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Rep. John Lewis Says Death Of Trayvon Martin Is A Tragedy
cbslocal.com ^ | March 21, 2012

Posted on 03/22/2012 2:15:33 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

Rep. John Lewis made this statement about the shooting of the unarmed teen in Sanford, Florida:

“This shooting is a tragedy. It reminds me too much of what happened in the 1930s, 40s and 50s in this country when thousands of people of color were murdered without impunity simply because their lives were thought to be cheap. The death of Trayvon Martin has a chilling effect on black parents and their children, especially their sons.

“They realize that in the 21st century they may still live in a circumstance where the law is no protection, government authorities permit the worst violence, and little is done to enforce justice. Hundreds and thousands of African American boys in Atlanta and other urban cities are killed, just disappear everyday. Of all the violence we hear about on the news, we rarely hear the stories of these boys. It’s as though no one even expects them to survive so their loss is not newsworthy.

“There are forces in America today who want to take us back. They are suppressing voting rights across the country and encouraging legislatures like that in Georgia to expand the right to carry and use violent weapons.This tragedy is a reminder to all those concerned about justice that we cannot be complacent. There is no door that closes, no wall that is built, no line drawn in the sand that prevents us from going back. The only prevention is us.

“We must get informed, know the history, be aware of current attempts to change progressive law. We must advocate and struggle against regression and injustice and march in the streets if necessary to dramatize the need for justice.”

(Excerpt) Read more at atlanta.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: democrats; johnlewis; trayvonmartin
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1 posted on 03/22/2012 2:15:39 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Oh geez not this crap again. The sad thing is that plenty of sheeple will buy this crap.


2 posted on 03/22/2012 2:18:04 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

And with an important note to young black men, do not attempt to beat a white guy following you with your fists, especially if he is armed.


3 posted on 03/22/2012 2:19:14 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." -- Hillary Clinton)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

His Killer needs to go to Prison for life..

Big Bubba will handle him with caring “love”


4 posted on 03/22/2012 2:19:31 PM PDT by 56newblog (Registered Islamophobe)
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To: All

the shooter was not white, he’s Hispanic.
Secondly, there will be many more black on black and black on white deaths in this state this year, but these clowns won’t be upset about it....no money in it.


5 posted on 03/22/2012 2:21:34 PM PDT by Maverick68
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I’d say the election of Rep Lewis is a tragedy.


6 posted on 03/22/2012 2:22:06 PM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

‘a white guy following you...’? Isn’t the perp Hispanic?


7 posted on 03/22/2012 2:22:17 PM PDT by lesko
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
And with an important note to young black men, do not attempt to beat a white guy assault anyone following you with your fists, especially if he is armed your victim might be armed.
8 posted on 03/22/2012 2:23:57 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Maverick68

My understanding is that he is a white Hispanic.


9 posted on 03/22/2012 2:26:00 PM PDT by Lucas McCain (Santorum sucks)
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To: Maverick68

But there is a GOP convention coming up in the state.

Oh happy day.


10 posted on 03/22/2012 2:26:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Maverick68; lesko

Hispanic is not a race.


11 posted on 03/22/2012 2:26:48 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Tailgunner Joe

It reminds me too much of what happened in the 1930s, 40s and 50s in this country when thousands of people of color were murdered without impunity simply because their lives were thought to be cheap.

Uh, Congressman, shouldn’t that be “murdered with impunity”?

Correct me if I’m wrong...


12 posted on 03/22/2012 2:26:58 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

A tragedy, yes. But, to have the media and race baiting Al Sharpton fanning the flames of racism and pouring more gasoline on the fire is wrong!


13 posted on 03/22/2012 2:27:59 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: EEGator

“Hispanic is not a race.”

Unless its Arizona and we are talking about border control- then hispanics become a separate race subject to racial profiling.

Signed,

confused


14 posted on 03/22/2012 2:30:07 PM PDT by Augustinian monk
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To: dfwgator

How many people drowned as a direct result of Lewis’ comments?


15 posted on 03/22/2012 2:34:05 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romney - Santorum: Twin Sons of Different Mothers...)
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To: Maverick68

Black vs Hispanic is the Battle of the Century which has been threatening to break out within the Democrat Party for many years now. Just wait till Hispanics start shoving back on this.


16 posted on 03/22/2012 2:34:54 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Augustinian monk

Of course.


17 posted on 03/22/2012 2:34:54 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Is this the Guam jackass?


18 posted on 03/22/2012 2:36:28 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

That’s amazing. I didn’t think Lewis spoke English; only Ebonics.


19 posted on 03/22/2012 2:37:48 PM PDT by baiamonte
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I have read Zimmerman is not white but Hispanic or mixed-race.


20 posted on 03/22/2012 2:38:11 PM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: tet68

Beat me to it. Or maybe he was just letting the truth slip out for once.


21 posted on 03/22/2012 2:41:21 PM PDT by PhilosopherStone1000
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To: EEGator
Is this the Guam jackass?

I think he be the one, the islands can sink if you are not careful moron.
22 posted on 03/22/2012 2:41:44 PM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Undoubtedly tragic but a crime? I don’t know. The more I read the more dubious I am that anybody could prove that Zimmerman committed a crime.


23 posted on 03/22/2012 2:45:37 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: tet68

According to this chart, 156 blacks were lynched between 1930 and 1959, not the 1,000’s Lewis claims.

http://faculty.berea.edu/browners/chesnutt/classroom/lynching_table_year.html


24 posted on 03/22/2012 2:46:09 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl; EEGator

Wrong jackass. The Guam jackass was Hank Johnson also a democrat from GA.


25 posted on 03/22/2012 2:50:34 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: kalee

How many whites have been murdered by blacks in the last 30 years?


26 posted on 03/22/2012 2:50:46 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: kalee

Hotlanta boys?


27 posted on 03/22/2012 2:52:40 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: kalee; tet68

Isn’t Lewis the one years ago that stated sharks follow ships to this day because of all the dead slaves that were thrown overboard during the passage to the new world?

So many slaves it changed the shark’s behavior forever.


28 posted on 03/22/2012 2:52:40 PM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl

Naw...he’s the “sharks still swim the old slave ships routes” dumbass.............


29 posted on 03/22/2012 2:53:17 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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To: EEGator

Two in Florida.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2118785/Teenager-gunned-British-tourists-Florida-handing-cash.html


30 posted on 03/22/2012 2:55:24 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Newtrition - soul food for a starving America.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
They realize that in the 21st century they may still live in a circumstance where the law is no protection, government authorities permit the worst violence, and little is done to enforce justice.

Golly, I thought this was true about non-blacks! Blacks seem to get away with violence nowadays.

Regarding this case, the biased PC-mentality media is showing pictures of the black guy when he was a child, about 11, to garner sympathy. Reality is that he was a 6'3 punk. They also don't report that he jumped from behind and overpowered the hispanic 5'2 Zimmerman guy and was beating him senseless.

When police interviewed Zimmerman, they took note of the bloody back of his head (requiring stitches), grass stains on his back (from being held down on the ground as the black punk was on top of him), and the trauma on his face from the beating. If you're put in that situation you have to worry about losing consciousness and perhaps being killed - I would have shot the black punk too.

31 posted on 03/22/2012 2:58:06 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: EEGator; gov_bean_ counter; TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl

>>Is this the Guam jackass?

Negative, Lewis is in the next district west, and is older, marched with Martin and all that.

Still an idiot on nearly any political issue you want to discuss. They are two peas in a pod from that standpoint.


32 posted on 03/22/2012 2:59:27 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: tet68

“Irregardless” ... make no mistake about it, he’s a congress critter and you’re not supposed to point out that he’s a bonehead.


33 posted on 03/22/2012 3:00:01 PM PDT by tumblindice (our new, happy lives)
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To: kalee

I wonder if Johnson is still alive?


34 posted on 03/22/2012 3:02:55 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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To: kalee
According to this chart, 156 blacks were lynched between 1930 and 1959, not the 1,000’s Lewis claims.

Any number of lynchings greater than zero during that period is still a very significant number.

35 posted on 03/22/2012 3:06:04 PM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: Osage Orange; kalee

What? He’s still the GA-4th Congressman.


36 posted on 03/22/2012 3:06:50 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: dfwgator

The poor white boy that was sey on fire gets not on iota of sympathy. All@h damn them all!


37 posted on 03/22/2012 3:07:35 PM PDT by cameraeye (A happy kaffir!)
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To: dfwgator

The poor white boy that was set on fire gets not one iota of sympathy. All@h damn them all!


38 posted on 03/22/2012 3:08:11 PM PDT by cameraeye (A happy kaffir!)
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To: sargon

While true, why doesn’t Lewis discuss, say, the number of black on white murders 1970-present vs. the number of white on black? Or the overall murder rate discrepancy black:white by perp’s race, which runs on the order of 6:1 to 7:1?


39 posted on 03/22/2012 3:09:36 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster
Amazing........

Figured the guy was end stage renal...when he was tipping islands over.

41 posted on 03/22/2012 3:16:11 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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To: sargon

Let there be no misunderstanding,I was in no way excusing or defending the 156 lynchings that occurred. As a former Atlantan who has first hand experience with Lewis, I was just pointing out that Lewis, as he so often does, paints a different and more inflammatory picture than the real one.


42 posted on 03/22/2012 3:16:18 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: EEGator
How many whites have been murdered by blacks in the last 30 years?

This is exactly the sort of commentary that gives the race-baiters ammunition with which to attack conservatives. It doesn't matter how many whites have been murdered by blacks, or how many black have been murdered by hispanics etc.

The important thing is that justice is done and that the rule of law is upheld. If some group wants to make this about the color of someone's skin (and thereby make it a symbol of their pet political cause) then they are doing the victim a grave injustice. The important thing is that somebody is dead, and judging from the facts that have been made publicly available, there is reason to think that his killing was without justification. Perhaps, after the facts surrounding the death of Mr. Martin, Mr. Zimmerman will be exonerated, and if that is the case, then so be it.

At this point though, there is a great deal of ambiguity about the exact sequence of events that led to the tragic death of a child (who by all accounts was simply going about his business) and unless there is some pretty compelling evidence that demonstrates that Mr. Zimmerman was justified in using deadly force on an unarmed child, I don't see why any conservative would defend him.

Mr. Zimmerman is not a police officer, he is a private citizen acting in an official capacity as a member of a neighborhood watch. In that capacity his role was to observe events and communicate his observations to the proper authorities and then await further instruction. He stepped outside of the role of the observer and became an active participant in the situation, and at least in my mind, in doing so he took the law into his own hands, which makes him nothing more than an armed vigilante serving up his version of street justice. Those actions make him a danger to civilized society, and I believe that as conservatives we ought to defend the rule of law above all other things.

I can't say this enough. It's not about race. There are many groups out there that would like to make this about race, and use the language of race to inflame emotions. This is about the rule of law, and the law is colorblind. We should be too.

43 posted on 03/22/2012 3:22:33 PM PDT by NMCicero
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To: Shamrock-DW
I don't wish the guy dead.

And your post is not favorable to FR's mission, or norm.

I'd consider getting your post deleted......

44 posted on 03/22/2012 3:26:30 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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To: NMCicero

“in doing so he took the law into his own hands, which makes him nothing more than an armed vigilante serving up his version of street justice. Those actions make him a danger to civilized society, and I believe that as conservatives we ought to defend the rule of law above all other things.”


Jumping to a conclusion that a man is guilty before proven so is an even greater danger to civilized society.


45 posted on 03/22/2012 3:28:48 PM PDT by Lucas McCain (Santorum sucks)
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To: NMCicero

Innocent until proven guilty. They always make it about race. If you want to avoid that then you may, I won’t.


46 posted on 03/22/2012 3:36:16 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Lucas McCain

Innocent until proven guilty is merely a legal concept that has a meaningful context only within the criminal justice system. As a private individual, I’m certainly free to make judgments about people based on the evidence available to me regarding their actions or character, and until I see some reason to think that Mr. Zimmerman is an innocent victim in all of this, I will continue to say that personally, I think he’s guilty of terrible judgment at a minimum, and is likely guilty of homicide as well. But, of course, I am not the one who will decide his fate, that will ultimately be up to a jury, if this goes as I imagine it will. (At this point I can’t imagine that Mr. Zimmerman will not be indicted.) I will fully admit that Mr. Zimmerman is fortunate that I will not be among the jury pool.

Having listened to the 911 tapes, I have no reason at all to believe that Mr. Zimmerman was anything but what he appears to be, and that is an armed vigilante who chose to pursue a child who had committed no offense. He was told to stay put and to wait for the police, he decided to take a different course of action, and the consequences of that choice are a dead boy and a probable prison sentence for Mr. Zimmerman.

As my mother used to tell me, if you go looking for trouble, you’re bound to find it.


47 posted on 03/22/2012 3:47:25 PM PDT by NMCicero
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To: Lucas McCain

Innocent until proven guilty is merely a legal concept that has a meaningful context only within the criminal justice system. As a private individual, I’m certainly free to make judgments about people based on the evidence available to me regarding their actions or character, and until I see some reason to think that Mr. Zimmerman is an innocent victim in all of this, I will continue to say that personally, I think he’s guilty of terrible judgment at a minimum, and is likely guilty of homicide as well. But, of course, I am not the one who will decide his fate, that will ultimately be up to a jury, if this goes as I imagine it will. (At this point I can’t imagine that Mr. Zimmerman will not be indicted.) I will fully admit that Mr. Zimmerman is fortunate that I will not be among the jury pool.

Having listened to the 911 tapes, I have no reason at all to believe that Mr. Zimmerman was anything but what he appears to be, and that is an armed vigilante who chose to pursue a child who had committed no offense. He was told to stay put and to wait for the police, he decided to take a different course of action, and the consequences of that choice are a dead boy and a probable prison sentence for Mr. Zimmerman.

As my mother used to tell me, if you go looking for trouble, you’re bound to find it.


48 posted on 03/22/2012 3:47:58 PM PDT by NMCicero
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To: Tailgunner Joe
HEADLINE: Rep. John Lewis Says Death Of Trayvon Martin Being In Congress Is A Tragedy

There. I fixed it.

49 posted on 03/22/2012 3:49:29 PM PDT by Gritty (When even casual sex requires a state welfare program, you're pretty much done for - Mark Steyn)
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To: kalee
As a former Atlantan who has first hand experience with Lewis, I was just pointing out that Lewis, as he so often does, paints a different and more inflammatory picture than the real one.

That's for sure. I'm from South Florida but I lived in Hotlanta when I went to Georgia Tech. I've seen Lewis doing this sort of thing for decades...

50 posted on 03/22/2012 3:59:24 PM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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