George Zimmerman, the killer of Florida teen Trayvon Martin who was acquitted of murder, put on his "bad idea jeans" and decided to go visit the factory where the gun he killed Martin with was made and pose for photos. Zimmerman's attorney, who is likely not a soulless person without remorse, admitted this was not a good look on Zimmerman's part.
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Looks like Attorney General Eric Holder is going in the right direction with wanting to change the way we handle low level drug offenders since, according to Pew Research Center, 72 percent of Americans are all "why bother" when it comes to laws against marijuana and enforcing them.
A March Pew Research Center survey on changing attitudes about marijuana found that nearly three-in-four Americans (72%) believed that efforts to enforce marijuana laws cost more than they are worth. And 60% said that the federal government should not enforce federal laws prohibiting the use of marijuana in states where it is legal. (Last fall, voters in two states – Colorado and Washington state – approved the purchase of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use).
In my latest post for The Root, I tackle the -- not guilty of murder, but definitely a killer -- George Zimmerman, and what his life will be like now that he's a walking, breathing, infamous person no one wants around. Will he disappear like Casey Anthony or go golfing like O. J.? Right now he's busy randomly getting pulled over in Texas, so it could still go either way.
Sigh ... This is going to be a loooong trial.
Channel your rage/annoyance/desire for justice appropriately.
Seminole County Circuit Judge Debra Nelson has given the prosecution and the defense reason to feel cautiously optimistic about their chances with the jury. Nelson ruled last month that the defense is not allowed to mention Trayvon’s social media communications, his school suspension and drug use in their opening statement. Not that any of that information justifies Zimmerman’s actions that rainy evening on Feb. 26, 2012.
No joke. I'll be talking about the trial on Arise America this week via Skype. More details to come on what days I'll be chatting about Twitter and social media's response to the trial.
Predictably, the tragic shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin has turned into another round of "What did the victim do to cause his own death?" instead of "Why is George Zimmerman acting as a vigilante, sentencing a kid he stalked to death because of possibly winding up on the losing end of a fist fight Zimmerman instigated?"
It's disappointing, but ... alas, not surprising.
President Obama gave a statement Friday regarding the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, saying that we all need to come together in a tragedy like this.
In the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin, there's no safe place. There's no real excuse to cling to. None of the usual dismissals work or fit. It's just bad. Real bad. And sits there and stares at you with it's cruelty and unfairness and ugliness and says, "Take this."
Take this load. And pick it up.
I spent most of this week avoiding reading and writing about what was going on at Penn State because all I could likely add to the conversation would be a long string of curse words. A tale of how no one likes to be proven right about the more disgusting side of the human condition. The truth that some people will do anything for a win.
Even overlook the sexual exploitation and abuse of children.