The Rape of Trayvon Martin

One month away from the three ring circus that will be George Zimmerman's trial for the murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin, the public assassination and rape of the young victim has jumped into full gear.

Zimmerman's defense attorneys have released stuff found on Martin's cell phone, pictures and texts depicting the now snuffed out life of a kid doing kid stuff, who didn't know he was gonna die. He wasn't walking around a ghetto. He was walking around his father's probably predominately white neighborhood, going to the store and back. There were no gangs, no gang-bangers. No reason for a reasonably street savvy kid to worry about his own safety. He wasn't doing anything except talking to a girl on his phone. How dangerous can that be?

The defense calls the pictures released, evidence in the pending case that shows their client Zimmerman is the victim here. The pictures show Trayvon with gold grill. They show a marijuana plant. They show Trayvon with his friends. One pic even shows a gun. Since Martin wasn't in the pic with the gun, or holding the gun, it is questionable whether the picture even came from Trayvon's phone. Even if it did, he's a kid and kids download the damned things from the internet to keep and show to their friends. Funny how stuff like this never seems to affect white kids, even after they kill 20 or 30 people. 

Zimmerman's defense team is still relying on that ages old American defense of “little white guy defending himself against attacking big black hoodie wearing ghetto kid.” This, despite telling the courts that it would not seek immunity under the “stand your ground” defense following public outcry against those bogus laws, put on the books for one reason and one reason only, and that is to allow white men with guns to shoot people because they want to, when they want to. Nobody else, not black men, not black women, not even white women have successfully been able to use the stand your ground defense and thereby evade prison. Zimmerman ran into trouble as soon as he invoked it. He lives like a white man, but was swiftly reminded of his recent immigrant roots, so can't really claim master of the universe immunity/privilege like a “real” white guy. He's a bit too brown toned for that.

Zimmerman's defense can't stand on the facts of the case because Zimmerman precipitated the incident where he killed an unarmed kid after police told him via dispatch to leave Martin alone. Zimmerman brought the gun, got into a fight and killed the youth in cold blood just feet from his father's house.

So now the only option seems to be a public rape, just like what happens to women who report sexual assaults and black men/women/youth in the USA. It's never the assailant who is tried in court. It is always the victim put on trial, raped repeatedly with questions about past acts having no bearing on the incident in question, and Trayvon Martin is no exception. A recent case in point, Charles Ramsey of Cleveland. All he did was rescue three kidnapped women held for 10 years and w-Within 24 hours every news organization was reporting on his past bad acts, as if to say he's not a good guy. He's not the hero that everybody thinks he is.  Retried in the court of public opinion until folks got mad about it.

The pictures and what they depict, don't matter. They are not evidence about the incident in question. They are being held up and waved around only to say “look, George Zimmerman killed a bad guy, would you want him in your neighborhood, talking on the phone to your daughter?” Classic fall back defense of the bigoted in America when they know they were in the wrong.

What troubles me is that more often than not, it still works in Amerikkka. It remains to be seen if the judge will actually allow them into evidence given the notoriety of the case.

Martin was a black kid walking home, doing what he was supposed to do, he was accosted by Zimmerman, an arrogant prick with a gun who got his jollies driving around his neighborhood harassing people who “didn't fit” in with his perception of who should be there.

So what if they fought. So what if Zimmerman got a bloody nose. So what...

Trayvon Martin lost his 17 year old life doing what he was supposed to do. Doing what his parents had taught him to do for a change. He was 17, not an angel. The kid was walking home when he was jumped and shot for no reason by a white man with a gun.

Playing the race card, am I? Damn right, because otherwise, we wouldn't be having this conversation. If anyone other than the little white guy police wannabe George Zimmerman had pulled the trigger on a black hoodie wearing kid named Trayvon Martin on that fateful night, they would still be in jail or already subjected to trial and convicted and awaiting sentence, at the very least.


An Open Letter to President Obama on the Matter of Assata Shakur

Dear Mr. President,

First of all, let me congratulate you on your massive re election win back in November. I voted for you and am proud to have done so. However, I am troubled by the recent act by your administration of placing Assata Shakur, the former Joanne Chesimard, on the most wanted domestic terrorist list. To be perfectly honest, one of my problems with you, Mr. President, is that I've never felt comfortable trusting you to handle the problems of Black America, and this move against Shakur illustrates my point.

Do you understand that this one act has the effect of retroactively criminalizing the very movement that made your ascent to the White House possible? Do you understand the historic stain that you have allowed your Justice Department to paint all over the Black community?

With one fell swoop you have labeled everyone, from Dr. Martin Luther King on down to me as a domestic terrorist, and proclaimed our demands for equality and freedom from Jim Crow back in the day as nothing more than acts of terrorism against the United States. We're not Terrorists, Mr. President. We are Americans. Americans who have routinely and systematically been excluded from the melting pot that America proclaims itself to be.

The announcement by the Police and Federal officials in New Jersey this week, called the continued hunt for Shakur an open wound dating back some 40 years. Well what about the open wounds inflicted by COINTELPRO on Black people, Mr. President. Shakur is a classic example of what this covert government agency inflicted on my people ( not sure if they're yours) during the 60's, 70's and 80's. There was no mention of governmental complicity during the news conference. Did you think that all of us who might remember had died off or maybe decided to stay quiet since we're older now?

We're older, Mr. President, but we haven't gone away, primarily because despite working our asses off to see you live in the White House, things haven't gotten any better for us in the past few years. Some of that is conservative bigoty, but much of it is you, Mr. President. We're still not living in full economic, non racist harmonic American equality. The American dream has yet to roll down my street. Not even with you in charge of the White House and your designate Eric Holder in control of the Just-us department. No I didn't misspell Justice, Mr. President. Real Black people know that it's always been Justice for them and Just-us for us.

I keep waiting for you to take a stand for Black people, Mr. President. I keep waiting for you to find some empathy for those who look like you look. You tell the world that you're minority. You make jokes about it. You get mad when someone says otherwise. And lord knows you take enough crap from even the minor masters of the universe for appearing to be Black.

Trouble is, Mr. President, you don't even feel Black to me. You've got the cool Black factor working. You do look good in your Ray Bans as you step out of your armored Escalade. But when it comes to deep down understanding, you are seriously lacking in knowledge, passion and feeling for what it is to be a Black man in America. Your election did not come close to making America post racial. How many times does some white guy have to question your intelligence before you get mad enough to realize that.

I just don't get how you and Eric Holder could miss the incredible symbolism attached to making Assata Shakur a domesticc terrorist. You may as well have gone to Angela Davis' house, kicked down her door, and slapped cuffs on her saying double jeopardy is no longer in force. Same difference.

Amid your fight for gays and lesbians and immigrants and Latinos, your administration just told all of Black America that we don't count, and that we never counted. Even if you really feel that way, I personally thought you were smarter than that. Hell, I've been waiting for five years for some sign that you were smarter than you appear. But then again, some of the dumbest people that I know personally are academic geniuses, sporting all the book learning in the world yet not a lick of common sense.

I personally thought that you were strong enough to resist the allure and overwhelming addiction of power that comes with the Oval Office. I was wrong, apparently. You're so into the power that you've chosen to make the power grab retroactive. Our civil liberties are being wiped out. Not by the man who created the law, but by the man, you, who succeeded him.

I keep waiting for you to shed tears for Black America, Mr. President, because it is disappearing before your eyes. I keep waiting for you to choke up over the very visible inequities still written into the social system that controls American lives.

But the act of making Assata Shakur a domestic terrorist most wanted means I'm going to be waiting a long time for real black understanding coming from the White House.

You already know the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Well it's a good thing you can't run for a third term, because I can't in all honesty support someone who continues to work against me and my community to its detriment. That is insanity and I'm promise you, I am not crazy. I know when to quit.

And I'm done....

Respectfully yours,


Assata Shakur a Domestic Terrorist? What in Fresh Hell is This!

By definition, Domestic Terrorism is violence committed to cause chaos and death inside your own country against your own people.

It is directed haphazardly against anonymous targets for the sole purpose of causing mayhem, primarily so the perpetrators can demonstrate their displeasure with the ruling parties in control of the government, (google-Boston Marathon, Oklahoma City Bombing, 1996 Olympic bombings, '93 World Trade Center bombings, 9/11 attacks, attack on the USS Cole).

Prior to Oklahoma City in 1995, the term Domestic Terrorism didn't really exist, because it was assumed by the powers that be, that first, no one inside America was mad enough to attack America, so all terrorism came from outside the country, and secondly, the white men who were killing randomly, acting terroristically, as members of white supremacists/anti abortion groups, were not considered terrorists. Even the Weather Underground and the SDS were not labeled terrorists (google-rich white kids who blew up stuff and robbed banks in the 1960's and '70's). Not until the white guys from the Caucasus blew up the Boston Marathon, did anyone in power begrudgingly admit that white people did terrorism against the US. Until three weeks ago terrorists were brown... Muslims, primarily, or Cubans (five imprisoned now), or Puerto Ricans (Americans but brown and spanish speaking- google FALN).

So now, since everybody, including white people, has to be considered a potential terrorist, the government apparently decided to make the rewritten definition retroactive, thereby changing the label on the historical civil rights protests, and effectively calling Assata Shakur a domestic terrorist.

If Assata Shakur is a domestic terrorist, then so am I and so is every other Black person who ever marched for civil rights in America. Today's placement on the most wanted list and bounty has indicted all of us in one fell swoop, and places us in jeopardy for speaking out against our government in protest.

Assata Shakur, for all of you historically challenged, was a member of the Black Panther Party and a member of the Black Liberation Army, back in the day when the government waged war on Black people for demanding equality.

Shakur, the Panthers the BLA and every other group that fought for civil rights was targeted by a covert government agency called COINTELPRO, which infiltrated, spied on, arrested, convicted and imprisoned Blacks who disagreed with the government, it's Jim Crow policies and institutionalized racism that continues to exist today. When they couldn't take Blacks down quietly, they executed us summarily (google- Fred Hampton).

Shakur, who is the aunt of the late Tupac, was caught up in a bunch of crimes and situations that ended violently. If you believe the police, she was responsible for nearly every bank robbery and cop killing on the east coast from 1971-1973-4.

New Jersey Police official Fuentes lied through his teeth today during the news conference stating the Shakur killed a cop by shooting him twice in the head as he lay on the ground. This was proven to be a lie during her trial, yet it continues to be told by government officials and the Feds. What...don't they have the court transcripts to refer back to?

She was tried several times, and finally convicted and sentenced to life in prison. She escaped from maximum security, finally making it to Cuba in 1984 where she was granted political asylum. She remains there to this day, quietly living, writing and speaking out. The feds have always known where she was.

Yet today, they decide to name her a domestic terrorist. She's not attacking people or building bombs to cause mass destruction. Are they afraid that Black people are going to suddenly become radicalized again in the same way that some Muslims are made radical by the Osamas of the world?

Why? It's not like America has an extradition treaty with Cuba? It's not like we're on good terms with Raul Castro or his brother Fidel, now retired. It's not like Assata is going to give herself up and yearns to come home to the US.

Maybe the feds are trying to work a trade...give us Assata and we will free the Cuban five, currently doing life sentences in an American jail.

Only time will tell..

to be continued..