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Dear My Fellow Fed-Up Sistas and Brothas,
This has been a particularly trying year for people of color, hasn’t it? The cold-blooded killer of an innocent, college-bound, black boy went free. A former college football star was shot dead when running to the police for help. Blackface Halloween costumes seemed to be all the rage this year. A young black man was racially profiled, arrested and detained for buying a $350 belt at a high-end clothing store. A young black woman had her head blown off for seeking help after a car accident. Racist columnists showed, in no uncertain terms, just what they thought of New York City’s new mayor and his racially mixed family.
We are trying to process such regression of race relations and civil rights in a country that can boast progression in almost every other area. We are all dealing with it. How well we’re dealing with it is anyone’s guess at this point. Some of us choose to get involved in the legal processes. Some are engaging in thought-provoking, life-changing discussion. Some are creating art in all forms to spread messages of nonviolence, anti-racism and unity.
And there are the others. The point-of-view police. Calling folks out far and wide for tweeting or retweeting jokes, but not discussing Marissa Alexander’s trial. Questioning folks’ dedication to their race and The Struggle because they choose not to participate in race discussions. I do believe you mean well. You’re fed up like the rest of us. You’re livid and God knows you have every right to be. We all do. Trying to spread the message of racial equality only to be met with more murders and cases of racial profiling is enough to keep us all either living in a constant state of fear or animosity. We’ve been fighting the same fight for eons and forward movement seems slow at best.
What we have to remember is not to turn our frustrations on one another. We are all in this thing together. We are all coping the best way we know how. For some of us, coping looks like an hours-long Twitter discussion about the insistent choice of law enforcement (and society at large) to blame the victim of even the most debased hate crimes. For some of us, using that space as a starting point to unapologetically raise our voices and organize against racial inequity is powerful. For some of us, that is where our talents best serve. Others choose to talk less and involve themselves in whatever physical labors of unity their hands can find to further the cause. Protesting. Taking classes on race relations. Establishing relationships with local law enforcement.
And then some of us are silent and motionless. Some of us don’t know what to say. Some of us don’t know what to do. We feel helpless at first so we crack jokes, unsure of how else to bring comfort to so many of our people who are hurting and angry. Some of us avoid direct contact with the issues until we can make sense of them by ourselves first. And there is no shame in that.
We are all feeling our way through this. Lashing out at those who respond differently than you do is not a solution to the problem we’re facing as a people. Deriding each other for processing, thinking, feeling, reacting to troubling race related news in a way you might not readily understand does nothing to coax even the slightest bit of solidarity out from behind the shadows of fear, pain and indecision. Only patience, understanding and affirmation will do that. Let us remember to embrace one another, but bare our teeth toward racism. That is the only way to honor those we’ve lost.
Peace to Trayvon Martin.
Peace to Jonathan Ferrell.
Peace to Renisha McBride.
And to the rest of those whose lives have been lost but whose names will continue to inspire the fight against racism, peace to you.
“I Am Not Afraid Of George In Any Manner”: George Zimmerman’s Girlfriend Renounces Her Domestic Violence Statement
George Zimmerman’s girlfriend is retracting her domestic violence story and asking a Florida judge to lift the no-contact provision that stops the couple from seeing each other.
According to reports, Samantha Scheibe told authorities that she and Zimmerman had a “verbal dispute” on November 18 and he pointed a long-barreled shotgun “at [her] freaking face.” Now, the blonde says police misinterpreted that story — even though the 911 call was recorded– and insists Trayvon Martin’s killer “never pointed a gun at or toward [her] face in a threatening manner.”“I am not afraid of George in any manner and I want to be with him,” Scheibe said in the affidavit obtained by CNN.
“I believe that the police misinterpreted me and that I may have misspoken about certain facts in my statement to the police. I do not feel that the arrest report accurately recounts what happened.”
Read more on George Zimmerman’s domestic violence case at HelloBeautiful.com
From Black Voices
George Zimmerman’s estranged wife says the infamous neighborhood watch guard is now acting “like a monster.”
In an interview with Katie Couric, Shellie Zimmerman described how she hopes there are “no more casualties” caused by her husband’s erratic behavior. She also remembers how the couple was very much in love when they first married.
“We were great friends and I thought he was a wonderful person — that’s why I married him,” she said Thursday on “Katie.”
But Shellie, who who filed for divorce on Tuesday says she hasn’t seen her husband in a few months, and it now seems like something has “snapped in his spirit.”
“I hope that there’s no violence, but he does seem like a ticking time bomb,” said of her husband, who was acquitted in the 2012 shooting of Travon Martin. “I know I’m certainly afraid. I just hope that he can get, maybe, the help that he needs to deal with his situation, and the no one else will be hurt.”
Read more at BlackVoices.com
Just last month juror B29, aka, “Maddy” was out here telling Inside Edition that she lost her job and was about to lose her home because of the George Zimmerman trial, but yet and still, she always finds time to reach out to media to talk about the crazy fool she failed to help put away.
In a short interview with TMZ, the mother of six said that George Zimmerman’s latest arrest for domestic abuse against his new girlfriend (who is reportedly pregnant) is just him showing the world the type of person he has always been: a violent man who thinks he’s invincible and need to be put away.
“God is showing George’s true side … [George] is continuing to dig himself a bigger grave.”
The juror believes Zimmerman will continue to commit violent acts until someone lays down the law … telling us, “He NEEDS to do some type of time … He thinks he is invincible.”
If you weren’t aware of the drama that ensued and caused his most recent arrest and charges, Zimmerman had an argument with the woman, and when she told him she was going to call the police, he allegedly pointed a shotgun at her and threatened her. Before police arrived, he also reportedly used the butt of his shotgun to break a glass table and shoved the girlfriend out of the house. Since then, he’s been charged with aggravated assault, battery domestic violence, and criminal mischief.
No matter what this scum of the earth is doing, I think we can all agree that juror B29 needs to stop commenting on this man, on what he deserves, and how he needs to do time, because when she had the chance to say something and do something to put him away, she didn’t. Enough already Maddy. If you’re looking for a book deal or a reality show based on your “ruined life,” it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen…
According to ABC news, George Zimmerman has been charged with aggravated assault, battery domestic violence, and criminal mischief in relation to his domestic dispute today. The alleged victim, his girlfriend, has been identified by police as Samantha Scheibe. The assault took place at the home the two shared.
We now have details on what exactly caused George Zimmerman to be taken into custody today. According to TMZ, the 30-year-old who was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin earlier this year pulled a shotgun on his girlfriend in the middle of an argument.
The girlfriend, who has yet to be identified, reportedly asked Zimmerman to leave her home after they became engaged in a verbal dispute and as a result he began to break things in the house. Zimmerman also began to pack his things — which included a shotgun and an assault rifle — and as the argument escalated, Zimmerman grew more upset … and took the shotgun out of its case.
When Zimmerman’s girlfriend threatened to call police, he reportedly leveled the double barrel piece at her and asked if she really wanted to do that, and then allegedly smashed a glass coffee table with the butt of the gun. Oddly enough, Zimmerman called 911 himself and said his pregnant girlfriend was “going crazy.” Sounds familiar, right? According to the girlfriend’s account, he shoved her outside of the home and barricaded the door behind her. When police arrived on the scene, they forced themselves inside and placed Zimmerman under arrest. The Seminole County Sheriff says Zimmerman’s girlfriend is actually not pregnant.
Yes, it’s déjà vu all over again. George Zimmerman is reportedly back in custody, and though details are slim it appears this latest arrest is the result of some sort of domestic disturbance.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, George Zimmerman has been arrested and is en route to the Seminole County Jail. Around 1:30 pm, Sheriff Don Eslinger confirmed to the news outlet that Zimmerman had been arrested today and that more information would be available shortly. WFTV, though, is reporting that the arrest is the result of a disturbance that took place on Topfield Court in unincorporated Apopka, but details of what the disturbance involves have not yet been released.
As you likely recall, just two months ago Zimmerman was brought in for questioning after his wife, Shellie, called the cops on him in a different domestic dispute. At the time, Shellie claimed Zimmerman pulled a knife on her after she discovered a firearm in the home they share. After a verbal altercation, she claims he then proceeded to pulled a gun on her and her father. Shellie never pressed charges against her estranged husband, whom she’ll filed for divorce from just a few days earlier, but given this latest news it would appear she should have.
WESH-2 is reporting that this latest domestic disturbance involves Zimmerman’s “girlfriend” so we’re especially interested in learning this woman’s identity, as well as who in their right man would get involved with a man like George Zimmerman. We’ll keep you up on the details as they unfold.
The memory of Trayvon Martin was front and center in Hollywood recently, all due to Jamie Foxx. The Oscar winner opened up his home for a special fundraising event in honor of the slain teen. Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, were in attendance along with several celebrity guests including Harry Belafonte, Russell Simmons and Tyrese, among others reports The Grio.
Belafonte delivered a speech at the event while Simmons presented Martin’s parents with a six-figure check addressed to the Trayvon Martin Foundation, according to Extra.
Launched in honor of Trayvon, who was shot to death by volunteer neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in February 2012, the foundation aims to create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims and to provide support and advocacy for those families.
Foxx has been vocal in his support for Martin’s family in the past and has vowed to keep Martin’s memory alive. And he did just that earlier this year at the 2013 BET Awards, making a statement with a Trayvon Martin T-shirt. At the awards ceremony, Foxx beat Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson to win the evening’s prize for lead actor for his role as a revenge-seeking freed slave in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. During his acceptance speech, Foxx’s fashion and political statement was front and center, the shirt bearing “a stylized black-and-white version of the now-iconic close-up of Martin in a hoodie,” reports The Los Angeles Times.
Foxx previously sported a shirt featuring Martin’s image at the MTV Movie Awards in April. And he participated in a protest commemorating the one-year anniversary of Martin’s death.
There’s sadly a need for a group like the Trayvon Martin Foundation. The Week questions whether the recent shooting death of Renisha McBride, which has been deemed a homicide, is the latest incident to mirror that tragic killing.
From The Grio
Jamie Foxx opened up his home last weekend and held a special fundraising event in honor of Trayvon Martin.
Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, were in attendance and they were joined by several celebrity guests including Harry Belafonte, Russell Simmons and Tyrese, among others.
According to Extra, Belafonte delivered a speech at the event and Simmons presented Martin’s parents with a six-figure check addressed to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
The foundation was launched in honor of the late teen, who was shot to death by volunteer neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in February 2012. The event later led to a racially-charged case in which Zimmerman was ultimately acquitted of all charges in the death of 17-year-old Martin.
According to the foundation’s website, the purpose of the non-profit organization is to create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims and to provide support and advocacy for those families in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Read more at TheGrio.com
Amidst the public outrage over Trayvon Martin’s murder last year, Spike Lee thought he tweeted the whereabouts of George Zimmerman. Instead, he tweeted the address of an elderly Florida couple. The two, flooded with death threats, are suing the motion picture icon for “encouraging a dangerous mob mentality,” The Smoking Gun reports.
“EVERYBODY REPOST THIS,” Spike Lee tweeted a month after Martin’s murder, complete with the couple’s full address, zip code and all. The lauded film director obliviously posted the address of the David and Elaine McClain, not the Zimmermans, to his 240,000 followers.
After Lee’s tweet, the McClains said they’ve been swamped with phone calls, hate mail, and even intruders at their residence. To this day, the harassment hasn’t stopped. The two are still receiving threats in the mail.
“How would he handle this if someone did this to his mother to be terrorized? To be afraid to be home in their kitchen (when) someone goes by the house and is going slow? People again are still tweeting this out and we’re still getting mail,” Elaine, 71, said.
Spike Lee offered the couple a $10,000 settlement in March of last year, which the McClains accepted. He also issued an apology on Twitter:
“I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address.It Was A Mistake.Please Leave The McClain’s In Peace.Justice In Court, ” Lee tweeted.
But the McClains continued to be tormented throughout the Zimmerman trial. Then the two realized that Lee’s settlement did not cover the “injuries and damages” they’ve suffered. “The lawsuit claims the couple still have trouble sleeping and are anxious and fearful. It also alleges that the market value of their home has dropped because of the publicity,” The Orlando Sentinel says.
The McClains are suing Spike Lee for negligence. Although the complaint doesn’t specify any damages, “[a] court filing by Lee’s attorney reports that the McClains’s counsel had valued the lawsuit at $1.2 million,” The Smoking Gun concludes.
Last year, Miami teen Rachel Jeantel was thrust into the public eye following the tragic murder of her friend Trayvon Martin. Of course, this new-found exposure has opened her up to a world of criticism and scrutiny, which radio host Tom Joyner has her in counseling for. But Rachel says that she doesn’t pay much attention to people’s negative comments.
“I don’t really care about that. I can’t let them put me down. I was there to help a friend out,” she told The Grio of her decision to testify in the highly publicized trial.
As for all of the support she’s received, Rachel says she’s truly thankful.
“I’m blessed. That’s the truth. Everybody wants to be in my shoes right now. But for me, I’m taking this opportunity, and I’m hitting it hard.”
During a recent visit to New York, The Grio and Ebony Magazine teamed up to offer the soon-to-be college student the ultimate makeover.
“I’m very excited to be here. I think it’s exciting working with theGrio.com, and black media partnering together to collaborate on this project. This is the first time we have done something like this. She’s been really fabulous so far. You can tell she really loves style and fashion,” said Ebony style director Marielle Bobo.
The 19-year-old high school senior was given beautiful new hair extensions, a manicure and makeup.
“She’s super young, with all this vivaciousness and personality. We want to keep that, but translate it into ways that can work for her, for her new life as a student. We want to give her a look that’s going to translate from campus life, to any internships, or employment that she may be doing while she’s at school,” Marielle added.
You can find out more about Rachel’s life post trial and view more photos from her makeover in Ebony’s December/January issue.
Check out footage from Rachel’s makeover session below. For a sneak peak of her transformation, click to the next page.
The Florida city where George Zimmerman shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin to death has announced it will ban neighborhood watch members from carrying guns, The Orlando Sentinel reports (via Business Insider).
Zimmerman, who just months ago was acquitted of Martin’s murder, was on Neighborhood Watch duty when the incident occurred.
The ban on guns in Sanford, Fla. and other changes, including formal training and volunteer registration, will be announced at a meeting Nov. 5 at City Hall. Also, residents acting in a neighborhood watch role are also not to follow someone they deem suspicious, according to MSN News.
“Neighborhood watch was always intended to be a program where you observe what is going on and report it to police,” Shannon Cordingly, spokeswoman for the Sanford Police Department, told MSN. “In light of everything that has gone on, that’s what we’re really going to go back and push. That’s what this program is and that’s all it is.”
Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith has been critical of George Zimmerman for following Martin.
“We’ve seen this happen already, where an individual was declaring that under the auspice of neighborhood watch, he was performing a duty that he wasn’t,” Smith told News 13. ”There was really no accountability. There was no true recognition. There were concerns with regards to training.”
According to a police spokeswoman, neighborhood watch members who violate the new rules would face removal from the program, but would not be charged with any crime.
Does your community have a neighborhood watch program? Please share your thoughts or experiences in the comments.