I predict headlines from the future being something along the lines of "Laptop Thefts in Piedmont Park Spark WiFi Debate"
RE: "interpret the state law to differentiate between "driving on I-75 en route to Valdosta and [driving along] Peachtree Road." "
This is such a ridiculous statement. Who in their right mind would be en route to Valdosta? Zinnnnng! Suck it, Valdosta!
"The TM protests aren't about the murder, dumbass, but the failure to punish the murderer because of racism. Christ, you inbreds are stupid."
Incorrect. This was a trial about manslaughter. The jury only found that Zimmerman's act of violence was not the product of a "depraved mind without regard for human life." Racism is not something the jury was instructed to consider. In fact, the prosecutors never accused Zimmerman of racially profiling Martin (a fact that makes much of the language in the post-trial protests seem ill-informed).
The issue of racism may be addressed by a future civil-rights trial, though, if either the federal government or the Martin family chooses to bring charges (which is something I hope will happen if only for the sake of the national outrage, misplaced as it may be, against this trial).
Reed is right. This is insane. What's wrong with the country that a black teenage boy can't walk the streets safely without fearing being targeted by a non-black person with a gun? Can you imagine if the tables were turned? Try to imagine a bizarro situation where a white person in, say, Midtown Atlanta or East Atlanta or Grant Park was in fear of walking down the street because a black teenage boy might attack him with a gun. Ridiculous, isn't it?
Maybe Reed and other mayors can put their heads together and try to figure out what is behind this fear that a black teenager, walking through an affluent neighborhood in the evening, is up to criminal activity. I'm sure there are no real-life events that could be feeding this strange stereotype. Surely it's not something real. That's actually happening. In our city. That leaders aren't addressing effectively.
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