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Zimmerman Not Guilty: My Thoughts

Friends,

crossesBy now you all know that George Zimmerman has been found not guilty. Here are my thoughts, as shared via my Facebook page & this is all I have to say:

“My heart is heavy for that community right now, the Martin family for their tragic loss & the Zimmerman family who will live in fear & the nation, because this case brought out the ugliest of ugliness on both sides. For those who think Zimmerman was really guilty, trust me, let it go. If he was lying & they got it wrong he WILL answer to a higher authority – there’s no escaping that. For those who are celebrating & support him, humble yourselves & do not give in to insensitive celebrating of a dead 17 year old nor should you throw this in anyone’s face. It’s a tragedy all around. The race-baiting, insensitivity & relentless vitriol from both sides means we have a LONG way to go as a nation. This case didn’t create any wounds or hatred, it revealed them. It brought them to the surface. THAT is the real tragedy – that we have a ton of healing to do in terms of race relations in America. It has only begun…”

God Bless…

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Posted by on July 13, 2013 in Breaking News, In The News, Society

 

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What White People Don’t Understand About Rachel Jeantel

Friends,

As you all probably already know the murder trial of George Zimmerman has begun. There has been quite a bit of discussion of the prosecution’s star witness, Rachel Jeantel regarding her demeanor, courtroom etiquette, honesty and diction. One of my Facebook friends shared this with me and I concur with her assessment that it’s a worthy read. It is from the Global Grind website and written by staff writer Rachel Samara:

A predominantly white jury is not going to like Rachel Jeantel. Let’s just be real here.Rachel Jeantel

The 19-year-old Miami native is an easy target for obvious, yet shallow reasons. But let’s not forget why she’s actually on the stand in George Zimmerman’s second degree murder trial. Rachel was the last person to speak to a living, breathing Trayvon Martin. The guilt, shame and sorrow she must feel is something most of us will never be able to comprehend. You could hear it in her voice, see it in her jittery body language. She is feeling the wrath of this highly publicized case.

Rachel was thrown head first into this murder story, unwillingly. And although she had repeatedly said she did not want to be a witness, did not even want to believe she was the last person Trayvon spoke to, Rachel took the stand for all the right reasons. She was asked to by the family of her deceased friend and feeling part of the burden for his death, she wanted to help.

Rachel was raw, emotional, aggressive and hostile, and she was unapologetically herself.

And if the 5 white jurors (excluding the 1 Latina) are like most white people I know, they are unfortunately not going to like Rachel. They won’t understand her, especially not her defensive nature, and this will unfortunately work against her. Even though it shouldn’t.

I can imagine George Zimmerman’s defense is just hoping some of those 5 white jurors have some prejudices (as most people do), or hell, are even racist, because if they are, their tactic to make Rachel out to be less intelligent, rather than less credible than she actually is, might actually work.

Less intelligent and more confused.

Less intelligent because of the “language barrier” and more confused because of the lawyers’ failure to understand who Rachel is, where she comes from, what kind of life she lives.

It seems the middle-aged white men on both sides of this case are totally unaware of what Rachel’s life is like – a 19-year-old high school student of Haitian descent who knows nothing more than the few block radius she has grown up in. The cultural differences here are exponential.

But if the lawyers, and especially the jurors, were really listening, they would see that although she comes off aggressive, Rachel was consistent. Yes, the defense proved she had lied in the past, but she didn’t deny it. On the contrary. She was very honest about it, and even led us to sympathize with her reasoning for it – she did not want to see Trayvon’s body, she did not want to face Trayvon’s mother and she wanted to wipe her hands of the situation because of the emotion and trauma. She was the last person Trayvon spoke to and she wanted everyone to understand what that means. This is in no way easy for her.

Rachel is the prosecution’s key witness, but I am going to call her the misunderstood witness. She holds vital information that both the defense and prosecution need, but these middle-aged white men questioning her do not get it. Sadly both the prosecution and the defense [but more so the defense] have an extreme disconnect from her reality, like I said. The constant text messaging between her and Trayvon is normal for two high school kids who may like each other, the nonchalant use of racial slurs like “cracka” and “n*gga” are slang (as Rachel put it) and that doesn’t mean it comes from a racist place.

Trayvon was just 17, his life consisted of text messaging, high school, PS3, girls and not much else. He had a lot of growing up to do, a lot of experiences to take in, so much more to learn, but sadly, he will never get a chance to do any of those things.

Rachel on the other hand will get to, but with her immaturity displayed on the stand for the whole world to see, she quickly became a joke. Maybe we were picturing Trayvon’s alleged girlfriend to be a bit different, but nevertheless, Rachel still is the last person, aside from George Zimmerman, that Trayvon had any contact with while he was alive on this earth. Rachel’s mumbling, hostility and that reference to the show First 48, among other things, threw us for a loophole, but let’s remember, she is just a teen. This is what she knows. This is far from a Lifetime movie, this is her life. In the flesh, but still on our TVs.

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Posted by on June 28, 2013 in Featured Guest blogs, In The News

 

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Planned Parenthood on Gosnell Conviction: “It’s the Law’s Fault”

Friends.

So abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was convicted of first degree murder (three counts) for killing babies, some Kermit Gosnellborn alive (and ending late term pregnancies which is against the law in his state) & this is what Planned Parenthood had to say in the aftermath of his conviction:

“This case has made clear that we must have and enforce laws that protect access to safe and legal abortion, and we must reject misguided laws that would limit women’s options and force them to seek treatment from criminals like Kermit Gosnell.”

First of all, Gosnell was not in some back alley, boot-legged, backwater illegal clinic. He was a licensed physician who worked in a legal abortion clinic. He knew he was breaking the law when he was cutting the spines of babies born alive and those he snatched from the womb late term. Planned Parenthood thinks women everywhere should have access to abortion at any stage of the pregnancy & because some states don’t allow late term abortions, they are allegedly “restricting access” & forcing women to the arms of unethical doctors like Kermit Gosnell.

No one told these women to wait until they were late in their pregnancies to decide to have an abortion – they chose to do that. Abortions become more expensive the further along you are not cheaper. I don’t advocate abortion but if your state only allows them up to a certain point you’d better hot tail it in there before that point if you want to murder your child legally. These women knew he was giving them the “hook-up” if you will, by killing their babies for them past the legal time limit & I don’t believe for one second that they didn’t know what he was doing was illegal. Planned Parenthood is blaming the limits in the laws of some states for Gosnell’s actions & that’s the most despicable, irresponsible thing I have heard from them in a while. It’s the fault of those women that they waited until their babies were in some cases fully formed & able to live outside of the womb to have an abortion. It’s also the fault of AMA licensed, Hippocratic oath swearin’ Kermit Gosnell for breaking the law & not giving those women an emphatic “No, you’re too far along” answer as was his duty. He killed those babies and a jury has convicted him of three counts of 1st degree murder on yesterday appropriately. No, Planned Parenthood, it’s not the law’s fault so stop making excuses & using tragedy to advance your immoral cause. Planned Parenthood’s alacrity to expand abortion laws everywhere in the US has nothing to do with women’s rights or combating “restricting access” to women, it has everything to do with expanding their profits. The wider the pregnancy range the larger their clientele base. There’s no subterfuge to conceal their motive. The fact remains that just like any other business, they want to make profits.

I’m not certain of Gosnell’s exact motivations to break the law and abort those born alive & late term babies. It could have been greed – abortion is a money maker for these clinics & very profitable. Women who have the means pay for them & those who cannot are subsidized by the federal government. No matter your income level, if you want an abortion, as a society we’ve ensured that you’ll have access to one, even though free contraception such as condoms and various forms of birth control is ubiquitous in America nowadays. He could have felt empathy towards the mothers who came to him, late in their pregnancies out of desperation and decided to help them by taking away the apparent burden of motherhood. It could be a combination of those and other reasons – we’ll never know. What we do know is that he took the lives of so many babies by snapping their spines with scissors, even though they were old & developed enough to live outside of the womb with proper medical care. What I’d like to know is when will we as a society return to decency & start valuing all life at all levels again. When will we shun the Gosnells of the world and stop making excuses for immorality and illegal acts. Unfortunately, in respect for my own life I won’t hold my breath but I won’t give up hope either.

baby in the womb

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: Kermit Gosnell waived his right to an appeal to avoid the death penalty. He was sentenced today with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in In The News, Politics, Society, Uncategorized

 

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