72 Responses to “Truth”

  1. 3 Judith Fardig
    February 15, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    NW, your tweets and posts have been a balm for heavy hearts.

  2. 6 jacquelineoboomer
    February 15, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    How are you doing, NW? Hugs to you for all of this.

    • 7 COS
      February 15, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      Hugs to you Mrs. O’Boomer.

    • 9 Nerdy Wonka
      February 15, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      It hurts, Ms. J’OB. It hurts.

      I see parents of color weeping and terrified for their children’s lives. I see young men of color disenfranchised in their own country and treated as less than human. I see young women of color who get killed when they stop to ask for help. I see a justice system that says in 2014, if you are Black, a minority, then you are worth nothing and it hurts.

      Our bodies are being threatened. Our bodies are being gunned down to death. Our bodies are being destroyed just because monsters don’t like the color of our skin.

      We can’t wear hoodies. We can’t play music. We can’t walk up to a neighborhood and ask for help without being treated as threats and subjected to such inhumane violence.

      It is mind numbingly terrifying that one can walk out the door and be murdered because one is judged for the skin color and not seen as a human being.

      We just have to keep on marching on for change, but right now, it hurts.

      • February 15, 2014 at 10:54 pm

        NW, may I repost on my Facebook page so whites can see the pain they cause other human beings not like them?

      • 14 hopefruit2
        February 15, 2014 at 10:56 pm

        That’s the truth laid bare, NW. It HURTS. No other way to spin it. It hurts and it will continue to hurt unless it changes.

      • 15 jacquelineoboomer
        February 15, 2014 at 11:06 pm

        And I can’t reach out and touch you, NW, but if I could, I swear I’d sit up all night with you and yell and scream and cry. My nature is to give you encouraging words, but I can’t find any myself worth their salt right now, whatever that old saying means. And I know that if I’m this discouraged, how must you feel?

        I see your expressive words here and you are putting your feelings down, which – I’ve learned myself – is healing. Tomorrow is another day (another march on for change, as you said), and all that. Maybe just get a good night’s sleep, if possible, and take it one step at a time.

        I know one thing, aside from these hurts: the beauty YOU bring the world is not missed. Take that as truth from this old white great grandmother, who apparently doesn’t clap to the right beat when she listens to music but knows a good person when she sees one.

      • 18 Cindy
        February 15, 2014 at 11:12 pm

        Thank you Nerdy Wonka….

        How many more times do we have to watch another mother and father stand before a microphone and say; my child was a good kid?

        How long? I would like to be believe not long, but time is proving that a black life in America doesn’t matter. Why do we have to live in fear because of the color of our skin, and a law that gives open season on us because we are living while black?

        My heart is heavy for the Davis family and for Trevon’s family. CNN we don’t need to hear Trevon’s murderer speak, do what is right and cancel that interview that will show on Monday, February 17th 2014.

        This country is filled with hate, why justify the hater’s heart? We know why Trevon and Jordan were murdered. You don’t need a Ph.D., a MD, GED or any other D to know that a black life in America is not valued.

        How long?…….too long.

      • 19 MightyPamela
        February 15, 2014 at 11:17 pm

        {{{{{NW}}}}} Hold on to the Light, we will do our best to help you all. We walk with you, as far as we are able. Then we will walk behind you, if we must. God Bless. I am so very sorry for your pain and heartache.

        • 20 jacquelineoboomer
          February 16, 2014 at 2:45 am

          You speak for me, here, MightyPamela >> *We walk with you, as far as we are able. Then we will walk behind you, if we must.* << Thank you.

      • 21 nathkatun7
        February 15, 2014 at 11:59 pm

        Thank you so much, NW, for expressing so well the depth of the” hurt” many of us are reliving this evening. Here we are, in 2014, and many people still refuse to treat black people as human beings. What is overwhelming for me is that state governments, like the one Florida, are now openly sanctioning the murder of black folks, especially young black men.

      • 22 99ts
        February 16, 2014 at 1:38 am

        I have no words – I wonder will it ever be different – but I see the pain and wish it was not there.

  3. 23 jacquelineoboomer
    February 15, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Never give up!

  4. 24 sherijr
    February 15, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    ((((((((((NW))))))))))) thank you for this. Too sad, all of it.

  5. 26 Allison
    February 15, 2014 at 10:54 pm

  6. 28 yardarm756
    February 15, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Bottom line. That poor excuse for prosecution shoulder be hung. And she’s still wasting time with the woman that fired a gun in her own garage……They should hang her fat ass!………Sorry. smh

    • 29 globalcitizenlinda
      February 15, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      too many hearts hurting;

      question her competence, promote her physical safety – like you have give in service to all of us;

      • 30 yardarm756
        February 16, 2014 at 12:22 am

        Sorry global but my cup is full. Been here a loooong time and have seen and suffered too many indignities. Maybe I’ll be better tomorrow. Right now I’m sitting here with flared nostrils and tears of frustration.

        • 31 nathkatun7
          February 16, 2014 at 2:26 am

          I know where you are coming from, yardarm! For us who became teens in the 50’s and grew up during the violent 50’s and 60s., we’ve seen this movie, over and over again. Exactly how do you continue to love, respect the people and the system that insist on treating you less than a human being? But even more importantly, how do you raise your children to love themselves and respect the system that constantly reminds them that they are less than other human beings? It’s verdicts like the one tonight that open up all the wounds from the past and recent memories for some of us old folks. We see yet another Black boy murdered, in cold blood, and yet his murderer is not held to account. Yes, like you, tonight I must weep with the parents of Jordan Davis because, unlike the Florida justice system, I know that their son was a precious human being who still had his life ahead of him to do magnificent things. I also weep because I know that Jordan could be my grandson, or any one of my nephews, or any son and grandson of another Black family. What I will not tolerate tonight are the supposedly clever pundits and their legalese! A grown man, 47 years-old, murdered a teenage boy in cold blood. Tonight the so called Justice system in Florida failed to hold him to account for that murder. By so doing, they sent a message to all Black families, especially those raising Black boys, that their children’s lives do not matter. Not convicting this man for first degree murder was a total mockery to justice!

          • 32 yardarm756
            February 16, 2014 at 2:33 am

            Well said my Brother. Well said.
            I’m gonna try to sleep now but I think it will be an exercise in futility.

            • 33 nathkatun7
              February 16, 2014 at 2:50 am

              Thanks, yardarm. I hope you do get some sleep brother! But I know it’s hard. Thankfully, it’s still early here in Cal. so I don’t have to go to bed yet. I am, however, hitting the red wine bottle hard hopping it will dull my senses. To be honest, I just could not take the news today because, like a dummy who forgets the history of this country, I was hopping for a sane verdict.

          • 34 nathkatun7
            February 16, 2014 at 2:46 am

            I meant to say “mockery of justice.”

  7. 35 a4alice
    February 15, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    this is a must see for any ppl out there in the twitterverse hope they come by to see your collection of relevant tweets relating to the Dunn trial NW – thx for doing this foot work and collecting these.

  8. 37 Allison
    February 15, 2014 at 11:10 pm

  9. 43 yardarm756
    February 15, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    This brings to mind that maybe Stokely Carmichael, Malcolm X and the Black Panthers, et al were on the right track after all……….There’s gonna be more blood spilled…….Folks are very, very tired of this IMHO!

  10. 44 GGAIL
    February 15, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    NW, your words are beautiful. I share your pain and sadness, but I thank you for being here throughout this tough day.

    Know that you matter here at TOD.

  11. 46 Nerdy Wonka
    February 15, 2014 at 11:27 pm

  12. February 15, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Hi all. It has been a while since I posted. I have been working, trying to catch the Olympics, and have been glued to the trial of Michael Dunn. Please bear with me as I try to explain how I am feeling. My heart is broken. My anger has not subsided at all this week. This is not like me at all. I still cannot believe that this could happen again in my state. I just got off work. I spend my days working in a mostly AA community. I am white. All week I have been asking people if they have been following the trial. SHOCKER….they have not. Most have not heard of what is going on at all. This is the AA youth of Palm Beach County Florida.

    I just want to say…”Thank you to the parents on this board”. If this were the 60’s I feel the younger generation we have now would never have helped get the “Civil Rights” passed back then.

    I also want to to say, Angela Corey, and Assistant DA Guy really SUCK at their jobs!

    • 48 Nerdy Wonka
      February 15, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      I’m going to push back a little.

      The people you questioned are just a small segment of a bigger group. Some people didn’t follow the day-to-day goings on of the Dunn trial because it was too painful. It hurt too much. Who can blame them? They were dealt a gut wrenching blow after the Zimmerman verdict. It probably reinforced to them what they’ve known all their lives. That society doesn’t value minorities as it should. That society views minorities as less than.

      As for your assertion that the youth wouldn’t have helped the Civil Rights Act pass, that is fundamentally wrong. The youth had sit-ins, walk-outs, and marches. They were a core component of the success of the Civil Rights Movement. In Florida, the Dream Defenders are 99.9% youth and they are working hard organizing, marching, protesting, and registering people to vote so they can reform Florida from the hellhole it has become.

      • 49 CEB
        February 16, 2014 at 12:00 am

        You are so right about the point that it was so painful many did not follow it, but that does not mean that they were not aware of the case. I watched little of the coverage because I was not interested in listening to the talking heads and the haters; none of it would affect the verdict. So many people, especially the older ones, have seen this too often and very few had any hope that this case would be any different than what happened in Trayvon’s case. Even though J’ville is very Republican and conservative, the A-A community and its allies are very active in working for social and political change. I live here so I know.

  13. 50 HZ
    February 15, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Nerdy W., my space is in a hurt position as well. I just break down in tears when I feel the pain entering my space.
    {{{{{{{{{{{{{ Hugging you and all of our TOD family.}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

    We need to continue to walk together to the polls in 2014, and bring about change in our cities, and states concerning these laws. Also, it is imperative that we explain to people the importance of knowing who their elected Judges, mayors, governors, and appointees of the law in our states. Things have to change for the future of our young men and women or color. This has to stop. All elections are important, But we need to educate our youth as to why. I will continue to do my part. I hope and pray others will do the same.

    Hurt and Pain in my space tonight. But I will put actions in my space and move the walls of Hurt and Pain further off the road of evil and injustice, so our young men and women will have a beautiful and true walk to a decent and just road of opportunities to live out their God given talents.

    Good night Chips, Nerdy W., and my TOD family. (((((((((((((Love and prayers)))))))))))))))HZ

  14. 52 globalcitizenlinda
    February 15, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    NW, thanks for highlighting these collective thoughts of so many – such deep pain all around;

    no doubt, these words cause us to pause and think about those we share the world with and how we could make their lives a little better;

    this has been an emotionally-draining day!

    but I am extremely grateful for those who are speaking out and those who are willing to listen and reflect on the complexities of this world we share;

    we can’t move forward unless we recognize the basic humanity of others – especially those who are different from us;

  15. February 15, 2014 at 11:51 pm


    Your words have moved me to my soul. Thank you, for expressing what I feel.

  16. 56 CEB
    February 15, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I live in Jacksonville, Florida where i was born, raised, and educated and have lived all except two of my almost 60 years. The African American community here is not the type to burn down the city when we have been so injured. We are a religious people who look to God as a source of strength and various community organizations as well as the churches to work to bring about change. Most of us expected Dunn to get off completely as he who shall not be named did in Sanford (J’ville is very Republican and conservative; it was mostly S. Fla. that brought it home for PBO); so while the verdict is not what most would have wished it is more than we expected. There is more work to do and we have the fortitude and the faith to do it. We never believed that the U S was even close to being post-racial and that there would finally be freedom and justice for all even as on the surface, many things have improved. Our hearts are broken but our will is strong. Fight and pray with us as we work to influence law makers and gotv for 2014.

    • February 16, 2014 at 11:07 am

      There is more work to do and we have the fortitude and the faith to do it. We never believed that the U S was even close to being post-racial and that there would finally be freedom and justice for all even as on the surface, many things have improved. Our hearts are broken but our will is strong. Fight and pray with us as we work to influence law makers and gotv for 2014.


  17. 58 LDS
    February 15, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Just when I am struggling with forgiveness something like this occurs much too soon. I draw strength from my faith. I am encouraged by the families that can pray for those who cause them so much pain. I will continue to pray for their strength to continue to live in peace and love. I sit here and try to imagine how do you start?
    I think of all the missed birthdays and celebrations they will no longer share. When does the pain cease? How can you close your eyes to sleep without that person in your life.

    I do know that I could never do this alone. It is where I reach high and dig deep for my faith in God and knowing that my help comes from Him. If I can just stretch my hands up to Him knowing that:

    He is the source of strength. He is the source of my life. I lift my hands in total praise to Him.
    For everyone here. For all the families that are going through pain, in pain and coming out of pain.

  18. 59 globalcitizenlinda
    February 15, 2014 at 11:58 pm

  19. 60 WilTal
    February 16, 2014 at 12:21 am

    NW, Thank you so much for all that you do and bring to TOD every day. I am feeling your pain…it is gut wrenching and the frustration makes me understand James Baldwin’s quote even more “to be black in America is to be in a constant state of rage.” Sending you my love and a tender hug.

    Also, sending prayers to Jordan’s parents – that they will be blessed with an abundance of strength during this very difficult time.

  20. 61 globalcitizenlinda
    February 16, 2014 at 12:32 am

    there are days when you feel that so many have lost their minds;

  21. 62 WilTal
    February 16, 2014 at 12:47 am

  22. 63 Vicki
    February 16, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Truth is the right title for this important post.
    Thank you for getting this together, Nerdy Wonka.
    I see how I am part of the problem. I was so glad about the jail time I lost sight of the bigger issue.
    I am sorry for my lack of understanding.
    The only acceptable outcome today would have been a conviction for first degree murder.

  23. 64 sabreen60
    February 16, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Statistics tell us that the majority of whites are killed by other whites. So why in hell are they SUPPOSE to be so afraid of black people. How times have black folks opened fired on whites? How many times have black folks blown up buildings? How many times have black folks dragged a white man behind a truck to his death. Why are they so afraid of us. Seems to me we have more reason to be afraid. Look at the jails filled with young black males for non-violent drug offenses – mostly marijuana. Yet more whites smoke marijuana. We are but 13% of the population, so there is no way we do more drugs than the majority. These are questions that I have been asking myself since the verdict. Personally, I think the “we are afraid” is pure bullshit. Dunn wasn’t afraid. He was pissed because young black men dared to what ? curse him. Tell him to leave them the fuck alone. Dunn wasn’t afraid. Just like Zimmerman wasn’t afraid. You don’t confront someone if you don’t have to if you’re afraid.
    My rant.

    • 65 nathkatun7
      February 16, 2014 at 2:36 am

      “Dunn wasn’t afraid. Just like Zimmerman wasn’t afraid.”

      You are absolutely spot-on Sabreen! These two men were out hunting black folks to kill! Justice like those who murdered Emmett Till, James Byrd countless Black people, without any repercussion, throughout the history of this country. Lest we forget, most lynchings of Blacks, in the late 19th century and early 20th century, were major public events replete with festivities and picnics.

      • 66 nathkatun7
        February 16, 2014 at 2:54 am

        I meant to say “just like” not “justice like” “those who murdered Emmett Till, James Byrd…”

    • February 16, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Dunn wasn’t afraid. He was pissed because young black men dared to what ? curse him. Tell him to leave them the fuck alone. Dunn wasn’t afraid. Just like Zimmerman wasn’t afraid. You don’t confront someone if you don’t have to if you’re afraid.
      My rant.



      No he was not afraid,,, He was pissed off that this young black man did not know his place…he killed him to teach him where that place was!

  24. 68 Dudette
    February 16, 2014 at 4:25 am

    I felt so ill earlier I had to lie down. Woke up with a heavy heart.
    This song came to mind. I hope it helps someone if just for a moment.

    • 69 nathkatun7
      February 16, 2014 at 4:48 am

      Hello, Dudette! Sorry to hear your are feeling ill. I hope and trust that you will be feeling much better soon. Thank you for sharing Stevie Wonder’s powerful song. It sure helped me. You always know the songs to pick to fit the moment. I am a child of the 60s and we relied on music and songs to help us endure the terrible times. Now that I’ve listened to Stevie, I think it’s time for me to try to get some rest.

    • 70 anniebella
      February 16, 2014 at 10:02 am

      The great Stevie Wonder. He is one of FLOTUS favorite singer. She mention him again on Ryan Seacrest’s show a few weeks ago.

      • 71 anniebella
        February 16, 2014 at 10:05 am

        Ryan asked her if she was on American Idol what song would she sing, and she said “You are the sunshine of my life”.

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