Zimmerman verdict: a tragedy for a family and for a nation

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Consistent

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Is it bad that my first reaction to George Zimmerman’s “not guilty” verdict was “Thank God we have Mark Dayton so we didn’t get one of those BS ALEC-inspired ‘Stand your ground’ laws in Minnesota”?



This verdict is a tragedy for the Martin family, who lost their son and brother and now have no justice to show for it. I don’t blame the black community for a second for anger and fear and immense racial animus over this. But let’s be honest with ourselves: if Trayvon Martin were instead Tomas Martino, a scary-looking dark-skinned kid from Oaxaca, would George Zimmerman have done anything differently?



George Zimmerman is a racist scumbag. But this is a tragedy for a family, a community, and for our entire society — that we allow entire states to pass laws which allow armed bigots to kill someone whose look they don’t like, make ex post facto claims of “fear for one’s life”, and get away with murder. All in the name of freedom and liberty from people we don’t like, words we don’t want to hear, sights we don’t want to see.“Stand Your Ground” is nothing less than the legalization of the NRA’s “armed society = polite society” trope, one of the most unamerican pieces of stinking filth in existence today.



We cannot bring back Trayvon Martin, nor will we be able to bring back the next person who is gunned down because they wore a hoodie in the wrong neighborhood by an overzealous bigot with legal cover. Or the one after that. Let’s be perfectly clear-headed about this, it’s going to happen again and again and again while these idiotic fear-driven laws exist. The only thing we can do is get the morons and bigots who passed these laws out of office, whatever it takes, and repeal them in the name of freedom: freedom from idiocy, armed bigotry, and fear itself.
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Ask little Nizzle what he thinks about the 17 year old Trayvons of North Minneapolis.
Oh, wait, you can't, one of them murdered him!!!
Get off your high horse, Latte Liberals who are clueless about life in the hood!
Jack Boot

Cottage Grove, MN

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Jul 15, 2013
 
TrayVon = BeGone,,,,Gods court on earth, has spoken.
Bushwacked

Saint Paul, MN

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Jul 15, 2013
 
Trayvon = gang banger who deserved to die

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