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Guardian removes column: “Open season on black boys after a verdict like this”

Guardian removes column: “Open season on black boys after a verdict like this”

Update – Column re-posted

Mandy had a great round up of reaction to the Zimmerman verdict last night.

Add this one to the list, which came in the early morning hours today.

The Guardian posted, then took down, a column by Gary Younge:

Gary Younge article removed Guardian

A reader alerted me to it, and it’s been uploaded by someone to Pastebin.

It’s quite a read,  going far beyond “low information” status in its approach to the verdict (emphasis mine):

Open season on black boys after a verdict like this

Posted:Sun, 14 Jul 2013 07:25:00 GMTPosted:2013-07-14T08:07:42Z

Calls for calm after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin are empty words for black families

Let it be noted that on this day, Saturday 13 July 2013, it was still deemed legal in the US to chase and then shoot dead an unarmed young black man on his way home from the store because you didn’t like the look of him.

The killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year was tragic. But in the age of Obama the acquittal of George Zimmerman offers at least that clarity. For the salient facts in this case were not in dispute. On 26 February 2012 Martin was on his way home, minding his own business armed only with a can of iced tea and a bag of Skittles. Zimmerman pursued him, armed with a 9mm handgun, believing him to be a criminal. Martin resisted. They fought. Zimmerman shot him dead.

Who screamed. Who was stronger. Who called whom what and when and why are all details to warm the heart of a cable news producer with 24 hours to fill. Strip them all away and the truth remains that Martin’s heart would still be beating if Zimmerman had not chased him down and shot him.

There is no doubt about who the aggressor was here. The only reason the two interacted at all, physically or otherwise, is that Zimmerman believed it was his civic duty to apprehend an innocent teenager who caused suspicion by his existence alone.

Appeals for calm in the wake of such a verdict raise the question of what calm there can possibly be in a place where such a verdict is possible. Parents of black boys are not likely to feel calm. Partners of black men are not likely to feel calm. Children with black fathers are not likely to feel calm. Those who now fear violent social disorder must ask themselves whose interests are served by a violent social order in which young black men can be thus slain and discarded.

But while the acquittal was shameful it was not a shock. It took more than six weeks after Martin’s death for Zimmerman to be arrested and only then after massive pressure both nationally and locally. Those who dismissed this as a political trial (a peculiar accusation in the summer of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden) should bear in mind that it was politics that made this case controversial.

Charging Zimmerman should have been a no-brainer. He was not initially charged because Florida has a “stand your ground” law whereby deadly force is permitted if the person “reasonably believes” it is necessary to protect their own life, the life of another or to prevent a forcible felony.

Since it was Zimmerman who stalked Martin, the question remains: what ground is a young black man entitled to and on what grounds may he defend himself? What version of events is there for that night in which Martin gets away with his life? Or is it open season on black boys after dark?

Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict will be contested for years to come. But he passed judgement on Trayvon that night summarily.

“Fucking punks,” Zimmerman told the police dispatcher that night. “These assholes. They always get away.”

So true it’s painful. And so predictable it hurts.

Update: The Guardian has re-posted the column, featuring the image of the young Trayvon Martin, not the images  and text messages from the cell phone. No explanation was given as to why it originally was taken down — I’m assuming some technical issue as to author approval, since The Guardian prints so many outrageous things which make this look tame by comparison:

Guardian Open Season on Black Boys


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That whole editorial was right out of the “Justice 4 Trayvon” hymnal, down to the last word. The only thing missing is the “police told him to stay in his car” meme.

    obamabinlyin in reply to smokeybehr. | July 14, 2013 at 8:37 am

    But Chris Wallace of Fox News didn’t miss repeating “if Zimmerman would have OBEYED the 911” operator and “stayed in his car”. No wonder so many people have the wrong impression of what Zimmerman’s obligation was in response to a police operator’s suggestions.

      ConradCA in reply to obamabinlyin. | July 14, 2013 at 9:37 am

      You are arguing the wrong facts. Zimmerman was outside following Trayvon when the operator suggested he not follow. He responded OK and stopped following. Then turned away and walked to the mail boxes to wait for the police. This allowed Trayvon to sneak up on him from behind and attack him by surprise.

        Lady Penguin in reply to ConradCA. | July 14, 2013 at 10:17 am

        Yes. During the trial – if Wallace was honest – the car door opening and closing are clear, and take place before the operator requested Zimmerman “you don’t need to do that, Sir.” Then then connects in reality with the 4 min gap of time, before the attack – Martin coming up on Zimmerman…

        But Wallace doesn’t want to be intellectually honest and the FOX crew seemed ignorant this morning, not challenging his comments.

        obamabinlyin in reply to ConradCA. | July 14, 2013 at 1:52 pm

        Sorry I did not make it clear that was Fox News guy Wallace I was quoting which has nothing to do with what I know about where Zimmerman was when the suggestion was made “we don’t need you to do that.” I have followed this case from the first day I heard about it and probably know more about it that any of the clowns on any media outlet. I even had the chance to visit the RATL and saw the area both day and night in April of 2012. From here on out I will stop posting here at LI as you people seem to take quoted items as my own thought and beliefs. See ya! Adios! TTFE!!

      Lady Penguin in reply to obamabinlyin. | July 14, 2013 at 10:13 am

      I caught that this morning, too. Was fuming with the ignorance of the FOX group, and Wallace repeating that garbage. 911 people make requests, they are not police officers giving orders, and Zimmerman was already out of the car when the request was made. The media continues to drive a lying meme to achieve their racist agenda, and even FOX has difficulty not falling into the hole. Of course, Chris Wallace is a die-hard Democrat and doesn’t want to know the facts, though, to be fair, he isn’t as bad as most of his fellow Leftist journalists.

      The Zimmerman case is America’s 21st century “Dreyfus Affair” though the verdict was different, and the driving force is racism, when it was anti-Semitism with Dreyfus.

        SmokeVanThorn in reply to Lady Penguin. | July 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm

        Chris Wallace’s idiocy and ignorance are well documented.

        Radegunda in reply to Lady Penguin. | July 14, 2013 at 12:32 pm

        It was stunning to hear one of the prosecution lawyers say “This isn’t about ‘stand your ground’; it’s about ‘stay in your car.'”

        Do people even think about what they’re implying when they make that argument? “Don’t go outside in your own neighborhood if someone behaving strangely is out there, because if he attacks you, it will be your fault, and you have no right to defend yourself.”

        Which is a lot like: “Well, you shouldn’t have been wearing that short short skirt …”

        When people resort to “he shouldn’t have gotten out of his car,” it means they probably know the evidence says it was TM who first attacked GZ. Otherwise, they wouldn’t stoop to implying there’s something criminal about getting out of your car in your own neighborhood, and if you’re viciously attacked you should just lie back and enjoy it.

        Many people have put themselves in risky situations in order to help others or avert a crime. When they succeed, we praise them as heroes. If the situation goes awry, some people say: “Bad boy; he should have known it was dangerous and stupid and wrong.”

        I heard someone on Fox the other day mention the stand your ground law. The defense did not use that and it wasn’t part of the trial, so it shouldn’t have been mentioned in connection with the trial at all. But it seems they conflate the SYG law with self defense. Two different animals.

        I’m also getting sick of hearing the “Trayvon was just minding his own business and walking home from the 7-11 when Zimmerman profiled him, followed him, and shot him” meme.

        Trayvon may have done nothing wrong. But the moment he assaulted George Zimmerman and broke his nose, the game changed. Trayvon did do something wrong. George Zimmerman had a right to defend himself and to prevent further harm to himself. Period.

      stella dallas in reply to obamabinlyin. | July 14, 2013 at 11:32 am

      On ABC’s This Week Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said it was clear that Zimmerman should have deferred more to police.

      Since he was too busy to follow the trial he should have kept his mouth shut.

      Eddie_Yost in reply to obamabinlyin. | July 14, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      But Chris Wallace of Fox News didn’t miss repeating “if Zimmerman would have OBEYED the 911″ operator and “stayed in his car”. No wonder so many people have the wrong impression of what Zimmerman’s obligation was in response to a police operator’s suggestions.

      Yes, but accuracy would have jeopardized his day job as the model for the groom figurine on wedding cakes, and that’s a huge market for his image.

      bw222 in reply to obamabinlyin. | July 14, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Fox News is working to become a card-carrying member of the main stream media. Like RIONs, FNC continues to move as far left as it can without alienating its conservative base.

    mtx3 in reply to smokeybehr. | July 14, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Sign the Angela Corey DOJ investigation petition.

    Need 150 signatures to get it posted on the website.

    Please cut and paste to Twitter, Facebook or any of your favorite forums.

Uncle Samuel | July 14, 2013 at 7:22 am

“The verdict is in and it appears that the jury did a better job of following the law than the judge or the prosecution did.” Dan Greenfield

One simple sentence worth a thousand times more than that deleted article and thousands like it.

    Uncle Samuel in reply to Uncle Samuel. | July 14, 2013 at 7:58 am

    The rest of this article describes the Progressivist agenda in the Trayvon affair. Sybrina’s brother is a big Miami community organizer for Holder. They had called their race/community activist dogs within 24 hours.

Liberals are furious that Hispanic found not guilty by women.

    TryingToBeHopeful in reply to DaMav. | July 14, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Stupid iPhone… Was trying to upvote and hit down by mistake! Ignore please 🙂

    guyjones in reply to DaMav. | July 14, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Remember, the Left and media deemed Zimmerman to be a “white Hispanic.” The fact of his Hispanic heritage threw an inconvenient wrench into their cherished, pre-ordained narrative of Trayvon having been murdered by a white racist. Thus, we witnessed their comical semantic contortions, as they engaged in absurd characterizations in order to preserve that narrative.

      Lady Penguin in reply to guyjones. | July 14, 2013 at 10:19 am

      With the name “Zimmerman” they were so sure they had a white, Jewish individual.

        The Media does like to blame those Evil Joooos.

          bw222 in reply to genes. | July 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm

          Jeff Zucker, Sumner Redstone (nee Rothstein) and other major media executives aren’t Catholic Poles.

        Milhouse in reply to Lady Penguin. | July 14, 2013 at 6:50 pm

        Yes, the name in combination with “Florida”, seem to add up to “Jew”. That assumption has a better than even chance of being right, but in this case it was wrong. George Z’s father is not Jewish. If the race hustlers had known this they’d have saved themselves a lot of wasted rage, that could have been used on some other more promising incident.

        except that the man is a mixed minority race Hispanic who is Roman Catholic.

        They really don’t seem to be aware of all the Germans who went to Argentina after the war. There are a lot of hispanics with German surnames… Like there are a lot of Filipinos with Spanish last names…

    I should have down-voted because you used the word “Liberals”. It is false to call these extremists Liberals. They are Marxists.

Well, CNN still seems to be fine with writing lies like that:

Quote: “A 911 dispatcher told Zimmerman that officers were on the way and not to follow the allegedly suspicious person. Nonetheless, Zimmerman got out of his car, later telling police he just wanted to get a definitive address to relay to authorities.”

Also, great interview of Robert Zimmerman Jr with Piers Morgan on CNN:
Shameless attempts of Piers trying to feed BS “What kind of sense of responsibility do you think George has about the fact that he did kill a boy?” and coherent and clear rebuttals by Robert.

The answer to the last question about “race healing” was just great – a very good attempt to point out the source of the problem (why TM has attacked GZ), that was prohibited to be included to the evidence regardless being highly relevant to the case.

    And thenthey tried to convict him because he didn’t know the address.

      I caught that part of the Prosecution’s case… “he didn’t know the address? It was right there on the building! (shows picture of number on a building)” That proved nothing. I could be uncertain of the street I was on in my own neighborhood if I had been following someone. Seeing the street number on a building doesn’t tell me what street I’m on, it tells me what block I’m in.

    After George wins his NBC case he can go after CNN as well as ABC and any other Networks who have distorted what took place. Every single one of them are vulnerable to being sued.

Were he writing about Chicago, on the other hand …

The sad thing is that Trayvon Martin’s blackness was actually irrelevant. It didn’t matter if he was black;if he had been white or Hispanic or Asian the outcome would have been the same. If you are in a neighborhood in the rain appearing to case the houses and after attracting the attention of neighborhood watch you waylay them, and administer a beat down you risk them defending themselves. They have a right to defend themselves as does anyone physically attacked black white red or yellow. Only in the minds of the race haters does this case have anything to do with being black.

    NeoConScum in reply to JGalt. | July 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    JGalt…So true. Ain’t it just morbidly, nauseatingly fascinating that in the 5th year of the Reign of His Infantile Majesty the Left-Lib Democrats is pushing and propogating hatred and tensions and BAITING far more than the day The Boy King took office in 2009??

The NAACP has called for the Justice Department to file civil rights charges against Zimmerman and urged the public to sign a petition to support the effort.
Feds are asked to act
“The most fundamental of civil rights — the right to life — was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin,” the advocacy group said in a statement.

If only, obama, holder, jealous, al, melissa harris-perry and scads more no doubt to come forward, black, white, brown, red, yellow or any combination thereof, would take THE message of “The most fundamental of civil rights — the right to life….” to inner cities such as, Chicago, Philly, St. Louis, Oakland, LA and on and on and on, there just may be a inkling of credibility FOR the naacp..

    gasper in reply to JP. | July 14, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I asked early on if Civil Rights violations could be charged if Zimmerman was found innocent and was assured that “No, it could not happen”. The feds are no more concerned about ethics than the prosecution team. They don’t need evidence, only the will to proceed.

      Jack201 in reply to gasper. | July 14, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      Would seem to be tough to prosecute GZ for civil rights violations that he killed TM because of his color when even the prosecutors stated the case was not about race!
      Will be interesting to see how this goes.

    genes in reply to JP. | July 14, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    “The most fundamental of civil rights — the right to life

    Isn’t the NAACP pro-abortion?

Uncle Samuel | July 14, 2013 at 7:55 am

Gary Younge’s Twitter feed:

    Adam B in reply to Uncle Samuel. | July 14, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Can someone with Twitter please ask Mr. Younge to re-post the article he wrote after the OJ verdict: “Open Season on Young White Men and Women”


So this cost the state $1 million. They knew they didn’t have a case. State should have just offered the Martins $ behind closed doors. No I am not serious but………..

    Lady Penguin in reply to bizbach. | July 14, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I hope there are a number a suits filed against the State of Florida. Wrongful termination of the IT whistleblower who let it be known the prosecution was hiding evidence from the defense, and the police Chief of Sanford who was also fired. The prosecutors and Special Prosecutor should be investigated.

Juba Doobai! | July 14, 2013 at 8:04 am

Hmm. This: “Parents of black boys are not likely to feel calm. Partners of black men are not likely to feel calm. Children with black fathers are not likely to feel calm.”

I feel pretty calm. The big question was what does the law allow in a situation in which one is being beaten. The jury affirmed the law: you’re allowed to defend yourself. The other question answered by implication is that you’re not entitled to beat someone who upsets you be ause they’re engaged in neighborhood watch duties.

All the emotion-laden rhetoric aside, the law was upheld. That’s all we can ask for.

I find it distressing that many in my community have no regard for facts and or the law. It seems to many minds that black on black crime is fine. No noise, no protest. Yet, let one non-black touch one hair on the head of a black guy or scrutinize him doubtfully, then hollers of racism and no justice no peace. This is how the Muslims behave, and we are not Muslims, not all of us. The law and justice are not about fairness; they are about evidence and facts. Did those who were crying outside the court or making threats on Twitter follow the case? If they did, though it pains me, I must ask, did they comprehend what they saw and heard? I would like to believe they did, if they listened or watched, then I’m left unable to explain their post-verdict reactions.

It’s time for the black community to heed what Martin Luther King preached, to listen to Booker T. And toss aside WEB DuBois, to listen to Sowell and Wallace, and give due respect to Thomas. It’s time the community started respecting itself and setting standards of behavior for the youth. MMA punching someone is not the answer to someone scrutinizing you. The thug life and thuggish behavior got TM exactly what it got Tupac, and their families are left to mourn.

So, who’s gonna be th first to toss the race batters overboard, starting with Obama?

    moonstone716 in reply to Juba Doobai!. | July 14, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I hope the verdict does make black (and all other) thugs think twice before attacking someone. As more and more people are armed, more of this kind of thing is going to happen. Perfect solution would be that anyone who attacks anyone is killed by them. Before long, attacks would stop, wouldn’t they?

    I don’t really care about thugs being killed, but I do care about law abiding people forced to defend themselves, first with violence (which changes their lives forever) and then in court.

      Weisbrot in reply to moonstone716. | July 14, 2013 at 9:06 am

      I disagree. As it becomes apparent that more people are armed, I incidents like this will happen less. I suggest t reading John Lott and Andrew Branca. And read up on Kennesaw, GA.

    Observer in reply to Juba Doobai!. | July 14, 2013 at 9:59 am

    “Parents of black boys are not likely to feel calm. Partners of black men are not likely to feel calm. Children with black fathers are not likely to feel calm.”

    Parents, partners, and children of black boys and men can feel perfectly calm around whites, and even “white Hispanics” — so long as they’re not trying to beat them to death.

    Trayvon Martin was not killed because he was black, or because he was wearing a hoodie, or because he had a pack of Skittles in his pocket. Martin was killed because he viciously attacked a man who had looked at Martin in a way Martin didn’t like.

    If black parents want to calm their sons, perhaps they should start by explaining to them that everyone in this country — regardless of skin color — has the right to defend their life, and that no one in this country — regardless of skin color — has the right to attack and beat on another person because they don’t like the way that person looked at them.

      Lady Penguin in reply to Observer. | July 14, 2013 at 10:39 am

      The author is out in left field and misleading. As a white person, let me voice this. In this day and age, with the not so secretly declared “war” on whitey, for which a blank check was “issued” by Holder, et al post 2008, whites have much more to fear. The fear resides with the simple situation of right and wrong and the rule of law are being suspended in this country. As long as that continues Truth and Justice are being destroyed.

      It is the whites who are being oppressed in this country. Affirmative Action, maybe helpful long ago, but a disaster now, has created incredible discrimination in today’s America. Social Justice suspends the Rule of Law on a daily basis, and it appears that right and wrong mean nothing in an almost amoral culture – perpetuated by Hollywood and the Left.

      RIP, Trayvon Martin. I know your mother grieves for you. No mother, black or white, wants to bury their children.

      Twanger in reply to Observer. | July 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      You are spot on Observer.

      If you don’t want to be killed, don’t sneak up and try to put the beat-down on somebody trying to protect their neighborhood.

      Simple as that.

      Anybody pinning this on Zim is simply being racist.

    Radegunda in reply to Juba Doobai!. | July 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    It’s noteworthy that while this trial was going on, another “white Hispanic” was arrested on charges of murdering a black man. The case got some national attention, and I haven’t seen anyone express an opinion in defense of the Hispanic guy. Absolutely no one is saying he had any legal or moral right to kill the black man or that he should be acquitted (because, wink wink, his victim was black, and, you know …). Au contraire, the sentiment has been uniformly against the non-black person.

    Was this even noticed by those who see irremediable racism in the defense of Zimmerman? Maybe some did notice but refused to draw the obvious conclusion.

      It will depend upon the circumstances of the case. If it was self defense then the person should be defended. If it was a case of out an out manslughter or murder, then let justice be served.

      There is a case here in Australia that has my interest. It is about a mother whose 4 children died as babies. The first two were ruled as cot death. The third was epilepsy, and the 4th should have been ruled as myocarditis. However, the forensic guy in the last case got curious about the other babies. The woman was convicted of murder based on circumstantial evidence. Her diary contained some interesting stuff… including a statement about being her father’s daughter. In context the woman, at the age of 2 witnessed her father killing her mother with a knife. This diary entry is what brought about her conviction.

      I add here that the case was based upon a discredited theory about where more than one child in the family dies. Cases in the UK have now been overturned where mothers were wrongfully convicted.

      This leaves open the question: were the babies smothered as claimed by the Persecution, or did they die of natural causes? I will need to do research and yes I remember the case when they went to trial.

        BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Aussie. | July 14, 2013 at 10:36 pm

        That is not relevant to this case . It is surely not self defence nor manslaughter.

        I think the community had every reason & the State had every right to investigate to the fullest a woman whose 4 children have died.

        If she was in the hot seat – too bad.

I continue to be agog at the 600 pound gorilla in the room which the brain-dead refuse to acknowledge. The “innocent child” was in the middle of committing an extremely violent aggravated assault. He was shot to make him stop. He was shot to make stop him from committing a murder. If writers like this do not want to use self defense if their lives are in peril they certainly do not have to do so. They can just lay back and enjoy being beaten to death. They do not have the right to tell everyone else that they do not have the right to self defense.

    kentuckyliz in reply to Elliott. | July 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    If John Good had shot TM to stop the felony aggravated assault, he would have been found not guilty (if FL self defense laws are like KY’s).

    If the police arrived in time while the fight was in progress and TM didn’t stop his felony aggravated assault, the police officer could have shot TM and it would have been legal.

    If TM did stop fighting and submitted to the police, he would have been charged with aggravated assault (a felony) and the prosecutor would have sought to try him as an adult.

    Radegunda in reply to Elliott. | July 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Oh, but George shouldn’t have gotten out of his car, doncha see? Bad George! “This isn’t about stand your ground; it’s about stay in your car!” If someone attacks you in your neighborhood, you’re at fault because you put yourself in that situation. Stay in your car, and the ruffian will move on to find another target. Problem solved.

As to the “guardian taken down”:
“Open season on black boys after a verdict like this”

What part of do not understand that IN those inner cities, gangs, drugs and seemingly, just for the hell of it at times, “open season” has been and will be!

CPT. Charles | July 14, 2013 at 8:10 am

I for one, commend the Guardian for yanking that odious screed.

Let’s hope that the editor has a stern chat with Mr. Younge about the perils of ‘fact free journalism’ and gives him an extended involuntary holiday to reflect on his lapse in professionalism.

It’s amazing as more facts came out to refute the prosecution the more the blacks and libs humkered down on their preconceived opinions. The lsm pushed this story for two reasons: 1. obama’s orders 2. To fabricate controversy to sell newspapers. They lose more credibility each day that passes but are willing to go down the toilet for their ideology. It truly bewilders me that blacks think Martin was an innocent little boy when they have seen “innocent little boys” commit atrocious crimes in their own neighborhoods.

    moonstone716 in reply to BarbaraS. | July 14, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Yes, and they are all still shouting “He was followed. He was PROFILED” as if those are horrible crimes. Juan Williams even this morning was still saying it.

    I think in the black community, “profiling” is second only to the n word as a horrible thing. Unfortunately for them, “profiling” is not illegal, quite the contrary. (Although Angela Corey doesn’t know this, which is pretty sad.)

    When someone tells you how evil profiling is, try an experiment. Tell them that you’re going to lock their child in a room with either a pit bull or a golden retriever. Their choice.

      Radegunda in reply to moonstone716. | July 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      There are people who keep saying that pit bulls get an unfair rap – just because something like 80 percent of lethal dog attacks are done by pit bulls. Well, even if some pit bulls may never commit an act of aggression, I’d still be smarter to go with a breed that doesn’t have a bad reputation for an obvious reason.

      Crawford in reply to moonstone716. | July 14, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      I’ll believe “the n-word” is bad when it drops below 1/3rd of the average black teen’s vocabulary.

      not_surprised in reply to moonstone716. | July 15, 2013 at 12:58 am

      Funny how the stucco guy profiled and chased down another teenage burglar and the burglar was arrested. They didn’t arrest and charge the Stucco guy with an illegal arrest..

Humphreys Executor | July 14, 2013 at 8:19 am

Thanks for preserving this diatribe because it perfectly encapsulates the facts-be-damned point of view on the left. They wanted to lynch GZ to as payback of lynchings of old. I’m so glad for him they didn’t get their way.

BannedbytheGuardian | July 14, 2013 at 8:19 am

Yep – Gary’s is my fave article.

The Guardian – just so much fun. Who says the English are not loveable?

Danny Leong | July 14, 2013 at 8:23 am

It’s worth noting that under English law, the burden of proof in a libel case is on the defendant.

Let the end to Obama’s Tyranny begin with the Zimmerman jury.

The libel laws in the UK make it much easier to sue and recover considerable damages. That’s probably the reason the article was taken down.

    Danny Leong in reply to guycocoa. | July 14, 2013 at 9:04 am

    The laws were amended recently to offer better free-speech protection. It

      Danny Leong in reply to Danny Leong. | July 14, 2013 at 9:10 am

      used to be that the plaintiff can win simply by showing a statement is factually untrue. Now he has to prove likelihood of damages. A defendant can also claim that an untrue statement was made in good faith. Hard to argue that this last item was exercised by the author.

moonstone716 | July 14, 2013 at 8:46 am

It’s been open season on black boys in the gang areas of our major cities for a long time…why aren’t these people all worried about those black boys??

The piece was perfectly fine as an editorial. Devisive, inflammatory, childish and factually incorrect, but well within bounds for an editorial.

Was this published as a news article? If that is the case, then it was a most repugnant example of journalistic malpractice. It that context, it’s only saving grace was that it wasn’t subtle enough for anyone to mistake for news.

    mzk in reply to Immolate. | July 14, 2013 at 9:59 am

    In the US or Britain? Libel laws in Britain (and ISrael) are quite more scrtict than those in the US. It trains British “journalists” in the fine art of innuendo.

      mzk in reply to mzk. | July 15, 2013 at 1:53 am

      Based on other comments, looks like Britain changed the law to be more like the US. I wonder if Israel is still like Britain.

Gary Younge proves himself to be YAP (yet another punk)

The fact is that George Zimmerman would have been found guilty of 2nd Degree Murder if he had in fact chased down an unarmed 17 year old and shot him without provocation.

YancyDerringer | July 14, 2013 at 8:53 am

Watching HLN, MSNBC, etc. and the continuing canonization of Saint Trayvon. Meanwhile, the Truth lies bleeding in the gutter, brutalized beyond all recognition. This is the “Twilight Zone” of punditry, where what happened is ignored, and where no matter how insane the statement, the other panelists nod sagely and take turns piling the bullshit higher.

The mainstream media has gone off the cliff and plunged to record lows in accuracy and honesty.

Other than war, who murders more Blacks than Blacks? It’s a legitimate question.

So is this: Had both Martin and Zimmerman been black – what then? Would the story have drawn such national attention and caused such racial division and dissension, or would it have found itself a mere byline buried somewhere deep in the pages of Central Florida papers, barely meriting mention on national, televised news?

Another question: When will our precious minority peoples stop allowing themselves to be used as pawns for political gain, for as much as this group of people was used by Obama, and many others (DOJ) within his administration, for their own (pre-election) gain? A gain that was had off the back of the tragedy that was Trayvon Martin.

And yet another question: Can there ever be peace between races if the truth remains buried? Trayvon was a thug. That’s an unfortunate fact. Among his possessions were burglary tools and a spray of quite possibly stolen gems he no doubt prided himself in. Such tidbits of buried information go far in the way of proving Zimmerman’s instincts correct.

Trayvon merited Zimmerman’s attention, truth be told and all facts of the matters at hand be revealed. Will pending riots and mounting demonstrations serve any good purpose other than to divert attentions away from the truth, and an acceptance thereof, without which there can be no peace?

There’s a difference between a killing and a murder. Killing is oftentimes necessary as in the matter of self defense. Murder is seldom necessary.

It’s true: Zimmerman could have allowed himself to be murdered. It’s no less than true that he shot in self defense, instead, without any real intent to actually kill. The totality of the evidence bears that out, does it not?

In the end we are left with and must consider Trayvon’s intention. “You’re going to die tonight,” he said, giving Zimmerman no choice but to do as he did. We can be sure of this for as much as it is that Trayvon could have but didn’t hurry on home. Instead he confronted Zimmerman with a blow to his nose.

It’s a shame you can’t sue the press for malpractice.

I would love to see the companion article the Guardian had about how it is open season on white men in Britain after one was profiled, stalked and beheaded by a Muslim in broad daylight. Oh, wait. That’s right… there wasn’t one.

In the Guardian’s eyes acts committed by an individual only reflect poorly on the entire group to which that individual belongs when the group in question is not one of the privileged ones. The left is very tribal in its thinking and their ethics are always situational as a result. This is one reason amongst many why they have never succeeded in building a peaceful and prosperous society.

What more need be said about this article? It’s not “journalism;” it’s the worst kind of biased propaganda and agit-prop, in which emotion-laden histrionics and subjective opinion are viewed as a substitute for the facts. The attitudes expressed in the articles have been standard operating procedure for the pro-Trayvon zealots and their race-baiting allies in the media and at “civil rights” organizations since day one of this incident.

The author conveniently embellishes the entire narrative of the Martin incident, one that the Left has seized upon from the beginning and promotely ceaselessly, facts and evidence be damned. There is no evidence that Zimmerman “chased” or “confronted” Martin. Indeed, ironically — after all of the racial histrionics and race-baiting engaged in during this trial by Martin supporters and their political and media allies — it was revealed that only one of the two actors involved in the incident on that night used racial epithets in a casual and flippant manner to describe the other, befitting a racist outlook: Trayvon Martin. Only one of the two actors had a self-documented history of starting fights with people and then boasting about it afterwards to his friends: Trayvon Martin. Inconvenient facts for the pro-Martin crowd.

The idiocy of the article speaks for itself.

The progressives persecuted Zimmerman for political power. They knew he was innocent and didn’t care. The goal was to scare blacks into voting for Tyrant Obama 110% in the 2012 election and it worked. Zimmerman was just a speed bump on their road to victory. It was evil.

Just consider the mindset required to edit the NEN phone call so it would appear that Zimmerman was a racist. Consider the act of editing a photo to hide Zimmerman’s injuries so they could spread the lie that Zimmerman was untouched. Consider how they chose to use a picture of Trayvon when he was 12 instead of 17 to support the lie that he was just a child murdered on the way home from buying candy. They used lies to create this story in the minds of blacks in order to motivate them to vote for Obama. They knew it was a lie and did it anyway. It was evil.

    Bruce Hayden in reply to ConradCA. | July 14, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Sure, they were technically lies. But they were part of the meta-dialog, the Narrative, and so justified.

Reminds one of the remark about Lillian Hellman – “every word she writes is a lie, including the words “a”, “and”, and “the”.”

Thank Heaven for British libel laws.

PS – This made the on-the-hour news here in Israel.

That fellow isn’t very bright is he? Can’t report the facts as they were carefully laid out. Just blind in his racism.

Oh well, them and us, as it will always be.

Bruce Hayden | July 14, 2013 at 10:26 am

I think that maybe the disconnect here is a difference between individualism on the right and communitarianism on the deft. The facts aren’t important to the deft, but rather that one of its major interest groups lost someone, killed by a member of another interest group, and the first interest group wants retribution. Zimmerman’s guilt or innocence doesn’t really matter to them, but rather their view is that his life be traded for that of TM, or if the community as a whole won’t sacrifice GZ for the benefit of the community (regardless of guilt or innocence), then they are going to take other lives as payment. And GZ, as a good liberal should have gone along with this balancing, sacrificing himself for the community.

The problem that they ran into though was that our society and justice system are based on individual responsibility, and not group power. Martin didn’t die because he was black, but because he (most likely) physically assaulted Zimmerman, beat his head against the concrete walk, tried to suffocate him, and maybe even tried to grab the gun to finish the job. And he died as a result of his parents and his black community failing to properly raise him and civilize him for living in the greater society. Zimmerman merely pulled the trigger. If it hadn’t been he, it probably would have been someone else, probably black.

Callipygian1 | July 14, 2013 at 10:36 am

“That’s not writing, that’s typing…” -Truman Capote

Tom22ndState | July 14, 2013 at 10:45 am

Thank you Voluble for hitting the sweet-spot in this matter of racial angst-
“In the Guardian’s eyes acts committed by an individual only reflect poorly on the entire group to which that individual belongs when the group in question is not one of the privileged ones”.

They’ll put away the signs, hoodies, and slogans to fight another day. They’ll continue to parade their victimhood, anger while they await the next racial provocation.

I must have missed the part of the trial where came in that GZ “chased” TM “confronted him” and then TM “resisted” whereby b/c of “SYGL” GZ shot TM. Did they pick that story up from thr NY or LA Times or MSLSD? Its know wonder very few trust the media to tell the truth in a news story and the MSM is bleeding red ink. If it wasn’t so sad it be funny.

[…] see Jacobson: Guardian removes column: “Open season on black boys after a verdict like this” – The Guardian had to remove an over the top premature post. Jacobson illustrates and […]

It is already open season on black boys, by other blacks.

Real American | July 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm

this idiot should really look up what “in dispute” means. He also should get a clue. Nothing George Zimmerman did that night prior to the shooting was illegal. The lead prosecutor admitted as much during his closing arguments.

There simply was no evidence that Zimmerman chased Martin down or that he confronted Martin rather than the other way around. There was evidence that Zimmerman had the crap beat out of him (his injuries, testimony of the neighbor). There was evidence Martin confronted Zimmerman (Jenteal testimony) rather than the other way around. The bottom line is that the evidence in the case corroborated Zimmerman’s story and did not demonstrate in any way that Zimmerman was the aggressor in their confrontation.

There also was evidence, not admitted in court thanks to the corrupt Judge Chris Farley, that Martin liked to fight and that how he could punch someone in the nose to make them bleed, which is precisely what Zimmerman said happened to him. Was that a coincidence? perhaps, but it does point to Martin having fighting skills, while the MMA trainer said Zimmerman was soft and had no fighting skills whatsoever. Martin was also 4 inches taller than Zimmerman. Is it really difficult to see a scenario wherein Martin got the jump on Zimmerman? It is not. That’s also Zimmerman’s story, so if there’s anything IN DISPUTE, that’s it.

Martin wasn’t killed just for wearing a hoodie and he wasn’t only armed merely with Skittles and Iced Tea. If you have to leave out the part where the bigger Martin was beating the crap out of soft Zimmerman to prove your argument, you’re not being honest.

Stick a fork in it–the Fourth Estate is dead.

They are PR, not press.

They have pissed away all their credibility and they deserve the declining subscribers and viewers that they are experiencing.

All hail alt media and the Army of Davids, such as this blog. This alt voice would never had access to a megaphone pre-Internet.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to kentuckyliz. | July 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    The Fourth Estate has become a complicit Fifth Column of the Progressocrats.

    Without a Free Press, the Republic suffers accordingly at the hands of an emboldened government, the very antithesis of what The Founders created.

I’ve stumbled upon this tweet by Piers Morgan which I think helped me to start understanding how leftist brain works.

Quote: “I find it very hard to accept that it’s ‘lawful’ to shoot an unarmed 17yr-old boy dead as he walks home.”

In leftist brain there’s no place for understanding that every person is responsible for his actions and words. Hence the lies “boy”, “walking home”, “unarmed”, and lack of brain capacity to accept the right to self defence.

I’m sufficiently familiar with the Guardian to recognize Younge’s name right off. He’s of the paper’s resident racists. Like all racists, he plays the same tune, over and over. Saves endless time, one doesn’t have to actually read one his columns to know exactly what he’s going to say.

One can only think that it will take Piers Morgan getting the stuffing beat out of his pompous ass, to where he needs reconstructive surgery, by some thug heading home before he could possible put himself in a position of contemplating defending himself.

Remember, in the UK, one is not permitted to defend themselves, whether they are in a street intersection, at home, or on the bus. The police cannot carry weapons any worse than a nightstick. So is it any wonder that their “citizens” are aghast that anyone defend themselves to the point of stopping an attack with a weapon?

    Paul in reply to Uh Huh. | July 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Piers would put his butt in the air or get on his knees before he would think about defending himself. He is a punk who thinks everyone else should be a punk too.

TrooperJohnSmith | July 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm

If you read the column, it sounds like typical, left wing histrionics. It comes from that well of emotion, where facts don’t matter.

Younge (rhymes with grunge) should have ended his fact free screed with “And then I woke up.”

Considering the blood bath occurring with black “boys” in Chicago, Younge should be commenting on that, but, much like the so called “n” word, blacks are allowed to kill each other with impunity.

Dear NAACP: Please Dial 1-800-BiteMe.

Thank You.

moonstone716 | July 14, 2013 at 3:58 pm

As it turns out, given what we know now, Zimmerman’s “thug radar” was working perfectly.

So I hope all thugs, whether black boys, black men, white boys, white men, brown boys or brown men do now feel that it’s open season on them. The population is more and more armed and we need to make them risk their lives every time they attack someone.

[…] Guardian removes column: “Open season on black boys after a verdict like this” […]

So they actually componded the felony, by backing up the column with false evidence.

Another parallel with Col. Alfred Dreyfus.

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