“Except, can you imagine if someone dropped you off in an all black/hispanic/asian neighborhood? That is how many minorities live their lives...at work, at school, etc. I come from a very multicultural family...and I can tell you, my white relatives may feel self-conscious in black neighborhoods, but they've ALWAYS been welcomed with open arms.”
Kim Wise Bryan on Sep 3, 2013 at 01:34:46
“I have a multi family also and I would not be self-conscious with being dropped in a black/hispanic/asian neighborhood. But I am different I treat all people with respect and expect my children to do the same. Now being drop in any neighborhood that is noted for its over bearing violence or drug trade would make me nervous and that happens in all races!”
“Unconscionable. Where is the common sense and empathy these days? The museum employee should've known better. I worked as a museum docent in high-school...I would've known better as a teenager...and I would've been willing to take the fall-out if the administration disagreed. There are times when you just have to do what is right.”
Jul 14, 2013 at 19:47:34
“We're all aware of what the verdict is... That doesn't mean we aren't allowed to question it. Lot's of jury's have gotten things 'wrong' over the years. I see you eat everything you are spoon fed, without question. I also realize that the average citizen of The United States reads at a 7th grade level...so I have no idea WHAT was going through the jury's mind. I followed this trial closely, and based on the evidence, it's quite a stretch to imagine that Zimmerman was in the fight of his life...the evidence of injury to Martin's hands, the lack of DNA, and Zimmerman's injury's are not consistent with that.”
Jul 14, 2013 at 14:26:11
“Please. I've sustained less falling off a bike. It was clearly your interpretation by the time you are posting YOUR opinions in the comments section of a blog. We know what the jury's interpretation was...there's no need for you to regurgitate. ”
Jul 14, 2013 at 14:18:57
“There's a difference between 'reasonable doubt' and 'beyond a shadow of a doubt'... Reasonable doubt, does not mean there can't be one iota of doubt. A scenario where Zimmerman was fearing for his life, is not reasonable. I suppose it may be 'possible'... but given the facts of the case, I suspect that Zimmerman did not have to kill an unarmed child to save his life. Zimmerman's injuries were minimal. Zimmerman was the one who continued to follow Martin. If you are fearful, stay in your truck.”
DavidATolucaLake on Jul 14, 2013 at 14:35:38
“Have you ever been punched in the face HARD and been knocked back with ONE hit?? In some instances it does not even leave a mark. Zimmerman had the back of his head cut up.
I would argue being pinned down and having my head banged against cement is far scarier than getting hit in the face.
I am not waiting around to see how long this goes on if I am balcking out.
But once again, how can anyone say what Zimmerman was going through. You can't.
It is COMPLETELY plausible to be in fear that you are going to
And if you have a gun on you do you want an attacker knocking you out and getting your gun???? Of course not.
There doubts are enough to say we don't really know what Zimmerman felt or went through.
I can't say he was in fear for his life, NOR that he was not in fear.
Neither can you or anyone else.
Not guilty. ”
“I agree. Just as long as people are not naive enough to realize that in the wrong neighborhood, this hero teen would be considered suspect for simply existing, and could quite possibly be shot. I hat to be the Debbie Downer, because it is such a positive story. However, as a black woman, with a brother...I can distinctly remember when my brother went from being a cute, curly haired brown child... to being considered menacing, suspicious, being questioned & pulled over by police for no reason, etc... I'm here to tell you, it really does happen. And it really does have an effect on how people not only view the world, but view themselves.”
Kim Wise Bryan on Jul 15, 2013 at 12:18:19
“I agree with you that this does happen but it happens in all races depending on where you are at - The neighborhood is determining -”
Jul 12, 2013 at 17:21:36
“First of all, the 1st officer on the scene thought Zimmerman should be arrested. Then they let him off because of the 'stand your ground' law...which they ultimately decided could not be used, since it did not apply...because Zimmerman was chasing after Martin even after he was directed not to. Secondly, Martin's parents have REPEATEDLY said this is not about race, this is about the murder of their child. They have in no way made this about race. Despite the realities that race is unquestionably a factor, they've stayed on message, so you cannot put that on them. Someone killed their baby. And one thing is fact, it didn't have to happen, and would most certainly NOT have happened if Zimmerman had simply listened to the 911 operator.”
Jul 12, 2013 at 17:15:26
“...and you are choosing to believe a man who was caught on taped phone conversations admitting that he lied to a judge about his financial status, and secretly asking his wife to 'hold on' to a second passport that he withheld.”
“Yes! Chideya, yes! I am the product of a black tiger mom, as well... Harsh, at times. But I believe she prepared me well. She knew, all too well, that the world can be an unforgiving place for women of color. I think that if you are aware of our history... and really aware of the struggles of our ancestors... one does lean toward 'tiger-ish' tendencies. I believe that too many young people don't realize how 'recent' some of these historic struggles and victories are.”
“This man is unconscionable. Perhaps Ms. Davis' unique insights are EXACTLY why she is pro-choice. What is unfortunate, is that Rick Perry is unable to put himself in the shoes of another. He has NO clue what responsibilities, and dangers come with bearing a child and raising it (not handing it off to others to raise). Nor does he understand that no matter what, women and mothers are held to a different standard than men or fathers. Women are expected to parent, and they are constantly criticized and scrutinized for every parenting decision they make. Whereas fathers are able to delegate that job... without criticism. Beyond ALL of that... It is beyond belief that he would issue that smarmy, backhanded 'compliment' to Ms. Davis, as a means to drudge up her personal life... when this is a man who wants to insist all females who get pregnant, must carry to term... so that he can use their pregnancies as a way to malign them from a place of superiority. Just awful. Rick Perry could never have accomplished what Wendy Davis has, if placed in similar circumstances. Texas, it is way past time to get rid of this guy.”
“Then I'm glad you agree that there should be a federal background check for those wishing to purchase firearms. And that gun-show loopholes should be closed. Unfortunately, these things are NOT currently law...and the NRA continues to fight these laws. They continue to represent gun manufacturers & not the betterment & safety of communities, nor do they represent responsible firearms owners...and as long as they continue to concern themselves selling guns & not safety, we will continue to have a patchwork of state gun laws that mean nothing, because criminals can still drive across state lines & purchase guns at gun shows without background checks. Talk to law enforcement...40% of the guns used to commit crimes are NOT registered, so I'm not sure what your argument is, but I'll go back to your original point...vehicles/licenses are regulated more stringently than guns”
“That's not really a 'little funny quip'...and if one needs to point out the difference between a gun & a vehicle to you, then you are too far gone to understand the difference anyway. Not to mention cars are indeed regulated. In order to drive one, you must pass a test & have accurate registration. ”
THEONLYWISE1 on Jun 13, 2013 at 11:59:24
“I registered my guns and I had to take AND PASS a safety course to carry mine in public.
“Unfortunately, the statistics are against you. People with guns in their homes, are more likely to end up injuring or killing someone in the household, than playing John Wayne & saving the day in one of your fantasy shoot outs...”
“Steinem's positions on the Kardashian's are not 'decidedly different' from her other criticism... These are two different topics. You can feel that the Kardashian's do not empower women, that they are vapid and superficial... and still support the notion that their bodies (especially one that is pregnant, raging with hormones and changing) should not be for the public to ridicule & dissect.”