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  •  I think you described me and most of the kids (3+ / 0-)
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    I was in High School with, but I think you missed the mark with Trayvon.

    As for wanna-be-gangsters, those walk around carrying guns and engage in drive-by shootings/drive-by profiling.

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    by catilinus on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 10:17:53 AM PDT

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    •  I think she described me and my friends as well (3+ / 0-)
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      how is Trayvon somehow immune such ubiquitous teen behavior?  

      No one is saying he deserved to die for it but he doesn't need to be over-romanticized as some angelic waif drifting through life on clouds of sweet child-like innocence and boundless benevolent love for his fellow man.

      He was a teenager, like we all were.  

      ....and people that "walk around carrying guns and engaging in drive-by shootings" aren't "wanna-be-gangsters" they are violent criminals.  Anyone that engages in a drive-by shooting is a menace and should be incarcerated, not pitied.  There is no evidence Trayvon ever did this, he merely made pop-culturesque "gangsterish" references to himself.  ...like a lot of kids do...

      Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

      by Wisper on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 10:33:06 AM PDT

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      •  it's not criminal to be a wanna-be gangster (1+ / 0-)
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        or to imitate hip hop stars or play bad-ass rapper.

        it's not, but, if you find yourself in a dark dogwalk
        and you are being followed, you best know how to
        handle it.

        if you have a lead, use it.  

        if you have a phone call for help.

        if you a reasonable place of refuge, take it.

        if GZ had been a male rapist, would anyone have encouraged TM to face him down?  if GZ had been a robber, would anyone have encouraged him to face him down?

        Part of growing up is learning basic survival skills.

      •  I'd guess that something like 99% (1+ / 0-)
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        of teenagers today have had a pic taken of them holding up their fingers gangsta-style. It is an iconic pose. It means absolutely fucking nothing. But one pic like that posted to a Facebook page is enough to convince even people here that he was a "gangster wanna-be" and a "troubled youth". The only criminal activity this kid was involved in that Sunday night was aggravated WWB (walking while black).

      •  I was referring to Zimmerman when I (0+ / 0-)

        metnioned drive-by shootings & profilings.

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        by catilinus on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 05:53:49 AM PDT

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