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  •  Yet, the law still exists...why doesn't... (2+ / 0-)
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    kestrel9000, tikkun

    the Justice Department just step in now?  It appears that it is a hate crime in a Southern state with a corrupt police dept.

    •  The DOJ has already (6+ / 0-)

      stepped in.  Making the case for a hate crime isn't simple unless you have 50 witnesses agreeing that the perpetrator said:  "I'm going to kill you because you are a nigger, spic, chink, gook . . . ."  And all of them have it recorded on their cell phones.

      I have more confidence in investigators who are diligent and get their ducks lined up.  Unfortunately, the local police didn't have a micro-ounce of diligence.  A cop would have had his gun confiscated -- even in a clean shooting.

      Vi er alle norske " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 07:34:00 AM PDT

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      •  That would (0+ / 0-)

        infringe his second amendment rights and the NRA could sue the police department

      •  and Zimmerman's family and friends are saying (1+ / 0-)
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        he isn't racist because he's Hispanic... like that means that Hispanics can't be racists too.  Whatever.  

         I heard this morning on the radio that one of the Hispanic national groups said the same thing....they said that one minority can't be a racist against another minority....they are both minorities.    What??? WTH??

        •  Hogwash (2+ / 0-)
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          GoGoGoEverton, PavePusher

          And it's been known as hogwash for years.  

          To quote Tom Lehrer:

          "Oh, the white folks
          Hate the black folks,
          And the black folks
          Hate the white folks.
          All of my folks hate
          All of your folks...
          And everybody hates the Jews..."

          Racism is seen in our country as a white phenomenon:  white folks against Black, Latino, Asian, Jewish, Muslim... what have you.  But that does not mean that racism doesn't exist between Jews and Muslims, Black and Jews, Asians and Caucasians, Latinos and Blacks, etc.  I've had to deal with it in my own family, and we are minorities, too.  Painful -- you'd think we'd try to better, but that's not always the case.

          This Hispanic group would be much better off facing up to the fact that there are people in their ethnic group also that are looking for someone to feel bigger than, and blame their problems on.  

          Bullies have no ethnicity.

          "There isn't a way things should be. There's just what happens, and what we do." — Terry Pratchett (A Hat Full of Sky)

          by stormicats on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 10:37:29 AM PDT

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    •  Found this bit on TPM. (9+ / 0-)
      Minutes documenting a 2005 meeting from an old ALEC website provided to TPM by the Center for Media and Democracy and Common Cause show that Marion Hammer of the National Rifle Association (NRA) pitched model legislation to ALEC’s Criminal Justice Task Force. An old NRA update also documented the meeting. “Her talk was well-received, and the task force subsequently adopted the measure unanimously,” the NRA wrote in an Aug. 12, 2005 post on the NRA website.

      The Florida law at the center of Trayvon Martin’s killing was designed by ALEC and pushed by the NRA.

      Newt 2012. Sociopath, adulterer, hypocrite, Republican.

      by tikkun on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 07:36:55 AM PDT

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