Serendipity SOUL | Sunday Open Thread

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JORDAN DAVIS!

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Our prayers to Lucia McBath and Ronald Davis.

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  13. Ametia says:

    Airing tonight a 7 pm on TNT

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  16. GrannyStandingforTruth says:

    I woke up pissed this morning and in the wrong frame of mind, but those pictures of all those kids have warmed my heart. All of them are so precious.

    • Ametia says:

      Granny, I’m beyond LIVID still after that verdict. The photos certainly do paint the TRUE REALITY of why these white men have lost their minds.

      • GrannyStandingforTruth says:

        I was thinking that they need to make a commercial out of those pictures and pictures like them.

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    Marcus Smart: Black Athletic Revolt
    By Eric Graham
    Updated: February 16, 2014

    Racism is not ended by being nice. Nice is an attitude. You could be nice to your slave. Racism is not an attitude; racism is about power.

    NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN) – In the midst of Jordan Davis murder case, where a 47 year old white male named Michael Dunn fired shots into a car killing a Black teenager allegedly over loud music in Jacksonville, Florida in broad daylight at a gas station in November 2012., I find it quite odd, especially with the anniversary OF Trayvon Martin’s death approaching, which his murderer George Zimmerman walked away a free man and was scheduled to fight in a celebrity boxing match with DMX, which was cancelled, that we could even debate why Oklahoma State’s Michael Smart would be shoving a Texas Tech fan, who allegedly called him a “Nigger,” “told him to go by to Africa, or even called him a ”piece of crap,” which he was suspended for three games.

    http://blackathlete.net/2014/02/marcus-smart-black-athletic-revolt/

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    Mikki Kendall @Karnythia
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    #DangerousBlackKids is about showing our humanity. Respectability has not saved us & will not save us. We’re all in this together.
    10:09 AM – 16 Feb 2014

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  27. Yahtc says:

    Amazing DISGrace, how Stand Your Ground,
    
Did save a wretch like DUNN!
    From count 1.

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    • Ametia says:

      Keep bringing it, Rikyrah. These Tweets & photos tell the whole story behind why the racist white men are KILLING our CHILDREN. God forbid, they should run for and be elected POTUS, like Barack Hussein Obama!

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    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
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    Stand Your Ground isn’t about self-defense. It’s a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card to hunt and kill Black people.
    10:12 AM – 15 Feb 2014

  36. rikyrah says:

    Josh Israel: Florida County Eliminates Minority-Heavy Polling Places

    On a party-line vote, a Florida county’s Republican majority Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to eliminate almost one-third of Manatee County’s voting sites. The board accepted a proposal by Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett (R) by a 6-1 vote to trim the number of precincts, despite unanimous public testimony against the move — and complaints by the lone Democratic Commissioner that it would eliminate half of the polling places in his heavily minority District 2.

    Bennett, in his first term as elections supervisor, proposed reducing the number of Manatee County precincts from 99 to 69. In 2011, while serving in the Florida Senate, he endorsed making it hard to vote: “I wouldn’t have any problem making it harder. I would want them to vote as badly as I want to vote. I want the people of the state of Florida to want to vote as bad as that person in Africa who’s willing to walk 200 miles…This should not be easy.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/02/11/3278101/florida-county-reduces-minority-precincts/

  37. rikyrah says:

    Margaret Morton: In My Eyes, Obamacare Literally Saved My Life

    I’m so thankful for being able to tell my story—I’ve cashed in all my karma chips and then some, and I work every day to earn more back. In my eyes, Obamacare literally saved my life. In 2011, I knew something was wrong. And when my neck swelled to the size of my collarbone, I knew something was very, very wrong. They caught the top of my tumor: It was non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The cough I had was the result of my lungs being strangled.

    Now, I was 22 when I started going to
    doctor after doctor. In May 2011, I turned 23—the age that I would have had to go off my parents’ health insurance plan. But luckily that was the year the Obamacare provision allowing children to stay on their parents’ plan until 26 went into effect. I’m in remission now. October was my two year anniversary. Right around then, my mother told me: “Somepeople are one-issue voters. Well, my issue is that my daughter
    wouldn’t be alive without Obamacare. The President saved her life.

    http://www.barackobama.com/news/margaret-affordable-care-act/?source=ssn_TW_ACA_20140214_CU_/margaret-affordable-care-act/_TW1&utm_medium=ssn&utm_source=TW&utm_campaign=ACA&utm_content=20140214_CU_/margaret-affordable-care-act/_TW1

  38. rikyrah says:

    SmartyPants: Jordan Davis And The Heritage Of Racism

    Those who didn’t watch the trial might not know that Dunn’s testimony was that he had a verbal altercation with Jordan and “thought” he saw a weapon. In response, he started shooting. As the car Jordan was in tried to flee, Dunn got out of his car and continued shooting at it, narrowly missing killing the driver. It was this latter shooting that the jury agreed was attempted murder.

    I join those who suggest that Dunn’s account of what happened between he and Jordan is simply not credible. Police found no gun in the car, no one but Dunn heard any threats from Jordan, Dunn fled the scene without calling the police and he didn’t say anything to his fiance about a gun over the next 24 hours as he tried to reassure her. But as I understand the law, the prosecutors had to prove – beyond a reasonable doubt – that Jordan did NOT have a gun. It is almost impossible to prove a negative. That, my friends, is the result of the odious and racist Stand Your Ground law

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/02/jordan-davis-and-heritage-of-racism.html

  39. rikyrah says:

    Joshua DuBois ✔ @joshuadubois
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    I want young black men to know: there is nothing wrong with you. You are worthy of protection. Of care. Of love and of life.
    6:47 PM – 15 Feb 2014

  40. Liza says:

    Happy Birthday, Jordan.

    I remember being 19. I was a freshman in college at Florida State University. Jordan wanted to join the military, and that is where he would be now, serving his country. Trayvon wanted a career in aviation and he would have been a freshman in college this year, perhaps at one of the state universities in southern Florida, close to home.

    The loss is so great that it cannot even be measured, it can only be imagined.

    God help us.

    This must end.

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  43. Ametia says:

    MALE panelist on MHP: ” I walk around in a BLACK male body in America, and that can get me KILLED.”

  44. rikyrah says:

    Happy Birthday Jordan.

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    Good Morning Everyone

  46. Yahtc says:

    Happy Birthday, Jordan.

    Sadly, you were born into a society that

    Still required your parents to give you “the Talk.”
    Still had too many people consider Black skin a crime.
    Still had LE and private citizens stereotyping and profiling Blacks.
    Still found store security following and keeping an eye on Blacks.
    Still stopped and frisked Blacks.
    Still handed down unequal justice for Blacks.
    Still tried to suppress the vote of Blacks.
    Still was full of hateful racists and White Supremacists.
    Still discriminated against Blacks in the workplace.
    Still had institutional racism present.
    Still had some LE who treated Blacks brutally.
    Still had Whites showing their fear of Blacks from clutching purses to complete avoidance.
    Still had racist hatred directed at Blacks.

    It is heartbreaking to know that in this atmosphere, you became one of the Black victims who have lost their lives.

    May you rest in peace and be in His loving arms.

  47. Yahtc says:

    I am sending my caring support and am praying for Lucia McBath and Ronald Davis on this day….Jordan’s birthday.

  48. Yahtc says:

    Please study these articles that I posted somewhere else on February 11. (Don’t just think about Marissa Alexander…..think of the sentencing for Dunn.)

    “NRA Lobbies To Expand Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law, as Shooter Stands Trial For Killing Jordan Davis”
    February 11, 2014

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/02/11/3273881/shooter-stands-trial-jacksonville-teens-shooting-death-nra-lobbying-expand-florida-stand-ground/

    Tuesday morning, the lawyer for Michael Dunn starts the first full day of his defense in the murder trial for his fatal shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, in what is likely the most prominent Florida Stand Your Ground case since Trayvon Martin. But while Dunn and his lawyer are invoking the language of the Stand Your Ground law to argue that he shot the seemingly unarmed teen in self-defense, a state Senate panel will take up a bill Tuesday morning to expand Florida’s already-expansive self-defense law.

    Florida’s Stand Your Ground law grants immunity from both criminal and civil charges to those who use deadly force anywhere they have a legal right to be without any duty to first attempt retreat, if they can show that they had a reasonable fear of imminent bodily harm or death. The law has been cited by many defendants who appear to have been exercising vigilantism — turning to their guns before first attempting to call the police or walk away. In Florida alone, at least 26 children and teens and 134 individuals overall have died in Stand Your Ground cases since the law’s passage. While moves to repeal failed in November, another bill to instead expand the law is advancing rapidly.
    The new bill has been dubbed a “warning shot” bill, and now a “threatened force” bill, and it would extend Stand Your Ground-like immunity from both criminal and civil charges to those who point a gun at an attacker or fire a gun as a self-defense threat or warning. The provision easily cleared a House committee in November, and will go before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday morning.

    In anticipation of the vote, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s “The Gun Writer” blog posted an item Tuesday that, verbatim, published a National Rifle Association press release on the bill and accompanying op-ed. The National Rifle Association and Republicans backing the bill are capitalizing on provisions that roll back the state’s mandatory minimum sentencing scheme, known as “10-20-life” to garner support. “People make mistakes and do irrational things when in fear of death or injury. That doesn’t mean they should go to prison for 20 years when there was no injury or harm done,” reads the re-posted op-ed by past NRA President Marion P. Hammer.

    What the NRA’s press release and op-ed don’t mention is that the bill doesn’t just remove mandatory minimum sentences for those who would be convicted of gun and violence-related crimes; it also removes all criminal and civil liability for those who successfully invoke the defense in as vague and sweeping a manner as the original Stand Your Ground law, potentially opening the door for more judicial rulings of the sort we have already seen that excuse fatal shootings of unarmed victims.

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