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  • hoozdik_hertz_557 hoozdik_hertz_557 Jul 17, 2013 12:14 PM Flag

    'The Wire' Creator David Simon on Trayvon Martin Case: 'Ashamed' to Be an American


    The not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin has outraged many people across the country, including "The Wire" creator David Simon.

    In an emotional, fiery post on his blog, The Audacity of Despair, Simon denounced the verdict, saying he was "ashamed to call himself an American."

    Simon knows a little something about race. He worked for 12 years as a crime reporter in Baltimore, witnessing firsthand the despair referenced in his blog title. He then channeled that knowledge to write nuanced, complex portrayals of race, drugs, poverty, violence, and corruption on series like "Homicide: Life on the Street," "The Corner," and "The Wire."

    [Related: Zimmerman Juror B37 Decides Not to Go For That Book Deal After All]

    From 2002-2005 on "The Wire," Simon and his team of writers depicted the often deadly consequences for young black men living within the broken education, political, and justice systems. The series was lauded as an American storytelling masterpiece, inspired professors to teach about it in college classes, and was recently named the No. 1 series of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

    Outside of his television writing, Simon often comments on social issues, and the Martin case stirred up particularly forceful feelings in him. Here's the entirety of his post:

    You can stand your ground if you're white, and you can use a gun to do it. But if you stand your ground with your fists and you're black, you're dead.

    In the state of Florida, the season on African-Americans now runs year round. Come one, come all. And bring a handgun. The legislators are fine with this blood on their hands. The governor, too. One man accosted another and when it became a fist fight, one man — and one man only — had a firearm. The rest is racial rationalization and dishonorable commentary.

    If I were a person of color in Florida, I would pick up a brick and start walking toward that courthouse in Sanford. Those that do not, those that hold the pain and betrayal inside and somehow manage to resist violence — these citizens are testament to a stoic tolerance that is more than the rest of us deserve. I confess, their patience and patriotism is well beyond my own.

    Behold, the lewd, pornographic embrace of two great American pathologies: Race and guns, both of which have conspired not only to take the life of a teenager, but to make that killing entirely permissible. I can't look an African-American parent in the eye for thinking about what they must tell their sons about what can happen to them on the streets of their country. Tonight, anyone who truly understands what justice is and what it requires of a society is ashamed to call himself an American."

    Strong words. But Simon didn't stop there. Remarkably, he took the time to address many of the comments following the post. A few highlights:

    One commenter chastised him for trying to "fan the flames and incite violence," to which Simon replied, "You've missed the thread of that passage utterly."
    Several others called on Simon to prove that Zimmerman's actions in shooting Martin were racist. He replied, "I don't think Mr. Zimmerman is by any necessity a racist. But his calculations and his behaviors were racially motivated."
    In other responses, Simon bemoaned the slippery slope effect — that the Martin case would be the first of many. "The law has changed — and the culture of legal self-defense is changing — in a revolutionary fashion. There will be more of these cases now. Not less."

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    • Some neighborhood watchman:
      Neighborhood Watch Manual, USAonwatch dot org
      Sponsored by the National Sheriff's Assn. and the DOJ's Bureau of Justice Assistance
      page 20 of 37
      Patrol members should be trained by law enforcement. It should be emphasized to members that they do not possess police powers and they shall not carry weapons or pursue vehicles. They should also be cautioned to alert police or deputies when encountering strange activity. Members should never confront suspicious persons who could be armed and dangerous. Patrol members can be equipped for their duties. For example, flashlights or searchlights are necessary for night patrols.

      Perhaps Zippy was a member of a different organization.

    • so the way to fix and tutor the downtrodden is to riot- trash property- play the race card where none exists in the zimmerman case, believe in the false narrative of NBC, ignore the FACT that Zimmerman was on the bottom and had no escape, ignore the facts of taking over 40 minutes to go 1/2 mile in the rain, and FACT that trevon bragged about how to ground and pound.

      The watts riots accomplished what ? In seattle area a black shot a white girl at random, and some have beat up a white or hispanic just to get even. Holder misstates the law, and the jurors have to remain in hiding for their own protection. Chief racist al sharpton etc pander to the tribe.
      No greater injury can be done to any youth than to let him feel that because he belongs to this or that race he will be advanced in life regardless of his own merits or efforts.

      Booker T washington

    • We need to go Forward
      possibly with civil-rights litigation

      I thinke we have a case:
      The Z-mans brother whot estified that the Z-man was not a racist
      posted racist tweets.
      The Z-man only reported black males as being suspicious despite over 400 police calls/responses to the mostly white Retreat at Twin Lakes , and the Zpman called them derogatory names. while being under the effects of some heavily abused psycho-tropic medications.
      The Z-man is lucky to be alive, let him show his coward face....


    • I'm ashamed him , you, and Travon are Americans

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