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173 Responses to “Comfort”

  1. 1 vitaminlover
    July 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I love my President!!

  2. 12 Layla
    July 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    May God bless this most wonderful man!

  3. 13 Melanie
    July 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Jake Tapper just read Pres. Obama statement on the verdict. Sure it will be posted shortly.

  4. July 14, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Seeing President Obama interacting with children is a spirit lifter…something that was much needed today. Thank you UT!

  5. 19 desertflower
    July 14, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I always try to find the lessons in life..especially in the dark times. The times like these that have shown us such horror in the past few weeks. VRA, women’s rights being denied, and of course, Trayvon’s fight for justice. For those that believe in a higher power, could it be that he was meant to show us all the error of our ways? The deeper, honest conversations that we never allowed ourselves to have, but instead tamped down and thought we were over, so enlightened because we managed to elect an amazingly competent AA man as our President. Twice. Did that act, give us a false sense of being a post racial society? While we celebrated this wonderful and wonderous feat….the same ugly, destructive racially divisive forces were working hard at the state level…tearing down and dismantling all the gains made in civil rights, voting rights, woman’s rights…the list goes on. While we were slapping ourselves on the back, congratulating ourselves on a job well done….evil was creeping.
    Maybe…the culmination of all we’ve seen these past weeks, and all the emotions that went with them…was supposed to happen. As a wakeup call to a great country. A tsunami of a reminder that if we don’t care for and protect those ideals that are precious to us….they can be swept away in the blink of an eye. A tsunami of giant proportion….laying waste to our society that we fought for, but forgot to tend to. Like a garden, we planted the seeds, but we didn’t tend to the weeds. We thought it was ok…we had our fruits and flower….the weeds crept in…we didn’t tend the garden. The weeds can not overtake the garden, or all the goodness that is there, will rot and be overrun.

    This is how we will get through this turbulent time. Recommit to tending the garden. See the face of Trayvon, see the women denied, the students, the sick and elderly, the students…and know that we can, must, do better, be better…for them. Turn the anger to action. It is the only way. This feeling we have is the EXACT feeling that we should hold on to. It will spur us to action and keep us from getting complacent again. It will force us to tend our country’s garden..

    • 20 thepragmaticpundit
      July 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      “Turn the anger to action”. I second that!

    • 21 newcenturywoman
      July 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Well stated, DesertFlower.

    • 22 kathryn kivett
      July 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      OMG, DF, those are the most beautiful thoughts and words that I have read in such a long time…..You are so right…and I am very guilty of letting the garden being overrun with weeds while obsessing on one single beautiful flower blooming among the weeds……and weeds slowly take over a space and even though you pull them out the roots and seeds remain and sprout again…..so it’s time to get off our butts and to SERIOUSLY get to work to control those weeds…. The most powerful possession that we own is our vote. Yes, PBO is a wonderful man and IMHO a wonderful President and yes, I am obsessed….so obsessed that I forgot about what is going on in my own town, county, and state….the weeds are growing in our communities, in fact they have just about taken over a lot of states…..If we want Justice for all, equal rights for all, AND GUN CONTROL, then we have to vote en masse to bring that about…….and that folks will be our Roundup.

      • 23 desertflower
        July 14, 2013 at 3:41 pm

        There you go! 🙂 In defense of many that HAVE been working hard…many have sat out (2010!) gotten complacent…but, there have also been so MANY issues to tackle on the state and federal level…that it seems mindboggling. I think this was intentional to keep us distracted, keep us off kilter and the fact that so many balls are in the air at the same time….well, it’s exhausting. I think it was purposeful…making it difficult and allowing people (giving them permission) to have a defeatist attitude. NOT. THIS. TIME. The very soul of this country begs us to act for the good of ALL her citizens!

    • 24 Eveingeorgia
      July 14, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      DesertFlower, This is beautiful. I would like your permission to RE-print this for my Church and for my youth organization. It expresses what I have been thinking and FEELNG. I wait for your reply. Thanks, again.

    • 28 arkluvspbo
      July 14, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      YES YES YES! Desertflower, I truly believe there is a purpose to this madness…it is a perfect storm. I believe all our trials and tribulations have led us to this moment in time. The past was a lesson, now is the time we will FINALLY learn from this lesson and become the enlightened beacon of hope we have been before and should and could be again. While all this is going on, I am VERY hopeful and extremely positive that it will work itself out. No matter how unsettled and unbalanced things seem, Order is the way of the universe, and no matter what happens, it will always work itself out.

    • 31 susanne
      July 14, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      beautiful, df. thank you for saying it just right.

    • July 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    • 34 debz
      July 14, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Beautifully spoken desertflower.

    • 35 MaewholoveourCIC
      July 15, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Thanks DF, I too will reprint and post on my church’s bulletin board.

  6. 36 Betsy
    July 14, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I love him too. I really hope we keep the Senate and win the House so others could see what we see: an exceptional man, father and President.

  7. July 14, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    President Obama: I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son.

    • July 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      “In the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken”

  8. July 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm

  9. 45 utaustinliberal
    July 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Pres. Obama just released a statement.

  10. 46 Lynn
    July 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you for the ‘baby whisperer’ pics, ut. I needed that.

    • 47 arkluvspbo
      July 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Absolutely — that is why I love this place…Ms. Chipsticks knows what’s needed, she knows that balance that is necessary to keep us moving forward, with passion and purpose.

    • 48 debz
      July 14, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Agreed, pictures of POTUS with children always lifts my spirits.

  11. July 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I can’t even describe what I feel regarding the verdict. Not because Zimmerman was found not guilty, but because I never once believed otherwise and I so wanted to be wrong. I felt a guilty verdict would have been an indictment of the Sanford Police Department, would have validated the protestors and given credence to complaints by Blacks regarding the illusion of “justice”. God forbid they should allow that.

    If I hear one more person say the Prosecutors presented a poor case I might scream…as if jurors are expected to be brainless automatons, incapable of questioning and reasoning for themselves. Anyway, I’m kinda sad because I never expected anything else.

    • 50 Layla
      July 14, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      I’m kinda sad because I never expected anything else. THIS!!!!!!!!!

    • 51 pkayden
      July 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      Agreed. I’m a bit surprised that there are many of my Black friends/family who are surprised at the verdict. After the Rodney King verdict, nothing surprises me when it comes to Black men harmed by White men.

      I’m very glad that everyone has reacted with non-violence to this verdict and not “rioted” as the racists anticipated.

  12. 52 utaustinliberal
    July 14, 2013 at 3:18 pm

  13. 53 utaustinliberal
    July 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm

  14. July 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Nice comment from PBO, but I will not be calm until at least a civil suit is filed. At best, DOJ can file one using Volume 18 of the U.S. Code, sections 245 and 249. This may not be complete info as I was writing fast but I heard it from a defense lawyer on radio today. The code was used in the wake of the Rodney King beating after the cops were acquitted. As PBO used to say…..”Fired up”. Will remain so until something more is done, and would not be surprised if he and A.G. Holder are already on the case.

  15. July 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Love this post. Needed this today. It’s the children we have to think about.

  16. 58 globalcitizenlinda
    July 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    • 59 globalcitizenlinda
      July 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      of course these same people are funding the denial of opportunities for immigrants

  17. July 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I always love looking at these beautiful pictures of our President and the children. Lord, I just pray they are allowed to live and grow…to grow into wonderfully successful citizens of these United States. They have a right to this…we ALL have a right to this. Boy I really have to get past the sad part of this most recent tragedy and look at the great country I love and live in. Yes, I do love and enjoy America; and yes I will get past this – we all will in our own way…sigh. Take care.

  18. 62 Claire
    July 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    An unarmed black teenager can’t even walk home without being shot and killed in cold blood in the US, yet the people at Human Rights Watch think it is a better use of their time to sit in a Moscow airport ‘protecting’ a privileged man who admits stealing and making public classified documents, because he refuses to face trial for his actions.

    The George Soros Open Society Foundation, the primary donor of Human Rights Watch, ought to take a look at their “priorities.”

    • 63 Lynn
      July 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      You nailed it, Claire.

    • 64 pkayden
      July 14, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Preach!. I didn’t know that about Human Rights Watch. Do they have nothing better to do with their time than protect Snowden? And which human rights of Snowden’s are being violated?

    • 65 arapaho415
      July 14, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      And don’t forget that the cntractor who hired #Snowden will suffer no adverse consquences.

      I’ve seen this article in my twitter timeline by only ONE of the journalists I follow. So this story is getting zero traction inside the Beltway.

  19. July 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Needed these pictures of our President with children. Needed it badly. thank, ut. Also, df, your words are mighty powerful……”evil was creeping”–the most powerful of all, I think. This must spur more people to action. God bless us all!

  20. 67 dotster3
    July 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Thank you, President Obama. Perfect perspective, perfect response. He is always so wise and always responds in the best way possible. I so respect him, his counsel and his judgment. Best president ever.

  21. 68 pickle48
    July 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    The White House has posted the President’s statement on Facebook, and MANY of the comments are absolutely vile. We have a long way to go…..

    • 69 Layla
      July 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Those people would be posting horrible things no matter the subject! A fraction of society.

    • 70 arkluvspbo
      July 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      They are angry and bitter, because now they have to look in the mirror and face their reflection. There is no hiding their ugliness now, and they are resentful that he is making them this way. The toxins are pouring out — this is a necessary cleansing, like a heroin addict. What is maddening is that we all know something is going to happen, and yet we feel very powerless because we don’t know what it is, or when it’s going to happen. Harness that power like a chariot and keep moving forward!

  22. July 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I’ve finally pinpointed what I’m feeling right now: shame. Pure, unadulterated shame.

    • 72 Layla
      July 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Yep! How is your wife coping….well, I hope!

    • July 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      I feel unconsolable sadness, but I think you are right. I think it’s tinged with a horrible shame. Shame for what this great nation has become. Shame for how some Americans feel they have the right to treat others. Shame for this horrific gun culture. Shame for the ignorance and prejudice that pervades all that.

      I feel like I’m a kid again watching To Kill A Mockingbird one more time.

    • 79 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 14, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      Yes. I’m feeling shame too. I was at a party today when some distant in-laws started glorifying the verdict and I exploded in rage and said some quite outrageous things to them which is very much out of character for me. I’m pretty sure bridges have been burned and we had to leave. I’m lucky my husband supported me and said I did the right thing. The more I know the more ashamed I feel. They are justifying themselves.

  23. 80 professorx10
    July 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Dang I hate it when my twitter time is up and stuck in twitter jail :-S

  24. 82 Lynn
    July 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    As a person with a violent nature, I struggle every day for control. This verdict may be a bit of a stretch. Thank goodness most of my friends and family have already escaped Florida.

    Thank you Ms. Chips and all the blogtyrants for this wonderful trollfree place.

    Time to go to the woodpile for some therapeutic PRODUCTIVE violence!!

    • 83 Layla
      July 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Just follow PBO and stay calm

      • 84 Lynn
        July 14, 2013 at 4:33 pm

        Doing my best, Layla. PBO and his family are my rock. I lost heart in the sixties after MLK and RFK.. Now I’m just so FREAKING angry!!!!! Not a good thing. Scares the heck out of my family.

        • 85 Layla
          July 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm

          Try writing all of your feelings down in order to relieve some of the stress so your family is not scared.

    • 86 Obama Grandmama
      July 14, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      I used to want to go to FL since I have been to most of the states minus a few Southern states. I in particular wanted to see Disney World and Epcot Center. Now I don’t care to ever go there.

    • 87 Anna
      July 14, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      You could shingle a roof, that is what my sister did, pounded the living daylights out of those roofing nails, when my younger brother and his son were the victims of big business industrial homicide, you know like those victims in the Gulf.

  25. 89 arapaho415
    July 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I’ve read most of the heartfelt comments about last night’s wrenching verdict and I feel like I’ve learned a lot.

    Thank you all for expressing your deepest feelings and thoughts.

    I share the mixture of shock and rage. A well-dressed, lone teenager with snacks in his hand, stalked by a vigilante who the authorities couldn’t be bothered with arresting until more than a month later. So, so wrong.

    Here’s a “good news” item coupled with an article that is eye-opening in seeing how Southern civilians held sway over the US military after the Civil War.

    This article was linked from Andrew Sullivan’s site back in May which discussed The Great Gatsby and “how a poor farm boy from North Dakota and apparently a German-American to boot, got to be an officer in the US Army when Germany was the enemy.”

  26. 90 utaustinliberal
    July 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm

  27. July 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm
  28. 99 globalcitizenlinda
    July 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    • 100 desertflower
      July 14, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      THIS. It is our DUTY to demand that state, local and federal legislators NOT BE A PART OF THIS ANTIDEMOCRATIC GROUP! It usurps the will of the people that elected them to public office and underminds the will of the people! This has got to be a priority.

      Find your legislators here: http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/ALEC_Politicians

      Read up here : http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed

      There is a wealth of terrifying info here. DO NOT IGNORE. This was our renewed call to action! DEMAND CHANGE. Share this with everyone you know.

    • 101 Layla
      July 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      So…an enemy of people! How can we get to them..shame them and the congress critters they support along with members of SCOTUS

      • 102 globalcitizenlinda
        July 14, 2013 at 4:21 pm

        remember that there are also publicly traded companies that are members of ALEC – these must be called out, shamed, boycotted and made to feel the pressure

        • 103 desertflower
          July 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm

          Absolutely! A number of companies quit ALEC because they were shamed into doing so. Shame works. Use whatever legal means necessary to pluck out this rot!

    • 104 yardarm756
      July 14, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      A ready made coalition. We have the base now to find someone to pull it together.

  29. July 14, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Unfollowed quite a few folks on twitter today….

    need peace

    • 106 Layla
      July 14, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Yep, surround yourself with people that make you feel good or better!

    • 107 globalcitizenlinda
      July 14, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Oh, so I am not alone in unfollowing hate-filled ppl today.

      I am not doing crap today – I am just not in that place

    • 108 Lynn
      July 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Thank you, pretty. Need Peace. Need Peace. Need Peace. Need axe Need chainsaw, Need wood splitter.

      Ok. Need Peace. I’m trying.

      • 109 arkluvspbo
        July 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm

        Lynn, I like to say, “Fake it ’til you make it.” if you have to keep saying “peace” “peace” “peace”…keep doing it! 🙂

        • 110 Lynn
          July 14, 2013 at 5:41 pm

          Just came in from the woodpile. Looks like I’m goona need a bigger splitting mawl. Still tryin’, arkluvspbo. Thanks for the encouragement.

          Must not get angry. Must not get angry..

  30. 112 utaustinliberal
    July 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    • 113 anniebella
      July 14, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      ut, So it ain’t over. that racists Florida might set him free, but it ain’t over. Not just yet.

  31. 114 arkluvspbo
    July 14, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Our President! I love watching him with babies!

  32. 115 desertflower
    July 14, 2013 at 4:23 pm
  33. July 14, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I love, love, love having a President who is comfortable with ALL children of this country.

  34. 117 arapaho415
    July 14, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Retweeted by @joshtpm last night:

  35. 120 desertflower
    July 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm


    So, in effect, when conservatives and libertarians say government should get out of the way, what they are really saying is “let’s lock into place white political power, white wealth, and white privilege.

    Of course, not all libertarians think of themselves as racist, and most probably don’t see how their “get rid of government” policies prop up institutional bigotry, but the reality is that when you blast government as the root of all evil and neuter its power, you end weakening the one thing that can keep the ruling elite in check.

    And when you do that, the rich and powerful race hangs onto its wealth and power and the poorer minorities lose even more of what little they have.

    In the end, it doesn’t really matter whether Rand Paul agrees with Jack Hunter that the Confederacy was a good idea.

    Because by going on and on about state’s rights and freedom from government tyranny, Senator Paul and his friends on the Libertarian right make sure that the values of Old Dixie – an entrenched racial elite and racial inequality – continue in America.

    Libertarianism truly is the velvet glove of a nice-sounding “freedom” policy that covers the iron fist of five hundred years of genocide and apartheid in America.

    Read the whole thing…pass it on…it will connect the dots

    • 121 Lynn
      July 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      Just goes to prove a rat effer is a rat effer. libertarians, teaparty….all misogynist racists (the shrieker wingnuts) all day long

      • 122 desertflower
        July 14, 2013 at 4:58 pm

        Velvet glove over shit is still shit. They think they’ll fool people….

        • 123 Lynn
          July 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm

          Thanks, desertflower. Somebody better throw a bucket of ice water on me before I explode. If it wasn’t for all you wonderful folks and the grace of good Queen Chips………..

    • 124 Claire
      July 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Very well worded Desertflower!!! Agreed, agreed, agreed!!!!!!!!!! Why isn’t this obvious to everyone? The Chris Hayes types… I believe they must know this and just turn a blind eye or are secretly racists.

  36. July 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    This is what my niece is working on. We are going to lose another American tomorrow if Stay is not handed down to Georgia:


    Lindsay Harrison is my niece.

  37. 132 globalcitizenlinda
    July 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    are ANY of the people who have spent weeks demanding for the rights of snowden saying anything about the rights of Trayvon?

  38. 141 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 14, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Joy Reid is sitting in for Ed.

    • 142 anniebella
      July 14, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      I have not watch tv at all today, because I just do not want to hear all of it right now.

      • 143 jacquelineoboomer
        July 14, 2013 at 5:54 pm

        I’m with you. Watched a piece of CBS Sunday Morning, and it’s been HGTV on since then. I turned off cable “news” once I saw Zimmerman’s face after the reading of the verdict. That was quite enough. I know what happened, and I don’t need any pundits to tell me their thoughts.

  39. 144 Bill R.
    July 14, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Excellent statement from our President. Supporting Trayvon’s parents and calling for an end to gun violence. He is a wise leader.

    At the age of almost 65 what has stayed with me is that the pain of living is unavoidable, including the pain of others who share this planet with me. My vow is to not try to avoid the pain but to use it, remember it, to motivate me more deeply to devote myself to love and healing in this walk in life. It is true as I remember every day the death of my own son. It is true as I reflect now on the death of Trayvon Martin and the suffering of his loved ones.

    I am always appalled at how churches are unwilling to take an unequivocal position of advocacy and support for justice.
    An exception here from the UCC:

    UCC ‏@unitedchurch 5h
    We still stand in solidarity of Trayvon Martin and offer our support and prayers to his family! #trayvonmartin pic.twitter.com/yX9Hd0CzPA

  40. 148 yardarm756
    July 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    The time for complaining is done. We must come together on one accord and make a move.

    This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  41. 154 globalcitizenlinda
    July 14, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    So the whiners are out – complaining PBO’ is not strong enough ??? I am tired of these people!!

    • 155 Layla
      July 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      I feel we pay wayyyy too much attention to these fools!

    • 156 nathkatun7
      July 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      Great response, Linda! I am so sick and tired of these Black arm chair freedom fighters who think President Obama, because he is black ,can wave a magic wand and cure the 500 years of entrenched racism. Some one should remind Rock that Rosa Parks, E.D. Nixon, Dr. King, Medgar Evers, John Lewis and the SNCC students were not waiting on President Kennedy and Johnson when they embarked on the struggle to change this country. Some of these people, like Rock, are the ones who never vote and yet are the first to complain loudly. Yes there are things I and you can say because we are not charged with the responsibility of governing a diverse country. Why do these fools think the President of the United States has to pour gasoline on an already smoldering racial powder keg in order to appear strong?

  42. 157 CEB
    July 14, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    GA, everyone.
    Hang in there.

  43. 158 desertflower
    July 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Ignore the haters. They distract us from what we must do. They WANT a reaction…ignore them and just make the dream, real.

  44. 159 globalcitizenlinda
    July 14, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    going out to get some air – a mess out there

  45. July 14, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Hey guys this is not in response to POTUS statement, it’s something I’ve been wanting to write all day.

    Yesterday after hearing the verdict, I was not really shocked, but I just felt this numbness. I was upset and just had a long time trying to get my mind settles enough to finally get to sleep. This morning I woke up and I no longer felt numbness, I felt anger. And not the normal kind of anger at stubbing your toe, or angry cause I’m broke, but this quiet, festering anger that just seemed to get stronger as the day goes by and as I read the reactions from both side of the divide and I just had to stop watching tv or reading twitter. That anger is still festering and simmering under the surface. To know me is to know that I’m not a volatile person. I’m pretty even-handed when it comes to the justice system, I don’t trust it, but I realize that we have to live within it. But as African Americans, I suspect that majority of us feel the same particularly when it comes to the justice system.

    I’m angry. That’s it. I don’t feel violent, I don’t feel reactive, I FEEL ANGRY! And right now, I don’t want to hear anything about this being “the right verdict” or about “respecting the verdict” or “why are people so surprised”. I don’t want to hear anything about SYG, or about white on black crime or any other reasoning people have been using to create “calm”. Can Black folk just for right now be allowed to be damn angry and not RATIONAL and not LOGICAL, just ANGRY. without someone trying to calm us down.

    I AM ANGRY. I damn I think we deserve at least the day to rant and rave in anger and not LOGIC. That way at least we can go to work on Monday in our probably majority white work place and public places and not feel the need to scream in white folks faces! It’s the same feeling I get after watching ROOTS or ROSEWOOD or read the story of Medger Evans or Emmitt Till.

    • July 14, 2013 at 5:32 pm
    • 163 Lynn
      July 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      ‘festering anger’ says it all for me, lamh.

    • 164 arkluvspbo
      July 14, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Let it out lamh!

    • 165 sherijr
      July 14, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      yes Iamh. yes.

    • 166 nathkatun7
      July 14, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      lamh36, I perfectly understand and totally share your anger. I am also not ashamed to express the depth of my hatred for Zimmerman and all these racists who are cheering for the verdict, as well as my hatred for the injustice system that let a murderer go free without any repercussions for murdering an innocent 17 years-old boy. I too don’t want to hear any thing about the process or any excuses for the jurors. Like you, my anger is not, nor can it be, directed at the President who had absolutely nothing to do with the verdict. I am fairly certain that privately the President feels that same anger as we do. But I also understand fully that the President has the responsibility to keep the nation calm. I felt that the tone of his statement was what is required from a president who has the burden of governing a diverse country. I do not have that responsibility and I think I am entitled to be angry and to hate people, not because of their race/color or ethnicity, but because they commit these evil deeds and the system lets them off free. I reject those who try to equate my anger and hatred, directed at racists, to be the same as the anger and hatred by racists which is directed at people because of their race/color/ethnicity.

  46. 167 anniebella
    July 14, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    globalcitizenlinda, how about those people who want to make this all about what POTUS said and didn’t say, make sure they are ready to vote in 2014, how about them do all they can to help people register to vote in 2014. And help get people to the polls.

  47. 169 Indie Liberal
    July 14, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Nice statement from PBO.

    Disgusted that a despicable person got away with a heinous crime. Thoughts and prayers are with the Martin family. They have suffered so much.

  48. 170 Claire
    July 14, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I always enjoy Tim Wise’s perspective. His anti-racism work has greatly influenced my work. He advocates that white people must be actively engaged in fighting for an anti-racist nation. His daughter’s reaction to the verdict is that of a child raised in an anti-racist home. Racism is learned behavior, anything learned can be unlearned.

    No Innocence Left to Kill: Racism, Injustice and Explaining America to My Daughter


  49. 172 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm

  50. 173 lockewasright
    July 15, 2013 at 12:31 am

    I’m so angry right now. I wish that I had the president’s calm.

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