not a liberal. He can pretend to be all he wants. He is a paid host on a conservative network and he is there to give the illusion of a balanced panel. Methinks thou doth protest too much.

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Racist Restaurant: 2012 Was Not So Different From 1912, Apparently

Please take a moment to read this article.

I honestly probably do not have to say that much. We are probably more or less thinking the same things.

Among our mutual verbal thoughts, one can likely find a number of expletives.

Maker’s Mark Bourbon House And Lounge found out that a party that was seeking to make a reservation was exclusively black. They then declined their reservation.

The world has people blaming all sorts of things on discrimination or reverse-discrimination when that is not responsible. I am always on the lookout for those situations. This does not appear to be one of them.

This is . . . horrifying.

Not something that you should be reading about in 2013, unless it is in a history textbook.

This move by this apparently deplorable restaurant (from which Maker’s Mark itself is taking steps to distance itself—a wise choice) is not the same thing as putting up a “whites only” sign, but it is saying that they do not want a large number of black people making a reservation when they would have accepted a reservation by a party with mostly or all-white customers. There is a chance that this is not a prejudice held by the restaurant owners and operators—this could be a situation in which they did not want to alienate racist customers.

Still deplorable. Money is money, but there is a limit.

We are not living in a post-racial society. It would be great if we were, and there are brief moments in which it feels that way, but we are not. Several years, when buying gifts for family members, I realized that I had gotten a discount from a vendor in the mall for being white. Sickening.

Let’s have fewer stories like this in 2013, okay? Fewer anti-gay tirades. Fewer stories of gun-violence. Fewer pizza chains making a fuss about Obamacare (I’m done with Papa John’s and with Domino’s). Fewer incidents of blatant racism.


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