Another Perspective on Soda and Skittles

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I still feel that the encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin could’ve been avoided if both men had avoided overreacting. I just found this interesting and confirms my suspicion that the prosecution insisted on calling Martin a child – in order to further hide something about his background. I had no idea about this until I stumbled across this article…. although I saw the images on Facebook yesterday but didn’t look to see what they were about…

This is an excerpt from a new article about the Norfolk VA NAACP area president — check out the excerpt and then I suggest you read the full article —

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Despite the efforts of prosecutors and activists to keep a lid on the troubled criminal past of Trayvon, his involvement with drugs and such is becoming increasingly well known.

Twitter, Facebook, and toxicology tests have established Trayvon’s long and enthusiastic acquaintance with marijuana and codeine. Says Jack Cashill over at American Thinker:

Trayvon, in fact, had become a devotee of the druggy concoction known as “Lean,” also known in southern hip-hop culture as “Sizzurp” and “Purple Drank.” Lean consists of three basic ingredients – codeine, a soft drink, and candy. If his Facebook postings are to be believed, Trayvon had been using Lean since at least June 2011.

On June 27, 2011, Trayvon asks a friend online, “unow a connect for codien?” He tells the friend that “robitussin nd soda” could make “some fire a** lean.” He says, “I had it before” and that he wants “to make some more.” On the night of February 26, if there was some Robitussin at home, Trayvon had just bought some mixings for one “fire a** lean” cocktail.

Mixing codeine and fruit juice is a popular topic with rap stars, including one of the biggest of all, Li’l Wayne.

The Daily Mail over in London did a wrap up story about how Trayvon was suspended from school three times for fighting, drug abuse, and vandalism.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/07/naacp-spokesman-trayvons-past-shaky/#ofv4fVk6UJkKsaQS.99

I found the image on Google Images — http://youviewedblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/wpid-purple-drank-ingredients.jpg

When Is Something Positive Going to Bring People Together

I think this is a legitimate question — when is someone going to do something positive in reaction to the Zimmerman verdict? There are plenty of people stirring up anger, fear, and hatred. But none of that is helping. In this age of instant gratification – it may help in the moment. But it is way past time for this country to find a way to come together and find a way for everyone to live in this country together.

First and foremost – NO one is better than the other person. That’s right – I don’t care if you are a single parent struggling to put food on the table or the CEO of a Fortune 100 company – you are NOT better than another person. I have met people who appear to be broke and live in very difficult situations – but they are some of the kindest and most giving people I’ve ever met. On the other hand – I’ve met people who have a huge bank account and are “rocket scientists” – and they were far less positive, willing to cheat and steal and I wouldn’t trust them to watch my cats.

Many things make NO difference in how important you are – here are a few examples

  • Your appearance
  • Your weight
  • Your education
  • Your bank account
  • Your race or ethnicity
  • Your job
  • Your family heritage

These are just a few examples. But the list could go on and on.

When you eliminate all these things – we are all humans, we all have problems, are susceptible to illness and disease and we could all die at any moment.

So – very simply – “GET OVER YOURSELF”

Next – degrading, insulting and otherwise putting down another person does NOT make you better than them. Very simply, it makes you look 51stupid and insecure. Again – GET OVER YOURSELF.

When and if a person takes the time to dig into another person’s situation – there can be many reasons for their life situation. That brings us to the next issue. Everyone has difficulties – the other person likely has very different issues in their life, but everyone has something they have to work with and struggle with in their lives. It can be something very obvious or it may be something that another person cannot see, but we all have some kind of struggles. These issues may be things we just accept as part of life or they may be things we let keep us down.

Its also often been said that we do not know the other person’s life or issues because we haven’t walked in their shoes. This is very true and a reason why – as a human being, imagine if we met people and treated them as an equal and treated them with compassion? Then, what if other people treated us the same way? Can you even imagine the difference that would make in our world. Even if half the people in the world followed the “Golden Rule” – it is amazing how different things would be.

We’re all familiar with the daily issues that make life difficult and cause friction among people. The fallout from the Zimmerman trial is why I just had to get this off my chest. So many people looking for reasons to be mad, looking for reasons to hate other people.

I tell you a couple of simple things I try to do –

I do not pre-judge people — I make the effort to get to know them and then I am qualified to draw my own conclusions based on what I personally see.

I do not assume good or especially bad things about a person. Again, I get to know them and I don’t start out thinking they are bad or will treat me badly because of what anyone else has done. That can include people who have friends or family who were bad to me – and certainly includes people of any race or ethnicity. I don’t know about you – but I’ve had people of all races and ethnicity that were good to me and others that were bad to me – but that does NOT mean everyone in this “group” are good or bad. This is one of the awesome benefits of not pre-judging or assuming people are going to do something bad to me. I can’t stand when people do that to me and I work hard not to do it to other people.

That reminds me of something I used to say when I worked as the Customer Service person in one of my jobs. Callers would often get a horrible attitude with me within minutes of me answering the phone. And far too many talked to me like I was stupid. So – I would try to wait for an opening and address them politely and then say, “I’m more than willing to help you with your problem, but can you give me the benefit of the doubt and don’t treat me like I’m stupid until I do something to prove I don’t know what I’m doing?” That usually caught them off guard and gave me a chance to get the information I actually needed to help them.

The same applies when you meet another person – you will be amazed how much happier you can be and how much less stress you can have in your life – if you don’t assume that every person is looking for ways to be mean to you. Because very likely – that is not the case. IF you find that is the case – it would be very good to take a close look at how you act and talk to people – you could be driving people away and not even realize it, but that’s a topic for another time.

Just my thoughts and I feel a little better – now that I got them off my mind… I hope that some small part of what I said can help even one person be a bit happier…

A Great Perspective on Zimmerman Verdict

Slate has an interesting perspective on the George Zimmerman trial verdict and fallout —

….  The problem at the core of this case wasn’t race or guns. The problem was assumption, misperception, and overreaction. And that cycle hasn’t ended with the verdict. It has escalated.

I almost joined the frenzy. Yesterday I was going to write that Zimmerman pursued Martin against police instructions and illustrated the perils of racial profiling. But I hadn’t followed the case in detail. So I sat down and watched the closing arguments: nearly seven hours of video in which the prosecution and defense went point by point through the evidence as it had been hashed out at the trial. Based on what I learned from the videos, I did some further reading….

Read More Here – http://mobile.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/frame_game/2013/07/trayvon_martin_verdict_racism_hate_crimes_prosecution_and_other_overreactions.html

 

Cracker Being Used as a Historic Tribute?

There are times you hear something and you immediately think – you can’t make this stuff up. This is one of those times…

All evening – there have been various reports from the George Zimmerman trial and the hard to forget witness Rachel Jeantel. A series of posts could be written about the concerns prompted by watching this young woman in news clips for 2 days. But that’s a very different issue.

The defense is focusing on her comment that Trayvon Martin called George Zimmerman – a Creepy Ass Cracker. After all the uproar about Paula Deen over the last week about using the N word – which I consider a word that needs to be eliminated from the English language, by all types of people. But – a person is now called a creepy ass cracker and we’re supposed to believe its being used in this instance as a historic reference. Seriously????

Well all I can say is that whatever person in the prosecuter’s office found that information should get a raise. Unbelievable….

Here is an article about that… feel free to share your thoughts below.

Lib Tool Tommy Christopher: Trayvon Martin Calling Zimmerman A “Cracker” Isn’t Racist, He Was Complimenting Florida’s Cowboy History…

That’s right, Tommy “Sexy Beast” Christopher, who thinks everything is racist, wants us to believe Trayvon Martin calling Zimmerman a “creepy-ass cracker” is his way of paying tribute to Florida’s rich cowboy history.

‘Cracker’ Means Something Entirely Different In Florida: A Source Of ‘Pride’ — Tommy Christopher, Mediaite

At the merciful close of key prosecution witnessRachel Jeantel‘s testimony in the trial ofGeorge Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin, defense attorney Don West asked Ms. Jeantel to describe the “culture” that she said uses the word “cracker” to describe white people. “The area I was raised in?” Jeantel asked, to which West replied “Yes.”

As it turns out, in the area in which Rachel Jeantel was raised, the word “cracker” isn’t a racial slur at all, but rather, a proud nod to the region’s history, and one’s own ancestry.

A whole mess of white people like to get worked up about the word “cracker,” some in the mistaken belief that this will somehow result in permission to use the n-word. Here’s a secret for you: you don’t need permission. This is America, go ahead and say it, and in the process, you’ll find out if “cracker” and the n-word are really the same thing.

Some of that worked-upedness has occurred over Rachel Jeantel’s revelation that Trayvon Martin referred to his eventual killer, George Zimmerman, as a “creepy-ass cracker,” which the Zimmerman defense has tried to capitalize on as a sign of racial animus on Mr. Martin’s part. Jeantel denied that there was anything racial about the comment, which many found strange. The term is, indeed, a somewhat derogatory term for white people. However, in Florida, the word “cracker” is anything but.

Many years ago, during a visit to Orlando’s Gatorland, one of the trainers regaled the group of tourists I was with by explaining the origins of the word “cracker” as a description of Floridians of pre-Civil War ancestry. He explained that Florida cowboys used whips to herd cattle, and to scare away gators, and were called “crackers” because of the sound of their incessant whip-cracking. He also explained that although the term is derogatory in much of the country, in Florida, it’s a source of pride.

Why would Mediaite publish Sexy Beast’s post? Maybe they like being the laughingstock of the internet.

Read more at http://weaselzippers.us/

Originally posted at – http://gopthedailydose.com/2013/06/28/lib-tool-tommy-christopher-trayvon-martin-calling-zimmerman-a-cracker-isnt-racist-he-was-complimenting-floridas-cowboy-history/