“Enough’s enough!” Multiple Reports of Atlanta Officers Walking Out

Atlanta police to get new protective gear

ATLANTA (CNM) – Atlanta police officers are walking out in protest of the criminal charges filed against former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe.

Earlier today, Rolfe, who was fired after shooting of 27-year-old of Rayshard Brooks, was charged with 11 criminal offenses, including felony murder. There have been numerous reports of officers walking out of departments and calling out. There was one report of an officer running out of his department building in his underwear, screaming “Unfair!” over and over again at the top of his lungs.

Atlanta officer George Darren, while speaking to reporters outside of his home, says he will not return to work unless the charges are dropped and Garrett Rolfe is given his job back.

“Enough’s enough!” Officer Darren said. “This is unfair! He was drunk, and resisting arrest! The man stole a police weapon!  Yes, it was deployed and non-lethal. Yes, the officers knew that. Yes, they had his car and could have impounded it. Yes, they had his address and could have arrested him when he returned home.  Yes, they didn’t provide appropriate medical attention after they shot him. Yes, he had his back turned and wasn’t an immediate threat to anyone’s life. But this is unfair! Unfair!”

Darren promised to call out everyday these officers weren’t reinstated. “Just because it wasn’t absolutely necessary to kill him, doesn’t mean he should face consequences. I wouldn’t have taken this job if that were the case! You cannot do this job without shooting people you don’t have to shoot!”

More walkouts are expected in the next few days. There are rumors that these walk-outs aren’t happening, but we’ve decided to publish this article as is for the people.


But What About…


Protests and demonstrations were unheard of in Sumton, Ohio. Yet in the past two months, Mayor Jane Major had dealt with more protests than the previous ten mayors combined. First came the reopeners. They’d gathered outside town hall, holding guns so big they had to have been designed to kill whales.

Their posturing hadn’t shaken Jane Major’s conviction. The city would remain closed until the time was right to reopen. With their curve not flattening, the right time was not going to be anytime soon. Jane Major did not give in easily. She’d been an underdog her whole life. Born with eight and a half toes, she’d been told by doctors that she’d never be able to be a ballerina. After receiving the top award at the World Ballet Competition in 2003, she’d thanked her doctors for the motivation.

She was the first female mayor in Sumton’s history, having had to overcome sexism, voter fraud, and consistent attacks from the local media on her hairstyle. Her red hair and pigtails had been very controversial and led to her being called, “childish”, “unprofessional”, and “Major Piggy” by the Sumton News Daily. None of that had stopped her from taking office.

Just as those protests had been subsiding, the protests against police brutality began. They’d been spared from such demonstrations in the past. She’d thought last year when an officer had shot a one-legged man in his one leg that an out-roar was sure to happen. It was absolutely necessary. My life was in danger, the officer had said in his police report. Sumton had been quiet then, they weren’t quiet now. This week, the police station hadn’t had one day without a crowd of demonstrators gathering outside it. Traffic had been held up by protesters holding hands in the streets. Something had to be done. Unlike the reopeners, Mayor Major agreed with the current protesters that police reform was necessary.

In a conference room in town hall, she’d assembled the most important people in Sumton to discuss police reform; the governing board, police chief Barnsby, and Norbert Daggerton. Daggerton was a rich owner of many local businesses including Daggerton Construction which had built half of Sumton. Named the unsung hero of Sumtown by the Sumton News Daily (which he owned), Norbert Daggerton had influenced every election in Sumton since Ronald Reagan had been shot. Only one mayor had been elected that he had not endorsed, Jane Major.

Wanting to make peace between the two of them, Jane had included Daggerton on the police reform team. Half her term had been jammed up by Daggerton and his floozies. To enact real change, she’d have to hear out his concerns on this issue.  She did fear he wouldn’t be willing to work with her after all the nasty things that had been said over the years. Still, she wanted to give him a chance to speak.

She couldn’t read the neutral expression on his face as he stared at her from across the other end of the large round table the team was sitting at. He was wearing a tan business suit. His hair dyed black to help him appear younger but it had the opposite effect. She might have been able to read him better without the black protective mask on his face. He’d sold hundreds just like it through one of his manufacturing companies. It hid his sharp narrow nose and thin lips that had often been pursed with disapproval when he saw Mayor Major.

When the last person invited to the meeting arrived, Mayor Major gestured to the police officer in the room. He exited the room and locked the door behind him. She’d instructed him not to open it for anyone without her approval. She was determined not to leave without a practical plan for police reform.

Around the table, everyone was sitting at least six feet apart from each other while wearing protective masks. Mayor Major had told everyone that they should set the example for people to follow, even when eyes were not on them like tonight. Yes, it was annoying to have to wear protective masks. Mayor Major’s own mask made her nose itch and smelled. But if they expected the public to do it, they had to do it themselves.

“Thank you for gathering here today.  We have one order of business, police reform. I know you’re all aware of the on-going protests around the country and in Sumton. Police chief Barnsby can attest to that,” Mayor Major said. Barnsby was off to her right. He was a stout man with a face worn down by decades of police work and intense chain-smoking.

Barnsby spoke up in his gruff voice. “Yes. They’re out there now, kneeling in front of the station. Altercations have happened between police and the public that we’re not happy with. Last year’s shooting of Mr. Sakura in his one leg should never have happened. We’re not perfect.  I’m open to changes so long as they are practical.”

“Practical is what I want this police reform to be. Now I’m going to open the room for anyone to speak on what they feel should be addressed in this new legislation,” Mayor Major said. Daggerton cleared his throat, a classic move he’d done over the years to get attention focused on him. “Mr. Daggerton, you wanted to speak?”

Daggerton placed his hands on the table as a show of dominance. “Jane, your concern for Sumton is so admirable. I love it. I’m all about bettering the city.  I built half of it after all,” he said with a chuckle. “Sumton’s police force isn’t perfect, but why is reform necessary?”

“We’ve had shootings of unarmed citizens that shouldn’t have happened. Unarmed African Americans killed by police, three years ago we had three. two years ago, five. This year, eight. A troubling trend.”

Daggerton mulled over what was said for a moment before speaking again. “I’m all for positive change in the lives of African Americans in Sumton. I’ve donated thousands to black causes in the state of Ohio. But what about black-on-black crime?”

“What?” asked Mayor Major, puzzled.

“If we want to lower the deaths of African Americans in Sumton then we have to address that. More African Americans are victimized by their fellow African-Americans than they are by the police as I’m certain chief Barnsby can confirm.” Daggerton said, gesturing to Barnsby who was not expecting to be called upon.

“That is true,” Barnsby replied. “More blacks are killed by citizens than the police.”

“Should we be talking police reform with black-on-black crime being such a problem for the African American community? That’s a bigger issue,” Daggerton said.

“Mr. Daggerton, We’re not here today to-”

“And what about white-on-white crime? We cannot ignore that. We’d be being racist and that itself is abhorrent. There are more white murder victims in this town than black. We must equally consider the white murder victims. And the other minorities. We can’t forget them either.”

“You want to address all murder in this new legislation?” Mayor Major asked, writing that down in her notebook.

“Yes, but before we can focus on murder, shouldn’t we also talk about other violent crimes affecting Sumton. Rape, burglary, battery. What about those crimes? They don’t leave anyone dead, thank heaven for that, but they are still serious crimes that deserve consideration. More people are beaten than murdered in Sumton. We can’t forget them.”

“So, all violent crime then? I’ll note that down.”

“Violent crime, that’s a concern, yes. But what about the source of violent crimes? There’s a cause there. Wealth disparity. What drives a man to break into a car and not purchase one? Lack of wealth. I’m very concerned that if we just reform policing and go all in on crime, we’re not getting at the source of those crimes.”

“Wealth disparity is our primary concern?”

“Yes and no. Wealth disparity on one level is on the individual, but education plays its role, does it not? People aren’t learning enough to prepare them for life. How to balance a check book. How to budget. How to invest. We’ve got to educate our public. Our school systems need to have a good look taken at them, but before we can do that, we have to consider that a lack of funding could be the cause there. Are we allocating funds properly for the school system…”


Jane Major stirred awake. It’d been twelve hours since Daggerton had started voicing his concerns. Jane had drifted off to sleep halfway through Daggerton explaining that they had to be as equally concerned with the earth being destroyed by an asteroid and being engulfed by the sun one day. Only police chief Barnsby was still awake and writing down the concerns in his notebook which was almost full.

Daggerton was still going. “Should we only be concerned with things that exist? What about things that are not? We should give equal consideration to both. Things that are not currently in the state of existence could be as important as those things that are. We are inherently biased because we exist. Issues that don’t exist could be just as important as those issues that do exist, but because we’re on this plane of existence, we’re not concerned with them.”

“It’s eleven o’clock. Can we please go home?” the city planner asked desperately.

“Mr. Daggerton, are you finished with your concerns?” asked Mayor Major, cleaning up the pool of drool she’d made after falling asleep.

“No, I had more concerns,” Mr. Daggerton said.

“It is late. We can break. We didn’t make the progress I wanted, but we can meet again. Before we leave, Mr. Daggerton, did you have any solutions or ideas on how to go about addressing any of your concerns?”

“No. See you all next time,” he said, standing up and quickly moving toward the door.


Why had she ever invited him? Mayor Major asked herself this on her way to her car. She’d give an arm and a leg to go back and stop herself from inviting him to the first meeting. It was better to waste time fighting him than to waste it listen to him prattle on. Sadly, there was no backing out on him now. Daggerton and his unending concerns were a part of the team. Kicking him out would look worse than never having him in the first place. Mayor Major couldn’t think of a way out of this.

“Jane!” called out Daggerton. With his phone in hand, he ran up to her. His face, one of frustration and anguish. “My nephew, Artie. He’s in the hospital!” he said in-between gasps of air to catch his breath. “He was at one of those protests and some officers attacked him with a baton.”


“Yes! We must reform the police!” Daggerton declared. “Now!”

“What about your concerns?” asked Mayor Major.

“What about them? The police are out of control! Little Artie would never hurt a soul and they broke his face! Doctors are saying his nose is going to have be amputated. He was a beautiful boy who worked as a face model. Now he’s going to lose his livelihood. We can’t go home now!” he said. “You and I, we have to stay up and come up with a plan together.”

“I’m all ears,” she said.

Jeffrey Epstein’s cause of death was totally a suicide, says sweaty nervous medical examiner.


(CNM) – Jeffrey Epstein’s cause of death was definitely a suicide. No funny business to be found here, the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Friday, wiping sweat from his forehead and looking for approval from the men in suits seated in front of him.

Epstein was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, awaiting trial for sex crimes. Multiple breaks in Epstein’s neck and serious irregularities at the facility where Epstein was kept led to questions surrounding his death. The medical examiner assured everyone there was nothing fishy about it.

“This man killed himself. It’s plain and simple,” the medical examiner said at a press conference, gazing at the rooftop snipers located a few hundred feet away. “Everything checks out. Did you see the charges he was facing? Who wouldn’t kill themselves if they were facing that? ”

It was previously reported that the two guards assigned to Epstein had failed to check on him for three hours. The medical examiner stated that did not matter.

“My autopsy revealed those men did their jobs properly and shouldn’t be questioned about anything. Mr. Epstein was a very sad depressed man. He committed suicide,” the medical examiner said, reading off a piece of paper handed to him by a man in a suit.

Epstein’s attorneys have said they will conduct their own investigation which the medical examiner stated was not necessary. He ended the press conference begging people to believe him and to tell his family that he loved them very much.

James Damore and the Memo of Controversy

After publishing a memo about his thoughts on diversity on an internal discussion board, James Damore has been fired from  Google. He’s been making the rounds online, talking about his memo, diversity, chess, and his thoughts on Google’s actions. The memo, much like everything else these days, has been very divisive. Damore has been labeled a sexist  due to the comments made in the memo. Free speech advocates have come to his support, disgusted that a man lost his livelihood over his opinion. So what is James Damore? Is he an anti-diversity bigot or a victim of political correctness? The only way to find out that answer is to go to the controversial memo itself.

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I pulled this version of the memo from medium.com. It has a foreword responding to the public reaction to the memo. Mr. Damore sounds reasonable here. He says he’s speaking for more than just himself. Others at Google share the same opinion. Though we will never hear from them after the firing of Mr. Damore. I agree with him here. Diversity in the workplace is a very hot topic. People shouldn’t be afraid to vocalize their opinions as long as they are professional and not inflammatory.

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This introduction is intriguing to me. How he will substantiate his claims he’s making? Free and open discussion is a valuable part of the human experience. He mentions differing traits in men and women may contribute to lack of equal representation. A bold claim, but that isn’t advocating for the removal of women in the work force.  He sounds okay here.


He hedges his claims on the bottom, by mentioning that he doesn’t know much outside of perspective. And he claims he himself may be biased and is open to discussing his position. He is correct in that social sciences, media, and the tech field skew to the left of political spectrum. I’m not seeing anything worth being fired over.

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I don”t know if I agree with his right and left political breakdown. It’s very broad and basic. I have to agree with him that we have a culture that shames people into silence. But that is on both sides of the political spectrum. Colin Kapernick kneeled during the National Anthem and now cannot get a job in the NFL. He’s not the best quarterback, but he’s better than others that currently have jobs. He’s been blackballed for his comments on touchy subjects much like how James Damore has been.

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Biological differences do exist between men and woman. This is very well-documented. Sexual dimorphism is observable in the human species.  But to look at biological differences and apply them to women in the modern tech field is a huge jump. I don’t know what he could be thinking of here. Is he saying that women are lacking in something to be successful or that they are biologically programmed to dislike working in the tech field? He will have to have strong evidence to support either claim.

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And this is where Mr. Damore got himself into trouble. His first citation is a Wikipedia link. Not the most credible of sources. My understanding of the first bullet is that he is claiming women are more social creatures than men and prefer to work with people than isolated in rooms with computers. I don’t find that to be necessarily a fallacious claim, but doesn’t sufficiently explain the lack of women in the tech field. There are women who work in that industry and they’re as social as any other woman.  Author needed to dig deeper for an explanation. He needed to speak to female coworkers and ask them why they got into the tech field. This would allow him to understand more of why women enter and better understand why some women may not.

Bullet number two is a similar half-truth. It has been noted that women have difficulty obtaining raises, but you can’t claim that women wanting to be liked is the sole explanation. He’s jumping to conclusions. There can be other reasons for why women don’t get or don’t ask for raises. Could that be true on average? Maybe. There is also no citation for this claim.

The third bullet point is just ignorant. Women work high stress jobs. The majority of nurses are women and that is a very high stress position. He didn’t do enough research or think about the positions that women hold in our society. He’s acting like women just prefer to work as secretaries and not ask for raises because they want to be liked and can’t handle stress. Third bullet puts a sour taste in my mouth.

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Mr. Damore jumps again to a conclusion and states that we should stop assuming sexism is solely responsible for the gender gap. I wouldn’t go that far. Sexism is likely a part of the reason for gender gaps. It is not wholly responsible, but it is an element.

I agree that some men take on high-paying positions for status, but others do enjoy their work. Not every CEO is just in it for the status. What’s odd to me about that paragraph is that he both claims that men take on jobs for status, but then lists a bunch of low status jobs that men work. If status drove men, then why would they be garbage collectors? He throws out this work-related death stat, but I don’t feel that is relevant to this discussion.

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His top suggestion is the best one he makes in this list. But that doesn’t only pertain to women, that can apply to all people. Finding a way to add more socializing into coding can make it a more appealing field to work in. But this does not explain why women would not want to be leaders in the technology if they are already within it. Those women are interested in coding. This would be more for women outside of the technology field.

I don’t see how point two is relevant to his claims. A woman who is good enough to get a job at Google has a spirit of competition within her. Those jobs are not handed out. If they’ve made it that far, they should want more once they are in the company. What needs to be focused on is how many women desire to be leaders and why they do. What is preventing them from becoming leaders? If they aren’t any, let’s ask women why they don’t want to be leaders. We can’t assume that they have less of a drive for competition. His link about education is not relevant to this discussion.

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Suggesting that women cannot handle leadership positions due to stress is where he got into trouble and what drove Google to fire him. It’s a sexist assumption that women shy away from  positions because they fear the stress. It’s what did him in.

Work-life balance is a good topic to bring up, but his suggestion is for women to work part time. How is this a reasonable solution? How will they pay their bills? Why is he assuming it’s simply too much for women to handle a full-time technology job?

Now his last point here invalidates the entire paper. The crux of his argument is that biological traits are responsible for women not succeeding in the tech field. These traits are innate and universal across cultures. It’s a nature over nurture argument. Now he’s saying men need to be allowed to take on more feminine traits by society. That’s a nurture over nature argument. If men’s traits and desires can be changed through societal influence, why can’t the same be true for women?

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Did Google state that they were going to try and hold back others who worked extra hours or took on more stress? He’s afraid that will happen and have disastrous consequences. What has led him to this fear? As far as I can tell, Google is doing great work as a company?  What disastrous consequences is he talking about? What evidence does he have that something terrible is going to happen?

The first bullet-point I agree with. Mentors and classes should be open to anyone who needs help regardless of gender or race. If people are excluded because of their race even if they are white, that is wrong. Help should be available to everyone who can benefit from it.

What special treatment for “diversity” candidates is he speaking of? I clicked the link for his lowering the bar comment, but it leads to a private forum. Had there a controversial hiring of a “diversity” candidate? He creates an us vs. them mentality with his use of  quotation marks. How does he know that these “diversity” hires aren’t just good enough to work at Google? Is every non-white man hire a diversity hire? He’s not accepting for what they can do. If he has a personal experience of working with someone hired to meet a diversity quota who could not do the work, then he should provide that as evidence.

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He hasn’t had much evidence of his own. This memo has been the kettle calling the pot black. He calls social constructionism a myth but earlier he had mentioned that society needs to allow men to be more feminine. Did I misread that? I agree that the gender wage gap is a myth. In this paragraph I sense frustration. Like some “diversity” candidate got hired through a program and he felt that they hadn’t worked hard to get that job. And he’s afraid it’s going to mess up Google.

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These are his concluding thoughts. People are biased towards women due to a biological need to protect them. Men are disposable and cannot voice gripes about their gender issues without being shamed. Society believes differences between genders is due to men oppressing women, but the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. However society ignores the pains of men and spends its resources on helping women.

Is he wrong here? I share some of the same sentiment. Very difficult for men to discuss gender issues without being negatively labeled. I don’t know if that comes from biological bias towards women. From what I’ve seen, it’s because one side believes their opinions are morally correct and to oppose them is to be evil. They have very black and white thinking on issues where it may be more complicated. A good example of this would be Donald Trump voters. It is easy to label all Trump voters as evil racists, but that is not the case for all of them. Some people voted for Obama and then switched over to Trump. That was why he won the election. So within his voter-base were people who were not evil racists.

Men as the disposable gender is a subject that intrigues me, but I don’t feel it has much place in a memo stating that biological differences between men and women are responsible for a lack of women in the tech field. We aren’t discussing war. People are sitting around in a room punching code. What does it matter if men are disposable in this context?

If what he says is true and society does favor women, why doesn’t society give them more positions in the lucrative tech field then?

It’s kind of sad that he writes about people afraid of being fired for their comments and that men are labeled misogynists for discussing gender issues because that’s exactly what happened to him.

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Google does not sound like a fun place to work if this gentlemen thinks it is a psychologically unsafe environment. It is very concerning that he believes this. What have they done to make him feel unsafe at work?

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He wants people to be treated as individuals but has said we should create programs for women because on average they are more agreeable, more anxious and less driven for status. That’s not treating people as individuals.

Diversity in the work place will remain a moral issue so long as people are discriminated against because of who they are and how they were born. That will not go away.

I agree that conservatives who are reasonable and professional should not be alienated.

Programs that exclude others based on their race shouldn’t exist in the workplace. They should be open to everyone.

“Discriminating just to increase the representation of women in tech is as
misguided and biased as mandating increases for women’s representation in the
homeless, work-related and violent deaths, prisons, and school dropouts.”

I wouldn’t equate trying to get girls jobs as the same as believing women should be violently murdered and sent to prison at the same numbers of men. People just want women to be well-off and to have a chance to make a good living like any of the men in the field. Very strange comparison.

Criticism of the diversity programs should be permitted. Google ought to have an anonymous suggestion box where people can leave comments without risk of repercussions. This can help to improve their programs and allow employees to feel psychologically safe.

Open discussion is very important to Mr. Damore. Google should have a forum for this. He makes Google sound like a terrifying place to work where the wrong opinion can get you thrown out the door. When you speak up, you are shamed into silence.

But why would we deemphasize empathy? We need that to understand how to better get women into the field? We should rely solely on numbers in that case. We have to get straight to the people. Numbers only tell a part of the story. The methodology behind the numbers have to be examined. When analyzing human behavior, we should pay attention to the individual’s emotions.

The science of human nature isn’t an exact science. I’ve read many psychology books and many of them state that there are failings in their findings and more research needs to be done. You can’t apply the findings to the general population. I just finished a psychology book called The Dark Side of Close Relationships. In one of the last sections in the book, they come to the conclusion that social rejection may do more harm to a person’s well-being than social acceptance does good. But the study accepts that there are limitations to the collection of the data and the responses of the subjects involved in the research. So while the information suggests one thing, it’s possible it may be another.

I do not believe Mr. Damore deserved to be fired for this memo. He has a passion for the subject and speaks for others who are afraid to speak themselves. He is ignorant on some fronts and draws conclusions without substantial evidence. I believe Google could have worked out a solution. If many employees feel that the work environment is psychologically unsafe, that cannot be conducive to being productive. Google takes diversity very seriously so they should have allowed Mr. Damore, female coworkers and leaders to have a discussion on his views. It would be an open forum where they could each learn more about each other’s perspectives. Allow the women to respond to his memo and set him straight on where they believe he is wrong. Let employees give feedback on how they feel about diversity and how they feel about Google’s current practices.

Mr. Damore’s points on work-related deaths and society favoring women over men would best be left to another paper discussing the position of men in contemporary society. I do not read any maliciousness behind his words, but I do sense frustration.  I understand why Google fired him. His memo brought a negative light onto the company but I wish they hadn’t. By firing him, they could be contributing to a psychologically unsafe work environment that Mr. Damore describes. They should have found a way to work with him and see where they could make changes.



Back in Florida


It’s Black History Month. I’ve opted to revisit a still healing wound that will surely be discussed as a part of Black History Month in the future.

The Shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Here are the first pictures that were released of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. Neither of these pictures were them on the night of the shooting. These weren’t the most recent pictures. They had no bearing on the nature of either man’s actions the night of the shooting, but they had a tremendous impact on the public perception.



Initial new stories reported this as a shooting of a young black kid by a white man. I took one look at these pictures and did not believe for a second that Zimmerman was white. News outlets would go back and forth on Zimmerman’s race. It was here I became skeptical of all the information on every news station. If they couldn’t get Zimmerman’s race right, why would I believe anything else.

I didn’t want to jump the gun and make a judgement based on the first details. That did not stop other people. This story was and still is very divisive. New stations were split by party lines. Left-leaning stations leaned towards a conviction for Zimmerman whereas the right wanted to see him walk.

The way the story was playing it seemed to be this. Zimmerman stalked Trayvon Martin after a police operator told him to stop because he suspected him of being a burglar. He proceeded, there was a scuffle and then he shot the boy dead.

I still remained neutral for months while that narrative played.I knew how I was supposed to feel; vehemently enraged like all my friends on social media. Anger . I was indifferent. Might be because I’m a strange fellow who reads crime statistics and watches police training videos in his spare time. It was hard for this one death to emotionally disturb me when so many people get shot and die in Chicago on a random weekend. What was there to be enraged about? The racial element seemed forced to me. The justice system is most certainly racist. Just look at the differences in prison sentences between crack cocaine and regular cocaine. But I couldn’t see it here.

Something didn’t seem right. Why would a would-be murderer call the police? Why would he wait for the police to get there? How did the boy and he end up fighting? If he was But then Until this picture came out.


What do political affiliations have to do with his

Then I started to ask myself different questions.
What this kid got scared? Teens make brash decisions. Maybe he thought he could take this guy. Then he attacked him brutally. And the man turned his gun on him. What if he was justified? What if it had been self defense? I wanted more information. I was dying for it. It was almost like waiting for the next book in a long- running fantasy series.

You didn’t have to wait long. This was a national story for months. New developments came out daily. Every little bit of information was scrutinized and delivered to the public. I watched at least five different pundits analyze whether Zimmerman said “fucking coons” or “fucking cold”. Ratings were through the roof for this saga. The cynic in me wonders if news stations covered this so extensively for the money rather than to fulfill their purpose of bringing out the truth.

There was a trial. That gave us this picture.


Where you are for or against Zimmerman you have to admit, he has a great smile.

So Zimmerman was acquitted. I expected him to be. There was so much controversy surrounding the events, that I knew the burden of proof was too much for the prosecution. They had to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Zimmerman committed second-degree murder. And that couldn’t be done. Witness testimonies changed. Zimmerman couldn’t keep his story completely straight. The other half of the story was gone with Trayvon.

I was indifferent like earlier. I saw on CNN and MSNBC, people being interviewed. Lots of people crying and saying justice wasn’t served today. Why did this trial mean so much to them?

It was as if people projected all of the hopes and dreams of all black children unto Trayvon Martin. Like when Zimmerman shot him, he shot every black child. And when Zimmerman walked, he got away with killing that potential.

I still do not see the race here other than what was tossed in by the media on both sides. This was a simple case. Two people made mistakes. One was paranoid. One was young. They both should have walked away. But one didn’t. All that noise about skittles, hoodies, and iced tea was just that. Noise.

I was made furious by the coverage after the acquittal. The injustice of Trayvon Martin’s shooting was compared to Emmett Till.

Emmett Till was dragged out of a house, beaten to death, wrapped in barbed wire and then weighed down with a cotton gin to keep him from floating. All for a whistle at one white woman. To compare the two is unacceptable.

What fascinates me now is the martyrdom of Trayvon Martin. A mother spoke about her son’s killer being convicted. She said this was a victory for all black children like Trayvon Martin who didn’t get justice. That’s what he’s going to be now.

It reminds me of the case of Rodney King.

In school, Rodney King was portrayed as this hero. He was attacked by these cops and it led to L.A. Riots. I found out the truth behind Rodney King after leaving college. He was a scumbag. He sped away from the police while drunk-driving all to avoid violating his parole. That didn’t justify that beating, the cops were pieces of shit too. Rodney King was no hero. But he’s painted like one in history books. Trayvon Martin will be too.

Why are we so quick to create heroes and villains? To put things into black and white? Why does grey scare us so?