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  •  False equivalency in this case is (11+ / 0-)

    offensive to me, the mother of a 19 year old black teen. He's a CHILD carrying candy and juice. He couldn't be more innocent and non threatening than that to me if he was 5 years old.

    The last thing I'm scared of is a 17 year old boy, no matter what race. He's MY kid, no matter who his actual parents are. If anything, I'd be trying to tell Trayvon to hurry up and get the fuck home because these racists are crazy out here. I'm afraid for HIM. HE'S the vulnerable one. I don't worry about what my son will do, I worry about what people THINK he's doing and how they'll react.

    My son is also a lighter shade of black skin so I think it makes him slightly safer but not that much. I still worry at night that the phone is gonna ring with terrible news...and this is long, long before Trayvon Martin was killed. I've seen a lot of young black kids die various ways. Lotta police bullets and escalated bullshit.

    I raised a nice kid. Doesn't matter. He could still get followed and lynched like this. I worried about him when he walked and now I worry about him driving.

    Matter of fact, this case should not only be sterilized of any false equivalency bullshit, it should be given extra fucking consideration for all the black mothers that suffer with death and fear of death for their children.

    "It's not enough to acknowledge privilege. You have to resist." -soothsayer

    by GenXangster on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 08:29:20 PM PDT

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    •  Hate to break it to you but plenty of 17 year olds (0+ / 0-)

      commit murder, robbery, assault, rape, and other crimes.

      Five year olds are far less likely to do such things.

      He's a CHILD carrying candy and juice. He couldn't be more innocent and non threatening than that to me if he was 5 years old.

      The last thing I'm scared of is a 17 year old boy, no matter what race.

      There are plenty of pretty scary 17 year olds, both white an black.  For example, the kid who shot the two British tourists in Florida was just 17.  If you met him on the street and weren't scared you were stupid.

      http://www.todayonline.com/...

      Jurors deliberated for about two hours before declaring Shawn Tyson, 17, guilty of two first-degree murder charges in the deaths of James Kouzaris, 24, and James Cooper, 25.

      The two were out drinking in Sarasota when they got lost and strayed into a rundown neighbourhood where Tyson lived.

      They were found shirtless and with their pants down - to prevent them from running away - and shot to death.

      ...

      Relating the friend's testimony, Mr Brodsky told the court: "The boys were crying, 'Please let me go home.' Instead, Tyson said: 'Since you ain't got no money, I got something for your a**', and began shooting."

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