I don’t have a topic for Monday. So, here is where you can come in and chat about whatever you want. Enjoy.
I think I’ve said all I could say about Trayvon Martin’s murder and his murderer George Zimmerman. So far, it has been a week since the trial officially began. So far, here is a list of events during the trial according to The Week:
(June 24) Zimmerman’s attorney Don West opens the trial with a knock-knock joke: “Knock knock. Who’s there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? Good, you’re on the jury.” The joke was used to illustrate how difficult it was for his client to get a fair trial.
West contests that Trayvon was armed – with the sidewalk. He argues it was no different than picking up a brick or smashing his head against the wall.
(June 25) Prosecutor Jon Guy plays four calls from Zimmerman warning police about black males he saw in the neighborhood after a series of break-ins. The president of the Twin Lakes homeowners association Donald O’Brian testifies that neighborhood watch volunteers were told to call the police and to stay away from suspicious people.
-(June 26) Trayvon’s 19 year-old friend Rachel Jeantel takes the stand. She testifies she was on the phone the night of the murder. Right before the shooting, she heard Trayvon yell “Get off, get off!” before the call went dead.
Two eyewitnesses claim to have heard a boy cry out for help. They believed it was Trayvon.
(June 27) Jeantel was cross-examined by West, questioning the validity of her statements and wanting to know if Trayvon used the term ‘cracker’.
Members of social media criticized Jeantel for her behavior, validity and appearance on the stand, referring to her as “Precious”. Other members fired back defending her.
Media reports one of West’s daughters tweeted “We beat stupidity…” with an instagram photo with her, her sister and West in enjoying ice cream.
(June 28) John Good, Zimmerman’s neighbor, testifies that he saw Trayvon straddled on top of Zimmerman throwing punches. He claims he could not tell who it was yelling for help, but also claimed that he could not see any of the punches connect.
(July 1) The prosecution plays four statements Zimmerman made to police revealing various inconsistencies in his story, including how the confrontation went down. Detective Chris Serino testifies he has doubts about Zimmerman’s details of being attacked.
(July 2) Serino testifies that Zimmerman appeared “very elated” when investigators told him the beating could’ve been caught on tape.
Dr. Valerie Rao, who reviewed evidence of the case, testifies that Zimmerman’s injuries were not life threatening even though Zimmerman said that he was severely beaten.
What are your thoughts on the trial so far? Do you think Zimmerman will be found guilty? Do you think he will get off? What do you think will happen as an effect of either outcomes. Sound off below.
In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I decided to drum up a sci-fi scenario. Picture this: On April 4th 1968, Martin Luther King disappeared. What happened? It turns out that he was transported into the future. He reappears in modern times seeing a new world. However, America’s problems remain. Racism, materialism and militarism are still prevalent today. Violence and hatred are both still around, but he also sees great accomplishments, one being the election of a Black President.
You do think his reactions would be to the world of the future? For instances, what would he say about America electing its first Black President twice? What he say about America’s involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? What would he think about the entertainment and news media, especially the likes of Fox News? What would he say about the ongoing struggles of poverty and violence?
What are the social and political issues that effect you and how do you think Dr. King would respond to such issues? Sound off the comment section.
WARNING: Suggestive content.
I saw it, but I couldn’t believe it!
A Youtube video shows a clip of what appears to be a concert in the Netherlands in 1993. Openly gay Dutch comedian, actor, and singer Paul de Leeuw performs a duet with a little boy (probably around his pre-teens) in front of an audience. The song is in Dutch, and there are no subtitles.
Singing a song with a little kid sounds like a beautifully entertaining thing to see. However, as what Leeuw did during the performance, what I saw was not beautiful or entertaining. What I saw was quite disturbing to say the least.
Leeuw was constantly in physical contact with his young partner. At first, Leeuw kissed the boy in a passionate manner while he (the boy) was on his lap, even grabbing on his clothes with his teeth as if to imply that he’s attracted to him. Within a minute, Leeuw wrapped himself around the kid; he even lifted his legs above the boy’s shoulders implying a sexual position. Later, Leeuw lifted the boy and positioned him upside-down. After a minute or two of more singing, the duo finished off with a bow to the audience, only Leeuw was behind the kid. Another disturbing part about all this is how the audience laughed throughout the performance and cheered at the end. I wonder what this boy’s parents thought about this.
Some people who commented were in shock not only at the performance, but at the audience’s reactions. Some were even in disbelief when the little boy was chuckling during his partner’s “performances” with him. Still, there were those that thought it was humourous, and others believed that it was all staged.
There are suspicions that a Catholic church in the Netherlands was connected to this somehow. This post is not to condemn the Catholic, Dutch or LGBQT communities. Also, keep in mind this took place in the early 1990′s in the Netherlands.
What are your thoughts?