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Volume XIII - Issue #105: July 2013

"No Justice in Florida"

        The whole system down in Florida is designed to prevent justice.
        The trial of Trayvon Martin for his own death was a travesty. The prosecutors failed to do their job, leaving out important evidence and witnesses, and did not object even once to the lies and media manipulation of the defense team. The judge stacked the deck. The all-white cracker jury let the vigilante attacker of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin off 'scott free', because in Florida, vigilante lynchings of Afro-Americans are okay.
        Vigilante cop-wannabe George Zimmerman did everything wrong. He shot an unarmed teenager, and then lied about the entire event. Zimmerman was told to stay in the patrol car; there were no bushes for Trayvon to hide in; that was Trayvon screaming for help on the cell phone; Zimmerman hit first by whacking the cell phone out of Trayvon's hand; Zimmerman not only knew about Stand Your Ground, he got an A grade in the class; and Zimmerman lied under oath about the money in the bank.
        Well, Trayvon is dead now, and Zimmerman becomes a hero to rednecks and racists in Florida and elsewhere.
        (And the Afro-American Florida woman who fired a warning shot into the air to scare off her menacing husband got twenty years in prison.)
        The trial of Trayvon is over, and he was found guilty in absentia.

        Not much you can do, they say. True. Except to live by the premises “Battling ignorance and apathy and magical thinking is a full-time job” and “The Revolution is never over, the Class War is perpetual”.

        So I got creative, in my small way. Part of my websites include Travel & Business Links, by state, which began during my five cross-country trips for Landmark Education's year-long T.M.L.P course and the nine trips to move myself from California to New Mexico, back in 2004-2005.
        Yesterday I changed the Florida Travel Page to the State of Florida Page of Shame, and will probably leave it there for a long time - who knows, progressive activists & politicians might eventually restore justice in Florida. It could happen. Maybe. Someday.

        What the white crackers of Florida misunderstand is the universal principle that everyone has the same rights, that the crackers only have precisely the same rights as racial minorities and women and immigrants and old people and children do.
        Nothing is a right unless it applies to everyone.

[copyright 2013 by Gary Edward Nordell, all rights reserved]

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