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My Take: Where’s white church outrage over Trayvon Martin?
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People president Ben Jealous at a town hall meeting at Allen Chapel AME Church in Sanford, Florida about on Trayvon Martin’s killing.
March 22nd, 2012
12:44 PM ET

My Take: Where’s white church outrage over Trayvon Martin?

Editor’s Note: Mark I. Pinsky is a former religion reporter for the Orlando Sentinel and author of “Amazing Gifts: Stories of Faith, Disability, and Inclusion.”

By Mark I. Pinsky, Special to CNN

Orlando, Florida (CNN) - In the classic Sherlock Holmes story “The Silver Blaze,” the key clue turns out to be a watchdog that didn’t bark when it should have.

In the aftermath of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, not far from here, the mystifying missing element so far has been white outrage, especially on the part of central Florida’s religious leaders.

Few if any white clergy have spoken up to demand that the killing be fully investigated. None can be seen standing by the African-American preachers calling for justice, or marching with Martin’s family members. Why?

As someone who covered this area’s faith community for 15 years, I don’t think the answer is racism as much as it is cultural callousness. Week in and week out, the violent deaths and disappearances of poor, black and brown people – especially immigrants – merit a one- or two-paragraph story in The Orlando Sentinel’s (my old newspaper’s) police blotter. So when a middle-class black teen is gunned down, the reaction tends to be a shrug of the shoulders.

In this part of the country gated communities are considered sacred ground, as much or more than houses of worship. The fear of these preserves being violated is enough to shift the presumption of innocence to the presumption of guilt, including among churchgoers. Couple this with a made-for-vigilantes “Stand Your Ground” gun law and, until recently, there is no reason to question the indifference of local law enforcement in investigating Trayvon Martin’s death.

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While central Florida’s modern image is Sun Belt suburban, a theme park mecca, the region has a dark and violent past when it comes to race:

- In 1920, an attempt by two black men to vote in the town of Ocoee led to a race riot that spread to Apopka, Orlando and Winter Springs. When the smoke cleared, Ocoee had been ethnically cleansed with more than 500 African residents driven off. The town remained essentially white for the next 40 years.

- In 1923, a white mob’s attack on the black community of Rosewood burned the hamlet to the ground and scattered its residents forever

- On Christmas Day, 1951, Florida NAACP Executive Director Harry T. Moore, an anti-lynching activist, and his wife were blown up in their wood frame home by Klansmen, including local law enforcement officers. Harry Moore died en route to a Sanford hospital, where his wife died nine days later.

No one was brought to justice for any of these crimes, and white churches had little to say on behalf of the victims.

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Race was the great moral issue in 20th-century America. And one of the burdens of Southern history is the silence – with a few conspicuous and heroic exceptions – of white religious leaders during the Civil Rights movement, especially white churches. There were times and places where silence bled into complicity. When Northern clergy came to the South to join protests, as often as not their local denominational counterparts were resentful.

To its credit, in 1995 the Southern Baptist Convention acknowledged and repented for nearly 150 years of support for slavery, segregation and racial discrimination, saying that “racial prejudice and discrimination are not compatible with the Gospel” and “a deplorable sin.” Since then, Southern Baptists – the nation’s largest Protestant denomination - have made enormous strides in obliterating the color line in its churches and its relations with other denominations.

But in the case of Trayvon Martin, the white religious community – including those affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, this area’s dominant affiliation - has so far been silent and invisible.

Some black Christians are beginning to question this silence. At a predominately African-American Seventh-day Adventist congregation last Saturday, during a previously scheduled discussion of “racial progress,” a man stood up and asked why his denomination had not yet spoken or acted on the Trayvon Martin controversy.

The Rev. James Coffin, a white Adventist minister and executive director of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida, who was one of the speakers, admitted that the man was right. Coffin later wrote the man an impassioned e-mail saying his point was valid, and acknowledging his guilt for his inaction. So far, “it's the victim's affinity group that has to go to battle for him,” Coffin said.

“African-Americans shouldn't be waging this battle on their own,” Coffin told me. “While it certainly has racial overtones and undertones, it's a problem that's bigger than just racism. So for our own well-being and self-serving purposes, if for no other reason, non-African-Americans need to get involved.”

At long last, some other white church leaders are speaking out.

In a letter issued Wednesday entitled “A Statement of Support for the Martin Family and Call for Just Prosecution,” the Florida Council of Churches, which represents mainline Protestant congregations, said that the state “should be a place where a person of any color can walk in a neighborhood without fear of violence or being presumed a suspicious threat. Florida should be a place where the use of deadly force is rare and uncommon.

“The Martin family and the community at large need protection from vigilantism and assurance that Florida's streets are open to all people without respect to the color of their skin,” the statement continued. The council does not speak for the state’s evangelical churches.

Tardy or tepid, it is never too late for religious leaders to demand justice. Which is what they still need to do. A rally calling for justice for Trayvon Martin is scheduled for Sanford's Shiloh Baptist Church, Thursday night would be a good place to start.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Mark I. Pinsky.

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soundoff (832 Responses)
  1. zoo

    Mr z. do not have to use deadly force to on the young life that he confronting what so ever the state law is . he is in hiding right now from the law . he has done something wrong while confronting the kid

    March 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  2. penquin

    Right here – there are plenty of whites who are outraged and know that this child was shot because of the color of his skin. However, since the media has really only begun covering something that happened at the end of February, it is not a story that has been on the front pages until recently. I think there are plenty of people of all colors who are standing up and saying this is a travesty of justice.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • DSBsky

      Your on your own man. Martin was a proven trouble child and he assaulted people before. He most likely attacked Martin because he didn't like being followed. Then while he was pummeling Martin like a true thug, gangster, trying to put him in the hospital. Martin shot him.. But there's no way a black kid would ever attack someone.. right? right? right? Not like it ever happens.. at all.. ever... You people are pathetic.. Your the racists.. You want to hang everyone who does wrong to any black, but every time you do wrong to other races where are you? Laughing.. that's where you are.. And in all fairness this is your latest joke.. and it's pathetic..

      March 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • Seeutoo

      Hey DSBsky,

      If you were walking home from the store, just walking and a black guy started following you and spying on you while talking on his self phone. Then approached you, asked for credentials when he isn't a cop and for absolutely NO REASON, I will suspect you will show him your id let him harrass you and possibly (if he wants) let him kick your A$$. Because that's what the CHILD was supposed to do....correct?

      March 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • Seeutoo

      Oh, and just so we're clear... I hate that this has turned into a race issue. There is no place for it. It's a murder issue.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • penquin

      So if the child was troubled (not sure where you are getting your proof on that) it is ok to shoot him? What about your criminal record? Should we be able to shoot you too? Listen to the 911 tapes and hear Zimmerman stalk the kid. Take race out of it. Just your teenage son being followed by some guy. Should your son not defend himself (I'm going on the assumption you were there and saw the "thug" Martin beating the "totally innocent" Zimmerman)? What if Martin had the gun and since he was being stalked by Zimmerman had every right to shoot him, according to Florida law? Would you not be screaming for Martin to be arrested? Look into your soul – you cannot hate people for the color of their skin, assume they are all criminals, and live a good life.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  3. Barry Bloomfield

    The Stand your Ground Law means just that – you are not obligated to retreat. It does not mean that against 911 police operator advise you exit you vehicle, follow, confront and shot a young man who was unarmed and walking to his father's home.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  4. jon

    A black teen is shot in killed by another black teen every single week in Florida. Where is the black outrage for that?

    March 22, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • Seeutoo

      Because usually if they know who the black teen shooter is....they arrest and prosecute. Are you using your brain today?

      March 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • GodPot

      How many of those black teens who shot other black teens interviewed briefly by police and then let go after they claimed self defense?

      March 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • kristinewt

      I'm so tired of this argument, blacks kill blacks every day, blacks kill whites every day.. Where is the outrage for all of this..The blacks that commit murders everyday are in jail. If a Black commits a murder no black is free to go, because they "feared their lives and stood their grounds." So this statement has no place on these boards. Case in point Dooley who "stood his ground," and killed a white man 2 years ago can bee seen in handcuffs in jail and in the courtrooms still trying to "STAND HIS GROUND."

      March 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • DSBsky

      This only matters, because it let's all the racist blacks, come out of hidihg, to show their true colors. Taste the rainbow..

      March 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • no nothing

      B on B crime is rampant in the ATL no outrage here either.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  5. stan

    there is plenty of black rage on this subject because there is a special interest group involved that will spare no effort to make noise about their own special interest. there is less white rage involved because the rest of the world recognizes this incident for what it really is. a tragic accident that should have never happened, but one that will never end with 'justice' for the kid, because his killing was the unfortunate culmination of bad, but not totally unreasonable decisions on both sides and NOT a crime.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • sam

      Let me get this straight: Zimmerman, against the advice of the 911 operator, got out of his vehicle and started following the kid and engaged him. THEN he claims self defense? That's not unreasonable to you? Then I really hope you stay off the neighborhood watch.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  6. stephen L

    the father of martin already said thats not his sons voice on the 911 call and to be honest it actually sounds like a grown man screaming like a girl and secondly from what ive heard and just read in a article martin was on top of zimmerman punching him as they were wrestling zimmerman had a head wound and blood all over and pop he shot kid in self defense also it said the kid was suspended before for assaulting a kid in school hes not a ANGEL PEOPLE did you wonder why they keep showing this kids picture when he was like 12 all good little boys are'nt they i hope the truth comes out and also zimmerman a racist and hes white and the outrage is a disgrace its not a color issue its a right and wrong issue

    March 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • momoya

      Sentences, they're a good thing.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Seeutoo

      None of what you said matters at all. The FACTS are in the 911 dispatch call he was NOT to follow Martin. Again, he (Zimmerman) was told not to follow nor contact. He in fact instigated the fight and started it. That little FACT alone (that he was not to follow him) states he can no longer use the 'stand your ground' law. Even the author (the senator that helped write the law) said Zimmerman was not covered by it. The fact that Zimmerman started to lose the fight (if what you say was true) that means MARTIN was covered by the 'stand your ground' law and was only protecting himself from Zimmerman by beating him up. Just because the marting was winning the fight (if what you say is true) doesn't mean Zimmerman can claim self defense if HE is the one that approached a CHILD (while carrying a gun) for ABSOLUTELY no reason whats so over.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • shootmyownfood

      So the victim wasn't acting in self defense in confronting a stranger demanding information from him and following him through the neighborhood? I think the Florida law applies here as far as self defense, but Trayvon was defending himself from an unknown adult stalking him through a neighborhood where his relatives live.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • MJB

      This needs to be prosecuted as either the biggest case of human stupidity or a racial crime. He had already been told to stop. This isn't about the gun laws.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • gg

      very well put Seeutoo

      March 22, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  7. DSBsky

    Where is Black outrage when blacks kills whites? Your such Hypocrites and God don't like ugly.. Being a man of God and spreading hate.. your going straight to hell..

    March 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Qwenie

      I am outraged whenever any one is killed I am a Black American Woman. Do you imply sir that you know the heart of every black person.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  8. Antonio

    I am Hispanic, and I am Outraged. This man should be in Jail for Murder.
    A great deal of men and woman, who wear a badge and a Gun, are
    Licenced Criminals, who abuse their authority under the law, and hide
    under that umbrella, to commit crimes against the public, in the name of the law.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • Media causing racism

      How do you know he committed a crime? Were you there? are you doing the investigation? Geez people, let the investigation take place by people who are actually there. Running your mouth is just uping the hype of the story! Not all cops are bad.... and needless to say, sometimes they have to make a decision that could affect if they go home at night. Me personally will take the action (right or wrong), to make sure I go home at night.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • MJB

      It should be persecuted as a hate crime. Zimmerman was getting his a$$ kicked by the kid. They both had the right to "stand their ground". What Zimmerman didn't have the right to do was to racially profile nor approach the young man (specially after being told NOT to follow him).

      March 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • Melvin

      There's a differance in being a blue coat member than a commer. The judges and all government officials are blue coat devil worshippers. That's why they get by with their crimes, and judges let them off the hook is their case goes to court. Really it's a criminal organization and those who are not blue coat members are just sheep. Isaiah 56:1 KJV

      March 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • Media causing racism

      It is not a law that you have to follow the instructions of a dispatcher...... If he was in my neighborhood, I would have kept following him too if I thought he was up to something. Zimmerman just got caught watching and was confronted about it, then the nice little 12 year old (that what the pictures show), that was suspended from school for violence the week before, was shot and killed. Why don't you, along with everyone else yelling about this case just keep quiet until the investigation is over and let justice work like it is suppose to, on FACTS, not because of how OTHER people not even involved feels about it.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  9. Max

    All aboard for the latest white guilt trip.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • no nothing

      "GUILTY OF BEING WHITE" Minor Threat

      March 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  10. Media causing racism

    The reason white churches are not involved is because of the media and blacks trying to turn this into a race problem. 1st of all, Zimmerman IS NOT WHITE!!! 2nd, the boy is wholly innocent, that is why he had Zimmerman down on his back and ended up with cuts on his face..... sorry, but the problem with the blacks and hispanics have nothing to do with whites. Yes, if something was done wrong, arrest him,,,,, but if I was asking the boy what was up and he started beating me....I would have shot him too! I don't care if he was green, yellow or brown. You beat me, I WILL defend myself. People are saying the dispatcher told him not to follow him..... it is not a law that you have to follow orders of a dispatcher. As far as the police cheif stepping down? really? If the investigation is not showing any reason to imprison a guy and he doesn't, then the general public "mostly black" getting upset.... does that really call for him to step down? Why not let the investigation take place, get ALL the facts (and yes, people who read this stuff on here DO NOT have all the facts), and then arrest the guy. Just because you have a lot of people, that don't have all the facts, trying to make a racist thing out of something, doesn't mean that should strong arm the police into making an arrest that is not YET warranted.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • kiki

      If he's not white is he Asian or black?

      March 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • shootmyownfood

      Many members of the hispanic culture are caucasian. That would be "white" in layman's terms.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • penquin

      It doesn't matter what ethnic group Zimmerman belongs to – he shot this kid because he was a young black kid, in a hoodie. Martin was totally innocent – it is a free country, he can walk where he wants. He was not seen in the act of commiting a crime. If Zimmerman has any injuries, it is because he confronted the kid and the kid defended himself. Please tell me that you do not think that for one minute if Martin, using the "self defense" logic, had shot the man who was stalking him (listen to the 911 tapes, you can hear Zimmerman's voice as he is walking and following Martin) he would not have been arrested immediately? Of course, the police would have arrested the young black man for shooting the white one. Now, Martin might have gotten off once he went to court, using the Stand Your Ground Law, but that would have been much more difficult and he would have done jail time.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • Qwenie

      How Long America, How Long would you close your eyes to the ugly eyes of racism it's real and its everyday. We don't like what we see when we have to face the truth. The only way to change is to face the truth when you know to do better you do better. For years from the foundation of this country racism has been a cancer when will it stop. I am talking to any one who hates I have no respector of person I follow Christ. Jesus is just as angry with the person who closes his eyes to the truth as much as he is the sinner. People who hate have been going around this circle continously and what are the results, more hate, more hate crimes more injustice. Excuse me, America tells us to get over it every time something happens to our people and there is an out cry, WHY DON'T YOU ALL GET OVER IT BECAUSE HATES BEGIT HATE!

      March 22, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • areyoujoking

      The President is biracial, one black parent and one white parent but no one has a problem calling him BLACK, why? his skin. Zimmerman is also biracial, one White parent and one hispanic but because of the color of his skin in american he is White, Sorry but i did not make the rules and you can't change the rules now. Are You Joking

      March 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • areyoujoking

      Zimmermen was on his back, and you say this because thats what Zimmerman told the police.
      What do you think hes going to say? I just killed a 17 year old boy for no reason. ARE YOU JOKING

      March 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • What?

      What do you mean Zimmerman is not White? Mitt Romney father lived in Mexico. He used that to try to get the latino vote. He is white. What about Linda Carter, Linda Ronstadt, Charile Sheen and Emilio Escavez. Aren't they considered white, but they're also half hispanic. Zimmerman is a White hispanic!!!! There are white, black and brown hispanics. PERIOD!!!!

      March 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  11. jon

    If this was a "gated community", how did the young man get in? And, was he let in by the person (relative I believe) who he was going to see? That is probably what happened. No matter what, he should not be dead. I hate these armed guards, police etc. who shoot first and ask questions later. They simply become judge, jury and executioner all in one. There is just way too much of this "I feared for my life" stuff. Then get a real job where you won't fear for your life.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  12. JT

    Zimmeran, the shooter, is Hispanic. Why does this article exist? Why is the author trying to stir up racial tensions that don't even apply to the situation?

    March 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • JT

      Zimmerman*

      March 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Latino is not a race it is an ethnicity.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • J.W

      Yeah I do not think race is the issue here, although it has probably brought the attention to the case. The issue is there was someone dead and there was not an adequate investigation, and it may have to do with the way the law is written there, or how it is being applied.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • shootmyownfood

      Hispanic is a culture, not a race. Members of the Hispanic culture come in a wide variety of shades, from pure white to darkest black. Get a grip, and perhaps some education.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • @youignantdotcom

      "Latino is not a race it is an ethnicity."

      Neither is the term "asian" then....considering asians are inhabitants of asia or someone of asian decent. Tell me, since India is in Asia, are Indians asian?

      March 22, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • @youignantdotcom

      "Hispanic is a culture, not a race. Members of the Hispanic culture come in a wide variety of shades, from pure white to darkest black. Get a grip, and perhaps some education."

      Not according to the US Census Bureau.......

      March 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • question

      would Michael Jackson be considered "white" then since his skin was whiter than most whites?

      March 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  13. no nothing

    Get robed at gunpoint and see ALL of you neighbors homes being robed. See how the cops could careless about you because you WT decided to move in to the wrong (mostly black) neighborhood. People are sick of being victimized by thugs and a careless local government. Then maybe you might have a valued opinion Mr. Pinsky

    March 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • areyoujoking

      I have been robbed at gunpoint and apt. was robded, im black live in a mostly white neighborhood so i dont understand your point or Are You Joking

      March 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  14. RB

    When they stop showing pics of this guy that are 5 years old, and show a recent pic of the thug with all his tattoos, then maybe we can begin an honest discussion. Until now the media has been anything but honest about this case. You want white outrage? I am white and outraged that the media can't cover one single story honestly. The media bias makes it seem like there is something to hide, even though there may not be. OK – I'm outraged already!!! Satisfied?

    March 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • shootmyownfood

      So you have a recent photo? Post a link, please, to support your contentions. Anyone can say anything they want in these venues; no-one believes you without factual back-up and/or references.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • Guest

      RB, "pics of this guy that are 5 years old, and show a recent pic of the thug with all his tattoos,"

      Which one of the guys are you talking about?

      March 22, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • EnjaySea

      Right, a thug armed with Skittles.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • stan

      imagesblippittcom/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Trayvon-Martin-Memoriam.gif

      March 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • SickofIgnorance

      Are you serious? Where in the world did you get information that he had tattoos and was a thug? Did you not read the million articles that clearly state he had PURCHASED candy and iced tea? He wasn't in the process of commiting a crime! YOU are the white problem in this country, sir. You and people like Mr. Zimmerman who assume that any black tenn male MUST be up to no good. Trayvon's current pictures on his Facebook page show the same kid the media is showing.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • areyoujoking

      I think i understand your point, If he had tattoos hes a thug and that makes it ok to kill a 17-year old boy
      I get you point, thanks for clearing things up for us, i dont think you have kids, I hope not
      Are You Joking or Crazy

      March 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • areyoujoking

      Maybe you are use to people looking older than they are, He looks like a 16 or 17 year old kid to me.
      most Blacks looks younger to whites than they are just like most Whites look older than they are to many Blacks.

      March 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  15. gnrs007

    As a retired federal agent I can tell you that it takes more than a presumption of hatred to call this a hate crime. We all have prejudices of one sort or another but we cannot and should not call a tragedy any other name until we know all the facts. The public is not trained to discern the facts of a case nor what procedures the police should have followed. If you think that by watching NYPD blues,law & order or any other tv show makes you an expert than you live in a fantasy world. We need to calm down and let the investigation follow its due course instead of making judgements on the few facts leaked by the press and news stations. Others have an agenda other than justice and that is why they are bringing their so called support they like their names in the spot light.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • William Demuth

      As a retired federal officer I hope you are aware of the systemic abuses of southern law enforcent over the past 100 years.

      Can you seriously imply that his release was warranted?

      He needs to be detained prior to arraignment, and the Attorney General needs to prosecute federally if needed.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • shootmyownfood

      There can be no case for defense by Mr. Zimmerman; he was following the victim. If indeed the victim fought back, he was wholly justified under the Florida laws. One cannot stalk someone and then, when that person confronts you for your actions, claim self defense. Mr. Zimmerman clearly put himself in a position to be confronted, simply by following the victim against the advice of 911.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • MJB

      I agree with you up to an extent. However after Zimmerman was already told not to follow him becuase the police where on the way he had no right to continue his stalking/persecution of the young man. That to me is where it becomes a hate crime.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  16. OolaOolagram

    Have any of you actually heard the tape. I defy you to identify who is crying out for help.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • William Demuth

      The guy who is crying out STOPS when the gun goes off.

      You don't need any CSI junk to figure that one out.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • areyoujoking

      I dont think ist the guy with the gun and the Mother know her sons voice, i know my sons voice, dont you?
      Are You Joking

      March 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  17. areyoujoking

    1.)O.J. Simpson was arrested charged put on trial and acquitted, Are you Joking? No comparison. Zimmerman was not arrested and is walking arount with the gun he killed this 17 year old boy with, now one may think that justice will always prevail, basted on the history of America thats just not the case.
    2.)Are you joking? Had it not been for people like Rev. Al Sharpton, you and I would not know about this case, it would have been sweep under the rug like normal. 3.) Things dont change overnight, Are you joking? Whites have been killing blacks for almost 500-years with no retribution, how long should blacks wait, would another 100-years be good with you?
    4.)The President is biracial, one black parent and one white parent but no one has a problem calling him BLACK, why? his skin. Zimmerman is also biracial, one White parent and one hispanic but because of the color of his skin in american he is White, Sorry but i did not make the rules and you can't change the rules now. Are You Joking

    March 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • momoya

      The issue should be discussed a social phenomenon, not a racially biased motive.. It's racist to play the race card because when you do that you insist that the situation be analyzed according to the false idea of racism.. Everybody belongs to a genetic family group, but those boundaries do not always run with personal characteristics like average height, eye color, or skin tone.. The are plenty more important questions about this case than whether the members of "white churches" are responding appropriately.. We could list them all afternoon.. To play the race card is racist because it drags the discussion down to that level of stupidity, and really, we should all be better than that.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  18. outraged

    Im outraged that this man is being persecuted after trying to protect his neighbours from this dangerous kid.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @outraged

      I really really hope that you're joking with your post.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Chris

      Moron or troll? You pick.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • areyoujoking

      You Are Funny Little Man

      March 22, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  19. jake mason

    Headline should read; Where's the Hispanic Outrage?

    March 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • kiki

      The word "Latino" is often used as a synonym for "Hispanic". The definitions of both terms are non-race specific, and include people who consider themselves to be of distinct races (Black, White, Amerindian, Asian, and mixed groups). There is a common misconception in the US that Hispanic/Latino is a race. The shooter was racially white and etnically Hispanic.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • @youignantdotcom

      Kiki – not according to the US census bureau.

      Tell me, what is the race of someone from Mexico?

      March 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  20. Sam

    I wasn't there. I don't know the facts. Therefore, I don't have an opinion on guilt. What I do have an opinion on however, is that there are at least 9 times the number of black on white crimes than white on black, but no outrage about that.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • momoya

      9 x the number?. Could you list a source for that? thx

      March 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • outraged

      Oh no dont tell truths and facts...that will make you look racist.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Chris

      Momoya, his numbers are pretty accurate. Go to the FBI's site and look at crime stats/reporting.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • Jim

      Sam – not sure of your numbers, but I agree with what you say. Can't think of many black neighborhoods where a white man can safely walk without fear of being assaulted or robbed. Rarely hear of a black being robbed and beaten (or shot) in a white neighborhood. Call me racist if you will, but what I have written is true and everyone knows it.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • areyoujoking

      reason being, whites are not arrested for crimes against blacks. ARE YOU JOKING

      March 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • areyoujoking

      blacks are 11 times more likely to be arrested and convicted for crimes against Whites on the other hand
      Whites are 11 times less likely to be arrested for crimes against Blacks, this may explain alot.
      you can find that on the FBI site as well as several others sites.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • Joe T.

      Whites are not arrested for crimes against blacks? That is the funniest crap I've read all day.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • areyoujoking

      Its funny to you, and if you are white it may be very funny, but im sure its no funny to this boys parents

      March 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
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