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Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 3:22 pm  |  82 responses

Photo: LeBron James and the Miami Heat Show Support for Trayvon Martin



 

Earlier today, LeBron James tweeted a picture of the Miami Heat wearing hoodies, with their heads bowed in support of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed high school student carrying only an iced tea and a bag of Skittles, who was pursued, confronted and fatally shot on Feb. 26. The photo is above, with the accompanying tweet reading: #WeAreTrayvonMartin #Hoodies #Stereotyped #WeWantJustice

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  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    justice is needed. even if it’s just 1 case out of probably thousands that don’t have the same exposure, a small step is still a step.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    This story is truly sickening. I’m not always one to jump on the race debate train but this was racial profiling at it’s finest. The law does state that you can act in self defense but they was no true evidence of self defense but rather pure murder. The police even told that man to leave that kid alone when he called them and said he was following him.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Never been the biggest LeBron fan but I have to give LeBron and the rest of the Heat props for this one. I love seeing athletes using their celebrity for more than personal gain. I can’t imagine what Trayvon’s family is going through right now. This situation is completely unacceptable. Dude should’ve been locked up day one.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Don’t get this. But I guess I like it. How bout donating to his family. I’m sure they are doing that though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    C’Mon Lake. You do know that all the money in the world won’t bring the kid back. Just because you are an athlete with deep pockets doesn’t mean you should donate to every cause that you relate to. I don’t mind if they donate, I don’t think they should be expected to donate. Just like Dwade and Antoine Walker’s situation. Still a terrible tragedy though and big ups to the Heat for their support.

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    Strongly dislike LeBron and the Heat, but definitely like this move. Like it was said above, good to see them speaking out against something bigger than basketball and something that’s not for their own personal gain.

  • AD

    this is becoming a trendy situation but al least its positive… RIP Trayvon Martin

  • tomtom

    Nice gesture for sure.

  • LA Huey

    Poorly organized photograph but I’m feeling the show of support.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Nick, I think money helps more than a picture, but maybe i’m being to superficial. I appreciate and respect this either way. Your right that nothing will bring back that child.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Good job Heat, he(k the whole NBA should do a picture like this. This is more relevant than any game played.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    I like the coverage. It can only help in this case.

  • http://caseyvaughn.com AlbertBarr

    That is actually a powerful image

  • Otis

    Good for them. And AlbertBarr is right – it’s indeed a powerful image.

  • bike

    Very nice gesture by these guys. Classy. However, I hate to see all the racial tension associated with this kid’s death. No one knows for certain what happened and everyone should let this play out. It’s a horrible tragedy but NO ONE can say for certain right now if race played a factor.

  • smoove

    @ lakeshow..well the pose they are making in the picture corresponds to how Trayvon was wearing a hood the day he got killed

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    It’s just a show of solidarity. NOTHING, not donations, pics, tweets, rallies, letters or phone calls, is gonna bring Trayvon Martin back, so saying you would rather have them donate money instead of take this picture really does nothing for the situation. IDK bike, I’m more in the mind that it has to be proven that race WASN’T a factor, other than the other way around.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    People are still surprised that this still goes on.
    R.I.P. to the young man.
    His family, from what we’ve seen, is handling this like soldiers.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If you can’t say for certain that race played a role in this incident, you can’t say it for any incident.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    R.I.P. to Shaun Bell.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    The Heat players are also planning some type of tribute during the Heat/Pistons game tonight in Auburn Hills but have not said what they plan on doing.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    cool gesture. respect

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Thanks smooth. Got it.
    The only problem with the “hate crime” laws is that they are only possible in a white on minority situation and never the other way around. I mean, it’s strange, because every culture and race is racist/ignorant. If a group of Asians beat up a white kid nothing would be implicated about that. It’s just strange how they determine motivation. It’s some Minority Report type ish. This story appears to be obvious, but others not.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Not saying this was handled great by the police or Zimmerman, but here’s a little more info on the situation…I found it interesting…

    http://www.examiner.com/charleston-conservative-in-charleston-sc/zimmerman-was-on-the-ground-being-punched-when-he-shot-trayvon-martin

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    Amazing. Major respect.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    There are two sides to this story…I’m not standing by what Zimmerman did or what the police didn’t do, but this story isn’t being reported accurately by most sources. Once my link clears check it out. I’m interested in people’s opinion.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    great stuff by my heat homies.
    I still dont get why normal americans have guns.
    Self defense my bum.
    But rip to the young guy .

  • niio

    Wow….I’m so glad all these wealthy high powered individuals took the time to get involved and….put their hoods on. talk about doing the least amount possible got some pub. I don’t understand why the public is all of a sudden in an uproar. Mexicans and blacks have been killing either for ever.

  • Dungeon Family

    Should’ve known an ignorant ass person like @Bike was gonna leave a comment.

  • niio

    How is this race? Why would cops want to protect a Mexican man that killed a black man

  • niio

    That happens between gangs all the time

  • http://www.examiner.com/charleston-conservative-in-charleston-sc/zimmerman-was-on-the-ground-being-punched-when-he-shot-trayvon-martin Wayno

    Click my name

  • niio

    Great article. Says exactly what I was thinking in a better way

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    @smits the 2nd amendment protects our right to have guns, people legally buy guns for many reasons. Sport, hunting, and protection. If you think outlawing guns will stop anything your sadly mistaken. Criminals live outside the law, thats why they are criminals. However; this story saddens me, because regardless of whatever the outcome is this young life has been cut short. But from personal experience I can tell you the news you see doesnt tell the whole story, let me be clear, I am far from thinking this guy is innocent, but certain public sympathy cases get twisted.

  • SikhWitIt

    Mad respect for LeBron on doing this after refusing to take a stand with Ira Newble on the Darfur issue. This is wonderful to see.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    AllenP, awaiting your thoughts on the article Wayno provided.

  • http://www.examiner.com/charleston-conservative-in-charleston-sc/zimmerman-was-on-the-ground-being-punched-when-he-shot-trayvon-martin Wayno

    Yeah, I’m curious what allen thinks too. Doesn’t absolve anything of anything, but I think it puts it into a different light.

  • http://www.examiner.com/charleston-conservative-in-charleston-sc/zimmerman-was-on-the-ground-being-punched-when-he-shot-trayvon-martin Wayno

    anyone of anything*

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    The Wayno article is exactly the sort of stuff I was referring too. Some cases aren’t as cut and dry as the popular media paints it out to be. Tragic death regardless, 17 is so young.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    @shutup
    i live in a country were you cant get guns legally and the murder rate is only 1% of americas murder rate.
    Outlawing guns works in the rest of the world. So why wouldnt it work in the usa.
    In the netherlands were i live the police and military have guns and some people who do it as a hobby but they can only keep their guns at shooting ranges. Your second admentment law is straight medievil .

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    So now guns are the only way people murder each other? whats the population of your country? whats the person per land mass ratio. Many factors play into murder rates. I stand by the idea that if you outlaw guns only outlaws will have guns.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    So because Zimmerman was getting his a** whopped by Martin that warrants Zimmerman shooting and killing him?
    F*ck that.
    Zimmerman put himself in that predicament by not adhering to what the 911 dispatcher told him to do, which was to not pursue him.
    If I’m a 17 year old and some grown a** man was following me, I’d defend myself too.
    @niio – where in the f*ck does it say dude is Mexican? He’s half-white half-Peruvian, and in Peru afro-hispanics get treated like second-class citizens so I don’t see how that changes sh*t.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    @shutup
    the netherlands is one of the most densely populated countrys in the world.
    Still the number of people killed by guns is extremely small. I dont understand why giving everybody guns makes a country safer. Look with a gun in your pocket you might shoot somebody who steps on your shoes. Without a gun you might hit the dude. I know which option i would choose. The more guns you have the easier it gets for outlaws to get a gun. Also its easier for police to shoot people because the expect that package of skittles to be a gun.
    But okay this is a basketball site and this is not space to talk about this kind of stuff.and i respect your point. This neighbourhood watch just didnt have to have a gun. And the poor kid probably would just have a black eye.

  • shutup

    @enigMatic I see where your coming from, but following someone is not attacking someone. Lets not try to justify (if it happened that way) this person attacking another but then condemn a man for defending himself (if it happened that way) in the same breath. EXAMPLE: if i’m in a store and some person profiles me, follows me around hits you with that condescending “can I help you find something?”. it wouldn’t justify me acting an @ss and just start breaking ish, or turn around and attack them.

  • shutup

    @Smits The netherlands population is about 16 million and the state of New York is 18 million, lets not try to argue diluted facts here. Explain to me why the crime rate in England has skyrocketed since the ban on guns has been put in place. There is no correlation between gun control and crime control. Here’s an article that illustrates the point. http://www.american-partisan.com/cols/blanks/081400.htm

  • shutup

    heres an excerpt of the article in case your feeling lazy, the article is a tad verbose. —-”Based on the crime rates in areas with the most and fewest gun control laws, one could argue that gun control schemes contribute to higher crime rates. There is much evidence to support this hypothesis and similar results can be found in international examples. Just recently, the violent crime levels in England have risen during the past year by more than 15%. These results represent a continuation of crime problems in England that have been encountered since their gun bans took affect in the mid 1990s. The home invasion, burglary, robbery, and a wide range of other crime rates in England now exceed that of the U.S. “—-

  • shutup

    @SMITS -heres an excerpt of the article in case your feeling lazy, the article is a tad verbose. —-”Based on the crime rates in areas with the most and fewest gun control laws, one could argue that gun control schemes contribute to higher crime rates. There is much evidence to support this hypothesis and similar results can be found in international examples. Just recently, the violent crime levels in England have risen during the past year by more than 15%. These results represent a continuation of crime problems in England that have been encountered since their gun bans took affect in the mid 1990s. The home invasion, burglary, robbery, and a wide range of other crime rates in England now exceed that of the U.S. “—-

  • http://caseyvaughn.com AlbertBarr

    Cosign Enigmatic.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    If this kid was in a similar situation in my country this kid would have lived. Because our gun regulations prevents a neighbourhood watch to own a gun. And he wouldnt expect a package of skittles to be a gun. This whole case is not about crime in general this case is about a gun being introduced in the mix. and because of your 2nd amendment an innocent kid died. Thats why i say that law is wrong.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Here is the account of the witness referenced:
    “The guy on the bottom, who had a red sweater on, was yelling to me, ‘Help! Help!’ and I told him to stop, and I was calling 911,” said the witness, who asked to be identified only by his first name, John.
    John said he locked his patio door, ran upstairs and heard at least one gun shot.
    “And then, when I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on the top beating up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead at that point.”
    Now, why would the neighbor tell the guy on the bottom to stop yelling for help or to stop in general if he was being pummelled?
    More importantly, when did it become okay to initiate a stop of a pedestrian against the advice of police, become engaged in a fistfight while ignoring police orders and then shoot someone when you’re losing that fight?
    I heard all of these details early on because I’ve read everything written. What the link provided doesn’t note is the black guy with the Muslim name also told the interviewer that he was afraid to walk in his own neighborhood because he’d been confronted by Zimmerman in the past and so now he goes downtown to walk and get his exercise. I guess when trying to provide “context” the Examiner decided it didn’t want to include that detail.
    It’s funny to me how often conservative white people push to be considered individuals, and then blithely deny others that same right. If you don’t want people to randomly label you or your movements racist because of the actions of a “few” then why do you feel so comfortable attempting to justify profiling and discrimination against black people because of the actions of a few?
    Remember even the most aggressive estimates only say that 33 percent of African American men will have some sort of contact with the criminal justice that results in incarceration, probation or parole. That means that roughly 66 percent of the black population, or the super majority, is law abiding. So why does it make sense that the law abiding population should suffer for those who are doing wrong? Would you like it if you had to suffer indignities because of the wrong actions of others, or would you deem that unfair? Isn’t that the main complaint about Affirmative Action?
    What we have here is a case where a man stereotypes an innocent black man, challenged him based on that stereotype, confronted him despite being told not to by police, potentially lied about that incident and then killed the innocent boy when he lost the confrontation he initiated against police orders.
    If you don’t see who this relates to race, or you spend lots of time trying to figure out how Trayvon Martin was a bad kid then it says a lot about you and how you view the world.
    That’s all I have to say.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I read the article Wayno put up. I don’t know whether it’s true or not but I will say this. I could care less what that young cat was doing to Mr. Zimmerman because no person deserves to be killed like that in the streets like a dog. If that clown would have listened to the 911 operator and stayed in his car until the police arrived, no one this would have happened. Instead he ignores the 911 operator and takes matters into his own hands, so that means he went out his way to get his a** beat (allegedly) and then retaliated by killing that young man. No one can convince me that someone desereved to be killed over an ass whopping especially when that beatdown was justified.
    Also, since when does 6-2 qualify as “towering”?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    No one knows exactly how the altercation began. We do know that Trayvon’s female friend said that Zimmerman was the aggressor. We do know that he lied to police about pursuing Trayvon Martin. His father said he didn’t follow Martin, but the tapes say different.
    We know that Zimmerman regularly reported black men as suspicious based solely on the color of their skin despite the fact that 20 percent of his neighbors are black.
    Its funny how the article doesn’t attempt to explain what made Trayvon Martin suspicious even as it tries to provide “context” on who he really was. Zimmerman didn’t know he had been suspended. Nor did he know he was a football player. He knew Martin was a black man wearing a hood in the rain and walking through his neighborhood and he knew he didn’t belong.
    Remember, most crime is committed within same race. As a white person you are three times more likely to be victimized by another white person than a black person. Check the statistics. The fact that despite this truth, despite the fact that white males between 18-35 are more likely to use drugs than any other group, we still have the dominant stereotype of the dangerous black male preying on everyone, which is what led Zimmerman to label Martin as suspicious.
    Everyone knows this is true. Some of you clearly think that’s justified. As a black man who has been harassed by police to the point of having a gun pulled on him simply for sitting in his car and looking suspicious to a white woman, I don’t agree with that state of affairs. It is what it is. I will never convince most white people that there is something inherently unfair about racial profiling because most of them benefit from racial profiling, particularly in the freedom it allows them and the false sense of security it provides them.
    Oh well.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    cosign Allenp at 11:21 and Enigmatic at 8:15

  • shutup

    I get it Smits every place in the world is better than the US, its not the first time I have heard that on this site, but alas the threat of a weapon is a real threat worldwide. Why else would tourist guides advise staying away from non-tourist areas in the Netherlands? I also would like to point out the fact that close to 80% of the Netherlands is populated by Ethnic Dutch, with no one other group exceeding 3%, so maybe just maybe the diversity of the population in America leads to the excess of violence, who knows? But to think that violence would have been avoided just because guns would be outlawed is a fallacy. Guns don’t kill people, people do, I know a little cliche but its the truth. Like I said earlier, we will never know the complete story, but none of that will change the fact that a life was cut way too short. A mother should never have to see her son buried, I can only imagine the pain she is feeling, my heart goes out to her.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Are we just going to ignore the fact that Zimmerman called that kid a “c*on” while talking to the 911 operator?

  • shutup

    Are knives illegal in the Netherlands? because take the gun out of the equation and put a knife and I still believe we have a tragedy.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    i agree with you on almost all points. Except your tourist guide point the netherlands has virtually no “no go” areas like the USA has. I even think the most dangerous crime ridden place in the netherlands is a tourist attraction called the red light district. We have some rough neighbourhoods but its nothing to any rough neighbourhood in the usa. I never said your country is the worst country.
    I just dont agree with your gun laws and you do.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    shooting some one is much easier then stabbing someone. mentally and skillwise. Also a gun has a much bigger range. one bullet can take out multiple people. one stab with a knife cant. Yes they are both lethal. But you and i know which is the worst weapon. The invention of the gun changed warfare. And history.

  • BBaller

    Why does AllenP always fight racism with racism.RIP to the boy.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    We’re still surprised?
    Let us all go march and protest somewhere.
    That’ll make it all better.
    Just like it always has… smh

  • shutup

    Another example, since guns were outlawed in Canada more people were killed by knives than guns and the homicide rate increased. If someone has violence in their heart than violence will happen. More people throughout history have died by the blade. Fire changed warfare, Metal changed warfare more significantly than the gun. What about suicide bombers? Violence happens. What is a knife going to do when that criminal breaks in your house with his illegal gun? Or is that criminal going to say wait this gun is illegal I shouldnt take it on this r@pe or robbery?

  • shutup

    Maybe we should outlaw all weapons, I think they did that on the Simpsons didn’t work there either.

  • niio

    Haha..allenp tryin to make it sound like black people don’t do crimes. I guess all the blacks in prison are innocent. Or all the black people robbing people by me and killing each other is my imagination. dumbass. Please stop trying to act educated

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Trayvon was perfectly justified for knocking Zimmerman! Zimmerman was stalking him with a gun… You come at me with a shotgun, demanding and threatening me and you better be prepared to use it. As far as I’m concerned homie was probably acting in self defense, Zimmerman most likely started that altercation, I mean he did call him a coon! Cosign Allen enig, and Taylor

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    And niio? F*ck off you godd@mn trolll

  • http://caseyvaughn.com AlbertBarr

    Co-sign AllenP.

  • dazzy

    Co-sign JTaylor: I love all the whites saying “We don’t know if it was racial”. Referring to blacks as c**ns isn’t racial enoughh for you idiots? You’re no better than Zimmerman.

  • dazzy

    If a black man follows a white person, nobody questions the idea that the black man is a threat. A white dude with a gun follows a black guy, and the white man deserves the benefit of the doubt. The depth of the racism in our society is amazing. Even on this site. I’m glad Zimmerman got his *ss busted. He got what he deserved. Trayvon died because he had the nerve to stand up to a white boy with a gun. He died because that white guy was incensed that the black kid had the nerve to not answer him. F all of y’all who think Zimmerman is anything but a murderer.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Lakeshow: Well going by that logic, why even send criminals to prison? Why not just force every crook to pay out a handsome sum to the victims’ families and call it a day?
    Wait… we already do that. Those crooks are called corporations. And that clearly works (not).

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ shutup: Actually the 2nd amendment gives all Americans the right to bear “arms.” It doesn’t specify WHICH arms. If you feel it’s perfectly fine for Americans to own handguns and assault rifles, then I hope you also believe it’s okay for everyone to own bombs and hand grenades and tanks and heavy artillery.
    Hey, maybe nuclear weapons while we’re at it. Nukes are arms–the 2nd amendment gave you the right own nukes too. Why the hell not?
    If you believe that then fine. If not, then you clearly believe there should be some sort of regulation for the safety of others. And in that case, there is NO reason assault weapons should be allowed, nor handguns or semi-automatics or anything that has no other purpose beyond killing humans. End of story.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Let’s get something straight though, I’m not really that concerned about gun control. I think it’s a band-aid solution that tries to cover up bigger issues of institutionalized, legal racism and the overall imperialistic culture of America.
    Conservatives aren’t the only ones who advocate the right to bear arms–actually for the most part they’ve been against it.
    Ronald Reagan, top 5 biggest neo-con d0uche bags in American history, supported gun control. As governor of California, he banned the carrying of firearms in public spaces because the Black Panthers, as opposed to white rednecks, were exercising their rights. If I were alive back then I would have supported the Black Panthers’ right to bear arms, as they were a force for good in their community and not some racist cowards.
    Richard Nixon hated Americans owning guns. And George Bush Sr., top 3 biggest neo-con douche bags in American history (one-up on Reagan), banned the import of assault weapons and thought that guns should only be used for “sport.”
    So I’m not too worried about that. There are bigger, more pressing issues than the possession of firearms. But we have to understand who the real crooks are in this country (and world)–because they aren’t the kind that will break into your house and steal change from your wallet.
    (They’ll probably just take your home instead… lol).

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Last comment…
    Co-sign Allenp and dazzy.
    @ Lakeshow: Not all races can be racist in the same way–at least in the Western world. Also blacks, Asians, and Hispanics don’t have the power in America to carry out racism on a national and institutionalized scale the way whites do. That is a fact. That is not playing the race card or any other BS–just check the stats.
    @ Allenp: Are you familiar with Michelle Alexander?

  • T. Brown

    Props to Lebron and the Heat for showing support. I am tired of reading the comments of ignorant racists, though. Someof you need to wake up and realize what type of world we live in. No matter what your opinion is, the fact is that an innocent person was murdered and his murderer has not been arrested. That is not justice. Period.

  • http://chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls Diesel

    While I do feel like this situation is completely rooted in racism, I find it strange that this particular story has been singled out for some reason. I read the article that Wayno linked to and like it says, in Chicago, literally double digit children are getting murdered every day and no one seems to be doing anything about it. But since this story allows for the black vs white story line, its been elevated above anything else. Very interesting.

  • http://chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls Diesel

    And great for Lebron and the Heat for showing support,but this reaks of PR grabbing to me. If 12 high powered, millionaires really wanted to show support they could do much much more than take a twit pic.

  • shutup

    @teddy please dont use this forum to start with the anti-america stuff. If you want to pervert the words of the Constitution then have fun with that. The Utopian society your looking for doesn’t exist, and won’t exist in my life your life or your descendants lifetime. Man is a flawed creature, so thus anything stemming from man will be flawed, your just gonna have to deal with that sad reality. As for the gun control thing there is no evidence that gun control leads to crime control, and actual case studies have proven quite the contrary. Look at both England and Canada if you want examples, or compare Virginia with Washington D.C. you’d be surprised if you think the state with tighter gun regulations has the lower crime rate.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ I’m perverting the words of the constitution? I’m not the one misquoting it buddy. Define for me what “arms” means. You’re the one who used the incorrect phrasing of “guns.” Clearly you do think there should be SOME sort of restriction on the types of weapons people can own, so why is it sacrilege to you gunslingers when people want gun control?
    And believe me, the American constitution has been perverted enough–I’m simply trying to hold you accountable to it, since your government (and citizens) like to quote it only when it’s convenient. Kind of like the bible.
    And arguing against racism in America is being anti-American? Which Americans are you referring to?
    Also, I just said that gun control is a superficial solution that distracts people from real issues like racism and capitalist/corporate abuse. So I agree with you that it’s not really the solution we should be focused on, and especially in America it would change very little.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Diesel
    Easy answer. The unjustified death it an unarmed boy walking home resonates more than deaths related to drug and gang activity. Just like Americans care more about Americans who die in foreign disasters than the people who actually live there. We respond better to simple situations and in this vase the issue is simple.
    A young black man was racially profiled and killed by a man who remains free. Easy to pick sides unless you really don’t want to deal with race.

  • shutup

    Obviously I am in favor of regulations on guns, all of mine are legally registered and safely secure. Gun Control is fine in a limited scope, but banning guns is the least effective way to control illegal firearms. You do realize the Constitution has the “Elastic Clause” which lets it evolve as people do. Freedom of speech is the darnedest thing, but it has it’s limits (cant scream fire in a crowded theater). Your anti-American stance has been documented, and I respect your position; but why are you so in favor of limiting personal freedoms in a country you despise? Banning guns didn’t work in the great country of Canada. Homicide rates actually increased. You know what actually how about the next time someone breaks into a house the victim should say “wait that gun is illegal!” and see what happens. America is far from perfect, but I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the world. BTW whats your idea of the perfect government?

  • http://chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls Diesel

    Allen, I am picking sides. I’m picking trayvon’s side. But those Chicago deaths, they include innocent people who got caught in the crossfire as well. The media is acting like this is the first senseless death in history. I’d like to see all murders treated with this much call to action. But that won’t happen because like I said, they don’t provide the juicy storylines.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The media sells information. They have covered senseless deaths before. Remember the Chicago kid who got beaten to death because he was caught in a gang fight while walking home? Last name was Albert. The issues of race plus the fact that this encounter involved a vigilante plus the age of the victim plus the response of the police have all combined to create this circus. At the same time this kid was killed another young man in my city was unarmed and killed by a cop during a raid. It didn’t go national because it didn’t have all these elements. Remember the media didn’t cover this story until nearly two weeks had passed. It happened on Feb. 26 and didnt even make the front page of the Sanford paper. The public demanded more coverage and got it.

  • Golakeshow

    Fu** all of you idiots defending George Zimmerman. You can all go to h3ll in my opinion

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