Post # 1
There were at least two threads about the Kony2012 video, so I think it’s fine time to discuss this tragedy as well! A family is without their son, nephew, grandson, friend. I am just really heartbroken about this and haven’t been able to stop thinking about this. I haven’t posted too much on WB yet, as my wedding is pretty far away (9/?/13) and have not even booked a venue yet (next month!). What I’ve seen through my lurking, though, is a community of smart, caring, passionate women.
I’d love if we could use this community to help bring some justice in this case!! Go to change.org and sign the petition.
Here’s a quick opinion piece about it: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/17/opinion/blow-the-curious-case-of-trayvon-martin.html?_r=1
I’d be happy to find more articles to all those who are not familiar with the case.
For all of the mothers and future mothers out there, the idea of a teenage boy being shot and killed for no reason is heartbreaking. I just hope that, as a country, we can stand up against this senseless tragedy and FOR justice. This issue is just as pressing as the Kony2012 cause. There is a family mourning the loss of their child. They weren’t told immediately about Trayvon’s death.
So please, Bees! Lets turn this awesome community into something even more positive!
Post # 3
So sad about this boy. The suspect seems to have a bad record of calling 911. He should be locked up!
Post # 4
Seriously…. the investigation into this was so poorly done. From what I understand about Florida’s stand your ground laws, Trayvon would have been given the right to envoke any such privilege, as he was being followed. I know I would not act kindly to a big man following me around a neighborhood!
Post # 5
I just think this is so bizarre. Barring the race factor, whay reason could a 28 year old man find to get out of his car, armed, and follow a teenager? What could he have possibly done that was suspicious enough for this to have happened? Senseless. His poor family.
Post # 6
This murder (and yes, that is what it was) is horrific. Here’s a petition urging that his shooter be prosecuted:
More than 55 years after Emmett Till, I don’t want to live in a country where a child can be gunned down with impunity for the crime of being suspiciously black.
Post # 7
Listening to the 911 call with him in the background screaming for help tore me apart. I can’t get it out of my head. May he rest in peace and my justice be served.
Post # 8
This case also makes me so angry I can hardly see straight because when Florida passed its “Stand Your Ground” law a few years ago, SO MANY PEOPLE, including those in law enforcement, warned that this sort of thing would happen. It was completely f*cking predictable. But legislators are so afraid of the NRA they’ll sign any bill it sticks in front of them.
Post # 9
I have been following this too and it is MADNESS that the shooter hasn’t been arrested. I really hope that the outcry will light a fire under the police’s azzes and get them moving. It has been one of the lead stories on the Today Show for over a week and I hope it keeps getting more and more media attention.
Post # 10
Thank you! I was actually just about to start a thread myself. More and more things are coming out about this case and with every detail it becomes more and more disturbing. The new information about his girlfriend being on the phone with him just seconds before he was shot: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/jansing-and-co/46809255/#46809255
& the now we are hearing that Trayvon’s body was held in the morgue for three days before his family was notified!?! His father was calling his cell phone and no one bothered to pick up. http://video.msnbc.msn.com/morning-joe/46806299#46806299
It really breaks my heart that someone could be treated this way.
Post # 11
I can’t explain how heartbroken I am — it is almost as though someone I know was killed. I am sickened and saddened and disgusted. I can’t believe this even happened, but I especially cannot believe Zimmerman hasn’t been arrested. Hearing the 911 calls has been hard for me, but I listen out of respect for his family. I thnk people need to internalize the fear this boy felt so they can realize there was NO self-defense. Zimmerman was older and bigger than Trayvon — there was NO self-defense. Hearing his phone call with his friend makes this even more clear. A black boy can’t admire homes in a neighborhood without being shot? I have often driven and walked through the fancy neighborhoods in DC and admired the homes. But, I am a white woman. So, I guess I was allowed.
Zimmerman created a fear that was not real, and we are telling the country it is ok to shoot at someone b/c you have some irrational place in your brain that cannot accept that black people can walk through a neighborhood and NOT want to rob you. Hearing his PAST crazy 911 calls makes it clear race was a factor. I can’t handle the people who make the argument that Zimmerman wasn’t white, so this can’t be race-based.
BUT, even if race had NOTHING to do with it, there was NO REASON to kill an UNARMED boy.
A boy with hopes and dreams and family and friends and a future of untold possibilities.
A boy whose parents weren’t told about his death, a boy whose body was immediately drug tested.
Shame. Shame. SHAME. I can only hope this death leads to a national conversation on crime, gun laws, and this crazy sh*t “Stand your Ground” law.
#gets off soapbox
Sorry y’all, I get really passionate about this sort of stuff….
Post # 12
My heart breaks for this family. I hope Trayvon’s murderer is brought to justice.
Post # 13
P.S. I’m so happy the Bees are as outraged as I am! I was afraid that no one would respond and I’d have to boycott WB. That would be sad times. I am happy to have the support of such awesome women with incredible hearts as I start to plan my wedding!
Post # 14
This is so disgusting. Its ridiculous that law enforcement wasn’t/isn’t doing anything about the shooter, and that the media took forever to report on this story. Absolutely despicable.
Post # 15
This story hurt my heart. No one deserves to go like that.
Post # 16
This story angered me for days, then deeply saddened me. But the anger returns every time I think about how corrupt the police department is.
Zimmerman: 1. Proke neighborhood watch protocol.2. Disregarded the instructions of the 911 dispatcher.3. Chased the boy down.4. Shot him as he was pleading for help.
Zimmerman also has a police record and numerous complaints against him. Yet the police did nothing. SO glad the FBI is investigating.
There are many FL cases where the police are not doing their job to protect citizens. I know there are many good officers, but still too many bad ones in high places.