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Justice for Trayvon Martin

 “Each time a person stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ~Robert F. Kennedy

The media  — social and broadcast — is carrying the torch for Trayvon Martin after the Sanford, Florida police officials let it drop.  Now the movement to get justice for Trayvon is raging across this country faster than a California wildfire.

Even before the unarmed, 17 year old was shot on February 26th, Blacks who live in Sanford voiced frequent complaints of bias against the local police.  Now, a month after Trayvon was killed, the U.S. Department of Justice and a special prosecutor appointed by the governor have been drawn into the furor surrounding a law upheld by states across the U.S.  A law that some feels mean Stand your ground – Black man down.

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Reasoning the Why?

Do you ever feel that life is just one huge medley of question marks? It isn’t only the who, what, when, and where that haunts us, but those everlasting why’s seem to dominate. How often do we wonder why? Why this? Why that?  Trying to learn the underlying reasons for major occurrences in our life make some whys important to us. On the other hand, there are the insignificant whys that simply raise our curiosity. For instance . . . 

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She’s Baaack!

Casey Anthony, the infamous mother, who last year was acquitted of murdering her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, has resurfaced. A video diary, purportedly filmed on October 13, 2011, and placed on the Internet on Wednesday, has given Anthony another opportunity to grab the media spotlight and the attention that many believe she craves.

If reading the comments posted on various websites since the video surfaced is any indication,

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Michael Jackson’s Children — Who Are They Really?

Considering the countless millions of Michael Jackson fans out there, I know that this subject will touch a few raw nerves, but I am going to raise it anyway. 

Since MJ’s unfortunate death, we have seen more of his children than ever before. And I will bet my collection of Jackson 5 albums that I am not the only person who – whenever I see Paris, Prince (Michael, Jr.)  and Blanket on TV – wonder whose children are they? Not only do the three of them look nothing like MJ, the siblings don’t even resemble each other.

When I told a friend that I was writing a post about MJ’s children, her immediate response was, “Leave them alone. They are wonderful, healthy children. When the children are older, they may begin asking themselves, ‘Who are my biological parents? How did I get here?’ In the meantime, people should just leave them alone.”  Spoken like a true Jackson fan. Well, I too am a fan, but one with a very inquiring mind.

According to whomever you choose to believe, MJ’s children were born of

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Viewpoint on the Death Penalty

In light of controversy concerning two pending death penalty cases – the recently stayed execution of Texas inmate Duane Buck and Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis, the following commentary is posted on behalf of an adamant death penalty opponent. For the sake of clarification, some editorial adjustments have been made.

The following is a “Guest Contributor” post by David White

[The rational of using] heinous crimes [as a reason for imposing the death penalty] is exactly why I’m so against it. It’s subjective!!

You could say killing and raping several people is heinous enough, but there have been multitudes of people who have done as bad, or worse, and faced judgment far short of being killed. What makes one person more worthy of being killed than another? The subjectivity of the one with the power.

So, if I have the power and I see black people as more evil or menacing, I’m more apt to see a black who commits the same crime as a white more deserving of death. Or, [say that]I  think the killing or rape of a black college co-ed by a white man is more despicable than the reverse, [on who an I] likely to impose the harshest penalty? We know our justice system is not impartial, we know it is rife with prejudice, inequality and most importantly fallibility. Yet we put the power of life or death into the hands of fallible, sometimes prejudiced people and ask them to play God and determine who’s worthy to live a life that we did not bestow upon them.

We, Americans in particular, have a bloodlust that is, in my mind immoral; and ironically [that is] why we have so many murderers and heinous criminals in the first place. [Did] you hear the Tea Party audiences cheering Rick Perry’s execution record? Did you hear them wishing the death of a hypothetical dying uninsured man? We talk about the “sanctity” of life and go to war in a heartbeat, and call anyone who opposes “unpatriotic”. We talk about murder is wrong, but we hypocritically justify murder whenever we feel someone offends enough to justify it. No wonder we’re so armed and paranoid! Dick Cheney can torture, detain and kill with impunity, yet Davis can be put to death without any physical evidence because
“somebody’s got to pay for this” and he fits the bill.

Until humans become omniscient and all-knowing, I think we should refrain from imposing ultimate punishments – or in the alternative, institute the ultimate punishment uniformly – you kill, you get killed. But guess what? We’d never do that because we can always rationalize and justify some people’s misdeeds as opposed to others – that’s the definition of subjective judgment. Somehow the white lady who drowned all 5 of her children one-by-one in the bathtub should be allowed to live, but the young black thug who just happened to be riding in a car with a guy who killed a store owner in a robbery should be killed.

Are we truly so perfected in judgment that we can and should make these calls? Other “civilized” societies have determined that they can survive without capital punishment. I think we just haven’t evolved as much as they have. To me, it’s as indefensible as slavery was – it’s [the death penalty] just too immoral to stand on its own; it’s just a matter of when we [American society] will mature enough to renounce our darker instincts and advance to our “more perfect” ideal.