We shall overcome

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Good evening:

Crane and I were gone most of the day. Since we returned, we have been reading and talking about the awakening and renewed commitment to seek justice inspired by the shocking injustice in Kendrick Johnson’s case that so many of you have so clearly expressed.

We feel the same way and we intend to use this blog to not only seek justice for Trayvon, but to seek it for Jordan Davis, Kendrick Johnson, their grieving families and everyone else who has been denied their inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in a just and color blind society. Justice for Trayvon is the name and symbol of our quest.

In a comment this afternoon, Mary Davis said,

I know what happened in Trayvon’s case knocked the sails out of us, but we can’t stop now.

She is right and her comment got me thinking.

This is my answer.

The result in Trayvon’s case disappointed me, but it did not knock the sails out of me.

I have learned how to be patient doing death penalty work. In the Darrold Stenson case, for example, where material exculpatory evidence was withheld by the prosecution from me (I was defense counsel) resulting in a guilty verdict and a death sentence, the Washington State Supreme Court finally agreed with our argument and reversed the conviction and death sentence in the spring of 2012. The sentence was imposed in 1994, so justice took 18 years.

I am convinced that something far bigger than ourselves is dictating the direction and pace of events. Racism, corruption and injustice are rampant. Innocent people are being murdered and the perpetrators are not being held accountable.

Necessary change must happen but it cannot happen all at once.

Justice for Trayvon must necessarily be sought outside the legal system because the Double Jeopardy Clause prohibits a retrial and the prosecution is not going to appeal a case that it did not intend to win and cannot retry.

Justice for Trayvon will be found in the court of public opinion. I think this week’s episode of South Park capitalized on widespread interest in the case and the pervasive belief that George Zimmerman got away with murder. He did much to hang himself after the acquittal by swaggering around like the cowardly bully that he is. Result: he was portrayed as the government’s go-to weapon when it wants to silence a black troublemaker because he’s an expert at murdering black kids and getting away with it. However, he killed a white kid disguised in black face, so he was summarily executed in the electric chair.

Rather than offend our national sense of justice, which would have been the case if a majority of Americans believed he was a hero for defending himself against a crazed black thug who attempted to kill him, most people understood that the result of his trial would have been different if Trayvon were a white kid and they laughed at his execution on South Park.

I don’t believe anyone needed to have that explained to them.

I believe the only people who were offended by the show are the white right wing racists that make up the right wing hate machine.

I don’t know how the writers managed to pull that off in a nation of people shocked, dismayed, and still grieving about the injustice of the verdict, but they did.

And they mocked George Zimmerman and got us to laugh at him.

Nothing will bring back Trayvon Martin. I think a nation shocked by Trayvon’s death, the injustice of the verdict, and thoroughly disgusted with George Zimmerman is actually a better result than a conviction and life sentence.

George Zimmerman’s life will be a living hell, which is his just reward

Now we are witnessing a call for help to right a wrong in Valdosta, Georgia. Word is spreading like wildfire through the power of instant communication via the internet to reopen the investigation into Kendrick Johnson’s suspicious death. Experts in death investigation and forensics are stepping forward and speaking out. They are identifying the problems with the investigation and calling his death a homicide.

The cover-up is falling apart exposing yet another corrupt and incompetent local police department (the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office) and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which conducted the autopsy and reached the utterly ridiculous and indefensible conclusion that his death was accidental due to positional asphyxiation.

Unfortunately, during the long course of human history, most people have been far too willing to accept corruption and injustice as just the way it is, even when they, or someone they know, have been victimized. They felt too isolated and powerless to fight back. For example, more than 80 innocent defendants pled guilty to felonies they did not commit during the late 1990s and agreed to serve lengthy prison sentences without complaint. Every one of them was framed by corrupt members of the out-of-control Ramparts Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. At least one of them sustained multiple gunshot wounds for allegedly resisting arrest even though he submitted to arrest.

The horrible story unravelled when one of the rogue police officers was arrested for possessing cocaine in his locker. He snitched on his fellow officers in exchange for favorable treatment. Eventually the truth was revealed and all of the wrongful convictions were set aside.

Even though they were represented by counsel, not one of the more than 80 innocent defendants believed he had a realistic chance to be acquitted and not one of them was even willing to go to trial.

Tragically, corruption and injustice tend to thrive and be tolerated until some terrible tragedy occurs that so offends people that they finally say enough is enough.

George Zimmerman’s cold blooded execution of an innocent and unarmed Trayvon Martin screaming for help and his mother and begging for his life was such a tragedy. People all over the world were shocked and horrified. It brought us together here and it brought many others together at other sites. All of us watched the trial and we ultimately saw through the pretense of a serious prosecution. We have been changed forever by that experience.

Nine months after Zimmerman murdered Trayvon, we were horrified again when Michael Dunn murdered Jordan Davis at a gas station because Jordan refused to turn down the music he was listening to and did not show Dunn enough respect. Ironically, Dunn will be prosecuted by Angela Corey, the State Attorney who oversaw the failed prosecution of George Zimmerman and expressed satisfaction with the result.

We will be watching that trial and calling her out every time she fails to do something she should have done or does something she should not have done. I and others like me who are experienced trial lawyers will be watching every move she makes. She has a lot to prove and everything to lose. She will not get away with another lackluster effort to create the appearance of justice. We will call her out, if she allows another racist right wing nutcase like B-37 to get on the jury. We’ve seen the movie and we are familiar with the script. Never again.

And now we have Kendrick Johnson’s shocking case to grab our attention and galvanize us back into action.

Nothing will ever change unless we take action and make things change. Unfortunately, humans have to be shocked out of their generally passive and accepting everyday lives before they will come together, focus on solving a problem, and take action to git ‘r done. These three horrific cases are waking us up to what we must do to reclaim our inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in a just and color blind society. We cannot ignore these tragedies. We cannot shrug our shoulders and turn our backs on Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Kendrick Johnson and their grieving families because those three beautiful, young, and innocent children could just have easily been our children or even ourselves.

Justice for Trayvon is justice for everyone and we now have three crystal clear examples that racism is alive and well in this country and our criminal justice system is aiding and abetting it rather than producing just results.

I could no more ignore the message conveyed by these three tragedies than stop breathing.

By working together using the power of the internet to communicate, we can and we will make the mountains tremble.

90 Responses to We shall overcome

  1. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    “Kendrick Johnson not alone in gym before death”
    Posted: Oct 18, 2013 11:38 PM EDT

    LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (CNN) – New information as surfaced in the case of the Georgia teen found dead in a rolled-up gym at school.

    Investigators previously released surveillance video showing 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson – apparently alone – inside the school gymnasium on the day his body was later found.
    Now school officials say other students were also in the area that day.

    An attorney for the school tells CNN that additional surveillance video shows other students in the gym around the time Kendrick walked in.

    The video is not being given to the media because officials don’t have consent for the additional minors seen in it.

    Whether or not this new information will have any bearing on investigators’ previous finding that Kendrick’s death was an accident remains to be seen.

    http://www.wdam.com/story/23733288/kendrick-johnson-not-alone-in-gym-before-death

  2. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    Update:

    “NAACP To Call On Justice Department To Investigate Kendrick Johnson’s Death”

    http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Kendrick-Johnson-Death-210482521.html?ref=521

  3. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    This comment was posted under an article that I have linked below:

    Lee · 23 weeks ago

    I am a student at Lowndes high. I was friends with KJ. When he was found the corner was not called to the scene. The administrative staff will not let any info out to the students or family. They are hiding something. Why else would the video footage not be allowed to be seen?

    And why are they getting the old gym( where the “accident” occurred) tore down. Many other things don’t add up to be “just an accident”.

    I am a white female. I am no where near racist and neither is his family and friends. We all (black, white, Mexican, girl, boy, woman, man…) WE ALL WANT JUSTICE! This isn’t a matter of race this is a matter of authorities thinking they can hide information from others and get away with it. This is about a family not getting the answers they need to properly grieve the death of their son. This is about the fact no one in power can be trusted. This is not about race. NO JUSTICE NO PEACE.

    http://spartandaily.com/104315/what-happened-to-kendrick-johnson

  4. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    Background on Valdosta:

  5. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    Research paper on racism in Valdosta:

    Change and hearing talk of deeply ingrained racism maintained by an influential, white. “good ole boys network,” I began my research in Valdosta

    http://etd.fcla.edu/UF/UFE0007023/lavelle_k.pdf

  6. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    Here is what a poster named JChambers wrote at this site:

    http://niketalk.com/t/532737/something-isnt-right-about-kendrick-johnson-death/210

    I just didn’t base my theory as to what happened off that 1 article. I’ve been reading several articles on this case and about the city. Some of the things I found I posted to support what i was saying. 30 people have died in the Lowndes county jail since 1997. Other deaths were ruled suicides. Family of these people believe they were killed due to a number of reasons that could have been prevented. Some people believe their family members were murdered by police in that jail. I posted a link to a video where a guy was talking about how badly he was treated in that jail. No one was ever charged with any deaths in that jail. A Street there is named plantation drive, A couple other places have the name plantation in them too. The African American community wants them changed but the city won’t change them. There is a park there named after a slave owner and African Americans have complained about it yet the city still won’t change the name. smh Racism is alive and well in that community.

    Also Kendrick Johnson’s friends think they know who killed him.

    They said the night before he went missing that Kendrick was involved in a altercation with the sheriff’s son. They think the sheriff’s son has something to do with it and that is why the sheriff did the autopsy his self to cover up for his son.

    The sheriff said there was no signs of struggle or no cuts or bruises. The photo’s of Kendrick’s body show he has bruises and lacerations on his body. How did the sheriff miss them?

    So when I say I feel like the sheriff is covering his death up that is why I come to that conclusion. Is it about race? maybe but it could be about anything. The facts do show that the Sheriff broke the law when he didn’t call the coroner to do the autopsy and that’s a fact! The sheriff did a few things wrong in this case besides that too and that’s is a fact!

  7. MDH says:

    That is an interesting article.

    There is a teachable moment about her argument that students not being able to have an Anglo-Saxon culture club being reverse racism.

    I submit that two countries that I have visited – Jamaica and Kenya – are more “Anglo-Saxon” culturally than what is considered “White America”.

    Where in “White America” can one find Ox tail or porridge on the menu?

    Where in “White America” can one turn on a TV news and have the announcer speaking perfect Kings English?

    This leads to my point which is best expressed by this excerpt from one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century:

    “Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war and until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality, will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained… now everywhere is war.”

    Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia

    The part about a man’s skin being of not more significance that the color of his eyes is short, simple and sweet.

    Attaching culture to superficial human features is an idiocy that has led to the death and misery of millions.

    • You all have thoughtful comments says:

      MDH,

      I do not think that the author’s argument of reverse racism is valid.

      We live in a society that is embedded with white supremacy due to the white power and structure systems.

      When one is a minority in such a country’s or school’ s setting, it is important for members of that society to come together in a group or club to provide each other with support and to have a “lobby” voice in the affairs affecting themselves.

      (I actually only provided the link for that article because I knew it was important to show the source of where I obtained the quote above about Valdosta. It was a Southerner’s inside revelation about Valdosta.)

      • You all have thoughtful comments says:

        Correction

        Change “members of that SOCIETY” to “members of that MINORITY”

      • MDH says:

        Still, the article points to a mindset that is instilled with “white supremacy” and not aware of it.

        In a society wherein being “white” had no significance there would be no reverse racism in an Anglo Saxon cultural club because skin color would not be a factor – as logic would dictate.

        Her argument about beauty contests also avoids how “white standards” are applied to a contest wherein people of color can join. Black Americans have a legitimate culture and standards of beauty that are dismissed by white society. Forcing them to fit an arbitrary norm set forth by whites leads to self image problems that need not be. For example, skin bleaching is rampant in Africa.

        I am not saying that crossing cultures is a bad thing. For example, Chinese and French women have taken up Sabar dancing.

        • MDH says:

          In Senegal:

          These days, the men get in on the fun. One time, when we were leaving the Verizon Center, my daughters did some moves for the crowd in front of a group of street drummers. Smiles on all the faces. This world is so much better when love and fun replace hate and misery.

        • You all have thoughtful comments says:

          Black Americans have a legitimate culture and standards of beauty that are dismissed by white society. Forcing them to fit an arbitrary norm set forth by whites leads to self image problems that need not be. (comment by MDH)

          Yes.

          TV news anchor Rochelle Richie has said,

          “When I started in TV, I was told I needed to get extensions so I did and I began to almost immediately move up the TV ladder.

          And, for six years I faithfully wore extensions and wigs.

          But, like these women, I was tired of the damage being done to my real hair….and I began to lose it.” It was at that point that she started wearing her hair natural.

      • You all have thoughtful comments says:

        Also, here is what James Baldwin said in this interview (that I will post under the excerpt that I have transcribed):

        >DR. TEBEAU: It seems to me also, that while you are asking White people to change their estimate of Negro, to raise their estimate Negro, you are also saying to the Negro he ought to do something to raise his estimate of himself. Isn’t that true?

        BALDWIN: It’s one of the great problems, let me put it this way, of being an American Negro in the first place: That you are taught…. really the entire weight of the Republic teaches you to despise yourself. All the standards….when you open your eyes on the world and look out at it….there is nothing reflecting you. As far as we can tell, for example, from television programs, there are no Negroes in the country at all…or almost all the Hollywood productions. The country has arbitrarily declared that kinky hair and dark skin, wide nose, big lips, is a hideous thing to be afflicted with.

        Now the Negro parent, in this case, say I am the Negro parent in this case, has used everything he can find to counteract the Republic’s attempt to diminish this child. And, it is inevitable then, by the time the boy or becomes twenty or a girl becomes twenty, they are in a great battle inside to release themselves from what the country calls them. Do you see?

        Now this estimate of ones self is a very difficult thing, you know, to change. But, this is part of the battle, one has got to do that.

        • You all have thoughtful comments says:

          Tim Wise wrote of this interview:

          A fascinating interview with James Baldwin, fifty years ago, discussing race in America. As with all Baldwin interviews, this one too is amazing for how much of his analysis about the nation’s predicament — and the system of white supremacy — remains pertinent TODAY, despite the end of formal and legal segregation.

          * >>>>And the white denial and ignorance on display, particularly from the panelists, is as stunning as ever…<<<< *

  8. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    from this article by a Southerner

    This brings me to another point. Deep South isn’t so much a geographical region as it is a distinct culture.

    There’s an old saying that states you can’t go any farther South than Valdosta, Georgia without taking a right and heading west into Alabama.

    This, of course, refers to the culture, and not to geographical locations.

    http://habee.hubpages.com/hub/Racism-Racial-Discrimination-and-Reverse-Racism-in-the-Deep-South

    • Lynn says:

      “While most of South Florida isn’t part of the Deep South culturally, most of North Florida certainly is.”

      So true. Many times I hear in Jacksonville, “Well, it’s like we’re really South Georgia.”

      The saying goes…The further North you go in Florida the more Southern it gets.

  9. bettykath says:

    Excellent post. Been traveling. Trying to catch up.

  10. colin black says:

    Hello Ed Nelson I managed to dechypernyour reply to my post .

    Sorry it took me so long not os oquick on the uptake thease days .

    You thought it was to long.

    And also thought Freds article was also to long..And you thought Trained Observer was trashing you for having that opinion,
    When in fact he wasn’t.

    He was simply pointing your missuse of the word poor .

    Poor means lack of recourses food money shit ect.

    When what you meant to convay was pore not pore as in the kind that we sweat an our body breathes through

    No you meant pore as in haveing to read through lots an lots of words or when ones prepping for an exam one must pore through texts an papers an try to remember weather is elemental pheononema or wether it could mean some thing different used in a less temprate mannars

    Manor could be a house inhabited by a sigle lone mouse infected with a solitary tick .A Louse .

    An in case this refrain used by the trained observered didn’t enter your brain wich sounds like a disturbed domain .

    He used the word Spore so you realise that’s how you pronounce the word spore.

    An you took this to being trashed by a fellow poster.
    When he was simply pointing out your folly .

    An having read what you’ve said Ed you don’t strike me as the type that requires assistance from anyone in cyber land the magi cal mystery webb.

    Or in real life or anywhere in getting trashed.

    So if you have managed to PORE through this walllpaperhanging answer to your reply or more apt insult to my to long post an to be fair you called it BS .

    An even as a Scot I know what that means we got coulour tv an every thing up here now whats that I hear another word that can make one think of one thing then its another I swear to you my Mother took me to a resteraunt an when given the menu ,

    Asked in a voice Id never heard before later learned it was posh stroke telephone voice .4ew .I was seven,

    It was some swanky hotel the Caledonian

    Her boss had sevral hight tail bespoke tailor shops a Loveley Loveley Jewish Family an rich his wife was a Beutifull renkowned Operatic Singerr.

    Every Year they took us out to a slap up meal I know they don’t do Christmas but it was always the 23 December.

    An every year my Mother would order …What to me sounded like horses doofers .

    Any way I d have whatever udealy no starter ? to me a meal started when the chips an steak arrive w t f was a prawn cock tail./

    But horses doovers all them years an never once did they embareses her or belittle her.

    An they must have told the waiters as well. .

    Mind you She was there absolutely no one best seamstress sticher with thread an needle or machine.

    Guilty of it myself for years I though Lame you now that band A B C think they had one hit wonders guy always wore a gold lame jacket.

    I honestly thought you pronounced it lame as in this is a lame story or te athletes pulled up limping he looks lame get it?

    As opposed to lameee…

    Easy mistake to make right

    An even funny how I was corrected by a former girlfriend talking about A B C an the lead singer an did I remember him.

    Of course says I how could I forget he always wore that LAME Jacket.

    She says oh shut up I love lammee I have a lame bag an a lammee skirt..

    An I looked at her like a stunned mullet.

    She said what s up whith you
    An I told her I thought it was prounounced lame an not lammee.

    An you no what Ed I didn’t think she was Trashing me I thought an knew she was educating my thick Scots numbskull an I was thankffjull for learning something new at least new to moi.

    So I think you oh Trained Obseverver an apoligy for falcely acusing him of Trashing you.

    And instead thank him for pointing out you error in spelling grammer and gastrononamy .

    And if you think my posts are exceedingly long and BS

    Doesent that kind off make you a moron for poreing over them .

    Or are you a machotistic reader of BS Posts is so enjoy or just long posts if so enjoy an notice in no way an no hoh have I dderided you or your writing or your posts.

    Only yours mistaken belief a fellow poster was putting you down.

    You saw a negative where only a positive was offered.

    You see hate when lo e is offered your susspious were others are open .

    You are what you think .

    An as this is whats present in you Ed you think everyones the same Ed an its not so.

    We are not what we think we are.
    We are what we think.

    Love you Bro…

    An if this post aint long enough to royally piss you off I still Love you Ed

    Don’t get 2 excited not In a Gay way but in A way weigh whey

    walpaperway

    ed nelson says:

    October 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Colin… like I said to another blogger, and got trashed for my efforts, think about the idea… of making short ones… think!

    Think, weather you would have the time to read your comments!

    Not likely, too much of your time is in sending BS, that dont leave much time do it?

    Reply

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  11. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/402036/28/Family-Kendrick-Johnsons-organs-replaced-with-newspaper

    You will find a news report video at this link.

    The clothes that Kendrick had been wearing that day are mysteriously missing after initial investigation.

  12. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    “VOICES OF VICTIMS” By BYRD with Rickelle

    Published on Jan 13, 2013 by #Byrd’sEyeView @EntMe_Byrd

    May God bless all the familes vicitims of a murder of any kind! Our hearts go out to you all.

    This is especially for the families in my city of Valdosta GA!!

    Kendrick Johnson, Juan Gatti, Pierre Bradley, Rocky, Sidney Bivins, Steven Jones, Jasmine Benjamin, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Robert Champion

  13. ay2z says:

    Good Day al, Happy Thanksgiving to those ‘early birds’ north of the 49th. (our harvest is a bit earlier than farther south)

    I can’t read so easily now, but for the first time in so long, I have actually seen the moon clearly!! I twas awesome!

    Prof, I read your Nobel Prize article, and to answer your questio, a resounding yes! Unsung heros on an important task that needs the publicity also, for their critical work.

    (I did post that morning, would have surely been uno too, but the comment, link and quotes disappeared by my ‘mis-step’ on the keyboard. Vamoose, gone.

  14. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    “Police: Ga. Teen Dies After Getting Stuck Upside-Down Inside Wrestling Mat”

    January 16, 2013 10:30 AM
    Excerpt:

    Authorities will continue to interview students and friends.

    Where are those interviews?? Who was interviewed? Did they interview students who were close friends of KJ?

    Did they interview Sheriff Prine’s son?

    http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2013/01/16/police-ga-teen-dies-after-getting-stuck-upside-down-inside-wrestling-mat/

  15. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    Rage can be re-channelled as fuel to stand up, speak out, and demand justice.

    Published Youtube on Oct 7, 2013 by The Strivers Row

    Zora Howard performing “Rage” live at the “Anthology” show. Recorded live at Stage 48.

  16. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    “Kendrick Johnson’s birthday remembered by family and friends”

    Posted: 12:55 PM
    By: Amanda Stone, HLNtv.com

    (HLNtv.com) — Loved ones remember Kendrick Johnson as a quiet boy who loved sports and had plans to go to college and play football after he graduated from high school. His family celebrated what would have been his 18th birthday Thursday with one person noticeably absent from the occasion — Kendrick, whose life was cut short this year.

    “I walked into his room and I kissed his picture and said, ‘Happy birthday, Kendrick,’ ” said his father, Kenneth Johnson. “His dreams, memories, will always be with us. They will never leave.”
    The 17-year-old’s body was found inside a wrestling mat in January at Lowndes County High School in Valdosta, Georgia. Investigators say he had crawled into the mat to retrieve a sneaker and accidentally suffocated. His parents, however, believe foul play was involved. They exhumed his body in June and had an independent autopsy performed, which concluded that the teen died as a result of an “unexplained, apparent non-accidental, blunt force trauma.”

    Kendrick, who was born on October 10, 1995, had a deep passion for sports. A sophomore, he ran track and was a member of the Lowndes County High School basketball and football teams. Kendrick had dreams of continuing his athletic career after graduation, said a friend who spoke with HLN affiliate WTXL at his funeral in January.

    “It was just two weeks ago when we were all talking at McDonald’s about what we were going to do when we grow up, and he was saying he wanted to go to college and play football,” Mark Loveday told WTXL.

    “Red and black — those were his favorite colors,” another friend, Kedrick Clemons, told WTXL in January. Many who attended the funeral honored Kendrick by wearing those two colors.

    “He was just someone that every parent all over the world would want to have a son like Kendrick,” Kenneth Johnson told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Friday. “Kendrick was a great boy. He had good manners. He never got in trouble — not even once — with the law. He just was a nice child. Everyone would like to have a son like Kendrick.”

    “He was fun, he was an athlete, he was a jokester, he was the life of our house,” his mom, Jacquelyn Johnson, told CNN.
    In a video posted to YouTube, a classmate describes seeing kids running at the school the day Kendrick’s body was found.

    “I just stood there. I didn’t know to cry or be mad. It was like someone just slapped me in my face. It felt like I just got shot in my heart,” the girl, who introduced herself as Amara, said in the video. “K.J. was a beautiful little ball of joy. He always had a smile on his face. He always made everyone smile. He never talked about anyone.”

    She went on to describe Kendrick as not “just any random person. K.J. was a best friend, a brother, a cousin, a son … we’re going to get justice for you, K.J.”

    His parents have echoed the sentiment, saying they won’t give up on their youngest son until they find out what happened to him. On what would have been his 18th birthday, they asked the high school to give them a special gift: the surveillance video shot in the gym the day Kendrick died.

    The local sheriff has told CNN that the case is closed, so the Johnson family says the next step to further the investigation of Kendrick’s death is through a coroner’s inquest. This process involves a panel reviewing evidence and testimony, then deciding on a cause of death. The family plans to file a lawsuit as early as this week to force the district attorney to order such an inquest.
    “If it takes me until I die, I will fight until I die,” Kenneth Johnson told CNN in September. In a separate interview, he said, “No matter who you are, how much money your parents have, the color of your skin, everyone deserves justice.”

    Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/national/kendrick-johnsons-birthday-remembered-by-family-and-friends#ixzz2hirJY0i8

  17. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    “Kendrick Johnson’s parents talk to 11Alive”
    11:06 AM, Oct 14, 2013

    Excerpt:

    (WXIA) — Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson are fighting to find out exactly what happened to their son Kendrick.

    The 17-year-old student-athlete was found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at Lowndes High School in Valdosta earlier this year.

    Kendrick’s parents and their attorney C.B. King spoke exclusively to 11Alive News Monday morning. Contrary to the investigation, they believe the teen’s death was no accident.

    ……..a second autopsy ordered by Kendrick’s parents determined he was killed by blunt force trauma to the neck. Attorney King said an EMT at the scene noticed a neck injury on the teen’s body.

    “We’ve got a wealth of evidence that requires that this case be reopened,” King said.

    See video of interview at the following link:

    http://www.11alive.com/news/article/309730/40/Kendrick-Johnsons-parents-talk-to-11Alive

  18. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    Why is there no picture of the other end of this rolled up mat. They only release this photo with Kendrick’s feet showing.

    Many have said that his shoulders could not have fit in the small space inside the rolled up mat.

  19. J4TMinATL says:

    One of your best pieces Prof!

  20. breelee says:

    I pray that the murderer/murderers and cover-up players, don’t try to ruin this wonderful young mans reputation like they tried to do to Trayvon. Like Sabrina and Tracy, KJ’s parents don’t deserve to suffer any more than they already are. Losing a child to murder, then having your child smeared in public, has got to be one of the worst things to ever happen to a parent.

    I for one, do NOT want to hear what this young man posted on FB, tweeted or had pictures of on his phone. I DONT CARE!!! He didn’t deserve to die, period!!

  21. Malisha says:

    PREDICTION: On November 14, 2013 Fogen will come to grief.

  22. Two sides to a story says:

    “As expected, no great revelations in CNN’s piece on Trayvon/Fogen. Still, for the uninformed, it was a balanced recap of what transpired with occasional glimpses of why. Denial of any racial element by one white juror came across as a hoot.”

    I also think CNN did about as well as they could in the time slot they alloted and they were careful to not tread too hard on anyone’s toes. Sunny Hostin’s commentary was interesting, though if you watched her express opinions throughout the case, she had many, many doubts about Fogen and the defense team that weren’t used in this program.

    I suppose the prosecution felt that Sybrin’as testimony regarding Trayvon crying for help would carry the day, but rewatching the bare facts of the case again did make me wonder why they didn’t also get multiple people to say so as well, considering the court denied the prosecution expert testimony.

    I felt encouraged by the ending and I’m sure it ticks off the rabid Fogen supporters. I missed the poor piggy, though!

  23. Trained Observer says:

    As expected, no great revelations in CNN’s piece on Trayvon/Fogen. Still, for the uninformed, it was a balanced recap of what transpired with occasional glimpses of why. Denial of any racial element by one white juror came across as a hoot.

    Tape aired from trial included Westlicker’s knock-knock joke, and most of the nine liars taking the stand to declare the death scream was from chorgie. Included also was coverage of Fogen’s post trial interludes with the Texas cop and the takedown at Shellie’s parent’s property. Most hopeful ray came at the end when it was pointed out that all’s not over for Fogen … that with the state criminal trial over, he still can look forward to a possible state civil trial and the potential of federal criminal and civil action.

    Ironic appetizer: Preceding CNN’s Trayvon/Fogen program was a Bourdain travel segment on slaughter of a hog … with blood, guts and all. The sliced, diced and cooked innards were pronounced quite tasty.

    Ideally Fogen did not miss this.

  24. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    If you can’t speak out against this kind of thing, a crime that’s so unjust,Your eyes are filled with dead men’s dirt, your mind is filled with dust.Your arms and legs they must be in shackles and chains, and your blood it must refuse to flow,

    For you let this human race fall down so God-awful low!
    This song is just a reminder to remind your fellow man
    That this kind of thing still lives today in that ghost-robed Ku Klux Klan.

    But if all of us folks that thinks alike, if we gave all we could give,
    We could make this great land of ours a greater place to live.

    excerpt from Bob Dylan’s song “The Death of Emmett Till”

  25. Malisha says:

    In every one of these crimes that local police, sheriff’s offices, prosecutors, judges, agencies and courts covers up, there is a common thread: NO PRICE TO BE PAID.

    The officials covering up the crime insist that there be no price to be paid, not just for the crimes themselves, but for the cover-ups.

    Until it becomes dangerous for the officials to take part in cover-ups, all the corruption will continue and, if such a thing is even possible, get even worse.

    To stop this kind of thing, someone needs to pay a price, and without that, there is NO WAY to stop it.

    This is common sense. It is also why we have a criminal code to start with: to set up standards and to enforce them by means of punishment for violating them.

    Because no price was paid by Fogen and his support team, we cannot expect that corruption will decrease; in fact, we have to logically expect that it will INCREASE, exponentially.

    Open season on young African American males will stop only when there is significant fear (of speedy apprehension and serious negative consequences) on the part of would-be killers. ONLY THEN.

  26. Judy75201 says:

    Stellar article!

  27. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    May 4, 2013
    “Timeline of a tragedy”

    The Valdosta DailyTimes reviews sequence of events:

    http://valdostadailytimes.com/local/x6223544/Timeline-of-a-tragedy

    • Drew says:

      Don’t read the comments there unless you enjoy vomiting up your lunch.

      Another bunch of “Why won’t that uppity black family STFU about their dead son” horseshit.

  28. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    http://www.examiner.com/article/paramedic-report-comes-to-light-kendrick-johnson-case-feds-listening

    May 23, 2013
    On Thursday, May 23, attorneys representing Ken and Jackie Johnson have come forth with information from a paramedic report which confirms that there were significant injuries on the body–specifically the face– of 17 year-old Kendrick Johnson that contributed to his death in early January.

    The paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) on the scene had written in the report that the Old Gymnasium at Lowndes County High School should be considered a crime scene.

    The paramedic had refused to move the body, which was in a pool of blood along with vomit, after inspecting the injuries of an already deceased Johnson.

    • You all have thoughtful comments says:

      http://www.examiner.com/article/paramedic-report-comes-to-light-kendrick-johnson-case-feds-listening

      There is a contention that the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and others in positions of power were attempting to cover-up this death scene.

      By clearly defying state law and the informed, professional observation of the EMT who considered what happened inside the Old Gymnasium on January 11, 2013 was indeed a crime scene, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office made a calculated move to delay contacting the coroner.

      The need for an independent federal investigation in the Kendrick Johnson case is evident and if local law enforcement believes that they are ‘above the law’, federal action must be taken.

      The issue of Kendrick Johnson’s missing clothes is another matter that deserves attention. Is this an example of evidence tampering?

      Georgia Code – Crimes and Offenses – Title 16, Section 16-10-94

      A person commits the offense of tampering with evidence when, with the intent to prevent the apprehension or cause the wrongful apprehension of any person or to obstruct the prosecution or defense of any person, he knowingly destroys, alters, conceals, or disguises physical evidence or makes, devises, prepares, or plants false evidence.

      The Valdosta Daily Times in their May 4 edition wrote about Prine’s own explanation of why Bill Watson, the Lowndes County coroner wasn’t immediately notified in a death scene investigation.

      By law, someone from the sheriff’s office should have contacted Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson when they learned of Johnson’s body so that a declaration of death could be made, and Prine acknowledged that they should have done so.

      However, fearing a leak to the media and understanding that there was little the coroner could do until investigators secured all of the evidence and reached Johnson’s body, Prine waited to call Watson.

      “It’s been kind of an understanding with all of the coroners from the surrounding counties,” said Prine. “Rather than sitting there in the parking lot waiting for us to finish, you just call them when you get to the body. And I swear to you— no law-enforcement officer touched that body until the coroner got there and examined it.”

      Lowndes County-Valdosta Crime Lab is the proverbial forensic arm of both the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and Valdosta Police Department.

      How much of a role did the Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Lab in the Kendrick Johnson case?

      Instead of a public hospital such as the South Georgia Medical Center which has a morgue, Johnson’s body was transported to the Lowndes County-Valdosta Regional Crime Lab.

      The Regional Crime Lab in Valdosta has no affiliation with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation nor the Office of the Coroner, but an affiliation with both the Lowndes Sheriff’s Office and the Valdosta Police Department.

      Even though the Moultrie GBI lab closed, then the public hospital would be next place to hold an autopsy.

      So Prine’s statement about the involvement of members of law enforcement not being involved in compromising the death scene is disingenuous. Prine’s ‘investigators’ do include members of the Lowndes County-Valdosta Crime Lab.

      EMTs examined the body initially and made a determination there were bruises on Johnson’s body and this should be considered a crime scene.

      However, who corrupted the death scene and other forensic evidence?

      This is where the timeline needs to be completed in regard to when was the Lowndes County-Valdosta Crime Lab first summoned prior to the coroner being notified.

      The Johnson case has received increasing attention nationwide and had even garnered a comment from U.S. Attorney Michael Moore of the Middle Georgia District via CNN’s Victor Blackwell’s Twitter back on May 14.

      United States Attorney Michael Moore: “When a family comes forward with such an allegation, we certainly listen.”

      It is rare when the county coroner states publicly that a death scene has been compromised by the local Sheriff’s Office.

      However, this scenario indeed happened according to Bill Watson, who is the elected coroner of Lowndes County, and this alone should warrant further federal scrutiny.

      Watson says it was approximately six hours before he was notified by the Lowndes County’s Sheriff Department.

      By Georgia law, law enforcement officials are required to immediately notify the county coroner when a death scene is identified.

      Additionally, the role of the Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Lab–not associated with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation– played a role in broken protocol and alleged broken state laws.

      Watson told the Valdosta Daily Times in mid-April what he thought about Kendrick’s body being moved and evidence being allegedly disturbed by investigators working under the Lowndes sheriff’s Office.

      “Well it compromises my investigation one hundred percent,” Watson said. “I don’t know what the county did when they got there on the scene. The body had been moved. The scene, in my opinion, had been compromised.”

  29. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    Here is Georgia’s “Open Records Act”

    http://www.gfaf.org/open-records-act/

    • You all have thoughtful comments says:

      “Civil rights organization files open records request in Kendrick Johnson case (Photos)”

      http://www.examiner.com/article/civil-rights-organization-files-open-records-request-kendrick-johnson-case

      May 9, 2013
      On Wednesday, May 8, the National Action Network (NAN) made a formal request for all public records that pertain to the Kendrick Johnson investigation be released by invoking the Georgia Open Records Act.

      One of three separate requests was sent by letter to Lowndes County High School’s Pat Lefiles who is the Open Records compliance officer.

      A second open records request was sent to Auburn Bennett, the Open Records compliance officer for the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office.

      A final open records request was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) agent Lisa Harris who is the organization’s representative that handles open records requests.

      The letter from the National Action Network states:

      ….”Under the Georgia Open Records Act § 50.18.70 et seq., I am requesting an opportunity to inspect and/or obtain copies of public records that relate to the disappearance, subsequent death and/or the resulting investigation of Mr. Kendrick Johnson, the sophomore student found dead at Lowndes County High School on January 11, 2013. Along with any and all documents, papers, letters, maps, sound recordings, reports, video recordings, photographs, computer generated information, data, data fields, or similar material prepared we are also requesting emails, text messages and/or direct phone calls (both from office and cell phone lines). As it relates to email, phone calls and text messages we are requesting personal phone and email accounts, if said calls or emails were used in the course of business and relates to the disappearance, death and/or resulting investigation of Mr. Johnson….”

      On Thursday, May 2, the long-awaited autopsy lab report from the GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) was completed nearly four months after 17-year old Kendrick Johnson, a Lowndes County High student was allegedly found inside wrestling mats on January 11 in the Old Gymnasium on the campus.

      Many things happened on January 11, but Lowndes County High School along with the Lowndes Sheriff’s Office have been at the forefront of not releasing pertinent information in a death investigation.

      The Valdosta Daily Times wrote the following on April 11– three months after Kendrick Johnson’s body was found.

      …”Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson has been in contact with the GBI regarding Kendrick’s autopsy, he said. But the Coroner hasn’t enjoyed the same level of cooperation from the sheriff’s office as the GBI, said Watson, who also stated he wasn’t contacted when Kendrick’s body was first discovered….”

      It has been nearly four months, and the public still doesn’t know the names of the persons who initially found Kendrick Johnson’s body.

      It has been nearly four months, and no 911 tapes have been released to the public in regard to the Johnson case. Who called 911 from Lowndes High on January 11?

      At this point, we should know and it shouldn’t be a secret.

      On a side note, CNN and other news organizations had made available the 911 tape of Charles Ramsey, a man who had helped three young women escape their abductor in Cleveland, Ohio.

      How many kids have transferred from Lowndes High School since January 11? The public has a right to know.

      Why has the South Georgia media been resistant in providing this information to the general public?

      Phone records from Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office and Lowndes County High School should be requested as well.

      Additionally, one of the pieces of evidence that is being requested is the video of a motion-controlled camera(s) inside the Old Gymnasium on January 10 and January 11.

      According to the Valdosta Daily Times on Saturday , May 5, the following was written:

      …”A motion-controlled camera recorded Johnson crossing paths with another student and heading in the opposite direction towards the gym mats, which authorities stated had been rolled up and stacked vertically over the Christmas holidays.

      A class reportedly filled the empty gym shortly after Johnson went to retrieve his shoes.

      Later, the color guard and basketball teams held evening and night practices that Thursday inside the gym, stated (Sheriff)Prine. And that evening, Johnson’s family filed a missing person’s report….”

      With the GBI investigation completed, there is a renewed effort to obtain information.

      In February, a formal letter was sent to the principal of Lowndes High School, Jay Floyd.

      “What that letter does is that it requests any pertinent or potentially pertinent information and evidence be preserved in an anticipation of a potential suit being investigated and or filed,” said Warren Turner, the attorney for the Lowndes County School system.

      Lowndes High School has been primarily silent since January 11, but with the GBI investigation over, evidence that had been previously withheld from the public and the legal counsel of Kendrick Johnson will now need to be presented.

      The Georgia Open Records Act requires a response time within three business days. If the response takes longer than three days, a correspondence would be mandated in an effort to inform when the information would be available.

      If the GBI, the Lowndes Sheriff’s Office and Lowndes High School deny any portion or all of the request, the government entities would have to cite a reason for the refusal along with citing legal precedent under Georgia law.

      • You all have thoughtful comments says:

        Important from what I just quoted above:

        According to the Valdosta Daily Times on Saturday , May 5, the following was written:

        …”A motion-controlled camera recorded Johnson crossing paths with another student and heading in the opposite direction towards the gym mats, which authorities stated had been rolled up and stacked vertically over the Christmas holidays.

        A class reportedly filled the empty gym shortly after Johnson went to retrieve his shoes.

        Later, the color guard and basketball teams held evening and night practices that Thursday inside the gym, stated (Sheriff)Prine. And that evening, Johnson’s family filed a missing person’s report….”

        • You all have thoughtful comments says:

          How was the Valdosta Daily Times able to find out what was recorded on the surveillance camera IF that info had/has NOT been released?

  30. dianetrotter says:

    Wow! That was a powerful sermon! Thank you Professor!

  31. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    This apparently is a local call in radio show discussion Kendrick Johnson. I plan to listen to it tomorrow.

    I was skipping around….

    Listen at timestamp 54:10

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/weallbe/2013/09/08/its-murder-kendrick-johnsons-2nd-autopsy-update

  32. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    Sorry……that is an NBC report from 4 hours ago on Kendrick Johnson.

  33. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    For those who have not seen the petition for Kenneth Johnson, here it is:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/53266202/#53266202

  34. ed nelson says:

    Colin… like I said to another blogger, and got trashed for my efforts, think about the idea… of making short ones… think!

    Think, weather you would have the time to read your comments!

    Not likely, too much of your time is in sending BS, that dont leave much time do it?

    • Trained Observer says:

      whether … rhymes with tether

    • Malisha says:

      Colin, I appreciate your screeds, every one of them. That’s why I take the time to read them, every one of them. And I realize that, if I didn’t want to read them, the First Amendment and the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution would support my decision NOT to read them.

      Thanks, man.

      • Judy75201 says:

        Colin is extraordinarily poetic, and in such an original way. I may not agree with his thoughts re: Trayvon as an icon, but I so enjoy his musings.

  35. colin black says:

    History is filled with martyrs whom died unjust undeserved deaths either at the instigation of unfair laws legistation slavery for example .
    Or lynchings with no actiontaken against the men in white ropes whom strung bys Trayvons age up for allagedly whistleing at a white women..

    Hardly supriseing as south of the MASON DIXIE LINE AT LEAST HALF THE LYNCHMOB WOULD HAVE BEEN sHERIFFS AN THERE KITH AN KIN.

    How many IMIGRANTS CROSSED OVER From Mexico exploited as cheap labour stood by the road side ,

    Desprate to be picked by raceist red neck good ole boys to toil in there fields for a pittance

    Yeah we l take you boy jump in an you your to old fuck of prolly die of heat stroke nah ,You jump in ectcetera ecetera .

    They gladly exploit them in there fields for cheap labour

    But thease fuckwits you hear in bars at night spouting of bout America how its been ruined by Imigrants an stealing jobs blah double standard blah do as I BS not as I do

    Thease migrant workers just want work not to steal but earn a wage for there labour a bacic human righ,t.

    So they can send money home to keep there Kids in food an clothes an get some schooling.

    Sure they will pick em work em like slaves an give them way below minimum wage because there off the books cash in hand illegal so no recourse to complain.

    An then for shits in giggles later on when thease good ole boys get a buzz on they may be driving down a dark unlit black tarmac road.

    An spot one of those wetbacks walking along minding his own.
    Jump out beat the crap out of him an then get the tow ropes an shit thease hillybilly red neck khuntz always seem to have useall couple cans of fuel as well..

    Like douseing a person in Petrol binding his legs an then attaching him to the back of your truck .

    All whilst this persons alive an even if he didn’t speaka the languge he knew what was comeing.

    An all the while three fuckers have managed to came up with a shits an giggles plan for a show like this on the fly?

    No way could fuckers plan sick shit like this a mean yeah leys beat up a Mexican for sure can envision that happening.

    But soaking him in petrol wilst two are on the flatbed seeing an hearing this pooor souls pleas for mercy.

    Then to tell the driver to rev an gunn the engine flick a bick set him ablaze.

    An then hop back on the flatbed of the rtruck an watch the show as they sped along the road .
    Dragging a burning man behind them is just deptraved beyond words

    An this kind of inhumane violence happens everyday globeally not just the States .
    Not just the places we hear Nirobi Sudan Afghanistan Eygypt.

    Not just one poor wee Lad wandering In a what to him would be a safe gated community being from a tough an rough City like Miami.

    In his mind he was in Hicksville.

    And he was but unlucklyn so was foggage he was alkso situated In hicksvile not only that he was said sheriff of said hicks ville.

    An Trayvon was murdered .
    For crossing paths with an imbecilic no mark never been .Same as the drunken phyco whom though loud rap mucic an failure to respond to his request to turn it down .

    Was a death sentence to everyone in the car listening to said rap music.

    `++-
    There are far to many victims of hatred an mans intolarace to the rights of others to even draw breath.

    To many known victims like Caylee Anthony her life snuffed out by an uncareing pyhcopath egg doner .

    Just a day or so an unarmed Blackman was shot at an I I r c killed because he wasn’t wearing a seat belt .
    Or the recent article Freds Threadb
    about LE on Bikes an shooting ujp a S U V

    An this dude found rolled up in a freaking exersice matt .

    Am getting near to making my point folks don’t despair the end is near an .

    This is a genuine hanging wallpaper post so many are the victimis of thease atrrosites so wide spread an dissperate is the suffering of all the worlds abused and all of its wrong an unjust .

    Trayvons Tragic Demise was no less horrendous than his Familys Greif no less tortutous than the victims of all of thease brutalistic attacks

    So I as you all know with a heart full of love an Admiration for both Trayvon an his supporters an all that Includes all of youse.

    I feel its wron to Use Trayvon Name as a Figure Head to encapsulate all the evil perpertrated by the likes of foggage an his Ilk it also lets the eejit whom took his like on a whim bask in the reflected glory of Trayvons warmth an that should be only for his Family an loved ones.

    IPersonaly I feel with a problem of this magnitude so deeply ingrained in Society like raceism especcialy directed towards AA In America.

    No one is un aware of it but the majority of white middle class wilfully wear blinkers ingnore it /pretend it isntthere.

    The rest of the whites whom do aknowlage it no its there cause there the fuckers practicing it .
    Perpeturateing it to rthere children.

    An the P T B say don’t be silly America Raceist?
    L O L

    We have a Blahck President!

    No you frakkin well don’t you’ve jut proved my point with such a raceist reply.

    You have a mixed race PREZ

    Half White Half African .

    Or did all them blahck warrior genes massacre the caucasion genes in his body?

    Anyway my point DRUMROLL…

    I applaud your effort to shine not just a beacon but a search light onto those haters .

    But would prefer that no one single young boy or girl be used as the poster campaign for this war in injustice.

    Just as the the unknown Soldier has come to represent all those people whom died dureing ww2.

    The Unknown Soldier speaks for all the dead…..

    Then a title such as ?

    I don’t know but a title naming not one single persons name would surely have the capacity .

    Linking a crusade of any kind now a days for crusade read advertisement../..marketing..publicity…

    Attaching your relf to one single entitttty automaticly makes you a niche,
    .

    Sorry but its true an I want to help an I like you an Crane an want you to sucseed an I think we all want to see justice not just for Trayvon but for all.

    You got some live wires on here Im sure a brainstorm could turn into a tornado of possible Names for movements

    Forinstance just thought of foggage an his stupid way he sprung up like a jack in the box every time a witness was asked to I D Him

    Thought of a movement straight away admittitadly it was a bowell movement.

  36. Two sides to a story says:

    You are deep well of strength and wisdom, Professor. Thank you for a place for all of us interested in these cases to join together.

  37. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    I just found this video which was posted on Youtube on January 14, 2013:

    If you skip to timestamp 22:05 and continue to the end, you will hear what the people suspect, what they feel was improperly handled by those at the scene, etc.

  38. You all have thoughtful comments says:

    Thank you SO VERY MUCH for your well articulated article. You have expressed so much of what I have been feeling.

    I, too, am committed to seeking justice for Kendrick and Jordan Davis and for continuing to seek justice for Trayvon as we wait for the DOJ’s findings in his case.

    JUSTICE FOR KENDRICK!

    JUSTICE FOR JORDAN!

    JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON with the help of the DOJ!

    Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons,
    Is as important as
    The killing of White men, White mothers’ sons,
    We who believe in freedom cannot rest.
    We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.

  39. Mary Davis says:

    Thank you professor. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    We need to be on our p’s and q’s. Frank Taffe has already said that he is gonna speak out on the Jordan Davis case and that he will be visible. We will probably have to deal with the nuthouse all over again, but we already know what they are about.

    I’m with you professor, we will be ready this time.

    • Malisha says:

      Weird.

      Taaffe just defends every white who kills a Black kid?

      We thought his defense of Fogen was based on his being a good friend and neighbor of Fogen’s — but if I’m not mistaken, all he knows about Dunn is that he took the opportunity (when drunk) to kill an African American teen-ager. This sure gives the lie to his protestations of righteousness.

      • Drew says:

        The media will give him a pass, like last time, despite the incongruity.

        “Wait, so… why are you supporting Dunn, now? You know him to be a nice guy and mentor to black youth? How do you know that? Oh you’re good friends with the man? And as good friends, you must have spent lots and lots of time with him, right? And in all that time, you’ve never heard him make a single racist joke? Ah, then he can’t be at fault here! It all finally makes sense – the gang of black thugs had a gun pointed at him, so he had to shoot. Free Michael Dunn!”

  40. I’m committed to this fight. As I tweeted earlier today, “helping to achieve justice for #Kendrick doesn’t mean that we turn our back on #Trayvon. This is something that he would want us to do.” I feel very strongly about this. Trayvon would want us to stand tall for Jordan and Kendrick. He opened my eyes to the world of injustice that was taking place and I feel compelled to do whatever I can to ensure there is justice. I am eternally grateful to Sybrina, Tracy, and Jahvaris for pursuing their fight and for bringing Trayvon into my life. I stand tall and proud with them, with Jordan’s parents, and with Kendrick’s parents.

    By the way Professor, I did email you a little earlier this evening with a bit of information.

  41. ed nelson says:

    Hi Fred, I didn’t poor through the whole deal, but I went far enough to come to this phrase:

    [“I am convinced that something far bigger than ourselves is dictating the direction and pace of events. Racism, corruption and injustice are rampant. Innocent people are being murdered and the perpetrators are not being held accountable…”]

    I Edward Nelsen agree to that.

  42. colin black says:

    Justice for EVERYONE.

  43. racerrodig says:

    I’m just hoping enough gets out to turn all this around.

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