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Trayvon's death: Echoes of Emmett Till?
Some see similarities in the death of Trayvon Martin, left, and the 1955 killing of Emmett Till.
March 24th, 2012
08:10 PM ET

Trayvon's death: Echoes of Emmett Till?

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) -  Both were African-American teenagers who left home and never came back. Both forced the nation to talk about unwritten racial codes. Both didn’t live to see what symbols they became.

Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till.

They died 57 years apart, but their names and legacies may be forever merged. Some are saying Martin, a 17-year-old black teenager who was shot to death by a white Hispanic neighborhood watchman is on the verge of becoming this generation’s Emmett Till.

Thousands of angry Americans – of various races - have taken to Facebook and news sites and the streets to compare Martin’s fate to Till, the 14-year-old black boy who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955 for allegedly violating an unwritten Southern racial code by whistling at a white women.

Washington Post writer Eugene Robinson invoked Till in Martin’s case to say black men still wear a “bull’s-eye” throughout their lives.

Though he stopped short of comparing Martin’s case to Till’s, calling such comparison “facile … a disservice to history and to the memory of both young men.”   But, he added, “it is ridiculous to imply that nothing has changed.”

Is the comparison fair?

Mark Naison, an African-American Studies and History professor at Fordham University in New York puts it this way: “Emmett Till broke the code of his time by speaking in a suggestive, teasing way to a white women - Martin by wearing a hoodie and walking at night through a white neighborhood. The reason for the second death is every bit as outrageous as the reason for the first.”

Martin died February 26, while walking to his father’s home. Police say he was shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida, who said he was acting in self-defense. Martin was unarmed, carrying a bag of Skittles candy and an iced tea, according to police.

A lawyer for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood volunteer, says his client is not a racist, is of mixed race himself, and had mentored two children of a black woman. Now, a month after Martin died, Zimmerman still has not been arrested.

Martin’s death has re-ignited debate over the public perception of black men.

“I don’t think anyone doubts that if the race of those two were reversed that the perpetrator would be arrested,” says Chris Johnson, one of the creators of “The Question Bridge,” an interactive exhibition that focused on black men, “the most opaque and feared demographic in America,” according to organizers.

The Question Bridge” exhibition toured the country this year, showing videos of black men posing and answering questions of black men from different generations. Johnson said it was designed to shed many of the labels attached to black men - such as "criminal" - by getting them to talk openly about them.

The questions were abstract, but Martin’s case made it more personal, Johnson says: It shows many black men are still feared and shackled by stereotypes, just as they were in Till’s time.

Even so, much has changed since the 1950s.

Till was visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi, when he allegedly flirted with a white woman in a store. He was abducted at night from his great uncle’s home, tortured and murdered. His body was dumped in a river.

Two white men were arrested, and indicted by a Grand Jury.

A relative of Till identified the two men in court as the men who kidnapped his nephew. The jury deliberated 67 minutes before acquitting the two, who were photographed grinning and laughing in court.

Till’s death drew people’s attention to a prejudiced and corrupt legal system in the Jim Crow South. Martin’s death is drawing people’s attention to the conduct of Florida police and the state's gun laws, says Randolph McLaughlin, a New York attorney and professor at Pace Law School in New York.

“Just as in Emmett Till’s case, nothing was done by local authorities,” he says. “It was fine to lynch a black kid then. It’s fine to kill a black kid now.”

Till’s mother took advantage of an emerging technology – television – to mobilize the nation on behalf of her son. She also insisted that photos of her son’s deformed corpse be made public.

Till’s mother’s decision to go to the media galvanized the nation, says David Aretha, author of “The Murder of Emmett Till.”

“When Emmett’s coffin arrived via train in Chicago, she touched the box and fell to the ground. As five men lifted the wrapped body out of the box, she wailed ‘Oh, God. Oh, God. My only boy,’” Aretha says.

Television cameras recorded the heartbreaking scene.

When Aretha heard about the death of Trayvon Martin, he says he thought about the similarities to Till’s death.

“The murders themselves were appalling, but what really angered the general public was the injustice - highly questionable laws and customs that allowed for whites to freely murder blacks in the Jim Crow South and for someone to almost randomly shoot anyone in the Martin case,” Aretha says.

Still, there are some significant differences between Till and Martin.

Till violated the racial codes of the South by his swagger and talking to a white woman, says James Peterson, an African-American studies professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

Martin didn’t do anything, Peterson believes.

“Trayvon Martin was literally walking to his father’s house,” Peterson says. “This is racial profiling and vigilante justice gone wrong.”

Blacks had little political power in 1955 - couldn’t even vote in many parts of the South. Today, of course . The president of the United States is black, as well as the nation’s attorney general, Peterson notes.

At a news briefing, the president expressed sympathy for Martin’s family, and added a personal note:.

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said.

Till’s case had unexpected political consequences, Aretha says.

“The Till case, without question, fueled the emerging civil rights movement,” Aretha says. “… Someone asked Rosa Parks why she didn’t get up [from her bus seat] when she was threatened [with arrest for disobeying a law that required blacks to give up their seats to white people.] She said she thought about Emmett Till and couldn’t go back anymore. We will see if the murder of Trayvon Martin sparks another kind of social movement.”

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  1. jorge washinsen

    Keep them squeaky wheels turning.

    March 25, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. thetony

    Any defense Mr Z could come up with, went out the door with him as he stepped out of his car. He'll never be a cop. The police could have arrested him on discharging his gun or something.

    March 25, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Devon

      This Message goes out to everyone , I have been following this case on all news channels, from one opinion to another, It doesn't matter when in history A minority or other has been Quote Unquote EXECUTED FOR WHATEVER OTHER'S SEE As JUDGEMENT , WHAT MATTER IS THE UNJUSTIFIED PREJUDICED AND BIAS ACT'S . I have listen to Zimmermann's so called Cry for help Has anyone actually put their ears to it , NO , where is the scuffling in the back ground , Where are the Injuries on Zimmermann's Face during the attack From Trayvvon , Not one officer not one Emergency Room Physician has mentioned that, Neither has any local authority .. I know that SOB is Lieing As for his Witness that coming to Zimmermann's Defense He to is a liar. There is no proof in my eyes I see this young Man acting in such manner. The Chief Himself should as well be Charged with murder as the one pulling the Trigger .

      March 25, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. ipayattention

    Don't forget the facts......a child was killed....the den of thieves and liars want you to think racially............the more afraid you are of who is next door.....the easier they can remove your rights............wake up folks and demand a better world

    March 25, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. kallisti

    Why are we continuously shown the images of the 14-year-old Trayvon? He's 17, and as big as a man now. Why the need to make him a child like they did with Ms. Fluke, the 30-year-old "young college student" from Georgetown University?

    March 25, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • kathi

      What difference does it make what phot is being used? Either way, a horrible crime against a human being has been committed, and people who talk like you do seem to focus on everything but that.

      March 25, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
      • fair

        It's fair to to ask the question. Is it the only available photo or yellow journalism?

        March 25, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel

        Kathi, it does a make a difference what picture is shown, both in the public eye and in the courtroom...because it gives the perception that this kid was some small 100lb innocent child that would be incapable of assualting a man, while instead he could actually be 6', 180lb. I'm a 36 year old man that is 5'8", 165lb, and I've seen literally thousands of 17 year old black males who were much bigger than me. Either way, he is still a minor and it is a tragedy, and none of us actually know what happened, and all the speculation about some atrocity being committed is premature, considering that both the police and FBI have repeatedly said that the evidence supports the claim of self-defense.

        March 25, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Enzo F. Cannizzo

    The death of the Travyon is a loss to all of us. Such a young person who would have grown into a man . He will and his family will never see him become a man ...a tragic loss . Mr. Zimmerman , what can I say . I am sure in the still of the night what ever the outcome Mr. Zimmerman will suffer and relive the horror of that day .Why did he not stand down when told to by 911 . My advice to anyone ........When a lawful authority tells you to stand down EVEN if you are providing a civic duty do so ..............Even I would stand down and I have authority to carry a fire arm anywhere in the United States under federal law , unless I need to protect myself or my loved ones and can't retreat .

    What is of concern now that must be addressed are the laws . I assume that anyone who becomes a citizen /watcher must be trained , if they are not , on what to do and OBEY instructions .

    Regarding Florida law for possession of a fire arm the state is NOT restrictive in the sense that states in the North East are . I feel that this horrible event is becoming PLATFORM by many groups . YES DRAW ATTENTION AND I AND ALL WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED . We NEVER want any child white, black , red , green to be killed !!!!!!!

    I advise keep your eye on the people and individuals that will use this event not for good but to race bait , protest fire arms , political ..this BECOMES a platform for such people and groups to advance their position(s). This will cause strain and problems .... To shine the light and ask the hard questions and if need be introduce legislation to address a problem that is good . If Mr Zimmerman was legally wrong then the judicial system should address the punishment based upon the facts . In my opinion Mr . Zimmerman went from well meaning to becoming a liability and a JERK.

    Carry in hearts this young man ..and in your own way remember his family and work for a positive change !!!!!!

    March 25, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. dtboy

    Two young, black men get killed by another race and all of a sudden there's a comparison? Let it go people, let it go!

    March 25, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. big red

    I am laughing at the racists on here. It sounds like racism is their only way to attack on this issue. I am a black male and I don't need to deal with this in race terms. At the end of the day, after all the racist comments, we still have a grown armed man who followed and killed a minor that had candy and a soft drink..and then claimed self defense. These facts speak for themselves. So racists please keep it up. I love your comments-hell I'm used to anonymous animosity. Please, meet my low expectations!

    March 25, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Thoughtful

      Great post. If I were African-American, I would aspire to your perspective.

      March 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Neal

    OK why havent we heard about the black man who is also in Florida who walked from his his across the street to the basketball court at the playground got into an argument with a white man who was playing basketball with his 8 yr Daughter and shot him using the same defence that Mr Zimmerman is using? Or the 3 Black men and Black woman who Kidnapped, tortured and raped a white couple for days??????

    Could it be because they where white?

    Why is ok for Black people to kill white people and it not be racist but if a white person kills a black person it is always racist?

    Why is it in this country only that only White people are racist everyone else is reverse racism?

    March 25, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • GTA

      Racism in this case is a red herring. Zimmerman was not after blacks, he was after 'bad guys' as a means to impress the SPD. Trayvon's race made it more likely that Zimmerman would follow him. But, the self-defense claim is the result of Zimmerman starting a situation that went beyond his control.
      Comparison's with the Till case are shaky at best. In the Till case, the injustice came because the murderers were tried and acquitted despite the evidence at hand.

      March 25, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hazen

    This is an absolutely absurd comparison. There is a fair amount of evidence, including witnesses, that the two men were fighting before the shooting, that the neighborhood watchman called for help. I also find it interesting that the neighborhood watchman is identified as "white Hispanic". Would the writer identify Barack Obama as "white African"?

    March 25, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Neal

      A) they reported that there where no witnesses now all of a sudden theuy are coming out of the wood work.

      B) The News call him White-Hispanic. He is Hispanic.

      C) Because if they just said Hispanic then it cannot be racist so they had to had White so they can call it Racist.

      March 25, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
      • SeeNN1

        Maybe you missed it..but the reason why he is referred to as "white Hispanic" is because that is the way it was written in the police report. Maybe the police worded it that way so they could release him? Just sayin....

        March 25, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • whutevr

      Hazen, the witnesses, especially one whose 911 call is one of the main focuses of this investigation, have said they heard the boy screaming for help. Not only that, you conveniently deny that Zimmerman accosted Martin. Zimmerman went after Martin. He stalked the teenager like an animal because he didn't like that he was walking thru his neighborhood. The major facts in this case are right out in the open and there is not one shred of doubt that Zimmerman was wrong in his actions. People like you CHOOSE to ignore the truth.
      Oh, and you also need a dictionary. "WHITE" is a term of color used to describe skin. Zimmerman is considered a WHITE person. You confuse "WHITE" with "CAUCASIAN", which doesn't surprise me when we consider you don't understand the other facts of this case.

      March 25, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
      • LordCheeto

        Then why don't you try explaining things. If Zimmerman is a white hispanic, then what is Obama?

        March 25, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • CodeMonkee

      The description of Zimmerman as a white-hispanic is being used to try and showcase the idea that Zimmerman is not white, and therefore can't be considered racist; however, hispanic is not a race. The description is correct in that white is a race and hispanic is an ethnicity.

      March 25, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    I'm impressed by everyone's detective skills. Not a single person was at the scene when this happened besides the two involved, and I'd say most haven't heard the tapes or could even say which voice is on that phone call; yet everyone is positive this was a race killing...

    As for a side note, Zimmerman is Hispanic and there is no need to even tag white onto that word unless you are just trying to justify this death as something unwarranted and about race. It's time to grow up. Not all white people hate blacks, and not all blacks are evil. But if black people want the stereotypes to end, they should look inward at their own culture they have created. The uneducated, ghetto thug life image they try to sell so hard seems to be really working well... Go anywhere in the world, and the only "intimidating" black culture is in the US; Seemingly the only place that has all of these race issues.

    America. If you can't beat them, sue.

    March 25, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Leslie

    Where are the protests against African American infants beaten in the head, sent to the ER to die or live with permanent brain damage from having their skulls fractured and brains bleeding by who???? African American men. Yes, every day African American men beat African American infants to death by blunt force trauma to their little skulls yet they do absolutely nothing. They say nothing. They do nothing. And it happens everyday. This is just another pathetic excuse to cry the poor racism blues.

    March 25, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      As a white man Leslie you are once again proving that racism does still exist with you comment, even though it is not a racist comment. You are showing that us whites benefit from white privilege with your comment. I don't know the statistics but I am willing to bet that just as many if not more White men have done the same to their infants as Black men have done, but this gets wiped out just because we are white and we do get the benefit of the doubt unlike black people. A prime example of this is Bristol Palin who had a daughter at the age of 17 out of wedlock. Nobody criticized Bristol, told Sarah Palin that she was a bad mother, and the media gave it a pass, but I guarantee you that if a 17 year old black woman or like Obama's kid had a child, the media and all of America would kill her (not physically) and say shes a typical welfare dependent, uneducated, lazy black person. As a white man am I wrong in my assumptions?

      March 25, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
      • No Longer Amazed

        No, your assumptions are absolutely one hundred percent exactly correct.

        Now, good luck getting a few hundred million white Americans to acknowledge and accept those facts.

        "My family never owned slaves. Wasn't ME. So sorry about that. Today's blacks just, I don't know, got 'bad breaks.' Sorry. Tough luck. What? Me? Worry?"

        March 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. William Wallace

    I would have shot Martin too! It is time to talk about the agressively violent culture in the black community.

    March 25, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      Absolutly correct. Sometimes you can't even look at a black man without him gettimg agressive.

      March 25, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • KReal

      You are just another weak white man who can not hold your own. Treyvon would have been getting the best of you too and the only way your weak butt could hang was to shoot him. If you can't fight man to man, than don't be out and about trying to pursue someone with a gun or with your lynch mob.

      March 25, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
      • William Wallace

        I should have preficed what I said earlier with this, if the facts described in this article are true, absolutely I would have shot anyone who attacked me and had me locked down giving me the ground and pound, folks die that way KReal.

        As far as all those hateful things you said, you don't even know me and you damn sure don't care to learn any of the facts of this case. All people have a right to defend their life. The courts will decide what really happened but reactions from people like you could bring consequences that put all of us in jeopardy.

        March 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • KReal

      How about it is time to talk about the aggressive racist ways in the white community? That white kid in mississippi just beat up and ran over a black man about 6 months ago.

      March 25, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Good grief

      William Wallace would be ashamed of you.

      March 25, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
      • William Wallace

        You are a fool, William Wallace would, scratch that, he did defend his own life and the lives of fellow citizens against aggression by tyrants. You are also a sheeple, incapable of critical thought. The facts will come out and people like you and KReal are going to have to pry your feet out of your mouths.

        March 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Leslie

    Where are all the rallies protesting African American infants whose skulls are fractured with brains bleeding by African American men??? There are none. EVERY DAY AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN BEAT AFRICAN AMERICAN INFANTS SENDING THEM TO THE ER TO DIE OR HAVE PERMANENT BRAIN DAMAGE AND I REPEAT - WHERE ARE THE PROTESTS??? IT IS DISGUSTING. GROWN MEN BEATING BABIES IN THE HEAD TO DEATH AND THEY ARE QUIET. THEY SAY NOTHING. THEY SHOW NO REMORSE. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER EXCUSE FOR CIVIL UNREST. WHITE PEOPLE ARE KILLED EVERY DAY BY AFRICAN AMERICANS.

    March 25, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • somebody

      Wow!! Did you read your comment before you post it? I guess not...everyday children are abused by someone that are suppose to protect them; but to single out a single race is racist! I know for a fact that there are as many white children that are being abuse by their parents or love ones as black children. And whites don't only die by blacks but by whites as well. People kill people regardless of race. SO TAKE YOUR HEAD OUT YOUR BUTT AND WAKE UP!!! I feel so sorry for you that you have so much ignorance and hatred in you but you need to go to JESUS and get that taking care of. Be careful what you say maybe one day the only person to help you will be a black man! You know KARMA has it way of coming around!

      March 25, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. jim

    You cant compare these. Emmett Till was killed by a white man for whistling at a white woman. Trayvon Martin was killed by a hispanic man for no real reason I can see. On was clearly racist, the other was clearly the deed of a crazy wannabe cop.

    March 25, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      As a white man from northern european decent I think you can compare these Jim. First just because he is "hispanic" makes him no different from being white technically speaking because there is such thing as being a white hispanic. Second research does show that lighter skinned ethnicities/races tend to have biases towards those of color like the blacks and latinos of native american decent. So just because one is "hispanic" doesnt mean that same person cant be white.

      March 25, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
      • ironage

        You must REALLY want this situation to be a white on black hate crime to jump through THAT hoop!! LOL!! Sheeese!

        March 25, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • JEV1A

      re: Wannabe cop! "For whatever reason this has been missed in the News! He has a history of violence even perpitrated against a undercover cop! His father a judge, he never could get that cop job! So he went to citizen cop school and the idiots at his Home Association elected him Captain of the Neighborwood watch committee. Yes, the perfect citizen he is.. results in one of the worst hate crimes! Wannabe is right! The next step is a fraternal cop badge that he can use to pull people over! He is in fact a "fake cop" and please tell me again the cops love this FL. Statute about carrying a gun and using it in the commission of a murder and then letting the guy off! If he was a cop, there would be a investigation, a automatic suspension of duties and he probably would get fired and then charged! But lets let the citizens go in Florida.. to get away with a crystal clear Federal crime from again as you said, a wannabe cop that desired a badge and won't live to see that day happening anytime soon!

      March 25, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      I totally agree with you John. "White" people did not even exist before the Europeans came to America, matter of fact they hated and killed each other back in Europe. Back in Europe in the times prior to the colonization of America, people weren't "white", they were English, Flemish, German, Irish, Spanish, Italian etc. The term "white" evolved when the Europeans came to America and were outnumbered compared to the Native Americans or "Redskins" and the slaves with the indentured servants who "Back". There wouldn't be a thing such as Hispanics if the Spaniards never came to the Americas, who in fact are white.

      March 25, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      They both were Racists killings Jim, but I don't think you can accurately compare the two.

      Emmitt Till was lynched by a gang and beaten to death. His death was emblematic of many areas of the south during that time and brought national headlines and sweeping changes in the years that followed in the south and was really the precursor to the civil rights movement.

      Here you have a young man being shot by a, as others have put it, wannabe cop who probably had some preconceived notions as to what a "bad guy" looked like. The problem while still there, is not even in the same universe with what life was like during Emmit Till.

      Both were racists in nature, Emmitt for whistling at a white woman, Trayvon for just being a black youth with a hoodie on. Had either one NOT been black, neither one would have died. Had either one been white, Hispanic or any other race they would not have been killed.

      March 25, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. termlimits

    The night of that shooting, police say there was a witness who saw it. FOX 35 in Orlando, has spoken to that witness.

    But one man's testimony could be key for the police. "The guy on the bottom who had a red sweater on was yelling to me: 'help, help…and I told him to stop and I was calling 911," he said. Trayvon Martin was in a hoodie; Zimmerman was in red. The witness only wanted to be identified as "John," and didn't not want to be shown on camera. His statements to police were instrumental, because police backed up Zimmerman's claims, saying those screams on the 911 call are those of Zimmerman. "When I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on top beating up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead at that point," John said. Zimmerman says the shooting was self defense. According to information released on the Sanford city website, Zimmerman said he was going back to his SUV when he was attacked by the teen.Sanford police say Zimmerman was bloody in his face and head, and the back of his shirt was wet and had grass stains, indicating a struggle took place before the shooting.

    According to the Miami Herald on the day he was killed, he had been suspended for 10 days from Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School in North Miami-Dade.

    Martin was 6'3", 140lbs

    March 25, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • rzzzll

      6'3" 140 lbs? That's extremely underweight.

      March 25, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • wholewheat

      I've felt the same way all along. I think Zimmerman is 100% to blame for this, but I think Martin also shares blame. Zimmerman may not be a racist in the KKK mold but he has his racial stereotypes (black guy wearing a hoodie = trouble). Zimmerman should NEVER have confronted Martin. When he did, Martin decided to answer with his fists and didn't let up. Zimmerman was getting the crap beat out of him, for something he started, and that's his 'self defense' defense. I'm not a lawyer, have no idea how this plays out in court, but this feels more and more like a fatal car accident.

      March 25, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
      • GTA

        If Zimmerman had his gun drawn when he confronted Martin, then perhaps Martin thought he had no choice but to fight with his fists. In that case, had he killed Zimmerman, would that be self-defense? If not, why not?

        March 25, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • KReal

      Who was on top and the fighting situation really isn't the main point. If I pursued someone and I had the gun, and the other person did not have any weapon and ended up kicking my butt, I would just take my butt kickin like a man and press assault charges later. But not for any reason would I use my gun and kill him. That is not force with force. Treyvon had no weapon and was the person being pursued.

      March 25, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • p

      No way the kid deserved to be executed.
      He was being pursued. Zimmerman self defense claim is obviously phony.

      March 25, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  16. jboh

    I see the paid Koch stooges are out in force. Your John Birch, cross burner BS is a cancer on USA. Rot in hell.

    March 25, 2012 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  17. GODZILLA1

    I had not heard the story he stole from the store; has that been verified? Surveillance tapes?

    March 25, 2012 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
    • E

      Haven't heard that either, and what difference would it make, if he steals a bag of skittles he deserves to be hunted and murdered?

      March 25, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • phil fugate

      I had heard that story, by I couldn't confirm it. I think it was made up.

      March 25, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • p

      Go ahead and slime the dead kid. He can't answer you now.

      March 25, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  18. T.Woods

    sister naomi! Shame on you. You are acting like fool. You acting no better than a clansman. Hatred begets hatred. That's not who we are as a people. Too many African-Americans have fought long and hard, lost their lives and freedom, for you to be saying racist things they we have fought against!!! There were alot of white folks who stood with rosa parks, marched with dr. King and mourned emmits death. Not all white folks are trash and not all blacks are thugs.

    March 25, 2012 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  19. MOGWAR

    This would not even be news if the race roles where reversed.

    March 25, 2012 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
    • CK7

      obviously because if race roles were reversed the man would have been arrested or detained by now. An adult black male cannot get away with killing a teen of any race if that adult has been identified. No one should be able to get away with that.

      March 25, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  20. Powers

    Killing a black doesn't make you a racist and there are a lot of blacks who need to be killed. They are the real terrorists in this country.

    March 25, 2012 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Troy

      Prevent crime, shoot blacks.

      March 25, 2012 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
    • James Bond

      There is something seriously wrong with you...

      March 25, 2012 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
    • jboh

      You and Troy deserve to be flogged.TEA/KKK trash.

      March 25, 2012 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Nellah

      I'm a caucasian woman, 62 years of age and a Mississippian ... I was brought up by a Black woman, Mary Boyd! I still miss this woman! You are so wrong in your hate. Before welfare, Blacks were so much better off and had more money! Those good ole liberals wanted to make them dependent on their sick society. Well, we see where welfare gets us all!
      I want the entire story of what happen in Florida. I'm hearing different stories. If we think we'll ever hear the real truth, forget it. Best thing to do is to not let this get you all angry cause the liberals at CNN just love that garbage!

      March 25, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
      • CK7

        I'd say before the war on drugs unfairly targetted and profiled the black community with higher sentences set to drugs released in the black community with the same potency as many used in other communities, ripping the father figure from the household of many who are discriminated against when it comes to applying for jobs. Princeton did a study recently showing a white male with a criminal record is more likely to get a call back for a job than a black male with no criminal record given that all other factors are the same. And a white male with no criminal record is approximately 4 times as likely to get a call back. see page 958 for your quick reference.

        March 25, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
      • CK7

        did it delete my link or did I forget to post it? http://www.princeton.edu/~pager/pager_ajs.pdf

        March 25, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
      • CK7

        and that should say 2.4 times not 4 times.

        March 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeDee

      Wow. Talk about stereotypes. The "ugly American" and the "ignorant racist redneck" are alive and well.
      And you wonder why the rest of the world has lost its respect for the US.

      March 25, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • CK7

      there are plenty of blacks fighting to defend this country in wars overseas so your hideous racist sack of bones can continue to be alive and inbred. How dare you categorize the group who has been discriminated against since this country was built on their bags as slaves, and experienced more hatred and prejudice through segregation, lynchings, hosings, jim crow, dog attacks, kkk, etc. through at least the 60s than any other group of minorities as terrorists. Is it because you've bought in to the stereotypes and the stigma purported by the media and become terrified of blacks?

      March 25, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  21. Troy

    One less future rapist/crack dealer/car thief/murderer/gang banger. Warms the heart really...

    March 25, 2012 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
    • jboh

      You and your ilk are terrorists. It's because of trash like you I own a gun.

      March 25, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
    • GTA

      Now that Trayvon is dead, I guess your mother will have to find a new boyfriend....

      March 25, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  22. Archie Bunker III

    The Sanford PD is now saying that Trayvon stole the skiddles and attacked Zimmerman thinking he was a store clerk after him. but the press is so bias they won't say anything because they want violence and riots for a news story

    March 25, 2012 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
    • bob

      CNN will not issue any retractions once it comes out what really happened, that's the sad part.

      March 25, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Killdeer

      total spin with no proof. The Sanford PD is totally NOT to be trusted wiith anything

      March 25, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • GTA

      Really? What is the source of this report? Is it on the Sanford PD website, or did you get this from KKK.com?

      March 25, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  23. Chris

    You lost CNN, you screamed and hollered at the top of your lungs for blood, you tried to be the judge, jury and executioner of Zimmerman and you failed. You are NOT the law as much as your propaganda network wants to be. You also failed when you tried to get those Duke lacrosse guys convicted by LYING and supporting that false rape claim.
    Your racist network is being watched under a microscope, we know what you are about and your media terrorism is not going to go unpunished.

    March 25, 2012 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  24. Not Missing The USA

    This is a sad way for Americans to show who they really are. It takes a tradgy for you to come together, once forgotten
    you return to the same old hating behaviour you are use to doing. What a Shame. Some people will never learn. Did you
    know where your hate came from? I do, its the parents fault. God Bless America

    March 25, 2012 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
  25. SB

    So glad there is a black president and you racist MF's can't stand it. Get over it, It's life. And Zimmerman, should spend the next 50 years being stalked in prison. His fate awaits in Prision. He is a vile disgusting Murderer. I hope he taken care of by the sisters in prison and rot in hell

    March 25, 2012 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      50 years? really, then that makes you no better than him. I think he killed a kid in cold blood, that he should face justice – but your justice is filled with hate.

      March 25, 2012 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      He isn't going to prison at all, he was justified in killing your black brother and Obama is finished, he will not serve a second term.

      March 25, 2012 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Law and Justice

      "So glad there is a black president and you racist MF's can't stand it"

      Last time I checked he was half white.

      March 25, 2012 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
      • No Longer Amazed

        Um, ever hear of the "One-Drop Rule?" By this idiotic, home-grown "race" calculus that everyone in America seems to be utterly OBSESSED with (sadly), one drop makes you black, doesn't it?

        When a bird-brained, non-scientific, bigotry-based MISmeasure of man is applied ("race"), don't be surprised at the idiotic results you get.

        March 25, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Nellah

      Obama, a Black president? NO, he's not! He's half caucasian and half African. He has NO slave blood running through his veins. He's been groomed to live in the white house and help destroy this country. Do NOT call him Black! He's as white as the people who pull his strings!

      March 25, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
      • No Longer Amazed

        See? What did I say? Bring up "race" and the white pinheads come out of the woodwork.

        March 25, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Chad

      What does the incompetent racist president have to do with one of 5000 isolated murders that happened in the US the same week Martin died? Black teens kill black teens every day in America you fool. Not a peep from you racists! You only cry foul when there is a media opportunity.

      You are all a joke. Get off welfare, take care of your kids and maybe they wont be getting shot every day.

      March 25, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  26. SB

    So glad there is a black president and you racist MF's can't stand it. Get over it, It's life. And Zimmerman, should spend the next 50 years being stalked in prison. His fate awaits in Prision. He is a vile disgusting Murderer. I hope he taken care of by the sisters in prison and then I hope he rots in hell.

    March 25, 2012 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  27. atteckus

    Absolute hyperbole. Till and Martin share no common attributes. Till was clearly murdered, outside the confines of the law. Martin may have been murdered, or may have been justifiably killed, as the facts will eventually demonstrate. But Martin was not "targeted" for murder as a matter of pure racial animous, as Till was. Martin was encountered by Zimmerman, and something happened that led to a shooting. If Martin verbally told Zimmerman to back off, then this is a murder. If he attacked Zimmerman, its a justifiable shooting. Till did not attack anyone. There is no possibility of valid comparison in this case.

    March 25, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • TruthBTold

      When pure, unadulterated racism threatens to set us back with senseless talk of "self-defense" against a child, murdered by a racist bully – at some point – you're compelled to resist; refusing to take that step back. Consequently, a "citizens' arrest" is in order. Furthermore, when the law fails to do what it's suppose to do as it often does in such cases, it's up to the citizens to set the law straight and it's the reasonable man (by all counts) whose made the aforesaid demand and we will NOT be moved. Those who claim the possibility of "self-defense" are demented; suffering from Norman Psychosis. They can't help it, but they'll soon wish they could once their lives are required of them.

      March 25, 2012 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      I do not agree because you imply a double standard for self-defense. I do think this man killed this kid in cold blood – but if he can claim self-defense then so too can Martin. And if you read Florida's statutes it is left quite open.

      March 25, 2012 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
  28. John Doe

    Some of these comments are just pathetic. If you've got nothing better to do than to mock a family who has lost a son, your existence is futile.

    I don't like the comparison that was made. I don't think the case is being handled aptly, but I fail to see how racism was the motive. This shouldn't be a debate about race, it should be about the legal system.

    Anyways, my condolences to the Martin family.

    March 25, 2012 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  29. Steve

    a kid is dead
    that's all I know
    that's enough to know

    March 25, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
    • david

      Really? You don't think this deserves more careful analysis? What if it can be proven that Zimmerman was within his rights to use his gun? Would that not matter to you? Let's have some intellectual integrity and not just go for the easy emotional reaction here.

      March 25, 2012 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      David, Zimm had no legal authority to approach Martin – period – it was a provocation.No matter what we think, the kid had every right to walk down that street without being stalked, followed, or harassed, just as I do. If a police officer asks me, as he has authority to do, I will obviously answer – anyone else is going to get told to bugger off. Why then should Martin answer to Zimmerman??

      March 25, 2012 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
      • E

        well said Mark.

        March 25, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  30. Al Sharpton

    Man, I hope racism never goes away.I would be a Subway sandwich artist without it.I loves cashing in on my peoples and exploiting them.Daddy needs a new BMW.

    March 25, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  31. cosmo

    This is all BS this crap about it all being about race.

    March 25, 2012 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Trayvon Martin

      I tried to beat some guy up and he shot me.Tell Big Al Sharpton not to make a fool of himself again like he did with the Duke lacrosse incident.Thanks.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
      • TruthBTold

        You're a huge part of the problem. It's people like you who try and justify every heinous and intolerable act a racist can imagine. A Hitler supporter; destined for hell.

        March 25, 2012 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  32. ENLIGHTENED ONE

    To all the ignorant, homeschooled, backwoods bred, sister loving, tobacco chewing d!@ks who posted, comparing the two cases was done in fairness. A comparison is generally made to point out similarities as well as differences. Although the motives, intent, and places may be different there are also obvious similarities. Both cases involve young black men in the south guilty of nothing more than just being in the RIGHT place at the WRONG time while being young and black!

    March 25, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Trayvon Martin

      To all the 40 ounce sippin, classroom skipping, crip sign throwing, fatherless ghetto black thug trash......

      March 25, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
      • TruthBTold

        What right do you have to use another person's name to spew your racist hate? That is unconscionable! You, in fact, are a coward! The last I checked, your "place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death." Revelation 21:8

        March 25, 2012 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  33. Shawn L

    Oh i can see how these cases are exactly alike! One was murdered by racists who didn't like a black man kissing a white woman, so they lynched him... and the other was killed in a dubious case of self defense. They are so alike, I have a hard time telling the two cases apart!

    March 25, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
    • No Longer Amazed

      @Shawn: Kissed a white woman? Um, exactly WUT are you talking about? I think Emmett Till WHISTLED AT a white woman. Still A LYNCHABLE OFFENSE (if you're black and she's "WAHT") of course, but get the facts of the case straight, n'kay? Perfesser Butthead?

      March 25, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  34. WAKE UP!

    To ALL THE RACIST beasts making evil, hateful comments and to ALL their supporters, and those who want the media to be "quiet" YOU WILL PAY one day the same as Martin did. Either in this lifetime or the next you shall reap your karma. And guess what? Many of you think that if we have a race war in this country the RACISTs would have an advantage due to their militia preparations -uhn uh! You're wrong!! Don't you dummies know that many nations that have also been harmed and offended by racist white America (I love my country!) would pile over here so fast and help the minorities, others races, and whites who believe in freedom, justice, peace, and liberty for all. You dummies don't get how many enemies you have worldwide.....waiting...silently....for a chance..to take your simple minded a*sses down real low. 🙂

    March 25, 2012 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Trayvon Martin

      Sho you right homie.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      senseless talk
      why should anyone else die?

      March 25, 2012 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike p

      Ironically, you sound pretty hateful ( as well as extremely presumptions)

      March 25, 2012 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      No, you blacks will pay, you are terrorists of society and people are waking up to that fact.

      March 25, 2012 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      And no other country is coming to your rescue if there was a race war, they would be dominated.

      March 25, 2012 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
      • AlaBill

        They wouldn't have to. Besides non-whites, there are plenty of white libs, moderates, and decent conservatives to defend just, centrist America...

        March 25, 2012 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  35. Trayvon Martin

    What up yall ?

    March 25, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  36. DATSRACIST

    Basketball is my favorite sport.I like the way they dribble up and down the court.

    March 25, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
    • TruthBTold

      Glad to see you won't bust hell wide open with ignorance – lol – you already know you are!

      March 25, 2012 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  37. Doug

    I understand that a young man lost his life in Florida. Whether it be a self defense case or a straight out hate crime, since when did mob rule become the preferred method of trying a case? I'm just curious...has Twitter, You Tube and Facebook become the modern version of the pitchfork and torch?

    March 25, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
    • TruthBTold

      When pure, unadulterated racism threatens to set us back with senseless talk of "self-defense" against a child, murdered by a racist bully – at some point – you're compelled to resist; refusing to take that step back. Consequently, a "citizens' arrest" is in order. Furthermore, when the law fails to do what it's suppose to do as it often does in such cases, it's up to the citizens to set the law straight. Moreover, it's the reasonable man (by all counts) whose made the aforesaid demand and we will NOT be moved.

      March 25, 2012 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Shawn L

      Funny how a 17 year old is a child... even funnier how hes automatically a "racist" because the person he killed was black.

      If it had been the other way around and the black guy killed the white/hispanic guy, would the black guy be called a racist?

      March 25, 2012 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
      • No Longer Amazed

        No, he'd simply be a murderer, and I don't think Florida's electric chair cares what color you are, you're gonna end up a sort of "toast-y" color.

        March 25, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  38. JokesOnYouJack

    LOL.Anytime I hear CNN site a " professor of african american studies " I always think " oh, this individual couldn't cut it at anything else so now they're doing this." Why not just study the science of scotch tape.

    March 25, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  39. aertzc

    If we can agree on anything I hope it's that comparing Trayvon Martin to Emmett Till is an enormous stretch.

    March 25, 2012 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  40. OJ

    "Echoes of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman?"

    March 25, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • bannister

      THANK YOU!

      March 25, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      Shhhhhhh that would *cough cough* be a proper *cough cough* comparison* cough cough *but Brown and Goldman were white, so it is not acceptable to compare.

      March 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  41. mclute

    Zimmerman was Emmet Till with a gun to defend himself from the racist black attack on his body. Don't worry, blacks are gods in the USA and soon all whites will kneel before them as slaves.

    March 25, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Monkeys cannot be gods and nobody respects monkeys. You are too primitive and your IQs are too low. It's only going to get worse for your race.

      March 25, 2012 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
  42. Incognito

    Emmett Till wasn't trying to "fukkk" some dude's wife, as you so eloquently put it. He had a stuttering problem, which made it come across as he was whistling at the man's wife and he had a twitching problem which made it seem like he was winking at her, you insignificant fool!!! Even if he was trying to get with his wife, that no reason to shoot someone, gouge out their eyes, and throw in the river like they are worthless..!!! What is wrong with you people..???

    March 25, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • MalcolmXcrement

      Your back must be sore from bending over backwards to excuse Emmett Till for his actions. Personally, I think it was wrong of those men to allow Till's body to be found. Nonetheless, I keep the picture of his body in my wallet. Whenever I'm down, that picture always brings a smile to my face.

      March 25, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
      • YogerTheOgre

        real excrement.

        March 25, 2012 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
      • TruthBTold

        Every idle word is answerable. So, when you fall before God, recalling what you've written and what you've said, will you have a hidden block of dry ice to try and hide behind and cool yourself down in the fire? Just saying – lol – you will account for "every idle word" and the ones against either children or the Holy Spirit are the most damning.

        Certainly, you have some against the Holy Spirit if you can muster up such diatribe against a child with skittles.

        March 25, 2012 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  43. Incognito

    @Sharky, I am appalled at the comments you made. African-Americans are the only ones who are ignorant and stupid..???? That's completely absurd.! Your comment just further personifies YOUR IGNORANCE. I guess some people will never change, no matter how much the world changes around them. And now your mad because all whites are sterotyped as racist???? Uhhhh, hello..??? We are only a little bit over 50 years out of slavery.!!! We still don't trust you!!! You wouldn't either seeing as to the way we were treated back then and still ARE..! We even have a black president for the first time in History, and yet never have I known a President to be SO DISRESPECTED. How can you sit there and type this blasphemy..???? You're even justifying what those men did to Emmitt Till..!! You ought to be ashamed of yourself. And you are to bound for failure.

    March 25, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • cleshflesh

      clesh to the flesh!

      March 25, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      Incognito–

      What on earth are you even talking about????

      Where on earth did I say black people were ignorant and stupid?????????

      March 25, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  44. cali

    the south will never be healed!! god bless america

    March 25, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  45. EgyptianCaramelGoddess

    Stop the non-since already..... I will be soooo gla dwhen this world has ended...... RIP to us all.... P.S. Blood is red, don't care how light or dark it is.... Blacks fight and kill each other... Whites do the same..... Dear People GET OVER YOURSELVES smh....... We live on the same planet! Get OVER IT! What goes around comes around thats to any race that does wrong unto others......

    March 25, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Angel

      How can you say this is non-sense, if this had been in reverse and an Africian American had killed in cold blood a white child the world would be in a much bigger up roar. The only thing that is non-sense is the fact that this man is still walking the streets after beign told not to contiune to follow this young man while he was walking down the street, and clearly calling him out of his name during the 911 call. Lets be honest people still see a black man or child walking down a street no matter how cold is it outside with a hoodie pulled up and cross the street or fell as though their life is now in danger. Its the same as those kids that see a group or even one student walk into school with a trench coat on and get nervesous. Stero types will not ever go away but this man should not get away with taking away this young man's life.

      March 25, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
      • meemee

        It has happened a lot and it hardly gets beyond the local level. The same weekend as this incident, blacks and hispanics shot 35 people in just another weekend rampage in Chicago and 9 of them died, among them a 9 year old girl. Thursday, a white girl with a cast on her leg followed her dog which had got out of the yard to a park where she was confronted by two black girls who told her she was in black territory and then beat her up. It goes on and on, and you don't know about it or the "Knoxville Horror" or the Wichita Massacre, do you? Whites get raped and beat up by blacks all the time and it hardly gets into the news. But this guy, although Hispanic and from a racially mixed family, must be made to represent whites all the same.

        March 25, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  46. Raz

    It is a shame the internet is so anonymous. I suspect that many of the hateful racist things said here would not be repeated where the commentator's employer would hear it. But here they can say what they don't have the courage to say in public. Few employers want a racist around who will offend potential customers and clients and these people know it. So we must endure the cowards here who vent their spleen at whole groups of humanity.

    March 24, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Euron 5mith

    I wish people would stop acting like racism does not exist in this world. The fact is history has repeated itself and once again nothing is done to make an example out of the idiot who commits the senseless murder. Yep just kill anybody who looks suspect lets make that a law.

    March 24, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  48. MalcolmXcrement

    The comparison is both ridiculous and absurd. Travon Martin did not deserve to die...

    March 24, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Debbie

    @ canOcorn: Do you have to try hard to appear so ignorant, un-educated and ill-informed, or does it just come naturally to you? Have you ever heard of Jesse Owens? He was a black athlete who, in 1936 at the Olympic Games held in Berlin, took home 4 gold medals for the United States. Have you ever heard of George Washinton Carver? He was a black American inventor who formulated things we use to this day: adhesives and linoleum, just to name two. Before you spout off any comments, please use a fact checker. I wouldn't make any comments that would tend to make people believe I was ignorant.

    March 24, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Anti NeoNeo

    mond do I have the right to "stand my ground" against those like u wearing a white hood? I know I do! And would do it gladly.

    March 24, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Anti NeoNeo

    mond how would u like to become a martyr for your group?

    March 24, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  52. mond

    Emmit Till again?....the dude was trying to fukkkk some dudes wife......Blacks create more martyrs for themselves than the muslims....

    March 24, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angel

      This dude was 14 walking into a store and whitsling. Read your true and real history before you make a ignorant comment like that again

      March 25, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • KatD

      What the hell is wrong with you?? Emmitt Till was a kid who whistled at someone you idiot. What those men did to him was heinous and I hope that they're rotting in HELL !!!

      March 25, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
      • meemee

        Even so, bringing him up in this case is ridiculous and intended to further inflame people's minds. I wouldn't call this responsible journalism.

        March 25, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  53. Anti NeoNeo

    laughing at all the ignorat cracks on here. Thats why they get hate from me.

    March 24, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      I wish I could laugh too, but these people have me worried.

      March 24, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sartrus

      And retards who start race wars before they get all the facts in will continue to get hate from me and all other rational non-monkeys.

      March 25, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  54. Anti NeoNeo

    Hang canOcorn!

    March 24, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  55. sharky

    Good grief what the heck!!!?????

    March 24, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Anti NeoNeo

    Dennis and neoneo needs flogging and hanging.

    March 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Dennis

    Just remember "The Revolution will not be televised" because some ghetto punk broke into your home and stole your television.That's right,"The Revolution will not be televised"

    March 24, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  58. marieskie

    Ugh. Really?

    March 24, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Ken

    This case is not truely about race. The fact that the perpetrator commited murder because he is a racist is outside the peramiters of what is important here, the case is about the murder of an unarmed, innocent young man by an idiot with a gun who thought he was keeping his neighbors safe. We don't need you running around with your gun to keep us safe, you are creating an unsafe condition. Knock it off!

    March 24, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raz

      Perhaps, but the FBI may see it differently. The Feds may very well bring charges of violation of civil rights. Something that has been done before when murderers got away with their crimes in the South.

      March 24, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • BBell

      The reporting on this story is so wildly irresponsible that it may actually generate more violence. The 100% truth is that no one in the press knows the facts in this case, other than a young man's life is over in a horrible action. No one commenting on this story, including me, knows what happened. Didn't the Duke lacrosse story impact the irresponsible press in any way? The Atlanta olympic bombings? Then there is this: http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/state/witness-martin-attacked-zimmerman-03232012. The press and the race agitators MUST stop this before violence is ignited. Let the investigation occur. If the facts show that Zimmerman gunned down an innocent kid in cold blood, the full force of law will be brought to bear. This is horrible enough without invoking judgements before the investigation. Already jumping to a Till comparison? It's absurd! A bounty on Zimmerman's head (which has really happened). When more violence occurs, the press will gleefully cover that and rejoice in the ratings. Irresponsible and vile. Bless Treyvon's family... I can't imagine the pain they feel tonight.

      March 24, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tom

        The media has ruined many innocent lives by their irresponsible reporting. I'm not claiming Zimmerman was innocent, but he will be guilty by media before he ever gets into a court room.

        March 25, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Brian

        This comment needs to be posted on every single article about this event. VERY well said.

        March 25, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  60. Jackie Rawlings

    Who could forget Emmett Till as he was only 14 years old but made the mistake of telling a white lady she was pretty and it cost him his life. Trayvon Martin's case is racist it's hate that has been spread around by leaders and powerful people. It was Americans of all races that spoke out in protest, as elected officials were silent. Out steps President Obama who speaks as a parent and leader while Newt Gingrich attacks the President for speaking. Each State has formed a protest and wow hear come the GOP and candidate late again.

    March 24, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      Trayvon Martin's case is about race? really? Prove it. So Zimmerman saw a black guy and has hated black people period and wanted to kill him because he was black? Really?

      Well, Columbo, ya sure as heck figured it all out now didn't ya. Seems to me you are a racist.

      March 24, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Raz

        Zimmerman did use a racial slur to describe martin in 911 call.

        March 24, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • sharky

        Raz–

        And what was the slur as NO ONE has been able to confirm at all what it was.

        March 24, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Frankie

        Zimmerman did volunteer work with black kids. Yup, obviously a hard-core Nazi.

        March 24, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thetruth704

      How can you say Obama is a leader and the gop is late when they made statements on the same day? A month after the incident!

      March 25, 2012 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  61. HAWAII

    Try "Echos of INNOCENT Duke U Lacrosse Team" tried and convicted by the NAACPs Media Trial Witch Hunt.

    March 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  62. EgyptianCaramelGoddess

    Taught is past tense for Teach. Smh read and learn sweety. I used ALL CAPS on purpose. 😉

    March 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  63. sunshine

    It warms my heart when they show starving kids in Africa.I loved watching all the somali apes starve while I ate a steak.F K your race ape.You people smell like goat vomit and are lazy bums.Go ruin an inner city.

    March 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      You are disgusting. This is not the way white people think, this is the way racists think. Don't speak for me, you sickening troll.

      March 24, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dacole Johnson

      Ok @ sunshine ur that illegitimate child my father told us he had, you know he had relations with your mom and by the way he's black so that makes you half black, don't worry I won't f you up just yet..

      March 24, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Lol

    Sounds like hate speech to me. Violence inciting speech.

    March 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Debbie

    @ canOcorn: do you have to work hard at appearing to be so ignorant, un-educated and ill-informed, or does it come naturally? Have you ever heard of Jesse Owens? He was a black man who, in 1936 at the Olympics held in Berlin, took home 4 gold metals for the United States. Likewise, have you ever heard of George Washington Carver? He was a black American inventor, who invented things we use today: adhesives and linoleum, to name just two.

    March 24, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  66. sunshine

    Come get some.If a race war went down, you nappy heads would be eliminated within 1 week.We go to the moon and invented the internet.How hard do you think it would be to eliminate you ashy apes ? Now get a job you black trash bum.And F K the black race.Stupid F King monkey.

    March 24, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  67. clone

    Racist POS you

    March 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  68. sunshine

    More than anything, I'm tired of white guilt ridden sympathizers.You people should mark yourself so the rest of us can know who you are an avoid you.I'm tired of you people making excuse after excuse for blacks.It's always something.So many blacks are in jail because of this.So many black fathers bolt for the next state after their childs birth because of that.Honestly, you people aren't even white.You're an embarrassment and I wish the " backward " whites you always make fun of would wise up and start smacking you people senseless, because we all know none of you spinach eating mocha sippers can fight.

    March 24, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • SFC Mike

      I like spinach and mocha and I could tie you up in a knot and dribble you like a basketball. 😀

      March 24, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Sunshine, you are a horrible person.

      March 24, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dacole Johnson

      Its funny as hell none of you will put who you really are up here, name address, picture...

      March 25, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  69. Dennis

    Echoes of Emmitt Till?..or maybe echoes of Reginald Denny?..Stupid,stupid article to think this garbage up.

    March 24, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • clone

      Agreed.

      March 24, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Balls 2U

      racist are like little children, everything must look like them or they scream foul, so you pick a white victim to align yourself too.... how comforting and SAD.

      March 24, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  70. EgyptianCaramelGoddess

    ELEPHANTINTHEROOM && CanoCorn. Others like you::::::: LEARN HISTORY FOR YOURSELF DARLING! THE AFRICAN PEOPLE WE'RE IN AFRICA MINDING THEIR OWN BUSINESS WHEN WHITES KIDNAPPED THEM FROM THEIR AFRIAN LAND. Smh lol......... BLACK MILLIONARES, TEACHERS, DOCTORS, etc..... WHITE PEOPLE COMPLAIN AND ACT SO HOLY WHEN YOU ARENT. EVERYONE ON THIS EARTH IS THE SAME IN SOME OR SEVERAL WAYS. YOU BLEED. YOU CRY. YOU HAVE EMOTIONS JUST LIKE ANY OTHER MAN OR WOMAN OF COLOR IN THIS WORLD. PEOPLE ARE SUCH SAD CASES. GET OVER YOURSELVES. AFRIANS TAUGHT WHITES HOW TO COOK. CLEAN. AND TAKE CARE OF THEIR YOUNG. SO BOOM! #WEAKMINDED PEOPLE #RACISM IS LAME. AND WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND. ALWAYS! GOODNIGHT ALL!

    March 24, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      That means that something may come back to you with this mindset .Perhaps you can be taught what the caps lock button is and how to release it.Look in your mirror,you will out it is not so pretty after all.

      March 24, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      EgyptianCaramelGoddess–

      Well you are a child left behind now aren't you.

      March 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZykPysk

      ACTUALLY...in Africa tribes were at war with each other and when defeating another tribe would take them as slaves. Then some white guys showed up and traded a couple of crates of booze for slaves. Then the Africans started rounding up other Africans so they could trade them for more booze. You're welcome for the post elementary school education.

      March 24, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Dacole Johnson

    I would like to say in August of 2011 I witnessed a fatal car accident in southern MD (st.marys county) to be exact, in which to African American girls in their early 20's were literally cut in half (smnews.net) the perpetrator was a Caucasian male, he was just indicted in march 2012 for vehicular manslaughter, every so often in this god forsaken county there is a police shooting of unarmed black men that always end up being called justifiable, when are they gonna realize that this isn't the 30's, 40's, 50's or 60's, we will fight back and I don't think it will be with a peaceful protest..

    March 24, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      And don't you worry,we will more than meet you halfway to get down to the dirty work.

      March 24, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      And last year in a black neighborhood in Sarasota Florida, two white British students were murdered by a black guy.

      Did you ever hear that on the news? NOPE.

      March 24, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZykPysk

      Ok. You're outnumbered 6:1 but Ok...

      March 24, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      so the white male maliciously drove his car into those girls?
      is that what you are inferring?
      i don't get it

      March 25, 2012 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Your black race already murders more people than any other race in this country, what are you talking about "fight back"?
      It's us who is going to fight back kill your blacks.

      March 25, 2012 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  72. jason

    Echos of Yankel Rosenbaum is more like it. It digusts me that the lynching of an innocent Jewish man by a black lynch mob is called a "dispute between communities" and everyone points out a Jewish guy had committed a car 2 hours later even though Rosenbaum had nothing to do with it.
    So why is that okay yet if you pointed to a crime a young black male committed 2 hours earliers as the catalyst you'd be called a racist?
    Look at how the grio, the root, news one, russell simmons frame the Crown Heights Pogrom and compare that to how they frame that. White on black crimes are lynchings. Black on Jewish and black on Asian crimes are "disputes between communties" where you are not supposed to take sides.

    March 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neoneo

      Slightly different dynamics at work there, since Rosenbaum wasn't white.

      March 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • BBsofa99

        Neither is Zimmerman! He is exactly as white as Obama. When did "mestizo" mean white? When the media can use it to inflame racial hatred I guess. Do you honestly think a group like the KKK would welcome Zimmerman into their fold?

        March 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  73. commensense

    Now the shooter is "white Hispanic". If he was the victim shot by a white male he would just be reported as "Hispanic". Racism does not know any color. Each race is just as racist as any other. CNN is just trying to twist the story to make it last longer.

    March 24, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  74. DDallas

    I mean Emmett Till, not Emmitt Till

    March 24, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  75. bobg1

    How about all you defenders of this senseless shooting consider this one sentence: THOU SHALT NOT KILL.

    March 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Commojoe

      I agree, as this was a murder, definitely the focus of the fifth commandment, as this fool security individual sought him out, even AFTER the police told him not to, something private security is always told NOT to do, so, right there, the guard violated police instructions. But to seek out an UNARMED teenager, and shoot him, for whatever reason, when YOU are the agressor, is unforgiveable, and I hope the guy is put away for the rest of his life, at the very least. I don't knoe if they could get the death penalty applied here, but it might be appropriate.

      March 24, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankie

      I'm an atheist!

      March 24, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  76. PowerLift

    Racism isn't going anywhere anytime soon because black people are clearly the most racist race.Hear me out.Black people make up what, 13% of the population ? We've come a long way in regards to race in America.I think we can all agree on that.My point is, most white people have really worked on changing their views.White people are the majority in this country.For race relations to improve at the rate that it has obviously indicates that the majority race has done some serious soul searching.Am I right ? I mean, if white people are as racist as the media depicts them, black people wouldn't be where they're at because we wouldn't let them.If white people really hated black people this much collectively, I imagine it wouldn't take very long to get rid of 13%.I don't say this in a malicious manner, I'm just offering up an opinion.If white people really hated you this much, there would be a Treyvon Martin every hour, not every other year.In conclusion, statistically, you're 8 times more likely to be assaulted by a black if you're white than the other way around.You can Google this.Now what does that say about the 13% who make up this country ? Seems like they make up the majority of racists.

    March 24, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justyce

      The only valid statement in your entire post is "Racism is not going anywhere". For some absurd reason the majority of Caucasians despise being called Racist even when their actions, and statements appropriately define them. This undertone of the story was a comparsion of racial injustice in the US regarding the henious actions that took the lives of two young Black boys. Unfortunately, the First Amendment gives you and the rest of these morons posting these racist post the priviledge to spread hatred.

      March 24, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • marieskie

        Well said.

        March 24, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ken

        Justyce, only the whites who are not racist (or are making an effort not to be) hate being called racist. The ones who are truely pigs love it and admit to it. We'll get there eventually if we all keep working on it.

        March 24, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tom

        And what are the 2 black boys who poured gas on a white kid and set him on fire a few weeks ago? Would you call them racists?

        March 25, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • marieskie

      I can turn this around and say that anyone who has ever harmed me was a white person, and most child molesters and serial killers are white. But I wont. 😉 Your comments are well intended but I do not agree. White privilege is such a blinder to the issues of racism in todays society. Ask any black man how many times he has been stopped by the police and what for. Ask him if he was taught rules for how to behave in public (no running in neighborhoods, no hands in pockets, etc). Most likely he was. As white people, we dont experience that first hand, we dont have to deal with it. So it is easy to say that there is no problem. For blacks, its like they are living oppressed in what is supposed to be a free society.

      March 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Neoneo

        Blacks are actually, on a per capita basis, more likely to be in both of those criminal categories.

        March 24, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Frankie

        The murder rate among blacks is 7 times higher than whites and about 30 times higher than Asian-americans! Blacks commit 43% of all rapes in the USA, even though black men make up only 6.5%! The rate of violent crimes committed by blacks against white versus whites against blacks is 10-1. There is literally close to 0 white on black rapes, yet more than half of black rape victims are white.

        March 24, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • PowerLift

      Yes, when you can't counter with a substantial argument, resort to name calling.Let me guess, all the black people who attack whites are victims of slavery right ? You know what the black community needs more than anything ? A mirror.

      March 24, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • retphxfire

        How does it feel to remain ignorant by choice? If you think all is equal and blacks have the same opportunities and reception as whites, then you are pathetic.

        March 24, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • retphxfire

      You certainly have given this thought, but I'm guessing you are very young. If you were older and were able to live during the time when the fight for Civil Rights was making headlines I doubt you would have posted your comments. I agree, racism is not color blind, anyone of any color or race can be a racist and there are racists beyond whites. However, while there has been some great wins, such as voting rights, right to go to good schools, college, etc. There are still companies that won't hire, apts that won't rent, people still cross the street, young men still get shot for walking in an area where 'they don't belong'. Blacks still recieve harsher sentences than white for the same crimes, they are more likely to get the death penalty. Tell us again how good it is.

      March 24, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      So your big argument that racism "isn't so bad" is because there hasn't been a genocide of black people? And you want some kind of credit for not being an overt evil monster? I love it when some white person points to an example where black people don't totally get the shaft and somehow that's an example of being "politically correct" or "white generosity". People not being discriminated against based on race (or anything else) isn't some privilege handed down by the great white majority, it is their right as human beings.

      March 24, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZykPysk

      You are right. If whites were as racist and white liberals and blacks dreamed and hoped for, they'd still be working the fields.

      March 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  77. GW

    How about some other important stories that CNN and the Propagandists did not cover today

    1. An email found by investigators shows that John Corzine lied to congress.

    2. The justice department let go a gun runner with fast and furious weapons not once but twice.

    3. The health care will bill cost twice as much as aniticipated according to a new CBO report.

    March 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  78. truthisnotlonghidden

    Hey why don't you guys show updated photos of this 'victim' and Zimmerman? Gee I wonder . This is a recent photo of both of them. Kinda different huh?

    http://i.imgur.com/efT0w.jpg

    March 24, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tod

      And this matters why? Actually, I'm more intersted in why the police drug tested the dead victim instead of the shooter. I'm more interested how a person who has assault charges against a police officer and domestic abuse charges against a woman is treated with such care while people look into the background of the dead victim.

      March 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • truthisnotlonghidden

        It matters a lot. They are projecting an image of a squeaky clean teen as a 'victim' and that is clearly not the case. And Zimmerman's old photo looks like a mugshot. They are trying this case in the court of public opinion and inciting racial tensions. It matters. Only a fool would think otherwise.

        March 24, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynn

      How about you check your sources because neither of those people look like Zimmerman OR Trayvon....fool.

      March 24, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • truthisnotlonghidden

        Well gee, the media is putting up OLD PICTURES. OLD PICTURES of these people, do you not get it? Those photos are legit that I posted.

        March 24, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tod

      The victim did nothing wrong. The victim does not have a police record of assault against a police officer and is not a woman beater. The victim is dead, and his killer is walking around free.

      Only a fool would not realize that if it were not for the court of public opinion, this case would have been swept under the rug like it was for weeks before change.org came into play and made it known.

      March 24, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • truthisnotlonghidden

        Zimmerman had every right under the law to defend his own life, that is what he did. He will walk!

        March 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • roccitychi

      question, lets take race out of this. When is it OK for a grown up to approach a child that is not theirs and then try to "apprehend" them? What to do we teach our children to do when a stranger approaches them and try to grab them? Since when was this man a cop? When is it ok to kill a child ?

      March 24, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brian C

        He wasn't a "child" you moron. He was 6'3" and 17 years old. He was a grown man.

        March 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  79. cbr

    Each and every citizen of this country should be outraged by this killing and every senseless act of violence against children regardless of race or ethnicity. This latest killing shows that many still use old stereotypes or worry about people of color, people of a different religion or ethnicity, or people who are different. What have learned over the years?

    March 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthisnotlonghidden

      New witness came forward saying that the 'victim' was actually on top of Zimmerman beating the crap out of him before he was shot and the cries heard on the 911 tape are that of Zimmerman.

      http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/state/witness-martin-attacked-zimmerman-03232012

      March 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lynn

        Funny how your source is FOX doesn't surprise me they are trying to counter the REAL facts..........a witness who saw EVERYTHING comes forward....YEAH RIGHT. So now they pop up 37 days later now that this is a national issue....all the while the REAL witnesses are trying to reach police and give their full account a day or two after Trayvon's death to only be brushed off.....Right sounds real legit to me *sarcasm*

        March 24, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Frankie

        Before this story went national, it was reported that Zimmerman had a broken nose, other injuries and was bleeding from the back of his head. This is consistent with him getting knocked on his back, hitting his head on the concrete and getting pummeled by Martin, that is when he went for his gun, hitting him in the chest, not back like some people have said.

        March 24, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  80. maybe not but still

    When i first read about the murder, I did recall Emmett Till. Because of the liquor store, because of the South, and because of the age group, and because of the lack of police involvement. I will say that I studied the case of Emmett Till and his mother did say at that time he whistled because he had a speech impediment. It was the perceived slight on her honor that encouraged her already racist husband to hunt him down with the intent to kill. It was premeditated. In the case of Trayvon, he appears to have been defending himself against what he probably did not now was some kind of authority. Zimmerman provoked the entire escalation by stalking him. If it is true that Zimmerman shot Trayvon in self-defense, I don't believe Trayvon's right to self-defense should be negated. He was well within his rights to be where he was and protect himself. Zimmerman chose to escalate the situation, smug in the knowledge he was the one with the gun. I'm not sure where the law will decide on this, based on its interpretation by a jury, but it is true that Zimmerman would have had no need to defend himself if he would have just let the police handle it. Trayvon would nt have attacked the police in defense. Maybe he would have shown some I.D. Either way, Trayvon was destined to be harassed by someone in that neighborhood after Zimmerman's call. So unfortunate. So sad. He should be alive today. Zimmerman killed a young man armed with Skittles.

    March 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • maybe not but still

      *her = the liquor store attendant...

      March 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  81. 22 year old black male

    I disagree with the Emitt Till comparison. I don't think Zimmerman is a blatant racist, however his actions were propelled by the stereotype of the black male. This happens everyday, the big problem is that until the martin family spoke out, their probably wouldn't have been an investigation. As for Zimmerman being innocent, not hardly there isn't much evidence because it wasn't investigated right away. If in reverse Martin would have been arrested pending an investigation, and that's the reason this is an racial issue. The authorities dropped the ball, and it's a shame that this issue had to blow up in this manner before they chose to do their jobs.

    March 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthisnotlonghidden

      Zimmerman was defending himself. He should go free.

      http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/state/witness-martin-attacked-zimmerman-03232012

      March 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tod

        Trayvon was defending himself. He should have been allowed to go home without being stalked, confronted and shot.

        March 24, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • marieskie

        So if I attack someone and they start to kick my hind quarters, I can shoot them and claim self defense?

        March 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • roccitychic

        defending himself from a 140lb child, this must be George or his friend. I am a mother, and it pains me to comprehend what had happened. No remorse?!! He is a child killer, he killed a child that had a bag of skittles. Let me tell you something, i am a adult and some stranger approaches me and tries to apprehend me i will fight him with all i have. Your friend is a killer and may he rot in hell or atone for his sin.

        March 24, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Frankie

        Martin was 6'3" and Zimmerman 5'2". The 140lbs is probably old data from his driver license or something. Anyways, being a short fat guy doesn't mean you're tougher than a wiry tall guy.

        March 24, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • AWfromVA

      One of the few comments here that actually makes rationale sense. Well said and very true.

      March 24, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Me

    I know emotions are running at full throttle, but let's review the facts and the findings, nothing has been unearthed that placed complete blame of the shooter. This is America, not Iraq, Syria or Iran. We have a justice system. It works to protect the innocent. I want the truth to come out. Let justice run it's course. 225 years is not a bad run at running the best democracy on earth, LET'S SHOW THE WORLD HOW IT IS DONE......

    March 24, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tod

      Absolutely. Let's hear the facts in court. Arrest him and let's have his day. After all, he is the admitted shooter of an unarmed teenager and there is conflicting evidence to his claim of self-defense. When there is an arrest made, the noise will die down.

      March 24, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • truthisnotlonghidden

        Zimmerman should not be arrested for defending his life!!!

        March 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  83. BANNY THE B

    SORRY TO SAY THAT RACISM IS ALIVE AND WELL IN THE USA

    AS AN AZ RESIDENT IT IS TO MY DISMAY THAT THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF RACIST REMARKS MADE AGAINST THE

    PRESIDENT, BLACKS AND LATINOS.

    WE CAN ALL PRETEND THAT IT IS NOT SO. THE REMARKS SAID IN THIS STATE AGAINST THE PRESIDENT, IS

    WITHOUT DOUBT, RACIST.

    BANNY THE B

    March 24, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      You're right, racism is alive and well. Just take a look at the black panthers, and U.S. rep Fredricka Wilson.

      March 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Commojoe

        Not to mentio Maxine Waters......

        March 24, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • roccitychic

        or Billy O'Rielly or Rush Limbugh, we can play this game all night is you want to...

        March 24, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Kiley

    I think this article is pointing out the similiarities between the victims of the Martin and Till cases. Martin was viewed by the non-black watchman as "threatening" by simply walking through a gated/white neighborhood wearing a hoodie, while Till was showing off for cousins and allegedly said "Bye Baby" to a white woman in the segregated South in 1955. In both cases, innocent behavior ended up with a young black kid being killed. This doesn't usually happen to young white kids. Till's murderers walked away free. Is Martin's killer going to be arrested and charged with murder or at least manslaughter???

    March 24, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • bman

      Don't call him a watchman. He was never hired, He volunteered because he wanted to be a hero. hero wannabe's are misguided lunatics. Case Closed lock him up and throw away the key.

      March 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankie

      Not actually a "white" neighborhood.

      March 24, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  85. kelly conley

    Here in Charleston, SC, we just had 2 horrible muders. A WHITE 6 yr old little girl sleeping in her bed was killed when drug dealers sprayed the wrong house with bullets. A black young man working delievering pizza's to pay for college was robbed by 2 black young men shot in the head for $38.00 ! NOT 1 word was said. Where is Al Sharpton calling for the end of black on black crime ! When Bill Cosby says it he is called "racist" I agree to compare the 2 above it ridiculous, I will not watch CNN 1 more day after this article !

    March 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthisnotlonghidden

      Black on white crime and black on black crime does not get any ratings or get the race baiters at large any air time. That's why!

      March 24, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tod

        False. Black on black crime has been an issue in the black community for years, but as long as it doesn't affect whites, they don't care. This case isn't about white-on-black crime, it's about the lack of justice by a system that does not place the same value on an innocent young black male being killed and the police do not investigate fully before letting the ADMITTED killer walk free with no trial.

        March 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • EJ

        Tod, you explain it very well. The is not there

        March 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  86. locacious

    So Mr. Obama, does that white boy in Kansas City who was doused with gas and set on fire by two black boys look like you too ?

    March 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • marieskie

      dumb. the police are investigating that. There never was an investigation, no arrest and evidence is missing. This is covered up and was not covered in the media until weeks after it happened. the other case is being dealt with and I can assure you those guys will be arrested when they are found. Zimmerman is walking free. Apples and oranges.

      March 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dennis

        That case in KC sure didn't get much air time.

        March 24, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Great question. The story sound horrific. Prayers to that family !

      March 25, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  87. SFC Mike

    The comparison is frankly ridiculous. I'm a southern white boy, who was disgusted growing up in the last vestiges of the segregated south. The difference is this: For Emmett Till, in his time, there were thousands of places where the same thing could have happened, and thousands of people who would have done the same to him. Lethal racism was pervasive, and a blight on the south primarily, but plenty of other areas in the country. A lot of people tried to justify or rationalize Till's murder. A lot of people bought into that rationalization.

    Trayvon Martin's case is much more of an anomaly. There are plenty of places in the south and everywhre else where Trayvon could have done the exact same thing, and either be left alone, or mildly to moderately hassled, but without lethal result. In Emmett Till's case, a group of white men went out hunting for him after the whistling incident in the store, with murder their intended result. In Trayvon Martin's case, you have one shooter, with some definite psych issues, who initiated a confrontation and acted suddenly. There was no mass action, no well-after-the-fact "let's go get him" mentality.

    Trayvon Martin's case has national attention because it is *now* uncommon, but it wasn't so uncommon so long ago.

    Emmett Till's case got national attention because of the timing with the early civil rights movement and the latter stages of Jim Crow (Brown v. Board of Education cases, Truman and the Dixiecrats, etc.), and because he was a northern kid visiting his family. If Emmitt Till had been murdered a few years earlier, or if he'd been a local kid, it unfortunately would not have become a widespread issue or caused outrage – it would have been just one more obscene injustice buried away.

    They are very different cases, but both totally needless tragedies.

    March 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      The only comparison to Emmett Till that makes sense, is the one to Zimmerman. Zimmerman was lynched in the media from the second his name was made public. Nobody is letting any of the facts get in the way of indicting him of racism, and cold-blooded murder. People out there still think he's a white guy, and he's not. People still think he assaulted Martin, and he didn't. And what's worse, is that race-peddlers like Jackson, Sharpton, and to a smaller degree Obama, have now made it impossible for the guy to get a fair trial because of their impertinent outrage, and one that the public will be satisfied with. Because if Zimmerman is ultimately found innocent, every single black person in this country will a) believe that judgment was itself racist, and thus further not trust the justice system, and b) want Zimmerman's head on platter, all because he was found guilty in the media before the real facts of the case had a chance to come out.

      March 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lynn

        And how many black men who are victims because of the SAME stereotyping that Zimmerman have not gotten fair trials as well because of what is assumed of black men. I have no sympathy for this man. Welcome to how it feels to be a black man in Amerikkka. Oh no poor Zimmerman has been judged.....the evidence clearly makes it easy to make those judgements. At least he is still alive. We can't say the same for Trayvon who was judged and killed.

        March 24, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • truthisnotlonghidden

        Very well said , Sir!

        March 24, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • SFC Mike

        Oh yeah, "lynched in the media," Really is the same as being dead.

        The only "facts" that have actually been established in this case are that an armed adult in a vehicle dismounted and initiated an encounter, confrontation, whatever you want to call it with an unarmed pedestrian who was minding his own business going where he had every right to be. The "I was assaulted so I had to shoot the kid in self-defense" apologism that's out now is a joke. Zimmerman had no need whatsoever to initiate a confrontation. If he wanted to be the neighborhood watch hero, he could just stay in the car and follow the kid. Martin was not breaking any law, or attempting to break any law. There was ZERO need and ZERO reason to dismount from his vehicle and close range with him. Those are the facts. Trayvon Martin had every reason to believe he was threatened when some clown started following him in a car, then gets out with a firearm and closes range to confront him.

        March 24, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  88. canOcorn

    Black people are the most annoying race in the history of people.This world would be amazing if they never existed.They absolutely ruin the world.Think how much less chaotic this world would be if you never had to deal with them.Nobody wants them in their country.They're last in everything-everywhere.They are the ugly old dog at the pound that nobody wants.

    March 24, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • love24

      White Devil ( The Jesus was black )

      March 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • knowyourfacts

      You should know your facts when making ignorant remarks about race. Blacks are certainly not the last in things. Many of the things you use on a daily basis was created by the same Blacks that you are so quick to put down. We are just as big of a part of making this country as well as other countries run. It's ignorant people like you that keep fueling the discussion of black and white issues. Not all Blacks blame others for their present state just like not all Whites blame others.

      March 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynn

      You are a retard.

      March 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • marieskie

      Actually if no one wanted them in our country, no one would have brought them over here as slaves in the first place. Your comment is just ridiculous and very uninformed.

      March 24, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justyce

      Cleary, you are a ignorant person and a RACIST to make comments like that. You too are a victim of being uneducated in the US because like it or not Black's conributed and produced many of the everyday objects used around the world everyday. Perhaps you should go back to your "country" for let's not forget the Native Americans were here first and the white man did not stop until they stole their land, infected them with European diseases, and drove them off their lands.

      March 24, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • KatD

      You sound like a very disturbed ignorant person. Sad to see that there are actually people like you that exist in this world.

      March 25, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  89. sharky

    White-Hispanic? Ok so Zimmerman has to be a White-Hispanic, yet Obama is Black even though he too has a white parent.

    MAN I love the people on CNN SO desperate to continue the anti-white hatred.

    March 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynn

      Well not its even if you don't like CNN you can always watch FOX I am sure that will sit better for you then.

      March 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • sharky

        I don't even know what you were trying to say in the first part of your failed sentence.

        Ah ok so you think the anti-white hatred on CNN is acceptable? Good on ya. I guess I know where you stand now.

        March 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Sharky, it seems you're so uniformed. It was not CNN first called then the killer of Martin white, it was the police in their report.

      March 25, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
      • sharky

        No, I'm not uninformed.

        I am reading the original article and some new race has been made that is called the "White Hispanic" race, because Zimmerman is bi-racial. YET Obama is also bi-racial, but he is black. Ergo, CNN is still trying to peddle the anti-white hatred, and I am not the only one to have seen that.

        March 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  90. ElephantInTheRoom

    CNN is an anti white news organization.Hilarious how the new black panther party gets labeled a " group " on CNN's site instead of a hate group, which they are.The left says that pro white groups of any kind are racist, and they depict them as backward and primitive.Don Lemon of CNN talks to the NBPP's racist leader as if they're best friends.The NBPP' leader was also the one who organized a mass protest and demanded the Duke lacrosse team be arrested.In the end, he looked foolish.I'm tired of black people getting away with racism while whites get chastised.If you hate it so bad here, go back to Africa and eat bug sandwiches with the rest of your people.Instead of constantly protesting and mooching, why not try inventing something.When are you people going to create jobs ? Black people are a cancer.We should have never brought those primitive, ignorant, unskilled people here.

    March 24, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • SFC Mike

      Frankly, I'd take any number of them over you any day.

      March 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      CNN is racist. The stuff they allow posted here, they would never allow if it where a white person saying it. As for black people, you are completely wrong. Black people are good people, with a few bad apples. Those bad apples are found in every race. The difference is, instead of weeding out those bad apples, and distancing themselves from them, they are defended as victims of white racism. Instead of working to change the image, they are saying white racism is the cause and white people have to be more tolerant of black criminals.

      March 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  91. benjamin

    Even as we continue this national debate on race, let us not forget the real tragedy; a promising young man who didnt live to see his God-given potential. If we remain objective on this we can honor Treyvon by crushing the real demon (stereotyping/profiling). For as inexcusable as Zimmerman's actions were, he is just a tool in a bigger picture.

    March 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Concerned Citizen

      Speaking of "big pictures"

      When will the publci get to see a CURRENT picture of the 6'4" Trayvon? Getting alittle tired of the purposely misleading baby pictures, arent you?

      March 24, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Amanda

        Read the police report. He's 5' 6".

        And stop reading Fox News. You'll be smarter for it.

        March 24, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tod

        When will the public see the police reports of Zimmerman's assault on a police officer, or domestic assault on a woman, as opposed to the calls for Facebook photos of the dead victim?

        March 24, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • truthisnotlonghidden

        http://i.imgur.com/efT0w.jpg

        March 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • sharky

        Amanda–

        Uh Trayvon Martin was not 5'6". Trayvon Martin was 6'2"-6'3" Google it.

        March 24, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Evidence points to Martin being the attacker. I hope that's not the case, but it sure looks that way.

      March 24, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • TruthBTold

        What a racist would say!

        March 25, 2012 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  92. Faithful

    I thought of Emmett Till when I learned about Trayvon Martin. Both young, innocent boys, senselessly cut down by southern, racist paranoia. Emmett Till was murdered on August 28, 1955... It was on the anniversary of that tragic day that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic "I Have A Dream" speech on the steps on the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. The fight for social, economic, and racial justice continues.

    March 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neoneo

      (yawn.)

      March 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Concerned Citizen

      When a black person kills = Al Sharpton says "lets wait to hear the facts"

      When someone of any other race kills a black = Al Sharpton says "lock 'em up, who cares about the facts"

      Zimmerman looks to be innocent to those who arent blinded by illogical propaganda. Cant wait for the black community to destroy and rob their own neighborhoods in protest.

      March 24, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • knowyourfacts

        How can you justify a grown man following a teenager who is just walking home. If Zimmerman would have followed instructions like any reasonable person, the whole situation could have been avoided. Zimmerman was completely in the wrong and deserved to get his ass kicked no matter if the kid was white or black. If you go looking for trouble, you should not think that you are going to escape the situation without a bruise or scratch.

        March 24, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tod

        When a black person kills and is holding the smoking gun, he is arrested and the police ask questions later. When a black person is killed, the police interview the shooter and find people to corroborate his story.

        March 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Balls 2U

        he doesn't represent you, YOU are white, go get a representative and come back or else stop being jealous that another race has representation ...its because your race wants to annihilate them that they NEED one, -> wake up racist!

        March 24, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • p

        Looks to be innocent?
        Wow.

        March 25, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  93. Debby

    Enough of this CNN cripes its like overkill.

    March 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  94. sean

    Always with the race card, maybe, it was an accident. The shooter didn't deny or run, maybe he lied but the fact remains someone is dead. And someone shot him. 2nd degree manslaughter at the most unless evidence to the contrary is turned up,

    March 24, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • p

      Way to stand up for the shooter!

      March 25, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  95. doubleR

    Way to go, CNN. Play into the political correctness by continuing to run a string a articles playing up the racial aspect of the case.

    March 24, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Neoneo

    Till disrespected a white woman, and by the code adhered to in that time and in that place, her husband was duty bound to address the issue.

    March 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • marieskie

      by having him killed? Yeah, I dont think so.

      March 24, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Neoneo

        He claimed that he intended to just administer a beating and send Till back to Chicago, but the kid started bragging about the white girls he'd bagged back home.

        He said that after hearing that, he figured there wasn't any point in letting Till get any older, and shot him.

        March 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • marieskie

        And it appears that this young man (Trayvon) tried to fight off his attacker, which got him shot. He was unarmed, and doomed from the start. If he had been the shooter, he would have been in custody. He would have been either dead or put in jail. The police department covered this up. In fact, where is Trayvons cell phone? no one knows. The cases are quite similar. Innocent life lost, and a police department that tried to cover it up.

        March 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • locacious

        Mr. Obama THINKS a little violence in the streets would help his re-election somehow. The OWS didn't pan out for him. So now he plays the race card. Shame on Mr. Obama.

        March 24, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Concerned Citizen

      Actually marieski...Trayvon attacked Zimmerman after Zimmerman walked back towards his car after stopping Trayvon. Zimmerman can be heard screaming "HELP" over and over again on the 911 call. No one came to help, the attacker (Trayvon) was shot. All legal.

      You can wait to hear facts or you can let your heart bleed on this here CNN blog 🙂

      March 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • SFC Mike

        And of course, that's all borne out by the witnesses who described Martin as screaming or whimpering or what not for help. Even if he fought Zimmerman, he was an unarmed kid who had every legal right to be where he was, followed then accosted by some self-appointed superhero with a gun, so under the law, he had a right to defend himself. Zimmerman has a problem in that the law does not convey a right to self defense if Zimmerman initiated the altercation. Since Martin didn't run up to Zimmerman's vehicle and start attacking it, it's pretty clear that Zimmerman dismounted and moved up to confront Trayvon.

        March 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tod

        And further confirmed by the 911 calls confirming Zimmerman chased the child, as well as the phone records and testimony of the person Martin was on the phone with when confronted by Zimmerman. The evidence is so cut and dry – when you only listen to the shooter's version of it. This needs to be dealt with in court, not on the sidewalk by the cops.

        March 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • marieskie

        I see. So Zimmerman who weighed 110 pounds more than Trayvon was whimpering loudly and screaming for help, as this kid was beating him down and the whimpering stopped as soon as the gunshot went off. If that was Zimmerman why would the screaming have stopped with the gunshot? The evidence points more towards Zimmerman initiating the attack which would actually mean that Trayvon had the right to defend himself. WOuldnt you fight if you were accosted by someone you didnt know with a gun? Doesnt matter what I will say because you most likely will not take anything I say seriously. I am definitely watching this story, and I hope justice prevails.

        March 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • AK

        SFC Mike, you do have your s**t together..some of the best posts I have seen.

        March 24, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • AK

        Why did Zimmerman get out of the car in the first place?

        KInda perforates the defense argument. Looked like he was looking for a confrontation. When he got what he was looking for, and got whupped, he pulled a gun.....

        March 24, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  97. DanTheMan122

    This is a repulsive comparison. I agree what Zimmerman did was wrong, but to compare it to Emmitt Till is nothing short of playing up racial tension. You should be ashamed

    March 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Absolutely true. I can't believe this is a real article. Completely pathetic.

      March 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Neoneo

        You ain't seen nothing yet.

        Blake and his ilk might be called kiddies playing with fire, but no, they know exactly what they're doing.

        March 24, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • AK

      Hasn't been much going on, on the race front lately. This is an opportunity, not to be wasted (thanks Rahm).

      March 24, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  98. steve

    This comparison is absolutely absurd.

    March 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  99. mahmoud

    Don't forget " L'Etranger' by Albert Camus

    March 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
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