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. Joe

    This whole story has gotten out of hand. While it was a very tragic thing that happened, it's not a nation wide epidemic, it is a one off case of someone who was way too intense about his neighborhood watch duties. The majority of black people killed in this country are at the hands of other black people....there's an epidemic for you.

    March 26, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Drowlord

    The article speculates that If the races had been reversed, the killer would definitely have been arrested. However, the black community would stand behind the black man. If they were both black (which is what 90% of black-involved killings are like), the black community would silently ignore the issue, and refuse to engage the press or the police. If they were both white (which is what 90% of white-involved killings are like), the black community would also silently ignore the issue. We see stark contrast between the extreme reaction of the black community when there's a racial divide vs the underlying concern for the murder and the lost potential of a young man.

    March 26, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. KLH1313

    Emmett Till? Please.
    I believe that Mr. ZImmerman probably never knew he had a racist bone in his body, that this is more endemic to our society – fear of young black men.
    But why can't we say it like it is? Every time I have been a victim of crime, the perpetrator was a black man. In high school in Atlanta, black was okay and white was bad. The black kids could do whatever they wanted and just lie and say you called them the N-word, and the white kid got the punishment. Contrary to what people like to acknowledge, there is hate towards every race in our society, just some is accepted and culturally condoned.

    March 26, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • GodKnows3-16

      I will pray for you!!

      March 26, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. donny

    this is 20-12 its not back in the westerndays. shoot only if some one is trying to hurt you. but theres 2 sides to every storey . i wont even shoot a bear unless its coming after me just cause one is walking around i want kill it.

    March 26, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • BOHICA

      This is why i'm armed up.

      March 26, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. OhioMom

    Oh, come on! Emmett Till? Really? Enough already. This was a case of someone possibly being hyper-sensitive to the situation in his neighborhood who had a gun. He reacted first, thought later. It was a terrible, tragic, senseless mistake. This is no Emmett Till.

    March 26, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • MaryClancy

      Yes, absolutely it has gone too far when people start evoking the names of murdered (tortured and murdered) black people in the 1950s American South. This was so tragic but it really feels far more like someone having a gun who NEVER should have had a gun–followed by sloppy police work and Florida's warped sense of shoot now and ask questions later. It doesn't lessen the tragedy if it turns out NOT to be a hate crime. Anyone who draws a direct comparison to Emmett Till needs seriously to read a book!

      March 26, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. ella jay

    Martin was being followed by an unidentified man. He was followed for some time. Who do you think should have felt endangered? Who do you think should have been allowed to defend himself? Oh, the stalker can claim self-defense.

    March 26, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Paula

      Thank you thank you thank you Ella! Trayvon was being followed not the other way around! If George felt for his life, why didn't he do what the police told him to do and STAND DOWN?

      March 26, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • NIK

      ok, but what does this have to do with race? How does this relate to emmit till?

      March 26, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. eroteme

    'Trayvon was only a boy'. Yes, as compared to girl. He was 17. I wonder how old he was in the pictures that accompany the news articles and tv programs.

    March 26, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Insanity

    It would seem that CNN is so desperate for news they are trying to incite a race war so they can cover it 24/7. I don't understand the absurdity this is evolving into. I could never fathom what it's like to be a black man or woman in America in this day and age, but I refuse, as a caucasion of European descent, to feel guilty about this horrible murder of a young man. This was turned into a race thing by the media. Of course it would be nice to assume this young man was killed because he was a black kid wearing a hoodie but this Zimmerman guy is a wimp for shooting a kid who was beating him up. I am disgusted by CNN's desperate attempt to keep fueling the racist flames on this. It's deplorable how black people are allowed to act in the media by laying this yet again at the entire white race's feet. Enough is enough of this nonsense. Report facts. FACTS. I am tired of CNN reporter's opinions which only seem to fuel the hate even further. Don't you people realize what you are doing?

    March 26, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • grillkicker

      don't feel bad for blacks...they get a sweet deal in america...zimmerman WILL WALK...it was self defense...he got attacked...like it or not, it will happen...

      March 26, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
      • j singl

        Zimmerman may walk but he won't live.

        March 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Exactly, everyone is trying to lay this at the feet of the white race even though Zimmerman is HISPANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 26, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
      • educatedinamerica

        There's a difference between RACE and ETHNICITY. Look it up.

        March 26, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Amazing how the rightwing discounts acts of racism as "media-driven". They ignore the legitimacy of the the problem and just go into "hear no evil" mode. No lessons from history or religion makes a difference to those who hide form the truth. Or, as a wise man said..."There are none so blind as those who will not see. "

      March 26, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
      • Insanity

        I'm no right winger. I'm not a left winger either. Now we get people like you who wish to turn this into a political matter. Will it never end? Everyone is using this to their own agendas it would seem. How this helps this family get closure is beyond me. You're a selfish idiot. I know my history very well and this incident has nothing to do with race. It's wrong no doubt, and Zimmerman should have been arrested but that is neither here nor there.

        March 26, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. LydiaMae

    The media makes me SICK! They are taking this story and carelessly running wild. They're inciting reckless heightened emotions in an effort to continue hate between races. No one can heal if you continually rip at the scab!!

    March 26, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. Diana

    In reading the article ‘Trayvon’s death: Echoes of Emmett Till’, the author states Trayvon was killed by a White Hispanic? Really, since when is a Hispanic white. Why does a death between races always come back to the white vs. black? Writers need to be more conscience of what they write unless the intention all along was to cause more issues than what is at hand.

    March 26, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      Diana he's mixed. One of his parents is white and the other hispanic.

      March 26, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
      • Diana

        so let me get this straight, if a black is half white and half black that makes him a white black? that's amusing, Obama is our first black president, Tiger Woods is the first black golfer.... never heard them being called white black.

        March 26, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Dianna

      In this country white is a racial category and Hispanic is an ethnic category. Therefore, you have spanish speaking and non spanish speaking whites and all Hispanics and Latinos are considered white.

      March 26, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
      • educatedinamerica

        Hispanics and Latinos in America are not White by default. There are Black Hispanics and Black Latinos in the world, if you haven't yet noticed. That's why there's a difference between ethnic and racial categories. Duh.

        March 26, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. The Truth

    So sad to see such poor comments regarding a life lost due to being Black! It is no accident that Blacks make up 12% of the population but Black Males are imprisoned more than any other race in this country. It is no accident that most schools have a 20-40% graduation rate for Black males, it is no mistake that HIV infection rates of Blacks here in America mirror that of 3rd world countries, it is no mistake that regardless of the wealth this country has gained from 400 years of unpaid labor from enslaved Africans that Blacks do not own even 1% of this country's wealth. Check out the Schott Report or books like The new Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. There is a war going on....it is simply to exterminate Black Men. No one should ever be killed for the way they look or dress..... But of course, everyone on this site commenting really believes that Blacks have the same opportunities as Whites in AMERICA!!!!!

    March 25, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damian

      Well put ...........I totally agree. People seem to fai lto understand that when people are born into poverty, violence and drugs that's all they know. The lucky few escape and do something positive with their lives.
      In this particular case though an innocent schild was murdered. Hunted down by a grown man that was told to not follow him. And BTW people I'm WHITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 26, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • jwk1

      You are twisting the truth. Blacks make 12% of the US population, but commit about 50% of all murders and other crimes. That's the reason they have such high incarceration rate.

      March 26, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
      • lc2858

        Well how about you check your facts. Black males do not commit 50% of murders. They are incarcerated at a disproportionate rate for crimes that whites and other races are JUST as likely to commit, such as drug possession, theft, drug use, rape and murder. But because they system has been built on a notion of Black criminality, people like you buy into the idea that Blacks are inherently more criminal than other races. Maybe the next time you decide to try to be an expert on the facts you should do your research first

        March 26, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Look at the racial make up of gangs. That'ts where most of the crimes are committed. And don't try the whole "white people should feel guilty over slavery" bull crap. Here's why:
      1) White aboltionists fought for the freedom of all slaves (civil protests)
      2) White people ran the underground railroads to free slaves
      3) Black African tribes sold other black Africans into slavery. Slavery is an African tradition
      4) The American government fought a war, in a large part, to end slavery.

      March 26, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Don

        KKK Americas first and largest gang....don't forget about them while you're talking about gangs and how whites "helped" blacks

        March 26, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. mikeg

    First Zimmerman was a white person (police report), then he is identified by his family as Hispanic, and now CNN refers to him as a "white Hispanic." And various commentators, who seem bent on making their racial case, are fighting over whether he is white or Latino. Can someone tell me what it means to be classified a "white Hispanic" and how people predict that person's behavior based upon that status?

    March 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJ PAYNE

      In this country white is a racial category and Hispanic is an ethnic category. Therefore, you have spanish speaking and non spanish speaking whites and all Hispanics and Latinos are considered white. I proctor standardized tests for the federal government and address this subject on a regular basis.

      March 25, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MovesMcJagger

    Emmett Till told a grown married woman that " I bet you have some good P*SSY." Murder is never the answer.Ever.But you say that to my wife and you'll be eating soup for a looooooong time.Emmett Till was a little punk who got more than he deserved.He should have received 2 black eyes and lost his teeth.

    March 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan Rogers

      Your history is way off! Emmit Till WHISTLED AT A WHITE WOMAN stupid.
      Back then black children didnt disrespect older people especially white people due to the way
      society was and appears to still be. Im white and am ashamed of how my race is STILL acting
      in todays times in the U.S. The comments you made as far as the punishment for MR. TILL, you
      sir are another Zimmerman in society, watch yourself.

      March 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • The truth hurts sometimes

        As Carolyn Bryant would later tell the story in a Tallahatchie County courthouse, Till asked her for some candy inside a candy counter. When Bryant placed the candy on top of the counter, Till grabbed her right hand tightly and asked, "How about a date, baby?" When Bryant pulled her hand free and started to walk away, Till grabbed her by the waist near the cash register and told her, "You needn’t be afraid of me, baby I’ve [slept] with white women before.”. It was reported to family and friends that Emmett had said "I bet you got some good pu__y",also, but Bryant, being the lady she was, would not admit she had let a young black boy say that to her and not immediatly killed him herselfalthough, she had gone outside the store to retrieve a handgun, when Emmett made the infamous whistle.

        March 25, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monica

      Can't say I've ever read that version on the story

      You should have penned the book about E. Tills murder...clearly you were there to witness the entire thing and you're privy to information not even the police and investigators at that time had access to!!!

      March 26, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. TheTruth

    Here are the facts people....and it really should not have gone beyond this specific issue...
    "Are you following him?" "Yes"...."We don't need you to do that"....period. You disobeyed a DIRECT order from police dispatch...next thing we know a 17 year old unarmed teenage is killed. And the "accusser" is complaing about a freak'n broken nose....give me a break. What is wrong with you people????

    March 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damian

      I know that is thwe part I keep going back to. If he had obeyed Police orders this never would've happened. The stand your ground law is a joke.

      March 26, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • frespech

      We don't need you to do that. Does that really sound like an order to you. Secondly no authority is given to a 911 dispatcher. Try just some facts.

      April 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AC

    Just hand Zimmerman over to the Afghans. Swift justice will be meted out.

    March 25, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  16. The truth hurts sometimes

    Emmitt Till was a disrespectful punk who needed to be taught a lesson. Revisionist history says that he simply whistled at a white woman, but the facts that surrounded the case clearly show he did something far more disrespectful "I bet you got some good puzzy". Although I agree that he did not deserve what he got, he definately needed a lesson in manners, the kind he obviously did not get from his mammy.

    March 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • mattyj

      no one knows for sure what Till said. So id like to know where you got your information from

      March 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damon

      What? White women dont have good Pu$ $y? I thought so. So why they tripping?

      March 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Ken Richardson

    Are you kidding me? This and Emmett Till. Not even close. The Emmett Till case was a clear cut case of racist behavior, in a racist state, prosecuted and jurored by racist, at a time when it was status quo in the deep south. To suggest these cases are related is ignorant at best. Both cases are and were a tragedy to be sure and both involve a black youth but there the comparison ends.

    Zimmerman was presumably doing his job with neighborhood watch. He happened to see a kid that fell out of the "normal set". Yes he was black which made him stand out in an otherwise predominately white neighborhood. I being white would stand out just the same walking through Harlem. That hardley makes anyone viewing me as odd in their neghborhood a racist and if anyone questioned what I was doing there I would shake their hand for using common sense.

    Is the killing of this youg man justified? I dont know. I wasnt there. But while doing my duty and armed, if I were physicaly attacked while trying to question someone on the turf I am trying to protect, my self instinct would probably be to protect myself by neutralizing the assailant. White, black, yellow would not be in the thought process. Not taking an ass whipping from a sixteen year old for doing my job would be high on my list. If zimmerman was attacked by this youth, he had every right to protect himself. Race be damned.

    March 25, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alyssa

      Zimmerman was a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain. He wasn't doing a job; he was indulging his paranoid sense of self-importance.

      March 26, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  18. mlblogscbgoldsmith

    Emmitt Till compares to Trayvon's murder as actual journalism compares to CNN. Emmitt Till's murder defined the Jim Crow South while Treyvon's murder is about handguns, gated communities and state laws as abomination. Whenever I think CNN has fallen as far as they can, they raise the lowered bar.

    March 25, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  19. mattyj

    why does zimmermans race matter? whether he is white, black, blue, or green he reacted the way he did because he stereotyped a black male wearing a hoodie as someone acting strangely or someone who didnt belong.

    March 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      because there are only two evils in Liberal America: white and men. Here, you have a combination of both. It's a win-win situation for the liberal media. The liberal media while do everything in their collective power to make this a racial issue instead of reporting the truth: Some self agrandizing nutjob failed to listen to police and killed a kid because he was losing a fight that he picked. I hope the skin Zimmerman alive.

      March 26, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  20. pudas jriest

    I actually felt some empathy for the Martin family until I heard what all the black racists were saying about white people in the media.Screw you.What, am I supposed to support you while you trash my race ? Are you high ? Black after black can be heard on here, Youtube, station interviews, etc make racist comment after comment about whites without a word being said.It's obvious they're using this incident to express their views that they've held long before Trayvon Martin came along.If it's a race war they desire, I say bring it.I have no problem working on equality with everyone in this country and increasing the peace ; but you're not going to further your agenda at my expense if that's what you're thinking.You make up 14 % of the population.Your threats of rioting aren't scary at all.Many more than you think have been prepared for this for quite a while.

    March 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack sinclair

      Well said. The vast majority of violence against Blacks is by Blacks. They dont speak out as a community against music that is racist, violent and abusive to women. According to the Justice Department, they are responsible for over half of the interracial violence even though they make up just 15% of the population. Its sad what has happened in this incident, but maybe its time for the Black community to quit looking to blame someone for the violence in their communities and to look inward.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • twiz1234

      So I would assume that you weren't a big fan of he bounty that the Black Pathers put out on this Zimmerman guy??? If this event is supposed to somehow raise awareness of racial issues...where is the outrage in the press about a bounty based on racial anger. It was hardly more than a footnote whereas it should have been a headline. The black community, not the least of which should have included all of our favorite "reverends", should have been jumping all over that yet not a word. One would almost think that maybe the absence of their condemnation is really them advocating such activities...?

      March 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • steve

        this country has a lot more important things to worry about than the black panthers

        March 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • twiz1234

        @Steve: The point of my comment was the same as the original post I responded to. The media wants a race war. Million man marches, racial profiling, and all the other crap that brings Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton out makes for good news. Demanding the arrest of actual criminals is rarely interesting so they just leave that story on the table. I would love to hear what more important things there are to worry about in your opinion. I seek the truth in all things...something that gets harder and harder to find when the media, just like our politicians, lean far to the left or right so that we never get facts....just opinions and stories.

        March 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brian

        The New Black Panthers movement consists of about a half dozen people and Glenn Beck's crazy imagination. Grow up!

        March 25, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Malcolm Singleton

      I thnk you may be missing the point. Being a black man myself, i can understand your point on blacks killing blacks everyday, but this wasnt a gang related, poverty related shooting that normally takes place (please dont argue the exceptions). White people are on yooutube and other social networks just as much as blacks putting down the other races. In my hometown of Newark, NJ, ive seen/heard more killings that i would like to take credit for, but we are talking about an unarmed teen and a "watch" person that was not only trained to deal with instances like this, but was also directed from his "superiors" at the 911 dispatch to stop pursuing the kid. I wasnt there, only those two and God knows what happened; but when someone has the authority to "watch" a neighborhood, that right does not include the right to take a life. Had Trayvon been armed, a different tune would be sung; we are talkng a young kid and (from the pictures) a much bigger adult male. When authority figures can abuse authority, especially in this manner, than the outcry will be as it is. The Bounty, although i personally dont agree, called for the man, not his life. If he was as remorseful as reported, and feels the way he does, then step forward. If I did something I stand by, I wouldnt talk thru others, I would say it myself. He must of "felt" justified to pull the trigger, so be justified in the consequences of shooting someone.Just sounds like a little image repairing and backsliding.

      March 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan Rogers

      I hope Zimmerman gets what he deserves, truly. If it were a black man killing a white kid,JAIL.
      Now, pudas is correct, black people(majority) are always quick, even when caught in the wrong on camera
      especially, to turn the situation racial. If they dont get a job position due to being unqualified or not proving your responsible enough its cause your black. Some bosses are guilty of racism and I believe in karma and they, the bosses who pull that crap are the liabilty to those compancies. Racial uprises hurt more innocent people. REMEMBER
      .....REGINAL DENNY, TRUCK DRIVER DRAGGED FROM TRUCK IN L.A. RIOT? He still doesnt hate black .

      March 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  21. The truth hurts sometimes

    Don't CNN have any baby pictures of Zimmerman they can show?

    March 25, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  22. jonavark

    hmm.. if the guy is indeed a "white hispanic" doesn't it naturally follow that people who call anti-illegal-immigration activists RACIST have some 'splainin to do?

    March 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • The truth hurts sometimes

      Very good point!

      March 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • twiz1234

      Even better...I don't think I have EVER heard of a white Hispanic until now. Almost makes one think that they threw the word white in there to just drum up more hatefulness. Of course I would only think that if I were a conspiracy theorist...which of course I am. Do we need to add White Hispanic to all of the government forms now? Do you think White Hispanic's qualify for affirmative action or are they "too white"? How white is too white anyway? 1/2? 1/4? 1/8? 1/16? Do you think CNN did the "too white" math before calling his a white hispanic? Somehow I doubt it.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cheese Wonton

        Most demographic databases have categories for "non-hispanic white" and "hispanic white". Other hispanics can be mixed race indian and white, or mixtures of black and white or black and native American, or all three. Hispanics are a racially mixed group.

        March 25, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |

    Hispanic shoots a black kid...hispanic is white.Hispanic gets stopped at border by a white man...white man is a racist.Must be nice to live in liberalville and make up the rules as you go along.

    March 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • bannister

      Yes, here are the new rules:

      1) Hispanic commits a hate crime: He suddenly becomes white.

      2) Hispanic is the victim of a hate crime: He's Hispanic again.

      Get it?

      March 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Jim

    A "White Hispanic" ???

    March 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • bannister

      My thoughts exactly. This seems to be a new angle for mainstream media – using the modifier "white" to describe Hispanics, especially when it involves a crime against blacks. One minority killing another minority does not fit their narrative of "white racism" so describing Zimmerman as a "white Hispanic" is their way of keeping this narrative alive.

      March 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Numyorangay

      How many Hispanics do you know with the last name Zimmerman?

      March 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jim

        What does it matter what the dude's name is? I guess the point is or was that anytime anything happens to a black person, the "caucasions" (sp), are ALWAYS to blame. It's always the white man's fault. This hispanic guy kills a black kid and now he is considered "white-hispanic". give us all a collective break! besides... it's about time that this race thing is finally put to sleep... slavery has been going on in Africa for 1000s of years and, by all accounts, is still happening today (don't kid yourself and think that slavery is abolished in Mauritana or anywhere else in Africa) ... slavery lasted, what, maybe 200 years here in America and the white people are still paying the price... besides please just leave me out of it, I didn't do anything wrong, i had no slaves, i have no idea if my ancestors had slaves and i don't really care, i talk to anyone like they are a HUMAN BEING, not a skin color...

        March 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • CJ PAYNE

        @Jim, white is a race,Hispanic is an ethnic category. In this country all Hispanics are considered white based on how the government categorizes the different groups. This can be seen on all federal government standardized forms.

        March 25, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  25. JoeMama

    Seriously??? Trayvon vs. Emmett? Not even close. What type of j-schoold did you attend? Enquiring minds want to know.

    Justice has yet to even begin here. It's a very sad story and my prayers go out to Trayvon's family. But, to be quite honest, if PresBo, the media, Sharpton, and the rest of the community organizers weren't trying to use this for their personal gain, Justice would be handled without bias and Zimmerman, depending on the DA's preference, would probably be found guilty for murder 1 and definitely for murder 2. As it stands, it will be impossible for the State to find an unbiased, objective-minded jury.

    Again, my heart goes out to Trayvon's family. His life was cut way too short.

    But, the circus developing around this trajedy is more like that of California vs. OJ Simpson. Objectivity will be lost and politics and race will duke it out in the media rather than a court of law.

    March 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • twiz1234

      Totally agree. If this was racially motivated the guy should go down hard. If this was an unfortunate mistake the guy should go down but maybe not as hard...but definitely some jail time. If he was attacked by the kid by mistake, thinking that he himself was a bad guy then he should probably get off. Given all I have read, good and bad about Zimmerman he sounds like a fairly normal guy (given that normal these days is a pretty lax concept). However, we now will never know if justice was served as he has been convicted by the media, the politicians and public as whole. So actual justice being served at this point is improbably if not impossible. For the african american posters...think about a time not so long ago that when there was a rape or murder they would round up the local blacks and hang them on the spot. That is the same as hanging this guy in the media...its mob justice and its just as wrong now as it was back then.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  26. PhilG

    This is ridiculous.

    And blatantly proof that the media is simply lazy as hell.

    You can't equate a young black man being killed in a Southern state many decades ago to a young black man being killed now by a neighborhood watch guy who is Hispanic.

    Two different situations entirely.

    One was the intentional murder of a black male child and the other looks to simply be the mistaken actions of someone who agitated a young black man into confronting him when it did'nt need to happen.

    All those years back it was pure hatred that caused the killer to shoot.

    Todays incident is a guy that thought he had the right to push a situation into where he could use a firearm to resolve it and he was mistaken.

    That the police did'nt see it that way can be resolved.

    But the media wants to restart a race war in America and always has.

    It sells newspapers,radio news time (and ads) and sells ad time on tv too.

    Stop trying to fan the flames of hate and let's move through the justice system to resolve this.

    We are a much better nation them we were sixty some years ago.

    It's just that the news media can't stand to face that.

    March 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alyssa

      It's not just about what happened; it's about how it was handled by the authorities afterward. It is comparable to Till because there were huge mistakes made by the Sanford police that ostensible wouldn't be made if the perpetrator was black.

      March 26, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  27. Danielle

    I think the point of this article as well as the case is being greatly missed. Truth is racism exists and no matter how may black friends you have or white friends you have, you still feel some type a way about another race as well as your own. Martin was minding HIS business when he was approached by someone who needed to mind their own. Zimmerman was not a cop nor was he acting on any legal stance. He made decisons that ended a persons life. Wether or not there was a scuffle was irrelevant. He was bigger than, only person I know who brings a gun to a knife fight is a coward. There should have been a better investigation, period. First thing you are taught in Criminal Justice/Law is that no life is greater than the other and in order for self defense to be warranted you have to defend yourself with the same force equal to what is being presented to you. But we all know how the law works, or lack there of.

    March 25, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • twiz1234

      I couldn't agree more. I just wish they would stop trying to make this guy out to be a white guy so they can charge that it was racial prejudice that caused this to happen. It sounds way more like an irresponsible act that caused the death of another. It sounds like you have a legal background...what do call that? Well I know in my state its called manslaughter and its an easier conviction than murder. That's what they should going after this guy for...involuntary manslaughter since they will never get a murder conviction...well not legally anyway.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  28. The truth hurts sometimes

    Look closely at some of the comments posted and the way one side deals with those rationally considering that facts at hand. Notice how one side seems to want violence against Zimmerman and anyone who would dare dispute their fantasy, that this was simply a case where Zimmerman went up to Martin and shot him for no good reason? Primitive people do say and write primitive things.

    March 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • DrD123

      Why do "sides" need to be defined in this? Isn't that part of the problem?

      March 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  29. OhNoYouDitnt

    Trayvon was killed for wearing a hoodie.The 13 year old white kid from Missouri had gasoline poured on him and then set on fire by two older blacks while the yelled racist insults.Looks to me like we're even.

    March 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • bannister

      Actually, we're not even – because Zimmerman was Hispanic, not white! Whites are now being blamed for Hispanic hate crimes against blacks!

      The kid who had gasoline poured on him WAS white. As were two white British men who were murdered by blacks in Florida this week. As well as so many other victims of black-on-white crime, every single year.

      March 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • CJ PAYNE

        In this country Hispanic is white. Review any standardized government form. Hispanic is an ethnic category not a race.

        March 25, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Shadow Walker

    For those saying it wasn't pre-planned out, so it's covered by the law...keep in mind that Zimmerman was on the phone with the police, had given his disposable phone # out to them and then they asked for his address. He started giving it to the police, stopped and then said this: ""Oh crap, I don't want to give it all out, not the way this kid is.". It implies that he was already debating to himself what he was planning on doing. He was still stalking the kid after being told he need not do that. For those who think a kid should be pursued to this extent by anyone who isn't a police officer...you have deep mental issues, as Zimmerman has already proven by assaulting an officer prior to this. For those making this a people wearing clothes this way or that...I don't like the baggy pants thing either, but..it's not a race that does that and it had nothing to do with this crime. Zimmerman will be arrested at some point...bet on it, because if he doesn't, he'll be a target for someone out there who has as much respect for the law as he does, which is little to none. Truly, it's better for him if they arrest him, finish the investigation and either send him to trial or dismiss the case with insufficient evidence. A note to the racists out there commenting, or more specifically...trolling on this thread...grow up already and KNOW that ALL humans are created equal. P.S. You aren't going to annoy me..trollers...as I don't waste my time listening to your garble. That and I don't bother with a thread after I've said what I had to say. 😉 P.P.S. This was a "white guy" who wrote this.

    March 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Ricosuave11

    "Some see similarities in the death of Trayvon Martin, left, and the 1955 killing of Emmett Till."

    Well of course they will when CNN uses old pictures of Trayvon to make him look younger than what he was. Why are you trying to fan the flames CNN?

    March 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Alan

    wouldnt need a stand your ground law if it wasnt for black crime

    March 25, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  33. matt

    MAybe I missed it, but it seems odd I haven't heard from Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton yet. They are usually the first two to jump on the bandwagon of racism. Is it possible they think the new evidence coming out showing young Martin as being the aggressor might be accurate?

    March 25, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  34. ME


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  35. tiredOfItAll

    I'm latino and have been in this great country for over 10 years now.One thing I've consistently noticed in my time here is how racist black people usually are.I know not all are this way, but a lot are.What always leaves me scratching my head is how it seems like they're trying to get it socially acceptable to trash whites and latinos while making it forbidden to insult them.There's more whites and latinos in the US than blacks.I think it's foolish to allow such a distractive minority of your population to dictate your society.again, not all blacks.I've met some very intelligent, hard working, motivated black individuals; but these black agenda driven mobs need to be called out.I'm from Uruguay, so I have no dog in the fight.Just my two cents.

    March 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ricke1949

      Usted es correcto.

      March 25, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ME

      Good observation

      March 25, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane4

      Your objective point of view is critical in changing things. What has been claimed "reverse descrimination" is in itself creating a larger problem. I agree with your insight.

      March 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      glad to see some Latino comments
      I have been very interested on your take on this whole mess

      March 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Ricke1949

    Should this case be looked at again? Of course. The protests have function well at bringing attention.
    Should the news continue to focus on this? No but they should keep it in their radar.
    What should the President do? Appoint a Federal commission of reasonable respected national figures of all color. ( This would exclude Sharpton, David Duke and their ilk.)
    We are a nation of laws.
    Stop the hate. Racism and hate know no skin color.

    March 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Skittles

    I can't wait until this blows up in black people's faces.This has the Duke Lacrosse story written all over it.Remember when fat Al Sharpton went on and on about how that black lady was raped and abused by evil white men ? How did that turn out for ya ?

    March 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • ME

      I do not want anything to blow up in anybody's face.
      I just want Al, Roland, and the others who are hell bent on accusing white America of being racists to get off the air.
      I do not watch wither anyway.

      March 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      you will never see either of them apologize for any mistakes they make
      they are only in it for the publicity
      it's sad that the black people truly think these thugs are in their corner!
      they laugh at all the black people and continue to fill their pockets

      March 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  38. tom

    Everyone in america is missing the most important thing, Trayvon was killed by the "stand your ground" law. This has nothing to do with race. That is the easy way out blame race. Haven't blacks killed blacks or whites killed whites? I am black and I would feel the same way if this was two white people involved. Can we all agree that a life was take away way too soon. Is a black life worth less or more than a white life. That is what was at issue with Emmett Till. At that time it was against the law for blacks to talk to whites in certain instances. What changed? The law is what was changed. Get this stupid law off the books. If you do that then this will never happen again. Use this tragedy to change for the positive. Focusing on race makes this a divisive issue. Focusing on wearing hoodies is even dumber. Focusing on both of these issues confuses that fact that a young life was taken for no rational reason.

    March 25, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  39. GoUNC

    The new black panther party is a hate group, yet Don Lemon of CNN speaks to him like they're best friends.I wonder how Don Lemon would interview a pro white hate group. Hmmmmm.I wonder.

    March 25, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Sunil

    This is a terribly irresponsible and foolish article. Shame on John Blake, CNN, and all those quoted in the article who drew comparisons. Emmett Till was a premeditated, brutal murder. Trayvon Martin's case still has some facts that need to come out. But it's quite obvious that it wasn't pre-meditated. It may not have even been murder as reportedly two witnesses have corroborated Zimmerman's story that he was attacked. CNN's standards for journalistic integrity have gone down the toilet.

    March 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  41. underwater

    this case reminds me more of Tawanna Brawley and Crystal Magnum than emmitt till

    March 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Mosier

    I work in Sanford and the only thing I can feel is this anger and hate that is emitting from people. I shouldn't have to live in a world wear I worry about the guy with his pants down past his a** using this awful incident as a way to justify treating me like crap because I'm white. I just wake up go to work to support my wife and two kids and treat everyone equal. How is this any of my fault and why am I being treated like it is?

    March 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • perennial2

      It isn't your fault. It's the fault of the parents of Trayvon Martin who indulged and raised their son to be that way, as well as the parents of the thugs who'd been burglarizing that condo complex so many times that homeowners felt they had no recourse but to form a Neighborhood Watch w/ Zimmerman guarding them.

      March 25, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronald

      You're being treated like this because the majority of black people don't like white people.It is what it is.The sooner we all realise this, the better.You can be the most liberal white person of all time, they will still ahrbor hatred for you.White people need to band together and declare enough is enough.We out number these people greatly.It's time to take our city's back.Black people wanna be above or below you...but never equal.

      March 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • PhillySW

      Mosier: Welcome to our world as a people of color! It's absolutely wrong that anyone gives you crap because of the color of your skin. They don't know you personally, and it's wrong to make assumptions about people without even getting a chance to know them.

      Guess what? We as black people don't like getting crap from other people just because of what some people have in their mind as what is a criminal or a threat, and what is perceived as good and safe.

      Got news for you, I don't like thugs either. I'm an educated black man, but in our society, I'm just seen as another black man that deserves crap from other people. Does that sound fair? Not in the least. But I get it whether I'm dressing in a suit and tie, or whether I have a hoodie on. That's the point. We are tired of being stereotyped and missed treated, just because of a skin pigmentation. It isn't right for it to happen to you, and it isn't right for us to have to deal with it.

      Trayvon had the right to walk the public streets of the neighborhood where Mr. Zimmerman lives. how is that a crime? It's ok to stereotype all of the black people YOU SEE as bad, but then ok to stereotype all caucasian people YOU SEE as good: even though there are white people that have "stolen" billions of dollars from other white and black people through ponzi schemes. Oh, but that's different, right?

      Problem is, people want to be dismissive instead of listening to the real racial issues that still exists in this country.

      March 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  43. steve

    I would like to hear some comments from the hispanic citizens on this topic. As regard to the white/hispanic issue.

    March 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Jaeger


    March 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Cedric Caldwalder

    Typical liberal slant on this ... all emotion and no facts. Martin was not shot for wearing a hoodie, he was shot for tackling and beating on somebody. Get real, race had nothing to do with this, rather Martin's actions had everything to do with this.

    March 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • greg

      maybe trayvon was defending himself from a biiger guy who was stalking him that the 911 dispatcher told not to

      March 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  46. steve

    The feds after their investigation turned this back over to the local police for further investigation. Now that right there should tell you something. If the feds would have found something, they would have immediately told the police to get a warrant out for his arrest. Fact is they found nothing. They were sent in to calm the masses yet found nothing!
    don't you people understand? i guess not

    March 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  47. LeiDeLi

    Echoes of Tawana Brawley

    March 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Jaeger

    Orlando Sentinel reports that Zimmerman's account has been corroborated. Also confirms that Martin's voice was NOT the voice on 911 calls.

    March 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ricosuave11

      Don't let facts get in the way of a good lynching.

      March 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  49. mojobutta

    I still can't believe Obama did not save Try Davis. That one really hurt. As much as I supported him, I will not vote for him again. That was the ultimate insult to black men and women. It would have been so easy to have saved Troy. He let him die and I will never forget that.

    March 25, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      he had no jurisdiction over that

      March 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  50. justin

    Thats obsurd, there is literally NOTHING similar between the two incidents... These comments are a joke Zimmerman should be arrested but to compare this to a premeditated case of torture and murder is like apples n oranges thanks CNN you officially suck

    March 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  51. The truth hurts sometimes

    This sure reminds me of how racist one particular group of people can be.................remember when that monster Troy Davis got his due, how the same group of racist defended him.

    March 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • PhillySW

      There are racists people everywhere. And to blatantly stereotype one over the other is just stupidity at the least.

      March 25, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      and now poor Trey is forgotten by all those who screamed the loudest!
      as long as they are in the limelight they will shout and scream.
      the minute it's over, they disappear!

      March 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  52. PhillySW

    Hatred is wrong, regardless of the skin color of the person perpetuating it. But, there has been a historic travesty globally of racism to people of color. Not exclusively. But it has had centuries to perpetuate into the psyche of generations.

    Perfect example. One thing people don't realize is that CNN has been reporting Zimmerman as a White Hispanic. Now I know many thought that sounds crazy, because to you that are of the white ethnicity, a hispanic is a hispanic. But no, not to a latino. In fact, if you speak to a Colombian, Puerto Rican, etc that are of a light/fair skin complexion, they will most certainly not see themselves as "one of them", a darker complexion latino.

    In other words, they will see themselves as descendants of Indian tribes, rather than descendants of african slaves during the slave trade. You know, the whole mentality to black is "dirty, negative, bad", while white is "good, clean, untainted". Those stereotypes still exists today. In actuality, those fair skinned latinos can claim both heritages, the european, and the african. But, they know of the advantage they have assimilating into the caucasian culture, rather than embracing their african descendant heritage.

    Racism has permeated and ingrained itself in so many facets of life that we think not talking about it, and sweeping it under the rug will make it go away by itself. It will not. And as long as there are people out there that believe the world revolves around them and only them, then there will continue to be conflict.

    I don't believe any one race is better than the other, and there are racist black people, just as there are racist white, korean, latino, etc. But as long as an injustice occurs against people like what has happened to Mr. Martin (RIP), then us people of color are always gone to feel even more animosity towards this prejudice mindset in american culture.

    How can anyone say anything against a "kid" walking through a PUBLIC neighborhood with a hoodie on? How could he be the fault of his own murder, when he was simply walking on a public street? He did have the right to do that. He wasn't trespassing. Mr. Zimmerman has not been detained or charged by the authorities for ANYTHING! That's the injustice that people are yelling about.

    I could go to jail with handcuffs on for being almost CLOSE to over the legal limit of drinking alcohol allowed while driving a car. CLOSE to a state's legal intoxication limit is enough to be arrested on the road driving a vehicle. Mr. Zimmerman killed another person with his gun. And he's still walking around with no restrictions! If you can't understand that, then you don't want to understand your biased views. And you are close to racist, if not already there in your mind.

    March 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonavark

      OH Puhleeeaze. Get some facts. You won't find them on CNN.

      March 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • PhillySW

        What facts are YOU referring to?

        March 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • JLakes

      Well said Philly sw

      March 25, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Learn To Fish

    Comparing Trayvon to Emmett... talk about literary license. That is an insult to the memory and hardships experienced during Emmett's time.

    March 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • You can call me ray

      The Till story morphed into "killed for just whistling at a wht woman". I recall the original story. Emitt was a brash young blk from chicago visiting his cousin who walked with him to the store where the lady worked. Till had his cousin laughinghysrterically telling him what he would say to the woman and was dared to do so. This was no whistle- It was as as insulting and vulgar – bet you got some gooood p..... Well there are some things a person can say to one's daughter or wife that will stir some violent emotions. Try saying such a thing to a blk woman and see what her husband tries to do to you.

      March 25, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • PhillySW

        Well, I would be extremely mad too if someone said that to my woman. But I would never think it was my RIGHT to kill them for making a derogatory comment. Bad judgement is one thing, justifying blatant murder based on a person's skin color is just pure evil!

        March 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teri

      Agreed. There is no comparison here other than the two boys look eerily similar and could pass as actual brothers.

      March 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ricosuave11

        Sorry but the pictures are not alike considering the one CNN is pimping of Trayvon is several years old. Compare it to what Trayvon looked like when he got killed and they look nothing alike.

        March 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Matt

        Ricosuave – that's the reason they are using the older picture. They are grasping at straws to make a comparison. Aside from the picture, there is nothing to compare.

        March 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  54. formcritic

    I must LOL at the idea that the shooter was a "white hispanic." Your storyline of the oppresive white man did not work out so you have to somehow make what is clearly a hispanic person into a white man in order to keep the rage alive.

    March 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • A.B.

      He was a white Hispanic. His mom is Hispanic and his father is white. = White/Hispanic. This does boil down to race, no matter how you want to spin it.

      March 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Doug

    I've read a lot of pitiful garbage on CNN, but this John Blake has to be one of the lowest, irresponsible and most ignorant they employ. Blake obviously has not looked into any facts whatsoever in this case, (well maybe a National Enquirer front page at the liquor store this morning). Nothing but slime journalism here. No comparison to Emmett Till. Garbage like Blake should be prosecuted if his scraping the septic tank for sensationalism spawns a riot anywhere. Fire John Blake, and the "editor" that let this trash article be posted.

    March 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • formcritic

      I read the article. Then I read your comment.

      I have to agree. This is an unrelated story designed to inflame people. CNN has been irresponsible for giving it space online.

      March 25, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • klangster

      the cops acted much in the same way that they did to the murder of Emmit till , hey decided that there was no crime because the kid must have asked for death that is the eerie similarity, Zimmerman is just another coward with a gun unremarkable compared to what goes on in this country every across all races but the cops said the cold blooded murder of a black was not a crime.

      March 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Doug

        klangster, Maybe Zimmerman should have been arrested right away, I do not know, I do think from what I have heard that the whole situation was started by Zimmerman. I/we do not know for sure what the Sherriff was up to. I do know that most what passes for media in the US has not reported all the witness evidence that the Sheriff Dept was considering, and the case was in no way closed yet. No comparisons like this can be made till the case is closed. I know the case of Emmett Till, and this ain't it. This inflammatory and inaccurate drivel by Blake serves nothing but sensationalism, that is my point.
        To you I say, I do not think that this was "cold blooded murder", not from what I know so far. Zimmerman shot Trayvon, no question, but hold off till you know the rest of the story, it's not out yet. I may well call for Zimmerman's hanging right along with you, we'll see.

        March 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ricke1949

      Please feel guilty on being a white person. Then pay penace by voting for Obama 2012.

      March 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Ronald

    LOL.I haven't been on CNN in about 8 months because of what people on here are saying.CNN is absolutely anti white.I just came on here because it's been a while.Hilarious that the content and comments are the exact same.No wonder people watch Judge Joe Brown reruns more than CNN.See ya in 8 more months.CNN is to news as Charles Manson is to a fun date.

    March 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  57. The truth hurts sometimes

    Go ahead! Use this as a reason to riot, loot and rape in the streets.........................See who's left standing!

    March 25, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  58. birthdayboy

    CNN is becoming dangerously close to a hate news organization.The only difference between them and other hate sites is that they spew their message in a subtle manner.Every day they run an anti white campaign while ignoring every crime committed against whites.They're attempting to compare Emmit Till's story to this ? Really ? It's like comparing high school basketball to the NBA.I think the bias in media reporting is actually contributing to racism in this country.These news organizations rely on laziness.They know that most people don't make the effort to go outside of the main news sources like CNN, FOX,MSNBC,etc.There's a lot of whites who are hip to the game CNN continue's to play.Stats don't lie.You're 8 times more likely to be attacked by a black if you're white than the other way around ; yet on CNN, you would think the opposite.CNN's bias is going to backfire once the majority of us wake up.

    March 25, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Earl

    I am absolutely appalled at the overall hostility and both overt and implicit violence shown in almost this entire string of commentary. The article in question was meant to stir rational debate and discussion, whether we agree with its contention or not. But there is no rational discourse here, only screaming at each other across the barricades. Shame on us all.

    March 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • perennial2

      No, it wasn't. CNN never, ever posts articles for bona fide discussion. It was intended to increase clicks and ratings by creating new cable content that would result from even more inflamed blacks and simpleminded whites who're too dumb to go read the actual police report. Six witnesses who corroborate Zimmerman's account of the 6'2 160 lb. Martin attacking and beating him up.

      March 25, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  60. ann

    Woman- singular
    Women- plural

    March 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Claudia

    Gorfro, thank you. You have pointed out nothing but the truth. When will Americans learn, it's got to be now or it will be too late. The clock is ticking.

    March 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Darrryl

    It is human nature to have questions about people we have nothing in common. As far as Emmitt Till, this case was a case of hate against another race, Mr. Martin's case is a case of bad judgement by Mr. Zimmerman for trying to enforce his will and the failure of the authorities to act appropriately to a case with numerious open questions. We Americans have a right to question but don't judge me until you know me.

    March 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Compare to Treyvon

    Racism goes both ways –

    March 25, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • longshot

      but it seems only the laws and the cops go one way

      March 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Tom

    As "Mike " stated earlier, Emmet Till was hunted down for whistling at a white woman, I believe....
    The attackers were white...there were several of them and they dragged him off to a farm and tortured him to death
    John Blake....you are a pinhead...it is bad enough that this has happened...but talking about reaching for an angle.
    ...Zimmerman is of mixed heritage and shot a young innocent man...
    To even print this is disgusting.....The Black Panther party is a group? Ok....

    March 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • klangster

      its the total lack of action on the part of the cops that is the similarity, the racial element in the murder is debatable at best but in the case of the cops deciding that the kid deserved to die without even a small bit of investigation is a verysimilar case to till

      March 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  65. CNNRatingsInTheToilet

    What would we compare the 13 year old white kid from Missouri who was doused with gasoline and set on fire by two older blacks two weeks ago ?

    March 25, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheila

      Nothing if someone is wanted or charged with murder. You're missing the point. Nothing is being done about it.

      March 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • klangster

      the cops are aggressively trying to put the animals who committed this crime in jail that's the difference, in the case of Trayvon they have acted like Zimmermans defense lawyers

      March 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  66. WithinEarshot

    On CNN, the new black panther party is labled " a group." Any pro white group is labled a hate group, backward, primitive, etc. Right above this story, is another than heads " group calls for citizens arrest." Don Lemon speaks with the leader of the NBPP as if they're life long friends.I wonder if he would extend that same courtesy to a pro white hate group.Hmmmm I wonder.

    March 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  67. David Foos

    To compare this incident to what happened to Emmitt Till is completely irresponsible on the part of the author and can serve no purpose other than to stir up racial tensions. John Blake of CNN should be fired and CNN should be censured for allowing this.

    March 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • klangster

      the similarity is in the actions of the police, the murder itself is unfortunately a very common occurrence in America today. But the fact the cops decided it was justifiable solely based on the race of the victim bares a very close resemblance to the till case

      March 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Ken

    Black have an issue from within their sub-culture that disallows them from "assimilating". This is the main reason for racism today(except maybe in the South). Many whites have no issue with blacks who have assimilated. It's the blacks who have given up looking for a job or an education, (the ones that couldn't find a career in Sports Or Music and turn to crime. These are the blacks that created the environment that killed Trayvon.

    March 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • regis990

      Ah, yes, that must be it. They need to join society, fit in with the rest of us...if they don't, then it's their own fault for getting shot? Is that the point you are making? You really need to think before you type.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Strike Back

      The environment that killed Trayvon started with the beginning of this country. Today is a different day. We do not need to assimilate.. you do not dictate what is black and what is not. We see you.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • DarkMarcsun

      "Many whites have no issue with blacks who have assimilated."

      You mean like living with your father in a white middle class gated community?

      March 25, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • MarkNH

        actually, he did not live there. He was staying/visiting with him while he was on a 10 day suspension from school... but, he was just a nice young boy who did not mean anything when he jumped and violentlyu assualted Zimmerman who was doing his job as Neighborhood Watch....

        March 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ricosuave11

        Trayvon was a drug dealer judging by his facebook page. Good riddance.

        March 25, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  69. greg

    People should talk about this crime and also black on black crime as well. I hope this case will bring about a national discussion on race in society.

    March 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xgirl360

      Yes, we should talk about urban crime. But, its not just black on black. Its Hispanic on Hispanic and white on white. We can't say that this crime is less offensive because "blacks kill each other all the time." That's like saying a suburbanite white women being murdered by her husband doesn't matter because poor white men beat their wives all the time. That statement is ridiculous and so is the first. I think "most" whites are not truly racist, but that doesn't mean we don't have periods of ignorance. I grew up in an all white rural town. I went to college and met my first practicing jews and muslims. I met children of immigrants, black students, etc. It was an eye opening experience. I wasn't racist, but I learned very quickly how much I just didn't know or understand. When my dear friends father got lost coming to parents weekend, he was pulled out of his very expensive car and treated like a drug dealer only 4 blocks from campus. He was a Doctor who had immigrated here from Jamacia and was giving his daughter a world class education. I couldn't believe the way he was treated in 1998. It was shocking for me to learn this stuff still happens even in relatively affluent college towns. We whites might not be "racist" but too often, we just don't "Get it."

      March 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Historian

    I think it unfair to compare Emmett Till to Treyvon. This is not to take anything away from either young boys' deaths, but in Emmett Till's day and location, it was accepted (and even the local law) to treat whites and non-whites differently.

    Till was beaten badly and his lifeless body tied to the wheel of a cotton gin with barbed wire then dumped into a river. Had the shooter in Treyvon's murder did this, he would be public enemy #1. Till's killers openly boasted about what they had done, and were not prosecuted for several decades.

    The issue with Treyvon's death is stereotyping and bad decisions both from a man with a gun and the local police department. The shooter in this case claimed self-defense, and was not questioned past that. Thankfully, there is the testimony of Treyvon's girlfriend to counter the argument. This is both a crime and incompetence – without question – but not to the level that Emmett Till's was. The two are not comparable on any level, and to suggest so indicates a lack of understanding of Emmett Till's story.

    I am black, and I have experienced firsthand the discrimination that led to this poor boy's death. It is definitely something we need to deal with, but we must understand the fight that went before us in order to fight the different battles we deal with today.

    March 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • regis990

      It's exactly the same thing...because the south refuses to change its' ways. Don't believe me, try living in the south as a black man...see how you like it.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Peikovianyi

    At what point did CNN degenerate into a race-baiting tabloid? That's what CNN adds to the daily discussion. Poison.

    March 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Strike Back

      Then do not read it. Go and polish your shotgun. I am polishing mine.... It is my second amendment right.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Rob

    Are both cases retarted yes they are and if you want to make it a thing over race go ahead. That's not going to help though so I am not falling for the trap.
    This case with Trayvon, was allowed to happen because of a self defense law. Which George Zimmerman, is using at this time for him not to do jail time. However, that defense is or should be thrown out. Because Zimmerman, who pursued Trayvon, and confronted him was clearly not defending him self.
    Trayvon was walking while Zimmerman, was driving. So George had to for one stop his car and park it. Get out follow Trayvon, confront him and then shoot him. You see if anyone at this point had the right to defend himself it was actually Trayvon.

    If you are Trayvon, you notice a car pulls up to you. Then the driver gets out and starts following you or walking towards you. It doesn't make any sense for George to be a victim.

    It's like this at school when your in a fight. The kid who hits first gets into the most trouble. That's because the other kid was defending himself.

    So if I was a teacher I saw two kids fighting right after break it up. I say who started this the kids watching my witnesses point to that kid. I send him to the principals office or jail. The other kid I let him off cause he didn't do anything wrong.

    I am just going on and on I know. What I am trying to say its about the laws in our country that allow race crimes to happen. Where people can get away with it. Is it right absolutely not it's not right. But sick people live in America that so long as they can get away with something they will.

    We need to take a really good hard look at our laws. I mean with tasers you don't need a gun. You Can still protect yourself and no one has to die. Something like that you know. But no joe smo should have a gun.

    March 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      of course you are assuming a thug that is trying to rob you or cause bodily harm who has a gun that 'taser' will allow you to defend yourself.

      March 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        Yes Steve because the guy with the gun isn't pulling the trigger with 50,000 volts of electricity pumping threw his body. He is wetting himself cause can't control himself. I am not getting robbed. He isn't dead and police are on the way. Hmm sounds good to me. Better than killing a guy by shooting him with a piece of boiling steel.

        March 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Samson

    Drawing connections between untied deaths 60 years apart is just as reasonable as Jews being held responsible for the death of Jesus 2000 years later.

    March 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Well Judas was a Jewish so yeah, but I get your point.

      March 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • babydoc

        Jesus was Jewish.

        March 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Well Judas was Jewish, but yeah I get your point.

      March 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  74. The truth hurts sometimes

    Young Black men beware! I do not care if you do not like me eyeballing you while you are in my neighborhood, and if I follow you to see what it is your are doing.....................That is my right.............You, however, do not have the right to physically attack me, because you do not like the attention, and if you do, you are very likely to meet the same fate this boy did.

    March 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • klangster

      hopefully some one sneaks in your house and slits your throat in your sleep

      March 25, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • The truth hurts sometimes

        That's it Klangster! Come on and lets see how primitive you can behave. Someone has an opinion you do not like and you want them murdered...............So typical of primitive, low IQ people.

        March 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Strike Back

      If you follow me you will be met with hot lead.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • The truth hurts sometimes

        Shoot a person, not because they are commiting a crime, but simply because you do not like the fact they are following you...................You and Klangster must have shared time in the same holding cell together.

        March 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • jonavark

        ok we get it.. you're an angry tough guy ..

        March 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luasnne 16

      Please clarify, are you really saying this young unarmed 100 lbs lighter, 11 years younger teenager deserved this fate? or is this a typographical error?

      March 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • The truth hurts sometimes

        I am saying that anyone who physically attacks another, for whatever reason, deserves what they get. They started the physical confrontation, and society in general will back the person who was attacked. That's life. Sorry if it does not fit your fantisy.

        March 25, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • ACS

        The teenager didn't start the physical confrontation.
        The cowardly man who was armed and stalking a teenager in a car. ("Who was told not to follow the teenager and purposely did not tell the police he himself was armed.") Zimmerman got out of his car and provoked a teenager who was walking home. The teenager defended himself not knowing that this coward was armed. Zimmerman murdered this teenager.

        March 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • klangster

        In case you did not notice ALL of DECENT society is backing trayvon only cowards are backing the coward zimmerman

        March 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • perennial2

        Martin was the bigger of the two. Noodle around the net and you'll find more telling recent photos of Martin. Don't buy into the news media only showing you pix of when the wannabe gangsta was 13.

        March 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • klangster

      you threaten to murder any black kid that acts in his own self preservation and then whine when the tables are turned........... I bet you are a fat cowardly nerd just like zimmerman

      March 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ACS

      This is your right.
      If you want to stalk me from you car, get out of your car and provoke me while I'm walking home from the store.
      Then I will protect myself by any means necessary. (That is my right)

      March 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • klangster

      So since it was zimmerman who attacked Martin you think Zimmerman should be killed!

      March 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • meatser

      So....just where do you live?

      March 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • The truth hurts sometimes

        Atlanta, Georgia

        March 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheila

      You're an idiot

      March 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  75. pat wayne

    got some bad news for the reporter...president isn't black.

    March 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  76. les

    This incident occurred over one month ago, why is it being fanned to incite racism now? CNN even had a "Trayvor Martin Show" last night. This has turned into a cult, a religion. The "black apnthers" are even announcing a lynch mob and a bounty of $10,000. Get out your victim status cards and join the up-coming riots.

    March 25, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandy

      If we all heard about it last month we would still be protesting it. Because it came to light after a month without an arrest, THAT is what is adding fuel to the fire. It's like they were trying to keep it a secret. Had they arrested Zimmerman in the first place, it wouldn't be as bad as it is now. So the Black Panthers are calling for Zimmerman's head. If it had been a white kid are you saying the KKK wouldn't be calling for Zimmerman's head?

      March 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Strike Back

      If anyone sees this an not a racist act then the are in the KKK and need to be dealth with.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • The truth hurts sometimes

        Your ignorance is astounding! You bring up the KKK and how those people need to be "dealt with", yet another well known hate group, the black panthers, are somehow good and upstanding citizens...................How typical!

        March 25, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nathan

        wow. If someone does not agree with your opinion...they need to be "dealt with". Hitler had the same idea. You are living in the wrong country...

        March 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • frespech

        That truly is one of the most unintelligent remarks I have read on this entire thread.

        April 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • perennial2

      Ratings, pure and simple. Everyone's tuned out the GOP and just as surely will the Dems in another couple of months. Nothing left for CNN but war and race baiting.

      March 25, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Peter

    Why is such a minority, a majority of the problems in this country? For 50 years of my life, it's the same race complaining after this country has bent over backwards for this one group. America is not America. America is now only groups. American Gay Men, America Gay Woman, American Seniors, American Blacks, American Latinos. I was walking in New York a couple weeks ago and a group of mouthy blacks were pushing CDs on people walking by and I can't describe the filthy remarks these guys were making at people minding their own business. Yesterday coming of a subway at 4th Ave, a group of hooded young black kids bossing subway riders exiting the station to get out of their way and they would make provoking comments trying to stir up a fight, which I call traps to start the race circle of gain that has been going on in this country. I wish someone would do a news piece on recording the behavior of the black street youth in action. I thought to myself yesterday, no wonder someone shot one of these trouble makers as saw this half dozen hooded black youths pushing and provoking people minding their own business. No one talks about the Zimmerman kid having a broken nose and a cracked head from the skittle candy buying kid. I think the skittle kid saw Zimmerman following him, turned around and started running his mouth like the black kids in the inner cities today then punched Zimmerman so hard that he broke his nose.Zimmerman in fear of his life, pulled the gun and shot the kid. Did the Skittles kid need to die, I say NO. I think if the Skittles kid didn't run his mouth and punch the Zimmerman kid then he would be alive today. I think I am a realist, not a racist. Black people only start the rallying and the Al Sharpton types only come out when something affects their group. They could care less if a white person was shot. This country has turned into what's best for the Latino groups, the illegal immigrants, the black groups so politicians can get the vote and not what is best for all. Why is it so many other groups that come to this country work hard to become an American asking for nothing, yet this Black Group just wants and wants and wants. Look at college and professional sports. One hardly sees a white basketball player on the court or on the football field – it's mainly blacks. Have you looked at any Ford commercials. They only have Latinos, blacks and woman as speakers. They finally put a white man on and had him make a fool of himself. Look in New York – almost every meter police person is black or maybe Lantino. Even the news media tried to make Zimmerman white. What is the matter with this country? America is America the groups and everyone knows it. If blacks want to know why they are not liked, the answer is people are tired of their unwarranted, never ending whining and their in America's face of I'm Black. We all know it's true.

    March 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • woodofpine

      Your a realist and probably a rascist. 50 years ago, the FBI head (J. Edgar) was following black leaders like MLK the same way Zimmerman followed Martin – to the same result. Only one race was subjected to what the black race faced in the South. Everyone cites Martin as being mouthy and aggressive, but only Zimmerman (in '05) was charged with felony Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting Arrest with Violence; that's who was following and confronting. If the kid had that in his personal hisstory you'd be screaming, but with ZImmerman, you're silent. Why?

      March 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • steve

        charges were dropped on Zimmerman

        March 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • perennial2

        steve, there never were any charges. Six witnesses and on scene crime site, plus the 991 call, corroborate Zimmerman's account of the beating/shooting.

        March 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • frespech

        First of all Martin is a minor and you wouldn't get access to his records.

        April 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tex Gritter

      AAAaaaaaayyyyyyyyyymen!!! Preah it, Brother!

      March 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Strike Back

      We have come to realize that we don't need people like you. Stay racist. We will protect ourselves from this day forward. From all enemies of our color! So stick that if your RACE CARD rhetoric and shove it.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luasnne 16

      The way I see it, zimmerman injured himself then stated self-defense, take your prejuducal blinders off.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • frespech

        Tell me that you are really not that ignorant.

        April 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      You obvious live in a bubble and have no real clue about what it means to be Black in this country. It is no accident that Blacks make up 12% of the population but Black Males are imprisoned more than any other race in this country. It is no accident that most schools have a 20-40% graduation rate for Black males, it is no mistake that HIV infection rates of Blacks here in America mirror that of 3rd world countries, it is no mistake that regardless of the wealth this country has gained from 400 years of unpaid labor from enslaved Africans that Blacks do not own even 1% of this countries wealth. It is no accident that media stereotypes Blacks more than any other Race on TV or Film as violent and ignorant on (this began with Birth of A Nation by the Way). If you really think none of these things have an impact on what you see today you are in denial. Check out the Schott Report or books like The new Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. There is a war going on....it is simply to exterminate Black Men. No one should ever be killed for the way they look or dress.....

      March 25, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  78. LaToya

    You know, these comparisons are fair. Till was had by a white mob, and if the "treat everyone fair" black mob has its way, this story will end the same way.

    March 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • The truth hurts sometimes

      If a mob of blacks go after this Zimmerman fellow, and get mowed down by those protecting him, then they get what they deserve. Besides that, when was the last time a black mob got together that they did not start looting, stealing and mugging others. This time will be no different.

      March 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • CBacon

        You are probably the dumbest person that has commented this article. I've barely made it down the page and you've made a fool of yourself more than once. Please wake up and educate yourself

        March 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Strike Back

        We have scopes and AR now fool just like you. If someone decides to off this fool he will never see it coming.

        March 25, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • perennial2

      Sweetie, the only thing Martin and Till have in common is they were black. But that's enough for all the bigoted knee-jerks at CNN to keep this race baiting hate train going. Till flirted with and made overtures to a white woman; Martin beat up a 28-year-old man and met the wrong end of a bullet.

      March 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      so you relish in more blacks being killed by acting with mob violence?
      sounds sick to me

      March 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Guest

    If you go looking for trouble and find it, who's faulit is it?

    March 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  80. glades2

    ...sorry for the double post...

    March 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  81. glades2

    This morning HLN (CNN's sister station) inserted a statement that made it very clear that they do not want to be accused of creating news regarding this case, but instead are only reporting it – at one time I worked for a high profile employer that attracted a great deal of media attention, and one day before the Noon news a reporter told us, "Time for me to [act the part]" – apparently because the story was about rainy weather – but there wasn't any to report – and in the end his producer must have told him to "look wet" – all for the sake of ratings...

    When it comes to reporting the news, CNN and others must stick to just that – they are reporters and it seems they and other journalists have lost the meaning of that word, and instead become obsessed with a news stories to the point that it only makes a critical situation worse, as in this case...

    Yesterday, even Jessie Jackson (and I'm not a big fan of his, but I agree with him in this case) said that the judicial system should be left to decide this case, and in the meantime citizens must legally fight to get the Florida law overturned – but the media instead continue to inflame the situation by over-reporting – when are they going to learn that reporting the news means just that – as the HLN disclaimer stated this morning...

    As I'm sure Martin Luther King would say – we must pray for God's peace...

    March 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  82. svann

    I dont think it was racism against blacks. I do think there is a latino macho culture that demands that disrepect be paid back with violence.

    March 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  83. The truth hurts sometimes

    Let this be a losson for young black men in America. Just because you do not like the fact that someone is eyeballing you and checking into your activities, does not mean you have a right to physically attack them. Many good law abiding citizens will send you to meet your maker.

    March 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      So, if black boy is followed for blocks by a grown man with a gun, and the boy, in fear, attacks the man out of some sort of, I don't know, fear of being followed, then they deserve to die? Or were you just speaking generally?

      March 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • The truth hurts sometimes

        The national percentage of crime committed by young black men, and the natural profiling that comes about because of it, is no ones fault except young black men. Want to change the perception, lets see a drop in crime among young black males to where it equates to their percentage of the population in general. Quit expecting others to make the change, and quit making excuses for their behaviour. I have a right to watch anyone I suspect might be up to no good in my own community. Those people do not have a right to attack me for watching them.

        March 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • les

      Beautifully said....you can only blame public perceptions and actual crime statistics for this incident.

      March 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • perennial2

      Martin's parents want this narrative to be different and so every black person in the country is marching and blathering about a beating that ended in the perp's death, which was fully investigated by police, with 6 witnesses and a confirmed 911 call where Zimmerman is heard crying for help. But the parents are the ones who indulged his gangsta wannabe behaviors, as well as the behaviors that led to the school suspension, which created the trail that led to this.

      March 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • steve

        all the parents want is a payday

        March 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • klangster

      hopefully some one sends you to your maker soon

      March 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ricosuave11

        That slave blood in you is boiling over.

        March 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Strike Back

      Let white people like you beware... If you are following me and I do not know you I will not physically attack you... you will be met with hot lead and I will tell the story... that is if I stick around to do it. I will walk where I want when I want.. Into your gated community down any sidewalk I choose and unlike Trayvon this young man is prepared for fools like Martin.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • AHAM

        So your saying you would shoot Martin. Get your story striaght first ya dummy. Every bit of what you said is what is wrong here. Gated community usually are watching more often of who is in there. Hence the GATED part of the area.

        March 25, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • The truth hurts sometimes

        I will watch you and what you are doing! I am not of lower intellegence, so I have no primitive need to show you who's who. It is my legal right to walk on any sidewalk, anywhere I want, just as it is yours. I do not have a right to physically attack you for any reason, and if I did, it would be perfectly in your right to defend yourself to whatever measure you see fit. But if you attack me, then the tables are turned, and I have a right to defend myself from you, however I see fit. You can follow me anywhere in public that you want, but follow me on to my own property, and then another law takes affect. Understand?

        March 25, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  84. glades2

    This morning HLN (CNN's sister station) inserted a statement that made it very clear that they do not want to be accused of creating news regarding this case, but instead are only reporting it – at one time I worked for a high profile employer that attractive a great deal of media attention, and one day before the Noon news a reporter told us, "Time for me to [act the part]" – apparently because the story was about rainy weather – but there wasn't any to report – and in the end his producer must have told him to "look wet" – all for the sake of ratings...

    When it comes to reporting the news, CNN and others must stick to just that – they are reporters and it seems they and other journalists have lost the meaning of that word, and instead become obsessed with a news stories to the point that it only makes a critical situation worse, as in this case...

    Yesterday, even Jessie Jackson (and I'm not a big fan of his, but I agree with him in this case) said that the judicial system should be left to decide this case, and in the meantime citizens must legally fight to get the Florida law overturned – but the media instead continue to inflame the situation by over-reporting – when are they going to learn that reporting the news means just that – as the HLN disclaimer stated this morning...

    As I'm sure Martin Luther King would say – we must pray for God's peace...

    March 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Mike

    Emmett Till was picked up by a group of bigots and brutally murdered. Trayvon Martin was the victim of a scared rent-a-cop who had no business carrying a gun in the first place. There is nothing about this that is reminiscent of 1955. And it is me or is this insecure security guard's race being used unfairly here. For EVERY purpose but the shooting of a black kid this guy would be considered Hispanic. Now who is really being racist here?

    March 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Joe

    Well, Ron, you've omitted one glaring difference in your statements and confirmed it by the same omission. A sizable percentage of whites abhor discrimination against blacks and hispanics and will stand up to their fellows to defend them. A greater percentage of black men will instead choose to believe any action of their own, bulling, robbery, etc. is justified.

    March 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      And what is your source for this statistic? I mean, did you go and talk to a lot of black men in order to arrive at that conclusion?

      March 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Strike Back

      Wrong.... your thinking is what Killed Trayvon so that make you a Martin....

      March 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Echo

    Stupidity seems to be everywhere, from the "white" hispanic to the Canadian who posted on this segment. Justice for the little boy who was gunned down.

    March 25, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • sortakinda

      Justice period. There is a judicial system in this country that will deal with this situation on a state level, and if the federal government isn't happy with how that is done, it will bring a federal civil rights action. Marching wearing hoodies is just inappropriate.

      March 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Hot Saliva

    Emmett Till?. come on- Emmett Till's house was broken into at night for whistling at a white woman by a mob,his head was cracked open, he was tied to a gear of a cotton gin and he was sunk in a river never to be found until later by a mob. this was a sad encounter by an overzealous cop wannabee. Trayvon Martin had affirmative action if he went to college. I as a white man DO NOT. the killer as the son of a Hispanic mother also has affirmative action. Al Sharpton. go back in your doghouse. I'll throw you a hamhock.

    March 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Affirmative Action is not everywhere anymore. Also, it only operates on a percentage basis that reflects demographics of the population of the locus quo... usually around 10%... which allows for 90% of the usual status quo.

      March 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandy

      Blame your forefathers for us having affirmative action.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  89. jonavark

    THIS news network and website deserves to be decimated for the way you have handled this story and the images that go along with it. Shame on you.

    March 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Gorfpro

    You Americans crack me up. Long winters here in Northern Canada, watching you make news fills in time. If you arent murdering people in other countries for oil, you murder your neighbours cause they look different, talk different. Good way to stay in practice untill your next invasion.

    March 25, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      very well said

      americans are idiots

      March 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • perennial2

        Well, we certainly are a killing machine, no question about that. One of the most dangerous countries for the most vulnerable: women, children and the elderly. If two guys want to mix it up and one is killed, it's because it would've happened sooner or later.

        March 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  91. jtdrake

    i was the fastest white kid in my neighborhood because i was the only white kid in my neighborhood. houston tx where i grew up was overrun with gangs and the violence that comes with gangs. seven is the age i was when i first encountered a mugging by two teenage "african american" . they robbed me for five dollars and a bag of newly purchased fireworks. more importantly they robbed me of trust for any black teenagers on the street for life. the africans and hispanics where i came from have no mercy for little white kids. this racial profiling goes both ways. i would stop to help an old woman of any color on the road . but not an african teenager or a hispanic teeager who even remotly resembled gang affiliation of any kind. the treatment i recieved from africans and hispanics created this not some unfounded concept of white suppiority.that being said i will help all that i see who need and will recieve assistance, but never someone who fits my profile of someone who would strike down on me because of my skin color.

    March 25, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      You cry like a little girl. Me being a young black male in a school full of white kids had to live with the abuse of being called Toby from the movie Roots. I was taunted and called names and some white kids even tried to push me around in some physical manner. The point I am making is that I was a kid and so was my white school mates. I did not grow up hating white people because of what happened to me when I was a kid. Some of my best friends to this day that I have had for years are still my friends and some that I went to high school with. What you are forgetting is that you were not killed and simple little robbery that was done by kids is not the same as Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till? What happened to you and what happened to me is not even close. Stop crying and grow a pair.

      March 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nathan

        Can you not read? He was robbed. Some white kids even tried to push you around? He learned a lesson from the incident. "Be careful of teen hoods. " That is not prejudice that is simply intelligence. He still is willing to help others of all colors... Just not hoods.

        March 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandy

      jtdrake- I would advise you to read up on black history. And not the condensed version they teach all of us in school. Read or look at Roots. Rent Mandingo. Go to the library. Talk to elderly African Americans and have an open mind and heart. Maybe you will gain some understanding. Not to mention realize what is pain of a black person and be able to tell the difference between hurt and ignorance. Bottom line.....all black people aren't the same. I'm 33 years old, African- American woman who has experienced racism in my childhood. THAT WAS IN THE 80s! Not that long ago. I've traveled the world and met all races of people and have many friends of different races. I look to them as my brothers and sisters and will hurt anyone that hurts them. But I also learned how to weed out the ones that are not true to me and except me for my skin complexion. Just do your research. You'll will find out that not only are there some messed up black people there are some messed up white people who keep this racism thing going.

      March 25, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ricke1949

        Take a look a the Movie Hotel Rawanda.

        March 25, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • steve

        all of this talk about pending riots is pure nonsense. what would that prove? all of the previous riots left this country more divided than ever. more bloodshed, destruction etc. that will never solve a thing. you wanna get even? then rise above it. stay clean, dress and speak in a somewhat different manner, get an education and keep your nose clean.
        until this happens, stereotypes will never end.

        March 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • John

        Brandy, I've suffered racism too. I'm white. I've travelled half way around this world and back 4 times. I've seen prejudice and racism of all sorts. I could go into a long explanation but my observations boil down to this: people hate stupid. A short example – driving. You hate that jerk that is swerving through traffic, driving on the shoulder, and cutting people off because of the stupid things that jerk is doing. You can categorize that jerk into any stereotype that seems appropriate at that moment. However, in doing so, you will ignore someone else who isn't being a jerk but fits into the same category as the jerk. You hate the jerk for being stupid, not for being whatever category the jerk fits into. For clarificaion, "you" is in the general sense, not specifically Brandy

        March 26, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  92. Michael

    I wonder, if Zimmerman were an albino, what the description would have been.
    A really white, white?

    March 25, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  93. jorge washinsen

    When your kid gets mixed up with drugs you have already lost him.There will be plenty of signs if you don't bury your head in the sand.

    March 25, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  94. jorge washinsen

    The time to drain the swamp is before you find your self up to your rear end in alligators.

    March 25, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  95. nolimits3333

    Let me get this straight....

    I can now chase an unarmed guy down, start a fight with him, and then shoot him if I lose the fight?

    Is this a great country of what?

    March 25, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen


      March 25, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      If Zimmerman is a white Hispanic does does that make me a white white??????

      March 25, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  96. jorge washinsen

    Many of you, if you check ,will never see your posts come up.We are living in a one idea society controlled by the media.Never will accomplish anything until the problem is realized.Goes all way back to 1960 when the seeds of destruction were planted.

    March 25, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I am glad to see journalistic integrity is alive and strong.

      March 25, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  97. jeff williams

    If anything, there appears to be a lynch mob mentality within the throngs of blacks chanting for this guy to be hanged and he has been hanged in the liberal media and now the New Black Panther Party has offered money for him to be killed. Shocking and pitiful for the black community to be manipulated in such a manner.

    March 25, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  98. jorge washinsen

    Drugs are killing young teenagers,that and that alone.If the black community will nver stand up and admit its problem then it will always be racist.White communities are the same but we do realize the trash we have raised is ours and at one time was our responsibility. When drugs take over only one master runs the show until the curtain falls. I feel sure many families black and white have been through enough that they are ready to see a curtain fall.

    March 25, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
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