Pray for him

Sabrina Sheppard, 8, of Sanford, Florida, prays at the Trayvon Martin memorial


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64 Responses to “Pray for him”

  1. 1 Dudette
    July 15, 2013 at 12:33 am

  2. 2 utaustinliberal
    July 15, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Heartbreakingly poignant image.

    • 3 nathkatun7
      July 15, 2013 at 2:42 am

      Yes indeed! Really pierces your heart. No child should have to grow up surrounded by so much hate and ugliness. I don’t care what anyone else says, I don’t know of any people that have had to endure, for centuries, so much pain, brutality and hatred, and still retain their humanity, their capacity to love, and their faith in God, as black people have.

      • 4 cluny
        July 15, 2013 at 6:53 am

        Hear hear! I have no idea what that sort of discrimination is but I ask myself the same thing – I have more respect for African Americans than anyone else. Just know that this has sent shock waves throughout the entire world – people are outraged and if there is anything that we can do from ‘outside’, so to speak – we will.

  3. 5 Dudette
    July 15, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Prayers for Trayvon’s family and all those pained by the sting of injustice today.

  4. 6 vitaminlover
    July 15, 2013 at 12:36 am

    yes, indeed.

    • 7 ewok2
      July 15, 2013 at 12:49 am

      Trayvon, may your beautiful soul rest in peace. Know that we will continue to fight for justice and like Cain, Zimmerman will forever walk this earth as a cursed man.

  5. 8 globalcitizenlinda
    July 15, 2013 at 1:03 am

    this photo broke the remaining part of my broken heart!

  6. 9 globalcitizenlinda
    July 15, 2013 at 1:06 am

    I hope that no member of the jury later comes out and claims anguish over their verdict – I just won’t want to hear that (what is done is done)

  7. 10 LDS
    July 15, 2013 at 1:09 am

    That is not true……Cain was NOT cursed.
    No disrespect intended. But a lot of racist religious hypocrites take this and run with it to benefit their own pitiful desire to feel superior.
    Please read Genesis 5:9-18.
    Neither was the mark “Black” as some racists profess and believe. A lot of racists religious hypocrites have been pushing this lie for years to justify their hate and evil thinking that is so far from the truth.
    V15 explains what God said concerning Cain.

    • 11 pickle48
      July 15, 2013 at 1:44 am

      Christians have used the story of Noah’s sons to justify slavery in the last 300+ years.

    • 12 professorx10
      July 15, 2013 at 1:50 am

      It’s true Cain was hot cursed by YHVH, it was Noaa who was doing the cursing of Ham who was the son of Canaan. Cain is not Canaan they are completely different. U see how the white establishment tries to twist the Word of God.

      Here is the passage in the Word of God .

      Genesis Ch9: Vs 18-26

      18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.

      19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.

      20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

      21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

      22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

      23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.

      24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.

      25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

      26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

    • 16 Churchlady320
      July 15, 2013 at 3:40 am

      In my very racist southern grandfather’s 1901 Bible, it was laid on the unwitting people who gave Ham, Noah’s son, hospitality. The Bible footnotes of that Jim Crow era posit that these people were Black and therefore their curse was to live forever – FOREVER – in slavery. Obviously the Emancipation Proclamation made absolutely NO impression on these folks writing the footnotes 36 years later.

  8. 17 Dudette
    July 15, 2013 at 1:16 am

  9. 18 Dudette
    July 15, 2013 at 1:20 am

  10. 19 Dudette
    July 15, 2013 at 1:20 am

  11. 20 LDS
    July 15, 2013 at 1:31 am

    It is so sad when you fear your child going out the door and you may never get a chance to hug them and watch them grow up. It is even sadder when the young ones say they do not want to buy “Skittles” because they fear they will be shot.
    It happened to Emmet Till and Trayvon Martin. They both went out to buy candy……

  12. July 15, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Dear Chips,

    This comment by nospin needs to be featured ….

    Thank you.

    Yes We Can

    • July 15, 2013 at 1:53 am

      Hopefully, a ‘moderator’ will release the comment 😉

      Yes We MUST

    • July 15, 2013 at 1:58 am

      Just have to repeat this ….

      As all of you know, I’ve mentioned this fact more than once in various posts. It was not until the RE-Election of President Obama that an unambiguous shift in America to a rejection of racism, and all the evil it represents began.

      We are now going to go through at least a decade of doing what should have been done at the end of the Civil War. Clearly, if Lincoln had not been assassinated, the process of reconstruction would have been more robust and focused on erasing the inequities of slavery.

      But, that was not to be the case and even with the Civil Rights and Voting Rights and desegregation of schools, it was not going to be a reality.

      Upon an African-American becoming President all the underlying racism began to ooze in undeniable, inescapable actions. Upon President Obama’s re-election, it has erupted. The 20 Jan 2009 insurgency against him, has now become an all out assault to undermine him as well as an all out assault on people of color and women.

      The travesty of not only the Trayvon Martin verdict but the fact that a murderer walked free for weeks after killing a black child could not be a more potent statement that a segment of America would revert to slavery in a heart beat if it could. And, it’s not just jacked up, Jim Crow. gun totting nuts, it’s 5 members of the Supreme Court of the USA, & every Republican in the House of Representatives who have proved that to be true within the past few weeks.

      That racism and misogyny go hand in hand is, of course, of no surprise. It is odd that some women, especially white women in America, do not grok the connection and the reality that ‘their men’ view them as merely a SLAVE.

      The white, plutocrat, ALEC-orchestrated assault on women and people of color coupled with their efforts to both profit from and expand access to weapons of mass murder could not make their agenda more obvious.

      Women, people of color, & men who have even an ounce of empathy, a shard of ethics, a modicum of self-worth must join together and ensure every person who can legally vote does so – in special elections this year and throughout the Nation in 2014. We must build a Federal Congress, as well as, Governorships, Congresses, Mayoral positions, etc., in every State & City with those who will end the Civil War, end inequities toward women, halt profiling of non-whites, restrict access to weapons of mass murder, expand access to nutrition and education for every child (from the day they are born) and build an America that begins to act, not talk, equitably toward every person.


      Yes WE MUST

      time for some rest ….

      • July 15, 2013 at 2:16 am

        The human spirit has never been better represented by Beethoven’s 9th. So before departing, just know that no matter what misogynists & racists, and their plutocrat enablers attempt, they will fail ….

        Yes WE WILL

      • 27 yardarm756
        July 15, 2013 at 2:24 am

        PEACE–OUT Lootenant!

      • 28 theo67
        July 15, 2013 at 2:26 am

        Bob – I know your intentions are good and honourable, but this isn’t the President’s fight alone, and it won’t end when his presidency does. He’s endured unbelievable racism during his lifetime and his presidency. I’m not sure that we should be looking to him to lead this battle – we have to lead it ourselves. I have no doubt that he’s just as enraged as the rest of us, and feeling just as helpless at the crassness of some members of society. This shouldn’t be laid at his feet – it’s at all our feet.

        • July 15, 2013 at 10:48 pm

          Hi theo, odd that that’s your reaction to what I wrote. About all I can say is, read it again. Nothing in what I wrote lays anything at the ‘feet of President Obama.’ It merely points to the reality that with his election, and particularly with his RE-Election, it is inescapable that 2013 is barely the beginning of ending the Civil War.

          And, as regards to whose responsibility it is, the sentence begins with WE – not President Obama:

          “We must build a Federal Congress, as well as, Governorships, Congresses, Mayoral positions, etc., in every State & City with those who will end the Civil War, end inequities toward women, halt profiling of non-whites, restrict access to weapons of mass murder, expand access to nutrition and education for every child (from the day they are born) and build an America that begins to act, not talk, equitably toward every person.”

          Yes We Can

          • 30 theo67
            July 15, 2013 at 11:04 pm

            I guess my intent with me post was to say that President Obama is already on the case. There are too many people who think it’s his job to solve every problem, and they forget that it’s the job of every American to get the government that will best serve their interests. After seeing so many people jump on President Obama yesterday, expecting him to make things right with this Zimmerman disaster, yet not holding themselves and their votes (or non-votes, as the case may be) responsible for the justice system that continues to victimize poor people and people of color, I just didn’t want one more tweet directed at President Obama. We need to do better.

            I know your intentions are pure.

      • 31 jackiegrumbacher
        July 15, 2013 at 6:38 am

        This is a brilliant analysis of what’s happening now, Bob. And let’s all acknowledge that it’s fear of the inevitable changes coming to the US that is driving this spike in racist and misogynist eruptions. The haters are frightened of change and are doing everything in their power to hold it back at whatever cost. They fear that those they hate are more powerful than they are and are terrified of what will happen when that power is fully realized. The re-election of President Obama was proof of what that power could mean. Many convinced themselves it couldn’t happen–they did everything to stop it from Citizens United to voter suppression. The fact that they couldn’t stop it has precipitated this backlash. They’re outnumbered. Young people aren’t buying what they’re selling, no matter how much education they deny them. The future isn’t theirs and that reality is unbearable for them.

        • 32 arkluvspbo
          July 15, 2013 at 9:54 am

          “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
          Charles Darwin

          “WE are the ones WE have been waiting for.”
          Barack Hussein Obama

          Jackiegrumbacher you are spot on. It has been so obvious for so long that the racists and misogynists fear payback. They fear we will do to them what they have done to us. I can’t imagine what it must be like to live in that fear. They don’t understand that mature, mentally stable people don’t need to seek revenge, we will stand taller and shine brighter and THAT is how we get our justice.

          A 42 y/o Jewish woman.

        • July 15, 2013 at 10:49 pm

          Perfection, Jackie!!! Thank you!!!

          Yes WE WILL

      • 34 globalcitizenlinda
        July 15, 2013 at 7:34 am

        brilliant analysis – we work together

  13. 35 Bill R.
    July 15, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Thank you all who post here. It is a great comfort to me, especially now.

  14. July 15, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Goood Morning everyone….

    The March towards Freedom…continues

  15. 37 globalcitizenlinda
    July 15, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Another day, the struggle continues

  16. 38 Claire
    July 15, 2013 at 7:33 am

    I saw some signs at a Florida rally that had “Register to VOTE for Trayvon Martin”. I thought those were the best take action signs I have seen. There should be voter registration tables at all rallies.

    • 39 arkluvspbo
      July 15, 2013 at 9:57 am

      I bet you $10,000 of Mitt Romney’s money, that GZ did not expect the face that he snuffed out that awful, February night, would become the face of a movement that has been in the making for hundreds of years.

  17. 40 amk for obama
    July 15, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Over 6000 people declared dead in India floods with only 600 bodies recovered. Horrible. One thing I noticed was the complete lack of support for rescue and relief from well to-do countries this time.

  18. 43 Bill
    July 15, 2013 at 7:36 am

    HP reported yesterday that GZ was expelled from a community college because “he posed a danger to the campus”. He know says he wants to become a lawyer.

    • 44 arkluvspbo
      July 15, 2013 at 10:00 am

      GZ will overplay his hand…he has been given a gift, but he will abuse it. OJ thought he could get away with it, and now look where HE is.

  19. 45 dotster3
    July 15, 2013 at 7:48 am

    I would like to see concern spread to all the gun deaths that are happening daily in this country. Every day there is news of children and teens shot and often photos of heartbroken parents. A 16 year old was shot dead in Chicago last night, one of only 3 deaths in the city last night. Usually on a nice night the number is higher. There have been 18,185 gun deaths since Newtown in this country. 18,185!!! This is where attention should be concentrated, imho—–a determination to try to stop ALL these senseless gun deaths.


    • 46 globalcitizenlinda
      July 15, 2013 at 8:47 am

      reducing gun violence should be coupled with fundamental change in the justice system to eliminate laws on the books that target different groups

  20. 47 nospin
    July 15, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Good morning TOD. I am working hard to let go of the feelings I have inside. As a woman, as a mother as a human being I am challenged. So I do what I have to in order to find peace and so I can continue look at mankind with love and compassion in my heart. I have to let go and let God.

  21. 48 nospin
    July 15, 2013 at 7:57 am

    This too shall pass.

  22. 50 amk for obama
    July 15, 2013 at 8:06 am

    The acquittal in Florida’s Trayvon Martin murder case has drawn criticism around the world. In the German media, the focus is as much on misguided vigilante justice laws as it is on race.

    News media around the world covered Saturday night’s ruling in the Trayvon Martin murder case as top news. In Germany, it featured as a leading story on one of the top news programs, where the host’s first question to the station’s Washington correspondent was why there hadn’t been a single African American on the jury.

    Another leading news broadcast noted the case had drawn considerable international attention because it “appeared to be so systematic and also divided the country.” The correspondent added that, for many, Martin’s death had “become a symbol for racism that is still present in America.”


    A handful of German newspapers also published editorials on Monday that are critical of the Florida law, which they argue promotes vigilante justice in ways that are dangerous for society.

    A commentary in the leftist Die Tageszeitung takes aim at Florida’s “absurd” “Stand Your Ground” law, describing the ruling as “predictable,” but still “scandalous.”


    The regional Stuttgarter Zeitung writes:

    “A black teenager wearing a sweatshirt in a middle-class housing development can only mean trouble. But that puts what the Americans call ‘racial profiling’ in the spotlight — blanket suspicion based entirely on a person’s skin color, clothing or taste in music. The fact that there are police officers who tend to target young African American men more often that young white men is indisputable. That drug dealers with dark skin tend to be prosecuted more severely is a statistical fact. And the fact that African Americans in southern US states are given the death penalty more often than whites also hasn’t changed since Obama became president.”


    • July 15, 2013 at 8:39 am

      thank you for this AMK!

    • 52 globalcitizenlinda
      July 15, 2013 at 8:55 am

      FL ashamed the nation once again but it also highlighted that this level of injustice is present throughout the nation

    • 53 CEB
      July 15, 2013 at 9:21 am

      This underscores what I mentioned in a post yesterday. Our hypocrisy is known and condemned world-wide. The world-wide media’s coverage of the Civil Rights Movement of the 50’s and 60’s was one of the major reasons that reforms passed into law. When the world saw pictures on television footage of well-dressed. peaceful people being beaten, hosed, savaged by dogs and jailed, the nasty secret was out; America is not the “home of the free and the land of the brave” for a large portion of its citizens. Krushev and other leaders of communist countries were able to wield these human rights abuses against U S self-righteous hypocrisy and influence. The world is still watching and we seem like childish, savage, barbarians, unable to carve sensible gun laws that would protect us or to value our own citizens. If we cannot summon the moral courage, we should at lest summon self-interest. The world is too small and too connected and inter-dependent for other countries to suffer a world power that is going up in a powder keg.

  23. 54 amk for obama
    July 15, 2013 at 8:18 am

    • 55 arkluvspbo
      July 15, 2013 at 10:11 am

      {{{{No reasonably careful person would do what the man did}}}}, and that should be obvious to everyone.

      That statement says it ALL

  24. 56 utaustinliberal
    July 15, 2013 at 8:55 am

    • 57 arkluvspbo
      July 15, 2013 at 10:18 am

      50 years later, the African American community is STILL fighting those hoses.
      I remember seeing a picture from President Obama’s commencement speech at Morehouse College, …the faces of those smiling, proud young men, sitting there in the pouring rain is such a juxtaposition with this photograph…that is what gives me hope.

  25. July 15, 2013 at 8:55 am

    We are saddened, angry, disappointed, and frustrated about a number of recent events – the Zimmerman verdict, SCOTUS Voting Rights Act decision, Anti Choice Legislation and other legislation affecting Women’s Health Care, Food Stamps, Immigration Reform, Gun Control Legislation, Student Loan Rates Rising, and on and on…. Our emotions are certainly justified.

    But we cannot be so focused on our anger and disappointment that we allow it to take away our ability to function. We have to continue to live our day-to-day lives. That does not mean we should forget the reason for our anger and disappointment. Far from it. Instead, let those emotions make us more determined; more motivated to do what we need to do to get this country back on the right path. Don’t let our emotions weaken us and make us reckless, but use those emotions find a way to garner strength.

    Dealing with our emotions is often difficult. Some cope by turning inside ourselves for meditation and self-reflection. Some find it better to reach out to others….to vent…to get calming words…to get hugs. But whatever coping mechanism works best, strive for strength…strength of heart to have the will and resolve to go forward…and strength of mind to be wise in our decisions and thoughtful in our actions.

    We have been given a number of shakes telling us to wake up. Resting on our laurels has caused us to lose ground. We have to stop just thinking about the NOW. We have to also think about the possibilities of tomorrow. We can’t go back to sleep.

  26. 60 isonprize
    July 15, 2013 at 8:58 am

    The Ladipo Group: Psychotherapy for Our Community | African American counselors | Philadelphia, PA

    The Talking Drum
    There can be No Justice for Trayvon Martin

    Jul 14, 2013 | Tonya Ladipo | General 0

    Justice for Trayvon Martin is impossible. Justice is for the living, not the dead. Revenge, vengeance, or punishment on behalf of Trayvon Martin is possible. But justice is not.

    During the trial I thought about how differently the outcome would have been had George Zimmerman apologized. While it would not have raised Trayvon it would have drastically altered the grief and mourning of his family. What if Mr. Zimmerman went to Trayvon’s parents and said, “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry that I took your son from you.”

    Period. No justification, no rationalization, and no politics. Just remorse. What would that have done for the family of Trayvon? What would that have done for Mr. Zimmerman’s family? What would it have done for our country?

    I used to work with people whose loved ones were murdered. I worked with one mother who didn’t attend the trial of the person who murdered her son. Her family was baffled and furious that she wouldn’t go to the trial. “Why?” she once asked me, “why would I go? It doesn’t bring back my son. I know all that I need to know.”

    As unfair and shocking as the George Zimmerman verdict is, in one way it doesn’t matter. The verdict does not change the past. It does not bring back life from the dead. We need to stop talking about justice for Trayvon because that possibility ended the night he died.

    So where do we go from here?

    • 61 CEB
      July 15, 2013 at 9:31 am

      It is less about justice for Trayvon and more about justice for those still living; to end the possibility of there being more Trayvons. It is about finally getting into law gun control measures that really do save lives; it is about not living in fear because of what you look like; it is about finally being seen and being treated as equal in the law. It is about each child being valued; it is about full citizenship. It is about being fully human.

  27. 62 Titti
    July 15, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I am still in shock. Continued thoughts and prayers for the parents of Trayvon and his loved ones. This case has the hallmark of the Stephen Lawrence case in the UK were the family was let down by an institutionally racist police force and justice system. It took the family nearly twenty years and a change in the double jeopardy law to get justice. I believe that we will get justice for Trayvon; how long it will take that is the question.

  28. 64 utaustinliberal
    July 15, 2013 at 10:09 am

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