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March 26th, 2012
01:05 AM ET

No Talking Points: Politicizing Trayvon Martin's Killing

President Barack Obama expressed sympathy for the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old who was shot dead by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida on February 26. "If I had a son," the president said, "he'd look like Trayvon." Some Republican presidential candidates seized on those comments, calling them divisive. But Don Lemon asks, who's really politicizing this tragedy?

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  1. clb2012now

    Let Will know that I appreciate that he will keep it to the facts. There is more than one life involved here and speculating by the media or by leaders is inappropriate until the facts are known. America believes in innocent until proven guilty and our justice system needs time to work.

    Compassion and condolence can be given privately but in my opinion done publicly serves some other purpose. Also by elevating this death, all the other violent deaths are downgraded. I am sad for all the violent deaths especially in someone so young but I am far away from the events and the people and don't feel as intensely. Maybe we hear and are shown so much violence that we have become hardened to it or protective of our own souls. I also respect the families privacy and their grief.

    Yes, all of the deaths should be investigated. Yes, the motivations of the crimes should be investigated and explored but not in the media. All of us investigate it... we can't, we don't have the facts. We may not have the same motivations for the crime nor the skills and knowledge to do that. I'm no psychologist, criminologist or other professional of that kind. I am a gentle soul and just don't understand killing.

    Thank you.

    March 26, 2012 at 1:47 am |
  2. vallman

    All the man was saying was... "This could be ME, and my son / family" not that the child is black! He is making a heartfelt attempt to make this a HUMAN tradgety. Which way the spin machine is churning is clear to anyone paying attention.

    March 26, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  3. Just asking

    Isn't the case more about wrong or right vs being black or white?
    Is there such thing as armed self appointed watchman?
    Even if you're an "armed self appointed watchman" not a "police officer", are you allowed to engaged citizens walking by in a manner that may lead to verbal or physical altercation?
    Probably most importantly, why did Zimmerman call 911 in the first place, isn't 911 for emergency only, what was Trayvon doing that warrants him calling 911?
    Why according to the 911 tape, Trayvon was "coming to check him out" and during the same call it was revealed that it was he who was following after Trayvon? Hmm, Why?
    Was his actions premeditated? Was it?
    Even if there was a physical or verbal altercation between the two that lead to Trayvon's death, why was there a physical altercation in the first place?
    If I am walking unconcern and I'm approached and harassed by someone armed/unarmed in a "pink" suit, am I not entitled to protect myself?
    If I'm shot in the process of defending myself due to the person being armed, is my death my fault or the person's for initiating the conflict?
    Feel free to answer and tell me what I am missing. Before you do however, remember that Treyvon whether white, pink, purple or blue in complexion, was just walking to the apartment with a hoodie over his head, talking on the phone with a bag of skittles and an ice tea. Shoot let me hear yah.

    March 26, 2012 at 10:01 am |
  4. Marge Fago

    Zimmerman may have been in an altercation before he met up with Treyvon

    March 26, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  5. Ivywoods55

    Where was this outrage when Bush made comments on the Columbine shootings? What the President said was true, and so why are their so many angry white Americans complaining about his remarks being racist? His remarks weren't racist, they are the REALITY where Black and brown young men are concerned in this racist and violent Nation...

    March 26, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  6. Charles Porter

    Stand your ground should be used for both sides. As I understand, Trayvon was walking away, Zimmemanr followed and confronted. Trayvon should have the right to Stand his ground, so that accounts for the broken nose, etc. Zimmerman followed, called 911 and was told to stay, yet he confronted Trayvon. Trayvon had reason to be in fear of his safety whereas Zimmerman should have been in the safety of his car, waiting on the Police.

    Stand your ground should not be able to be used in this case.

    March 26, 2012 at 10:14 am |
  7. Inside Blue

    I get such a kick out of watching and listening to this case. Thanks Pat Taylor for being the judge, jury, and executioner. Nobody is interested in waiting for the facts to come out. It's automatically a case of "racism" according to the mainstream media, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the Hollywood Elites, and even Obama who said "If I had a son, he would have looked like Trayvon Martin" which is a roundabout way of saying, it was racism.

    A couple of things to consider:

    #1. Let the facts dictate what happened. We have no idea if this was a case of racism. One witness has Martin on top of the shooter (Zimmerman) punching him before the shooting. There is also a report that Zimmerman had grass stained clothing, and a wet shirt from being on his back while being assaulted, AND he may have a broken nose. Unsure, still awaiting the facts.

    #2. Obama never learns. He couldn't keep out of the Camden, NJ incident and alluded racism in that one, when in fact his black friend had been acting up when the police arrived and attempted to identify him as the home owner.

    #3. This is not a federal case and yet, the feds are now investigating it. This is a Miami Police case and possibly the State of Florida, but there is no federal violation whatsoever.

    #4. Blacks throw a fit every time a story like this makes the news but the black community takes no ownership of the fact that the reason average citizens (perhaps like Zimmerman) are fearful of black males is because they are known for committing assaults, robberies, and other violent crimes. There's a reason that that stereotype exists. Blacks commit a much higher proportionate rate of crime. Simple fact, and yes, that makes non-minority Americans a bit more uncomfortable typically around blacks.

    #5. There were 13 shootings in Chicago last week, some resulting in homicides. Why isn't that being covered by the newsies or getting comments from Obama, Sharpton, or Jackson? Simple answer. Those are black on black crimes so nobody on the left wants to talk about them.

    #6. The Black Panthers put out a $10,000 reward for picking up Zimmerman dead or alive. Do you hear the Hollywood Elites, Obama, Sharpton, or Jackson addressing that issue? Why aren't the feds investigating this lynch mob mentality?

    #7. Zimmerman was white and HISPANIC, but you're not hearing that in the news either.

    This is nothing more than another attempt by the left to unravel concealed carry law, the castle law, the stand your ground law, and make this a racial issue for nothing more than the sake of racism. Let's wait and see if there is any evidence to support actual racism.

    I'm not standing up for Zimmerman. If he crossed the line, he needs to be sentenced to prison. But why aren't we waiting for the facts to come forward?

    March 26, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  8. RKB

    The republicans are always waiting for something to complain about when it comes to Obama and using what he says as a political sword hoping to cause trouble. The republicans didn't complain when Obama expressed his sympathies for the kids killed in the school shooting at a high school in Chardon, OH. The students were white except for one and the shooter was white. He didn't try to pull race into that situation, so why is it that they are saying he is now?? Did he say anything about anyone being black in his statement?? NO, Did they think if he had a son he would look like one of the republicans. They are spewing this nonsense because they have no substance and no honor, So far as I know, not one republican spoke up for Trayvon until Obama did, then they all jumped on the band wagon and had something to say.

    March 26, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  9. RKB

    @Inside Blue..What a lot of people who are complaining about this story of Trayvon going national, you all obviously forgot some of the reasons why.. His parents had to come forward and ask for there to be a real investigation into what happened to their son. Sanford police did not had Trayvon's body for three days and although they had his cellphone, made no attempt to contact his parents. The police would not let them listen to the 911 tapes. There was essentially no investigation and the police just took the killer's word and let him walk free. I don't know about you, but I have never heard of this happening. What, do you think this kid was killed or that this hit national news because the left wanted to repeal some gun laws???? How ridiculous and how very silly you sound...

    March 26, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  10. Just asking

    @Inside Blue – #1 The cops before the outrage wasn't interested in finding facts. They made little attempt to find facts, they basically took Zimmerman's words for it. They didn't run a background check on Zimmerman, didn't arrest him for killing another human being, and made little attempt to contact Trayvon's family. Leaving the cops to find out the facts gives them the opportunity to quietly sweep the case under the carpet. All indications suggest that that's what they want to do. The pressure must be applied and heads roll.

    #2 Don't see how this determine the facts in the case so I won't get drawn into it. Fact is, Obama is a citizen like you and I and have the right to say what he wants. Newt Gingrich as well and can say whatever what he wants.

    #3 How can you say it's not a federal case and yet saying we should wait for the facts? Do you know all the facts that the police department have? Do you have the facts to say it's not a federal case? Let's look at the facts we do know thus far. Why a person in a hoodie with skittles and ice tea simply walking along deemed suspicious to the point it warrants calling 911? 911 is for EMERGENCIES ONLY. What does this talk mean, "They always get away with it" while indicating later that he's black? Then there is the issue of the potential racial slur being used on the tape.

    #4 Whites are just as bad as Blacks and Hispanic in the crime department, only the media coverage does not reflect that, thus the stereo type. The Mainstream Media along with the justice system 90% of which are whites, are bias in favor of White Americans. The Justice System lol is a joke.

    #5 People are talking about those crimes you refer to in Chicago. There are a lot of organizations out there working to reduce gang related violence of all races. Not because you're not hearing about it on a large scale mean it's not being talked about. If people weren't talking about it, how did you hear about it? Unless you were directly involved, were you? Obviously, it not being done on the same scale as Trayvon's, but do you want us to ignore what's staring us in the face because of that?

    #6 That is wrong..It's the first time I'm hearing about this and most Americans black or white would say that that is flat out wrong. It's trivial to even mention that though but whatever. I can say white American were calling for Vick to be imprisoned for dog fight and are relatively silent, not all but most, on this issue at hand. This type of talking doesn't help us, it distract us from the real issue at hand. From the facts produced thus far I can't see why Zimmerman is not at least arrested. If you say that it's self defense, then I'll have to ask you this. If I approach you and instigate a confrontation and during the scuffle I happen to shot you, can I cry self defense? What authority does an armed self appointed watchman have to harass a law abiding citizen? Is there such a thing as an armed self appointed watchman?

    #7 You should be happy that that's not being said in the news because that would further highlights the racial aspect of the case and I'm assuming that's what you are hitting out against else I'd have to ask what is your point?

    This is nothing more that an attempt to force the justice system to do what's right on the part of this young man. THAT'S IT!!! If you can't see it that way, I'm incline to believe you DO NOT want to see it that way.

    March 26, 2012 at 11:45 am |
  11. Richlady33

    Inside Blue. I was a correctional officer for the State of Florida. It is very sad, that you don't have all the facts straight. Please, go back and read everything for yourself. This case is about someone child missing for three days and the parents want the truth on what really happen to their son. I hope you, can understand that. I don't have a son. I have a daughter. As, a young mom. I was stop by the police wearing my hoodie. African American men and women always get mistreatment by Police Officers across the Country.

    March 26, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  12. sweetnestea

    Don, at this point people could careless about any political comments. All we care about is the fact that Zimmerman is still not arrested and a mother and father are grieving the loss of a their beloved young child. The President speec was short and truthful. He is a father and most of us are parents. If you Don had a son he would look just like Trayvon. Since Romney, Santorum, Gingrich and Paul have children and if their child was gunned down teir child would look like Trayvon (not skin color) but a child. That's what the President is saying but e happen to be of the same skin tone as Trayvon Martin. That man killed this child, there was definitely no self defense involved, he's murderer free. I don't care if he's hispanic, black, white, Asian, whatever, he took a child's life...

    March 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  13. sweetnestea

    Oops my keys are sticking misseda couple of letters. but you feel me on this I know you do!!!

    March 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  14. jobeycarl

    clb201, You say America believes in innocent until proven guilty. Now I beleive this and that's why I would do the best thing first; that is if I saw a suspicious character in my neighborhood I would call the police AND LET the professionally trained officers handle it. The problem is Zimmerman did not belive that Mr. Martin had those innocent until proven guilty rights that you speak of. If he, Zimmerman, is part of America then your statement is a lie, since this proves that not all Americans (and you did say America, which is a sum of it citizens and it's laws) beleive this. If he, Zimmerman, chose not abide by the statement you just made which at the very least should raise dobth about his creditablity, character and morals. In other words he violated one of Americas most sacred beleifs of innocent until proven quilty. Now can someone please tell why the policeman quit, he was only doing his job, right?

    March 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  15. Trudi W

    The gun lobby and the republicans they have financially aided have fostered a climate of fear and distrust in many ways, so that white middle-aged men are arming themselves and would rather shoot first than talk to a young black man. Some of the comments above make blanket statements about African Americans. What if white folks were the minority, and every single time a white person did something unadmirable, everyone else said, "Well, you know how white people are." I can think of plenty of college students whose parents are paying their way through college who are skipping classes and drinking too much. Well, you know how white people are - they're ungrateful. You should just cut off all government scholarship money to them. Etc. etc. These shootings - we just had Gabrielle Gifford shot in AZ - there are so many more - have got to stop. We need to foster community and talking across differences, rather than these stupid castle, run-out-and-shoot whoever you want laws.

    March 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  16. David

    All the parents have asked for is an arrest and a fair trial. Is that too much to ask? Doesn't every parent deserve that much?

    March 26, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  17. David Stevens

    These people, so called "Christians" GOP and bigoted ppl will say the President has no right to talk about this. However the truth is The President is the person we want and need to talk about this! The President is not just the CEO of America. He has the entire nation on his shoulder and has the obligation to be the moral compass for our society. If he can't talk about it, who can?

    March 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  18. tyrone Shoes

    Devisve actions by The left our nothing more than a deversion plan has been on the books for a long time.The left is so easy to anger and their leadership sits behind close doors and laughs on how they can manipulate them. They are frusted with the economy and cant admit their choice for hope and change is a complete failure, The left does a great job of redirected their anger letting them vent while channeling their actions blaming everyone else.Why was this case the one to kick off the lefts objectives?
    The majority of americans can see through this but yet the corroupt media presents this out rage as a grassroots expression.of outrage OBAMA’S home town Chicago the new killing field, This below the headlines from a recent Chicago Tribune news paper, leading newspaper in chicago.
    Mar 23, 2012 |Story| Chicago Tribune … The mayor said the spike in violence — including 49 shootings with 10 fatalities last weekend … Shooting death of 6–year -old girl punctuates lethal Chicago weekend ..I wonder if the little girl looks like his daughter! Were is the outrage here Sharpton
    These numbers are war zone numbers, Does not this little girl derserve the same attention?
    Folks this is only the begining, the left will tear this country apart to remain in office,,Can you think what this country will look like if they win?,

    March 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  19. Jason

    I am VERY disaponted with the coverage of this story from the television outlets that i have seen. Everyone is preying on fears and emotions instead of seaching for and conveying the truth and known facts. No one has been interested in giving the "Other side of the story"–That of Zimmerman. How much coverage have the thousands of other deaths/murders/rapes/known hate crimes, etc gotten since this story became front page news? The constant polarizing rhetoric about racism has achieved nothing aside from dividing the country more than it already was.

    I am a huge fan of Don Lemon, but I am afraid he has been just as guilty as the vast majority of the media in the way he has been reporting this story. Please Don, if you see this, report the whole story-Not the "sensational" aspect of it. What is going to happen if / when Zimmerman gets relieved of all accusations? How much of that mess, riots, violence, etc. will have been caused by extemely biased and irresponsible reporting?

    March 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  20. In Context

    To be honest, Listening to it in context does not preclude it as being an allusion to the act being a hate crime.

    March 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  21. David

    As a practical matter, everything that the President of the United States says, in a public forum, is a political matter. Mr. Obama is acutely aware of this reality. He is, after all, the most powerful political leader, and person, on earth. That he would speak out about Trayvon Martin is consistent with a number of issues that the Obama administration has dealt with. For example, the Justice Department's opposition to an Arizona Law, which would legalize profiling, ostensibly for the sake of identifying illegal aliens.

    There is, I believe, also a personal dimension to his comments. The first family is, after all, an African American family, I am reasonably certain that The Obama's understand, from first hand experience long before achieving national prominence, the presumption of guilt that is a consequence of color. It is this presumption of guilt that may have caused the police department in Sanford to pay little attention to the crime scene or to the fact that Mr. Zimmerman, a private non-uniformed citizen, was responsible for Trayvon's completely avoidable death.

    There should be a thorough investigation by an impartial panel and, if warranted, an arrest. Then there should be a trial by a jury of peers, If found guilty, there must be punishment.

    March 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
  22. Pat

    I found it interesting that someone said that racism couldn't have been an issue, since Zimmermann was Hispanic – as though only white people are racist. Racists come in all colors.

    March 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  23. Jamyra Robinson

    Justice For Trayvon

    I hear a small voice calling in anguish from the grave it is a cry for justice for a life we could not save the neighbors heard him crying so desperately for help until a maddening gunshot and the feeble cries were squelched the man who pulled the trigger said it was self defense but comparing him with the victim's size it just don't make no sense and the victim had no weapon just a bag with something sweet and he certainly wasn't breaking the law by just walking down the street a young boy on his way back home meets a monster full of hate who takes the law in his own hands to misappropriate this monster of the neighborhood or watchman as he's called should be arrested instantly and off to jail be hauled for on the tapes he was clearly told not to follow this young man but he decided to disobey and carry out his plan because this fine young man was black with a hoodie on his head Mr.Z pursued and didn't stop till the fine young man was dead and if you listen to the tape with the background noise reduced the racial slur he uttered is quite sufficient proof this truly was a hate crime and racially profiled the human rights of the young man black man were utterly defiled and now we cry for justice while this criminal runs free and though I'm blinded by my tears I fall on bended knee and talk with the one who knows what happened on that fateful night. One who Sees all One who Knows all though maybe not in sight and though this criminal may with his untruthful exhort I'm talking with the master judge who rules the highest court I know my prayers will be answered; justice will be served this murderer will ultimately get what he deserves and to the young boy's parents I say though these days are hard Believe that Trayvon rests in peace wrapped in the arms of God

    This is Something My Grandmother (E. Smith) Decided to Write After The Tragic Death of Trayvon Martin

    Rest in Peace Trayvon

    God Bless

    March 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
  24. Brad

    When the nation's focus is on such a tragedy and when many are struggling with the frustrations of wanting justice- it is appropriate for the leader of our nation to provide a calming voice. It would have been strange if our President, who is a man of color himself, had not made reference to that fact. I think he did it respectfully and authentically. Now, no one is looking to the GOP candidates to give us their two cents on the situation. None of them are currently elected officials. None of them have a constituency to represent. Some of their comments have only been given to politicize the conversation and they are the ones being divisive. First they anger women with their misguided politics and now all of us who truly seek equal justice for all.

    March 26, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  25. Curious George

    I am confused as to why America feels that President Obama should somehow deny or ignore his "blackness". Fact is, he is a black man. Is it a crime to admit that he is a black man? How does his comment create polarization? The division is created in the rhetoric promoted by republicans to cast a dark (for lack of a better word) shadow over his campaign, and creating a diversion in their catastophe of a primary.

    March 27, 2012 at 1:07 am |
  26. Quenell

    When did expressing sympathy and condolences to a family become questionable or political? President Obama is a parent, he happens to be an American who is black, expressed that through investigation, the truth of the events will come out, #TrayvonMartin could very likely look similar to him verses any of the current Republican canidates.

    He said nothing more, he was asked a question, I feel he answered very appropriately. Now if the President called for Zimmerman ti be arrested, I could understand "politicize"theories. Once again, when high level african americans have opinions, somehow it's political and not just AN OPINION. Upset Republicans, stop throwing salt because african americans finally have opinions that are hears...caucasian and Republicans have had opinions for centuries.

    March 27, 2012 at 6:05 am |
  27. Jennifer Dooley

    Going around facebook and all over the internet is that George Zimmerman's Father is a Judge(Robert Zimmerman). From what I have been able to research, I think this comes from the statement on George's application to The police Department. On which He stated that His Mother is a court clerk(which seems to be true) and that his Father is a Judge . Can you clarify this, Is George a liar or is His father a retired Judge?

    March 28, 2012 at 10:00 am |
  28. OUTRAGED!!

    Calling this a "racial" shooting is RIDICULOUS!!!!
    A Ridiculous Lie, perpetrated by those who truly are RACISTS!!!
    Getting your face pounded in while your on the ground by a strong healthy young man, as he he wailing away at your face with his fists and breaking bones in your face.. I would hardly call that "racial" motivation. Having this out of control strong healthy teenager go for your gun while he is beating your face in and breaking your facial bones while your still on the ground. PLEASE!! That shooting is called "self defense" against an aggressor and dangerous individual! It is sad that someone died here, it sad that someone got beat up here... but get the facts straight.. no one was just skipping home with some candy from the store and all of the sudden they were chased down and shot. When will the people of this nation STOP others from pulling the RACISM card to further their cause!

    March 30, 2012 at 11:09 am |
  29. clemen

    Zimmerman had already assaulted a police officer before he killed Trayvon. What on earth was Zimmerman doing with a gun after he assaulted a police officer? was the police officer Zimmerman assualted also black? Just vote for Obama please. I noticed one thing all racist people have in common. They have no common sense.

    March 30, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  30. John Adams

    Overall, a good program, ‘Beyond Trayvon’ yesterday on CNN. There are still some issues I see that have gotten over-looked. Jane Velez-Mitchell made a good point, that we have to start getting beyond the labels of race, etc. But like Roland Martin says, the Left and Right keep the agendas going, and the focus gets lost. I'm an old White guy, who was born into a John birch family, Mom's side, but Dad fed into it. In 1963, Rev. MLK's words pulled me out of it, at age 14. I thought that MLK was the 2nd coming of Christ. I was later baptized in an African-American church, to honor Rev. King. When I got drafted, I led by example of Rev. King. I live in the shadow of Dr. King. I live in a mostly White, area of northern Ca., because the big cities scare me, even though I grew up in Los Angeles. City crime scares me, but also, the white on white crime here where I live, driven by the acceptance of marijuana. The Blacks and Hispanics here, are hard working and respectful of us old folks, the white kids are not. I've watched white kids in hoodies got through the Safeway, putting things in their pockets. Or drive carelessly, without regard for human life. So I'm scared of young people in-general, because of what has become glamorized. Woodstock to Snoop Dogg (pot smokin' bad examples for our kids.) Ron Paul to Noam Chomsky. Legalizing Pot or making America a socialist country in 'The Nation,' to making America, "you're on your own." I'm a disabled Democrat who hears the naive far Left continue to disrespect Veterans and their service, in a complicated dangerous world. While the Gingrich right wants to bomb everything. I love the Obama's, but hear the Right and Left trash his skills, intelligence, ability to compromise, and over-looking that he is a combination of White and black America. Jane's words and Roland's words apply, end the labels and the extreme agendas. Sensible Dems want Social Security, Medicare an the V.A. repaired and saved. The Right, like Ari Fleisher, needs to quit scaring Dems by wanting to kill all Depts. and social gains, this is when Dems start the name-calling at the GOP. When Ari Fleischer goes after Donna Brazile and Cornel Belcher in condescending ways, I speak-up until Facebook blocks me. I've been blocked on MSNBC for speaking out against the anti-Obama 'professional Left.' Even after I write and write to CNN, I see no change in Ari Fleischer when I get on him for being anti-Obama or condescending towards Black pendants. So complicated, but it all boils down to how well we raise our kids., and break the cycles of violence and hatred. We must insist on better from our kids, of all colors, and from the media personalities who are just earning a pay check. I know too many families who are scared of their own kids, because the dark side of life got a hold of them, or families who fear the dark side. I moved to this small town, thinking it would be peaceful, but the white kids, who did not get raised well, scare me. We are at a point in America, where there is a shared commonness. Kids of all colors are taking guns to school and killing classmates, enabled . There are kids of all colors using drugs which kill their opportunities, enabled by adults who continually want to legalize marijuana and all drugs in some minds. My White landlady says it's a personal choice, and my fear gets push aside. I tell her it's what keeps the deaths of fine Hispanic families on the border, very high, and what continues to kill kid's ambition and work ethics, in all parts of America. Here, I battle the Whites who want to carry guns as a rite of passage, the NRA'ers, and the drug users who want to keep glamorizing drugs. Here in Ca., Rep. Barbara Lee is trying to lead a government attempt to legalize Pot. Again, her justification is, humans can handle it now (as stated on MSNBC.) The rallies we must have, are antigun and anti-drug rallies. Until we battle the people of all colors, who want to live in their denial systems, are kids will be susceptible to gun and drug violence. Either using or being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The rallies over Trayvon, should continue against drugs, guns, and the bad examples in the TV and music media, who actually show kids how to bully or kill. The enablers need to be confronted, once and for all, on all fronts. Let's come together to fight drug use, gun proliferation, violence against families, and hate against people of Faith.

    March 31, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  31. patricia

    If I had worked and lived in Great Britain for 6 or 7 years, I am sure I would not have the historical and emotional sense of even a custom in GB. Where does Piers Morgan think he has arriived at knowing and feeling the reality of a situation like Trayvon Martin's death

    March 31, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  32. Nathaniel Webb

    Toure was 100% correct in his assessment of Pierce Morgan and we disagree with Goldie Taylor to place any fault on this remarkable Black Culture commentator. Here are some reasons why Toure is right. Pierce Morgan is out of touch as Toure said, to say don't rush to judgment. MSNBC, a much better network than CNN, shows their journalistic maturity by taking positions. To not adopt any position on Trayvon Martin murder is to silently acquiesce to what's been revealed. What do we all know about this case, where not taking a position conveys fallacies of character implicit to one's very being.
    The Caucasian lead homicide investigator took a position and completed an affidavit stating Zimmerman should be arrested for manslaughter. This lead detective was overruled, thus no arrest of George Zimmerman because when Blacks are allegedly murdered, police protocol changes to escalate prerequisites to some realm beyond probable cause and approaching "beyond a reasonable doubt" criteria. Does Pierce Morgan believe Trayvon's case should be tried in the media, for it's the only recourse available when more than probable cause has been disseminated through media outlets? To conduct softball interviews with Zimmerman's brother and father epitomizes what may be deemed irresponsible. The magnitude of irresponsibility is comprised within a premise of softball interviews with a murderer's family incites riotous tensions. Would Pierce see himself as responsible if his actions foster civil unrest and riots all over this country? Pierce Morgan is obviously ignorant to plight of Blacks in this country, and that's what Toure was communicating where Goldie Taylor fails to substantively consider. Amelioration of anger comes to fruition through Toure's lighthearted comments of "Zimmermanning" or killing someone. In a demonstratively serious situation, lightheartedness may keep some of us from going to kill a bunch of individuals. We do not need Pierce to cover Trayvon's case in any capacity if he has no sensitivity to sympathize with Black Americans for he will only intensify an already volatile situation.

    April 1, 2012 at 12:13 am |
  33. Dee

    Just a point of fact. The President was asked a question about the case and he responded to the question. It's not like he called a press conference to comment on the case. Was he not supposed to express sympathy to parents who lost their 17 year old son? Isn't it true that any parent would want an investigation? Isn't that how our legal system is supposed to work for everyone? So this question about should the President comment is a mischaracterization of what took place. Are we saying the President should not answer when he is asked a question?

    April 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  34. Steve

    I believe that the President should at least say something about all the media coverage on this story, all I hear is that Zimmerman is quilty and people like SHARPTON fueling race tensions. Sharpton is able to say what he believes but what happens when what he is saying causes people to die. Sharpton has shown in the past that when race tensions rise to extreme levels people die which he is not held accountable for his actions for cauing a riot. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TOP AMERICA, I would never let my child grow up and go into the military these days, for what, to go die for the way the Nation is behaving now. I am third generation military and I can say it stops with me, No more will my family fight and die for a country that will not do the right thing for its citizens. The media lets people threaten others on TV but I can say that if those same people were threatening someone in Washington or someone with the new law of Secret Service around that those people would be under the jail. Get a clue Washington do what is right for the people, We still have the right to change you, unless there is some new bill you have pasted stating that We The People nolong have that right also.

    April 2, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  35. gary

    take race out of all this mess. I was 18 when dr. king jr was killed ( on my b-day ) cried my friends wondered why. I told them that you don't understand what he was about, i listened a the good dr. king jr was for everone on this earth, not just for blacks 1 dumb person didn;t get it big mistake ... yes on apr 4 shots rang out in memphis sky they took your life but not your pride courtisy of U-2 makes me cry like it was 4-4-68.. My dream IF anyone will listen is we are all brothers and sisters on this earth amen happy Easter everyone round the world.......

    April 7, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
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