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Sharpton calls for protests after Zimmerman verdict

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  • Center Left
    Independent
    Denton, TX
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    Al Sharpton, unhappy about the Zimmerman verdict, is calling for a 100-city protest to have civil rights charges brought up against Zimmerman.

    I'm not a big fan of Sharpton. I find him too inflammatory for my liking. That being said, is he right to call for more charges to be filed against Zimmerman? Of course the public has it'a own feelings on the verdict, but the only people who are truly qualified to comment on what happened were in the courtroom.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Zach as long the Rev Al calls for peaceful protests, then that's OK. What is NOT OK is that some of the protests may turn violent. The Rev Al can use his powers for good but at times goes too far and lets his background as "race entrepreneur" control his agenda. He has to play to his audience as all politicians do, but as the preeminent voice on the side of ..."unhappy with the Zimmerman verdict"... he can do a lot of good by appealing for calm. I just hope he does.

    Protests are not a bad thing if they are peaceful. People understandably want to vent their feelings and hopefully these protests will be nonviolent.

    The ..."only people who are truly qualified to comment"... have already commented with their verdict of not guilty.

    Not guilty does not mean innocent. But he was found not guilty and as a nation of (mostly) law abiders we should accept it.

    How many young blacks were killed in Chicago during the course of the Zimmerman trial? Do you or Rev Al or anyone on this DemocraticHub know how many or any of their names? Where's the outrage for them?
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    I am hesitant to call Al Sharpton a Rev., most men of the cloth not only call for peaceful resolutions to possible volatile and unstable situations but strive to achieve that end. I believe Al Sharpton wants to feed that anger and channel it for his own agenda , most of the anger being expressed by the youth of the country is not because of the verdict in the Zimmerman trial although it might have helped but instead there is a lot of frustration out there, high unemployment, Rec. centers closing, schools closing, you even have clergymen talking at young people instead of talking to them while also listening to them, no leadership being shown in most Local, State and of course National politics, then you have men like Sharpton and Jackson who come in and exploit the situation just to get themselves heard.
  • Other Party
    Moblie, AL
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    Zach F Wrote: Al Sharpton, unhappy about the Zimmerman verdict, is calling for a 100-city protest to have civil rights charges brought up against Zimmerman.

    I'm not a big fan of Sharpton. I find him too inflammatory for my liking. That being said, is he right to call for more charges to be filed against Zimmerman? Of course the public has it'a own feelings on the verdict, but the only people who are truly qualified to comment on what happened were in the courtroom.
  • Other Party
    Moblie, AL
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    Zach F Wrote: Al Sharpton, unhappy about the Zimmerman verdict, is calling for a 100-city protest to have civil rights charges brought up against Zimmerman.

    I'm not a big fan of Sharpton. I find him too inflammatory for my liking. That being said, is he right to call for more charges to be filed against Zimmerman? Of course the public has it'a own feelings on the verdict, but the only people who are truly qualified to comment on what happened were in the courtroom.
  • Republican
    Plano, IL
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    My question is does Rev Sharpton have any response to the news story about three older black youth severely beating a younger white child on a school bus? The Zimmerman incident is being used to enflame racial fear and prejudice in both directions. It is my opinion that what we are seeing in the news media and by noteworthy activists is more about gaining political power than moving our society towards racial harmony, equality, and reconciliation. In fact from what I see and hear its doing just the opposite. The gains we have made over this last century are being rolled back is a pendulum swing from white on black racism of the past to black on white (In the case of Zimmerman black on non-black) racism today. (Dare I say such a thing without the fear of being labeled racist?!!) Is it only worth commenting when its a person of color receiving the damage of potentially deadly force? Are we as a society seeing to learn and grown from this incident or is it pay back time? It seems more like pay back time which will result in a tidal wave action back and forth across race and political lines of more hatred and violence towards those different from ourselves. Peace.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    Peace&Justice Wrote: My question is does Rev Sharpton have any response to the news story about three older black youth severely beating a younger white child on a school bus? The Zimmerman incident is being used to enflame racial fear and prejudice in both directions. It is my opinion that what we are seeing in the news media and by noteworthy activists is more about gaining political power than moving our society towards racial harmony, equality, and reconciliation. In fact from what I see and hear its doing just the opposite. The gains we have made over this last century are being rolled back is a pendulum swing from white on black racism of the past to black on white (In the case of Zimmerman black on non-black) racism today. (Dare I say such a thing without the fear of being labeled racist?!!) Is it only worth commenting when its a person of color receiving the damage of potentially deadly force? Are we as a society seeing to learn and grown from this incident or is it pay back time? It seems more like pay back time which will result in a tidal wave action back and forth across race and political lines of more hatred and violence towards those different from ourselves. Peace.
    You started this post by lamenting Al Sharpton's response and then immediately went on to reinforce a stereotype by using an incident of black on white crime. You have a right to express your views, but you are using two completely separate scenarios to try to get your point across. If these three youth that you talk about claimed a stand your ground defense against the child that they attacked, then maybe we could have a discussion about the two incidents.

    I read up on this incident that you're talking about. For starters, the kids have been arrested and charged. They were also middle school children and used their fists, not a gun to shoot an unarmed teenager that was trying to run away from them. I'm not saying what they did was even remotely appropriate, but I'm so sick and tired of people trying to find any instance of black on white crime to push their beliefs that George Zimmerman had a right to do what he did. He stalked and murdered an unarmed teen. Plain and simple.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Before we go off on a tangent as to why this attack occurred, has anyone reported the why this child was attacked by three other youths in the first place, or was the skin color of the victim and of the defendants the first priority ?
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    He was attacked because he supposedly told school authorities that the teenagers were selling marijuana in the school bathroom. The three teens shouldn't have even been allowed to get on the bus if they were caught with marijuana, which begs the question why school authorities allowed that in the first place.

    These teenagers have been charged and should face the consequences of their actions if they are found to be guilty. What frustrates me is that we're conflating the two issues instead of condemning these teenagers for their actions.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    So maybe race had nothing to do with it, apparently its a case of reporting a crime , I refuse to label it "Snitching" and maybe the attack wouldn't have been so severe if the victim were not white, we will never know unless the defendants say so, on the other hand ,I think the penalty for tormenting, beating ,or bringing harm of any kind to a person who reports a crime should at least be doubled ,especially if its the defendants or his friends or family.
  • Independent
    South Attleboro, MA
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    Sharpton is for Sharpton first and always. Protest what ? That schools - that Matt Damon does not use anymore by the way- The big city schools - which are the worst on this planet are run by democrats. Protest them- protest that. The city of Detroit ran into the ground again by democrats- protest that ! Did the Tea Party destroy these cities and schools ? Yeah right. I hear ALL the politicians are now getting 75% of their Obama care paid for-thanks to Pres. Obama. Protest that !