Thursday, July 18, 2013

This Is Wrong ... Vigil for Trayvon Martin Saturday, July 20, 12 NOON. The location is at the Billy Gene Jackson Sr. Park, 420 N. Lake Park Drive, Salisbury.

my response is at bottom..

I am privileged and honored to be speaking at the Vigil for Trayvon Martin, part of the 100 City Vigil, organized by the Nat'l Action Network (NAN) and headed by the Rev. Al Sharpton. The Vigil will take place on Saturday, July 20, 12 NOON.  The location is at the Billy Gene Jackson Sr. Park, 420 N. Lake Park Drive, Salisbury.


As most of us, I was shocked and bewildered by the prosecution's failure to obtain a guilty verdict against Zimmerman.  It seemed clearcut to me, as a former practicing attorney who had handled many criminal trials, that the issue upon which the entire case turned, was Zimmerman's failure to follow the directions of a police officer.  When he called 911 to report "suspicious activity" by a African-American youth, he was directed to stay in his car and not approach the individual.  The resulting injuries he suffered and the death of Trayvon Martin, can be directly linked to his refusal to follow those directions.  He put his life, and the life of Trayvon Martin, in jeopardy, by failing to stay in his car and instead, following, approaching and confronting a young man who had committed no crime, and for which he had no authority to act.  The only reason Zimmerman felt safe enough to challenge the young man is because he knew that if things got out of hand, he had a "great equalizer" that he could use to end any violence.  Such is not the actions of a brave and moral man, but, instead, they are the actions of a bully vigilante, intent on creating a situation where he could retaliate, free from repercussions, against those "punks."


This morning, as I read the front page of The Daily Times, my jaw dropped, figuratively and literally, as I read the response of Andy Harris to the verdict.  "Get over it!"  Yes..."get over it."  Something I might have told my son when I was coaching his little league baseball team and we lost a game..."Get over it, son; it's just one game and in the scheme of things, you did your best, which is all you can do."  Something the Nazis told the world, after gassing 8 million Jews, gypsies, physically & mentally disabled and other "undesirables"...sich aufrappeln! Get over it!  As I read these words and his use of the word, "political" in his description as to why the US Justice Dept was considering Federal charges against Zimmerman, I became enraged.  I am not a violent person, however, it was a good thing Harris was not within arm's reach this morning.


I then read about the Vigil for Trayvon Martin, and I contacted April Jackson, the daughter of Billy Gene Jackson, Sr, to express my outrage and desire to attend and speak to those assembled.  She was gracious in extending an invitation and even said that she would be "honored" to have me speak.  As flattered as I was, I told her that any "honor" that was being extended, should go to the memory of a young man, gunned down at the beginning of his life; a young man who may not have been perfect, but someone who didn't deserve to be killed while enjoying a bag of Skittles and a bottle of juice, walking home through a quiet neighborhood, just because he was profiled as someone who was "suspicious" in the eyes of a vigilante.


I invite everyone to attend this Vigil, for two reasons: 1. To honor the memory of Trayvon and to express our outrage at Zimmerman being able to walk away, a free man, and, 2. To express our anger and disbelief at the insensitive and narcissistic words of our 1st District representative, who believes he is above the fray and beyond the reach of our words and disapproval.


I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.


In Peace,
Ron Pagano

Editor's Note: I like Ron Pagano and April Jackson and think highly of them both, but this rally is being done for the wrong reasons. We have a justice system that is in place to try cases like these and a jury felt Zimmerman acted in self defense, as do I. I respect them and their right to organize a protest, however this is not needed to keep stirring the animosity in our area. I also see than Ron is using it as a platform to attack Andy Harris for his "get over it comment" over the verdict in the case. Look I don't like Andy Harris either, but turning the Martin/Zimmerman case into a political point is just wrong with the feelings people have in this case. Continuing to divide is not the answer, how would a George Zimmerman did the right thing rally be thought of if one was organized? 

I'm disappointed that politics has begun to take center stage as to the root cause of this issue and that instead of trying to heal everyone, this is being done that will further keep the issue as a dividing point in our nation. 



72 comments:

Anonymous said...

Any vigil for the two men killed last week? That would be more helpful.

Anonymous said...

This is racism at its best.
Any article that calls trayvon black, african, anything other then an american kid, is racist. Anything that refers to Zimmerman as white, hispanic, mexican, or anything other then an American adult is racist.

thats my point. and i made it.

Anonymous said...

JT, I have no comment other than to say that your commentary mirrors my thoughts exactly. It is disgusting to politicize a tragedy.

Anonymous said...

If your beating someone to death and he is armed you can expect to get shot. Remove the beating I doubt the one guy would have shot the other.

Anonymous said...

Great,here come the riots.....What about all the black people shooting the other black people in Baltimore,were is their outrage for this ?

Anonymous said...

"he was directed to stay in his car and not approach the individual." This statement is an absolute, 100% lie.

Anonymous said...

Ron you are you are repeating gossip that those who have not bothered to look for the truth. IMO the jury reached the correct decision. Why not spend time and energy on finding a solution for the murder of black kids killing black kids.

JT good comment and I agree with you 100%.

pissed said...

Did white people assemble and riot and trash/steal things when O.J got freed?

Anonymous said...

I am bringing 10 Anti protesters against Martin..

Jonathan Taylor said...

In would recommend against that personally

Anonymous said...

Here's an idea: just ignore it. No one will remember this crap a month from now. All your hate does is feed these people.

Anonymous said...

WHY Jt,

They have the right to protest against zimmerman and the system, So i have the right to say ravon was a Dope smoking, gun toting, problem teen in school,racist.

ps great job ......MOM/DAD

Anonymous said...

How is this country going to last another 3 yrs????????????????????????

Anonymous said...

The 911 operator's exact words were, "we don't need you to do that," it wasn't law enforcement. These are people looking for more trouble and I hope they find it.

The 911 operator asked for an address, that's when Zimmerman got back out of his car and Travon jumped him and cold cocked Zimmerman. Travon could have walked away after breaking Zimmerman's nose, GZ was flat on the ground, but Martin chose to beat Zimmerman on the sidewalk, thus the cap busting through his heart just as I would have done.

Obama, Holder, Jesse and Al like to keep those racial fires burning.

Anonymous said...

jon u sure did promote the hell out of where this rally was going to be taking place.

Jonathan Taylor said...

I didn't want to edit the content of the letter

Anonymous said...

Kinda funny that the media has completely forgot Martin was bashing Zimmermans head onto concrete. Martin was a thug a bee, you live by the sword, you die by it. Bet if Martin had got shot in Chicago by a fellow gang banger, the libtards wouldn't have said crap.

Anonymous said...

YOU JUST ADDED 20 PEOPLE TO GO THERE WTF.

Anonymous said...

The most racist people are black people..but said

Anonymous said...

Looks like the Trayvon Party is starting early tonight!

Anonymous said...

Please do not do this. This is making a hero out of Trayvon Martin. Our youth do not need that. Trayvon's social media posting are all over the internet. The last thing anyone needs is the youth looking at this. It is vile. He says the N-word over and over. Glorifies and tells how to make drugs including a very dangerous concoction called Lean. He poses in gang gestures and much more anti social things.
I think this is a very poor example to any youth who may think of Trayvon as a hero and want to emulate him. I think it's very irresponsible for adults to do this vigil.

Jim said...

George Zimmerman did exactly what any person defending his community would have doe... asked a stranger what he was doing there. Travon responded disrespectivly, then got combative. He beat Zimmerman probably almost to unconciousness,and got what he deserved. Tryvon was not a boy, but a man bigger that Zimmerman. Fla has stand your ground laws, many more states should have them. I so hope protesters against Trevon are at this rally... see who breaks the peace...

Anonymous said...

Pagano needs to go back and listen to the trial because it's obvious he is clueless. NO ONE ever told Zimmerman to stay in his car much less a police office! It's people like this former lawyer (no wonder he's a former attorney)who are either misinformed or are choosing to repeat lies.
To write this rubbish void of facts is not only irresponsible it's digesting and Pagano should hang his head in shame for repeating nonsense.

Anonymous said...

"This morning, as I read the front page of The Daily Times, my jaw dropped, figuratively and literally,"

Yeah well now you know how we feel when we read your letter and how you misrepresented what was presented at the trial. You have a son you say, I would think you would be a bit more responsible. If you disagree with the verdict that's fine, but it's dishonest to represent the evidence presented. You are supposed to be a role model to your child.

Anonymous said...

We all have a right to do as we please...we're having a Peace Rally, noone said anything about riots and trouble, but you guys.....Yes this is a blog, and you truly have the right to do and say as you please.....same as you have an opinion, so do we.....so don't step our toes and we won't step on yours.......We don't have to explain ourselves and our feelings to you.......We feel it was an injustice done in this trial and so many others....And there were 2 murders here in less than a week and those murders will be discussed.......So if you don't want to be a positive part of this PEACE RALLY...PLEASE STAY HOME......WE DON'T WANT ANY TROUBLE.......WE WANT PEACE! I don't care what a person has done.....or whether you and others consider him a thug. Why is it we have to dig in ppl's past......remember you have one also...and Im quite sure, its not coming up roses either......We all have done things we're not proud of, but of course you haven't JT and the rest of the get along gang. Trayvon Martin did nit deserve to die.....Zimmerman's intentions were to kill him...he pursued him,after being told or adviced not to follow him.......or did we see the same trial......and then said, they alwsys get away......Zimmerman was determine this one wasn't......and thats the end of thst story.......Goodnight and Goodmorning....Mr Pagano you have a right to your opinion, just as they did

Anonymous said...

If Reagan and Bush, Sr. hadn't put guns in our black neighbor hoods there wouldn't be any black on black crime or not as much........ Now get over that! They put them in there with the knowledge of knowing what would happen.....that means they wouldn't have to lynch us anymore.....,,,a new form of lynching...a well thought plan.....,but remember, what you've done to us, you've already done to yourself...something to remember...its sad so sad we have to live like this.....this world is full of hate, but guess what I still love, no matter the circumstances...I still love!

Anonymous said...

Ron is a good guy. He just has a mental disease called liberalism. It is a progressive disease.

Anonymous said...

I would like to form a new movement called TCAC "THE CREEPY-ASS CRACKERS". But I'm probably not allowed to do this, right?

Anonymous said...

911 Operators are not Police Officers....they can not tell you what to do or not to do....just saying...

Anonymous said...

"We don't have to explain ourselves and our feelings to you"

Of course you don't and just as you have that right we too have a right to point out obvious gross misrepresentations, 1:23.
It is so counterproductive to hold a rally when the people attending believe something that is completely false. I imagine children will be there-how irresponsible is it for any parent to led a child to believe something that is nothing short of lies?

You many not care what people have done and how they conduct themselves and have presented themselves to the public but quite a lot of people do especially parents who work hard to keep their children away from poor influences. Trayvon Martin shouldn't be held to high esteem.
The truth is his parents lost him way before that February evening. He didn't even have the common courtesy and decency to respect his parents by staying out of trouble. No one should hold him in esteem and respect him.

I was mortified and spoke critically when a young black boy was killed outside of Salisbury recently when no one stepped up to the plate to memorialize this innocent child. The one who accidently shot himself while his mother slept and his father made drugs. That child was truly an innocent. How come no rally held for him? If this were truly about gun violence those who are so compelled to hold this rally would have had one for this innocent child.

This is why people are fed up and have dismissed these protesters for what they really are. Dishonest hypocrites. The blatant hypocrisy has become laughable.

A child dies locally from a gunshot locally and not one person shows any public outrage but like chicken squashed on a truck to slaughter people are jumping on this Martin bandwagon. I find it amazing how you pick and choose whose life is valuable. No I don't find it amazing-I find it sickening.

Anonymous said...

5:30-No he is not a 'good guy.'
A 'good guy' values his honor and would never ever repeat nor cause lies to be spread especially about something so sensitive.
It's quite all right if he wants to teach his children that it's okay to be dishonest and lie but how dare he go public and misrepresent the facts where other people's children may read or hear.
This is beyond liberalism. I can name off more than a few liberal FAMED and PROMINANT attorneys (Alan Dershowitz for example) who are in complete disagreement with pagano's assessments. These are lawyers who have tried 100's of jury trials. I bet pagano hasn't tried one.
This is more like someone who feels compelled for whatever reason to jump on a fzux bandwagon-a bandwagon that's being pulled by misinformation and false information.

Jim said...

@1:23 - good to know you are clairvoyant. Not too many people are able to read someone's mind and understand their motivation ("Zimmerman's intentions were to kill him"). The rest of us have to rely on facts. But, sarcasm aside, the truth is, you aren't a mind reader - you are just projecting your biases and fears onto someone else.

Jim said...

@3:57 - I would love to see the proof that Reagan and Bush, Sr put guns in the black neighborhoods (one word, BTW). And to say that if not for those dastardly Republicans "there wouldn't be any black on black crime" is laughable in its face. You ascribe bad intentions onto others to avoid having to take responsibility for your own choices and horrific results.

Anonymous said...

It's so laughable isn't it Jim? Everyone other white home on the Eastern Shore has firearms in it and young white men aren't killing each other in record numbers are they?

This whole case is bringing about the dishonesty, lack of morals and principles which have bred the problems of crime within the African American communities.

Kids are not born to be violent. It starts with little things going on in the home, like lying. When parents and role models lie blatantly children think it's okay.
It's stepping stones-lying, disruption in school-drugs-petty theft-and on and on until they are so immune to others and their feelings that violence becomes second nature.

Anonymous said...

"It seemed clearcut to me, as a former practicing attorney who had handled many criminal trials,"

"Many criminal trials?" Where? Must not be in MD because the MD Judiciary Case Search reflects absolutely zero.

Anonymous said...

Wonder if the Westboro church people will be there?

Anonymous said...

"that the issue upon which the entire case turned, was Zimmerman's failure to follow the directions of a police officer."

What compels some to misrepresent facts and blatantly lie?

This "former practicing attorney who has handled many criminal trials" has difficulties telling the truth.
Pagano is part of the problem. Young males-black and white- need positive role models in their lives and not someone who twists the facts and lies in order to promote an agenda.

Anonymous said...

"that the issue upon which the entire case turned, was Zimmerman's failure to follow the directions of a police officer."

No matter anyone's race they should find this statement made by Pagano insulting. He is preying on people's lack of accurate information concerning the trial. In other words he thinks people are stupid and ignorant and incapable of fact finding for themselves.
When the police arrived on the scene within a minute or 2 of the shooting Zimmerman followed every instruction he was given. Prior to the shooting he had no contact with police. Not only did he follow their instructions he also talked to LE many hours without legal representation. Each and every time his story was consistent. Not only was it consistent but forensics, taped phone calls and witnesses back his account up.

Anonymous said...

I think Ms Jackson should rethink her position because having someone such as pagano who doesn't tell the truth speak isn't such an honor. I think speakers should be limited to local pastors and not someone who resorts to telling lies to make themselves feel important.

Anonymous said...

What is most disturbing is this person is so disrespectful of others than he doesn't even give them the respect of an accurate accounting of the circumstances surrounding this case. It's a slap in the face. He's looking and talking down on people because in his mind he thinks people are none the wiser and he can get away with lying to them.
The last thing the Black community needs is him. What's needed are honorable men both morally and sociably to be positive role models.

Anonymous said...

Did you know that there is black on black crime. Did you know that there is white on white crime. Do you know they are about equal?

Almost every act in this country is political. But becuase no one really wants to come together in anything we get comments like those above.

I am an African Aerican. I called the verdict exactly right so I wasn't surprised. There wer only two witnesses to the whole thing and one of them is dead. My question has always been, who started the fight.

If you start a fight and get your head, supposedly, slammed many times into the concrete are you justified to use lethal force to stop it?

Anonymous said...

Because we were not on the jury, I don't want to hear your opinion on the outcome of Trayvon Martin trial. Pretty ridiculous that this had been blown up to the degree it has! I don't know any of the people involved. .I wasn't there, and neither were you. Everyone knows they can't trust how the media angles things, so please, quit acting like you know how this should have come out. You don't! Justice has been served. . .move on to another bandwagon!

Anonymous said...

12:23-Zimmerman's didn't start the fight. While on the phone with the 911 dispatcher Z. stated that M. had run off. Dispatcher asked if Z was following him and he said yes. Dispatcher said we don't need you to do that and Z returned to his vehicle. Dispatcher asked Z his location so police who were on their way knew to meet him. Z. got back out of the vehicle to get a house number. Call ended shortly after.
It was while waiting for the cops to arrive that M. (who had run off) double backed and came and punched Z. in the nose while Z was waiting on the cops. All this happened in very close proximity to Z. vehicle proving M. was the aggressor who was stalking Z.
I watched every second of the trial from the start to finish.
The next calls to 911 started approximately 4 minutes after Z had hung up. When M. ran off he was literally 30 seconds from going into the home where he was staying. Instead of going home he chose to stalk Z. and approximately 4 min later starting beating him up.
I do believe Z had every right to use deadly force. How much does someone have to get beaten up by someone? Z. tried to yell for help, it was dark, he had no idea of M.'s age nor if he had a weapon, his nose was bleeding and broken. He didnt' shoot M. immediately. He yelled first for help and no one came. If Z. had wanted and planned on shooting M like some claim common sense dictates he would have had the gun out and ready to be fired and M wouldn't have had the chance to run up on him and punch him in the nose. If that were the case then of course it wouldn't be self defense.

Anonymous said...

7:52 A rally for that young victim of gun violence just would not happen because there is no one in power to blame for it.Thats all these rallies are about,to inflame racial tensions.In order for it to be protest-worthy,there has to be a black victim and a white villain.

Anonymous said...

The system worked for O.J

Anonymous said...

Evidently u dnt know what a thug is bcause if u did then zimmermans ass wld not if been living. A thug runs from noone. Martin had a right to defend himself.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:28pm

You do provide a good timeline of the events. But you still left out the four minutes. Doesn't matter if TM doubled back, we don't know what happen as the only witness is GZ.

GZ alledgely had a broken nose okay fine. If you "lose" a fight you get hurt. But that's just my opinion.

Four minutes is a long time for anything to happen. Like I said before there were only two witnesses and one is dead so GZ goes free. Nobody else saw it.

Anonymous said...

Very good synopsis 1:28 and exactly what I got from the trial. Unfortuately, you just wasted your time writing this. Those that believe this was a racial incident will never listen to reason. Their mind is already made up...they didn't need a trial, or you, to give them any unimportant info. But thanks!

Anonymous said...

2:13~~ I refuse to argue with you about what the definition of a "thug" is. Quite honestly I don't know because anyone who may remotely resemble a "thug" isn't welcome in my world, isn't worthy to breath the same air as me and is beneath me. So therefore I will take your word on "thug" behavior as you seem to be an expert.

But I will ask.
Defend himself from what 2:13? Zimmerman was standing by his vehicle just having gotten off the phone with 911 waiting for an officer to arrive when Martin ran up on him and punched him in the nose.
What is obvious is that you didn't watch the trial otherwise you wouldn't make such ignoramus statements which only result in providing proof of your lack of knowledge on the issue.
I can't believe you people aren't one bit embarrassed that people are feeding you BS by the shovelfuls and you are actually eating it. It's amazing the way you are all eating BS-not only eating it but finding it extremely palatable. Please explain because to some of us it's perplexing. Is it naivety, is it lack of credible info, is it denial-please explain why you all so readily eating all the BS? I've never seen such a thing.

get over yourself American Africans. said...

213 please,

Everyone knows that thug ran up on zimmerman and punched his in the face and started to beat his head off the concrete, I bet you are one of these FOOLS that watched the first day of trial and the last day of trial? Blacks NEVER complained when O.J got OFF with killing @ white people....right, And whites DIDN'T come out and RIOT,trash places, mug people,Steal,burn buildings down? SO how does it FEEL,?
The system worked for O.J ?
The system worked for Zimmerman?

Ron Pagano, JD said...

Jonathan...I respect your decision to disagree with me and my actions. However, I am surprised that you never even contacted new in order to discuss this before you took my comments and gave them a context and understanding that they never had. You should remove the word "news" from your blog and simply leave it at that...a blog.

Let me also say that I am not interested in anyone's comments that go by "Anonymous." I always stand behind what I say, whether you agree or disagree. For these people to make threats, baseless charges and irresponsible comments, including ad hominem attacks against me, is ludicrous and without merit. They carry no weight with any sensible person.

Last, my comments regarding Andy Harris are important for our community to hear, whether you agree with the Zimmerman verdict or not. I agree that the jury made its decision based upon the evidence presented to them. I blame the prosecution for failing to properly present the case. You can't tell me that Harris' comment ("Get over it") wasn't inflammatory or provocative. At the very least, it is indicative of his lack of sensitivity to the feelings and emotions, not just of the African-American community, but of any American who was outraged by Zimmerman's acts and subsequent verdict.

I won't be responding back to any further comments, but had to let you know my thoughts on this blog post. You have readers who are threatening to provoke a confrontation and you should be aware of that.

Anonymous said...

Zimmerman did not shoot to kill.

Zimmerman shot to live !!!

Jonathan Taylor said...

Ron I appreciate the comment. I do not encourage anyone to protest against the rally as regardless of what I think of it, they have the right to. I also agree with you that Andy shouldn't have said get over it when there are people who are seriously tied up in this outcome of this case. With all this said I still do not agree with having a rally regarding this case, and using those remarks from Harris to politicize this to gain favor for either side.

Anonymous said...

You are standing behind your statement that the "police" told Zimmerman to "stay in his car, RP?"

Wow! Speaks volumes as to your lack of honesty and integrity-volumes.
As far as claiming to be someone who is not interested in anon comments you sure as heck responded back to them with a long soliloquy. Again proving you lack principles and stand for nothing.

Please don't respond back to any further comments. What is needed is a fair and honest debate and not a debate by someone like you who injects falsehoods into the subject and when called out on them isn't man enough to admit you were wrong.

Anonymous said...

2:43 I mentioned the 4 mins. There may only be 2 eye witnesses but the "ear" witnesses and the forensics plus the recorded 911 calls backed up Zimmerman's story. This case had much much more evidence than most and 99% of it backed up Zimmerman's account. That's why the state's witnesses always ended up bolstering the self defense claim more than the state's case.

Anonymous said...

Ron, oh what a silly hypocrite you are. The purveyor of irresponsible comments calling this blog out on what he perceives to be irresponsible comments. These comments on this blog aren't irresponsible. Many great ones which I think you don't like because they have called you out on your lies which instead of addressing you did a dance around.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Pagano,
I realize that you do not intend to reply to any comments. Understandable and I respect that. I do wish to voice my opinion, however. First, please realize that a 911 operator is not a sworn officer of the law and Mr. Zimmerman had no legal obligation to listen to him.
As for the rest, you contradict yourself in the original writing and the comment we see. You first say that the case was very clear cut and you were "was shocked and bewildered by the prosecution's failure to obtain a guilty verdict against Zimmerman.". Yet, in your comments you say, "I agree that the jury made its decision based upon the evidence presented to them.". I am not sure it can be both, Mr. Pagano.
What you have done here, intentional or not, is to add to the racial tension of the case and verdict. As a person who had a career in the justice system, surely you can see that it worked exactly as it was supposed to? Could it be that the prosecution failed to properly present the case, because there wasn't one?
As for Andy Harris, his comment was very unneccesary and also has done nothing but add to the racial tension by implying that a black life doesn't matter. In my opinion, EVERY life matters.
This loss of life is a horrible thing...any loss of life is a horrible thing no matter the color of the person's skin. Why can't peopl redirect their negative energy and come together to provide a solution instead of pointing blame?
I would like to pose a question to you, Mr. Pagano, or any reader who thinks this was racially motivated?
Why do you feel that it was? What PROOF have we been given by anyone that it was a racially motivated crime?

Thank you,
~ K. Wells

Anonymous said...

What is "ludicrous and without merit" is this-

"It seemed clearcut to me, as a former practicing attorney who had handled many criminal trials, that the issue upon which the entire case turned, was Zimmerman's failure to follow the directions of a police officer."

This is what "turned" the entire case? Were we watching the same trial? Zimmerman failed "to follow the directions of a police officer?" Really?

"he was directed to stay in his car and not approach the individual." He was? Really?

Would have been nice if you had addressed these misrepresentations instead of attempting to turn Jonathan and the commenters into the ones who are wrong.

Anonymous said...

I don't not feel Mr Pagano should speak at the rally. He intentionally has misled people by saying false things and tries to add credibility to what he says by saying he was an attorney thereby attempting to give the appearance of being an expert.
This whole thing is too emotional to have someone like him as a speaker.
We want a rally that's respectful and most of all is credible. Having people like him speak takes away from the credibility of the whole thing and makes it look like a joke. I agree stick with local pastors and a few other speakers but not Pagano.

Anonymous said...

So I guess the crowd that assaulted a Texas grandmother trying to get past a Trayvon protest to rush her grandkid to the ER were Hare Krishnas????

Anonymous said...

Well I guess when I go to the hood today I'll be packing for protection, and in case your wondering, yes I'm licenced. I encourage that. The hood, refers to Salisbury itself. You known those people cannot do this without causing some type of disturbance. Its a shame you disgrace your own kind and blame others.

Anonymous said...

I'll give the African American community the benefit of doubt and say there are a lot parents within that community who are stunned that Trayvon Martin has been elevated to such martyr status and is not someone they want their children looking up to.
His social media postings are offensive and they are still online. He talked about making and using an extremely dangerous drug cocktail know as "Lean" in street lingo. He uses the N-word ad nauseum. Some postings are sexually explicit. Some glorify violence and he brags about fights he has gotten into. He glorifies guns. He's posed in gang stances.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Andy Harris and others who have this opinion. Trayvon Martin is hardly a hero or a role model. Forget about him and move on.
Mr Pagano and others may thing Martin's social media posting were cute but a lot us don't live in the gutter and find them extremely gross.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else but me find humorous irony in the fact that the story just above this was about "youth" fighting in the same park the rally is being held in?
I have heard all I want to hear about this case,and based on my own experiences I am pretty sure that Martin attacked GZ because he felt "disrespected" as in "how dare this man ask me what I am doing,he is dissing me-I better punch him in the face and teach him a lesson about respect".And yes,my goal is to keep my kids AWAY from the Trayvon Martins of the world.Kids who steal,fight deal drugs and have illiterate 19 year old high school juniors for girlfriends are NOT "good kids".That is NOT my world.My kids will also be getting the John Derbyshire "talk" (Google it) so they do not become victims for other reason than that they are white.

Anonymous said...

I agree 10:53. Thanks for the info. I will google. I too think only an irresponsible poor parent would glorify Trayvon Martin. Put aside anything to do with the Martin/Zimmerman incident and Martin went about his life not even so much as showing his parents respect. His attitude was the pits. He cared about no one. He was a problem to his parents-forever being suspended from school, trying to purchase a firearm illegally, doing drugs and bragging about that, involving himself in stolen property having a horrible foul mouth voicing that online for all to see and reflecting negatively on his parents.
He was anti social border line psychotic and just because he died we shouldn't excuse his life while alive.
This sets a terrible example to impressionable children, who will think TRayvon is a hero and will emulate his behavior.

Anonymous said...

Trayvon's parents are not just turning a blind eye to the character of their son they are lying about him. Just like his girlfriend did. He was a bad boy.

Truth be told if he had never run into Zimmerman odds are, on the road he was headed he would have ended up a statistic anyway. So for the president to say if he had been white it may not have had the same outcome is ignorant. A white 17 year old lurking around windows in the rain instead of beating a path home would have been just as suspiscious as Trayvon was.

Anonymous said...

I would have more compassion for this if every white person that was killed got the same coverage. Face it, that doesn't happen. It's ok when a black person calls a white person a cracker or any other name they associate with a different race, but when the roles are reversed, they have NAACP to fight the battle for them. I do feel bad or his parents, bottom line they lost their child. Black people kill white people everyday and those stories somehow get overlooked, WONDER WHY?? I know that our President has never commented on anyone before like he is doing now. NAACP is the most racist organization there is. When the white people have any organization its considered racist, so what's the difference? Someone please answer my question

Anonymous said...

Obama is proving he is a racist with the remarks he has been making, he is adding fuel to the fire. The better just leave it to God.

Anonymous said...

Did they hold a vigil for Ron Goldman and Nicole Simplson? I'd have more respect if it wasn't about race and more about justice.

Anonymous said...

6:12-I would have more compassion also if they placed the same value on all lives. It's immoral and sinful the way they exploit to further an agenda.
Little Jamal Woolford shot himself last year in Hebron and died and not one of these fakes uttered a word about him at the time. Maybe they mentioned him yesterday but of course we all know that would be an after thought.
To them this child's life had no value as a way to cry racism so they ignored it. You can not get any more uncivilized than that. It's no wonder the black communities are filled with such crime and poverty and all other social ill wills. They do not value life unless it's a way to promote an agenda and they ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Anonymous said...

Get a life...There are Stop the Violence Marches every year done in Salisbury...trying to decrease crime for the entire City of Salisbury, Wicomico County....and this Vigil was not about racism...it was about injustices...,and I myself very much value life...diesn't matter whether black or white...I love ppl all ppl

Anonymous said...

10:41, I would go with that theory except for the fact that a speaker was invited who says; "I then read about the Vigil for Trayvon Martin, and I contacted April Jackson, the daughter of Billy Gene Jackson, Sr, to express my outrage and desire to attend and speak to those assembled.". TO EXPRESS MY OUTRAGE. People who intend to have a peaceful rally do not invite people to express their outrage and fuel fires.