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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

"Black Life Means A Little Bit Less Than White Life In America." Toure


We are unable to locate a video segment from yesterday's The Cycle. Toure closed the hour-long show with a poignant set of comments related to growing concern about disparate treatment of whites and blacks in the United States. His comments are frank and 'on-point", and probably was expected to draw criticism from many on the Right. Some on the Right are celebrating the Zimmerman "not guilty" verdict as if the verdict was a re-incarnation opportunity to win the presidency.

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Newsbusters immediately went after Toure's exposition.  They attacked the segment with as much 'dirt' as the writer could conjure-up, but it all failed if the reader approached the reading with rational mind.  The writer use  of the label "liberal" was a dead give-way to what was to come. I find it most interesting the writer posted the entirety of Toure's comments.  The writer also posted a short piece of the Toure video. And I am sure a piece that was not as poignant and hard-hitting  as the actual end of the segment.


Toure and MSNBC's The Cycle

A transcript of the July 15 segment is below:


TOURE: The night Barack Obama was elected, I held my nine-month-old son and I thought, "Wow. You're going to grow up in a new world." The night Trayvon Martin was found guilty in his own killing, I held my now five-year-old son and knew he's got the same, old demons chasing him, because in this verdict, we are reminded, as if we could have forgotten, the lesser worth of black bodies and the inherent criminality ascribed to them by some in this nation and the killability (ph) of black bodies, by which I mean the ease we can be killed with no legal ramifications. Yes, the prosecution sub-bar.

But this is an old dog-eared narrative about the challenge of getting justice in the an American courtroom, especially in the south, or I should say especially in a stand-your- ground state. In a stand-your-ground states, whites who kill blacks are 354 percent more likely to be found justified to kill than whites who kill whites. Extending the privilege of shooting first out of the home and into the public square may not have been racist in the original intention, but it functions in practice to justify too many killings of blacks. And in this verdict, we are reminded of the challenge of getting justice for a black victim from a nearly all white jury. How it been otherwise when the burden of proving Martin's innocence was so high, when his parents had to assert his humanity just to get an arrest. That was back when this case bizarrely became a political football divided neatly among the left-right axis with some on the right positing Zimmerman as the victim and predicting race riots would follow a not-guilty verdict. That was based on the idea that blacks are inherently violent, which is why to some it would sound silly to wonder if some whites would have rioted if he Zimmerman had been found guilty. 

I doubt they would have, because there's not a deep lack of efficacy and a long history of painful injustice but who knows? But the right's reflective leap to Zimmerman's side is part of why blacks feel unwelcome on the right and vote predominantly Democratic, just as gun tragedies like this interracial killing as well as the mass of intra-racial killings that plague are community are why blacks support gun control measures at much higher rates than whites do. The way forward, the way to combat this tragedy lies there, in the weeds of gun control and not in the further prosecution of Zimmerman at the federal or civil level. A civil case may heal the family, and they deserve that. But in too many ways, we still live in the same America that Emmett Till lived in, an America where blacks are often judged to be a threat to order and citizens are able to destroy their bodies and be protected by the justice system and the black community is left in pain. And black parents like me are left to teach their sons the lessons my parents taught me about how to survive: Don't run in public if you don't have to. Keep your hands out of your pockets if you're in stores. And if you're confronted by the police, be pliant. Your ability to mollify white people could be the difference between life and death. Doesn't have to be this way. But as this case proved, in America, it still is. Martin (Bashir MSNBC host), I know you know what I'm talking about.
End Toure

A very non-threatening teenager (high school junior) whose only mistake that night was not that of his doing. Trayvon Martin did not chose to be born white nor black.  He assumed that if he was doing nothing wrong he had safe passage to the store and back to finish the All-Star Game with his 12 year old future Step-Brother. And, he may have felt safe in what some call the greatest nation on Earth with fair and equal treatment for all. He probably was not at all conscious of a lurking stalker with "one in the chamber" who came across in the 911 call as a sinister detective about to apprehend a harden criminal. He did not have the courtesy of being told ( by the fake cop after the exited his vehicle armed and ready to prove himself.),  "Hey I am with the neighborhood watch and I am just making sure all is OK. Where are you headed."   No pistol, he stays in the truck.

Can you imagine at 17 years of age being followed by a man with no recognizable or identifiable rationale for following you? 

Footage: CCTV footage shows Trayvon buying Skittles and a soda at a 7/11
Footage: CCTV footage shows Trayvon buying Skittles and a soda at a 7/11
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With conceal carry laws proliferating like weeds and various forms of "stand Your Ground laws in many as thirty states.  It is important to note the data related to 'stand your ground' mentioned by Toure was deemed "Questionable" from the Right-wing NewsBusters web site.
The liberal host then cited a questionable study: "In a stand-your-ground states, whites who kill blacks are 354 percent more likely to be found justified to kill than whites who kill whites."
The data is as solid as granite and was reported by PBS  (and in part posted below) in July 2012. Linked below.  It is sad media on the Right so very much insult the intellect of people who do not subscribe to their propaganda. If I located the source of the data used by Toure it should have taken a competent and much more experienced writers (propagandists) half the time to find same. The NewsBuster's writer probably has issues with the original study, but I did not see his rational for the word "questionable."  As we know on the Right the word  "questionable" could very well serve as 'code' for readers of the website.  
Let's take a look at the impact of Stand Your Ground. As you review the following recognize Stand Your Ground is a direct descendant of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Stand Your Ground graphic.jpg

The writer for NewBusuters chose to strategically avoid seeking the following information. The data does not appear as questionable.

Frontline via io9 Dot Com
At FRONTLINE’s request, Roman analyzed the pool of 43,500 homicides by race in states with Stand Your Ground laws and those without them. Because he wanted to control for multiple variables — the races of the victim and the shooter, whether they were strangers, whether they involved a firearm and whether the murders were in Stand Your Ground states — Roman used a technique known as regression analysis, which is a statistical tool to analyze the relationship between different pieces of data. 
Using this analysis, Roman found that a greater number of homicides were found justified in Stand Your Ground states in all racial combinations, a result he believes is because those states yielded more killings overall. 
Roman also found that Stand Your Ground laws tend to track the existing racial disparities in homicide convictions across the U.S. — with one significant exception: Whites who kill blacks in Stand Your Ground states are far more likely to be found justified in their killings. In non-Stand Your Ground states, whites are 250 percent more likely to be found justified in killing a black person than a white person who kills another white person; in Stand Your Ground states, that number jumps to 354 percent. 
You can see the breakdown of the killings in the chart below. The figures represent the percentage likelihood that the deaths will be found justifiable compared to white-on-white killings, which was the baseline Roman used for comparison:
Disturbing chart shows rise in “justified killings” of blacks in U.S.
I mentioned "Stand Your Ground" above the graphics.

PR Watch Dot Org
Jury Instructions Included Stand Your Ground 
In 2012, the killing of Trayvon Martin acutely focused attention on Stand Your Ground laws, which give criminal and civil immunity to a person who claims they use deadly force because they allege a reasonable fear of harm. Because of the law, Sanford Police initially declined to arrest Zimmerman because they apparently agreed it was "reasonable" to feel threatened after stalking an unarmed African-American teenager returning from a trip to buy Skittles and iced tea. 
Some have claimed that Stand Your Ground played no role after Zimmerman was eventually arrested -- he and his lawyers relied on Florida's lenient self defense statutes -- but the jury instructions invoked the Stand Your Ground protections by stating he had no "duty to retreat" from the situation: 
"If George Zimmerman was not engaged in an unlawful activity and was attacked in any place where he had a right to be, he had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he reasonably believed that it was necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony." 
This language is nearly identical to that in the Florida Stand Your Ground law and the ALEC "model" legislation. We cannot know if the outcome would have been different had the six jurors been instructed differently -- but we do know that Stand Your Ground played a role in the case, even after Zimmerman's arrest.
While we could not find the full Toure segment, we are posting a few segments from MSNBC.  The segments relate to a side of the murder that is not covered by other media. Fox News covers the story from a Zimmerman as victim angle and with a (defensive) moot around gun laws. Laura Ingraham via her radio show openly wonder why the "Hispanic" community did not come-out more for Zimmerman.  She felt free to do so without regard for Latino perception of 'right or wrong, and with typical non-minority myopic views of the world. Latinos often face the same strife as did young Trayvon Martin. CNN wavers around for exclusives, while employing legal pundits who appeared to sniff two miles of O'Mara/West flatulence while so obviously pulling for the full acquittal of the murderous neighborhood watch guy.   


Thomas Roberts speaks frustration associated with the Zimmerman verdict.  The Roberts segment is catching hell from Right-wing media.  But, like Toure catching hell from right-wing media in this context is a good thing.

From ALEC, through Jeb Bush, through the Florida Governor (and prosecution team), circumstances related to the murder of an innocent black teenager goes into the books as an acquittal. I am not a legal mind, but data indicates, and legal precedence often bares-out, the prospect of future occurrences of similar deaths.  We have all too often heard about the need for a national dialog. I am so weary of those words, upon hearing the words I find myself thinking, "political campaigning."  The words no longer have substance nor meaning.  There will be no national dialog.  

As indicated on the NewsBusters website after the verdict last Saturday night articles as linked indicate the level of competitiveness associated with this murder.  Fox Crushed MSNBC In Ratings After Sanford Verdict on Saturday Night.

As I read such and hear such, I am seriously reminded of cheering for executions during the GOP primary debates, booing the mention of killing innocents in Iraq, and booing and jeering a gay officer on active duty in the US military.

Toure's on-camera comments hit the nail dead on its head!

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