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‘We Must Repeal the Stand Your Ground Law’: Jesse Jackson Tips His Hand After Zimmerman Arrest

George Zimmerman hasn‘t even been in jail for a single day and hasn’t been found guilty of anything yet (in fact, his trial hasn’t even started), yet Jesse Jackson is already trying to use Zimmerman’s shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin to push a fondly cherished wish of left-of-center Floridians. That is, he’s trying to use the case as a pretext to repeal the “Stand Your Ground” law, which some observers have blamed for Martin‘s death at Zimmerman’s hands.

Laura Flanders of the Nation has video and the full quote in a short blog post:

George Zimmerman was behind bars Wednesday night, forty-five days and countless rallies after he went free after shooting unarmed high school junior Trayvon Martin in a Sanford, Florida, gated community. Zimmerman now faces the possibility of life in prison, but the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who has led some of those rallies, says that the mobilizing shouldn’t end.

“When Rosa Parks was arrested [for refusing to go to the back of the bus], if we had focused on the bus driver and not on the states’ rights law, we would have missed the point….  We must not just settle for Zimmerman, we must repeal the Stand Your Ground law.”

As luck would have it, Reverend Jackson and I were both at Ohio University as the news from Florida came in. Here’s what he had to say.

Jesse Jackson's real motive behind Trayvon/Zimmerman Outrage Revealed

The internal logic of Jackson’s statement, comparing the case of the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the case of Trayvon Martin, might not be fully consistent with either. The bus boycott was enacted in order to protest a specifically racist policy, whereas the Stand Your Ground law applies with equal force to whites and blacks, and has no alleged racial motivation behind it. Moreover, Rosa Parks did not die as a result of the bus policy, nor were the bus company employees ever charged with a crime. Either way, it’s not clear that the shooting of Trayvon Martin is indicative in any way of a wider trend of racially motivated violence. In fact, it appears to be an isolated incident, which would make it just the opposite.

Is Reverend Jackson distracting from his own cause?

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  2. Mike Tyson on George Zimmerman: ‘It’s a disgrace he hasn’t been shot yet’
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  4. What the media never tells you about crime!
  5. BREAKING! Zimmerman charged with second degree murder
  6. “I am the real George Zimmerman…”
  7. Man tells police group yelled ‘Trayvon,’ then beat him
  8. Political Cartoon – Zimmerman and NBC
  9. Mainstream Media: Selective Editing, Rushing Judgment, Stoking Anger, Fake Photos, Incendiary Stumbles
  10. Political Cartoon: Hoodies
  11. Hoodie-Wearing Gunmen Kill 1, Wound 5 in Bobby Rush’s Chicago District (Bobby, former Black Panther wears hoodie in US House)
  12. Hotzone Oxycodone: Crime Stats of Area Where Zimmerman encountered Trayvon (Sanford, FL & Twin Lakes)
  13. Coincidence? Obama camp peddles 2012 ‘Hoodies’ (Cleveland Councilman sports hoodie at Cleveland Meeting)
  14. Dems Throw Hispanic Vote Up for Grabs – Bringing Trayvon Martin’s parents to Capitol Hill
  15. Trayvon Martin – 3 Time Loser at School (Daily Mail Reporter)
  16. Spike Lee Retweets George Zimmerman’s Home Address
  17. Zimmerman & Family Get Death Threats, Moved to Undisclosed location
  18. Eye for Eye! Black Panther offer $10,000 Bounty for Zimmerman
  19. Police Report: Zimmerman’s Account (Corroborated by witnesses)
  20. Trayvon’s Mother Seeks to Trademark Her Son’s Name
  21. Former NAACP leader accuses Sharpton, Jackson of ‘exploiting’ Treyvon Martin, says C.L. Bryant
  22. ‘Cracker’ T-shirt hits Florida streets – You never want a serious crisis to go to waste!
  23. Witness Says Trayvon Martin Attacked George Zimmerman




Posted Friday, April 13, 2012 by Donna Calvin


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