Trayvon Martin Tragedy Should Inspire Black Voters to Go to the Polls

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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for. This week, Luke says African-Americans need to march to the polls on Election Day.

For more than two weeks, tens of thousands of African-Americans have been marching on public streets to demand justice for Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Miami Gardens teen killed by Sanford resident and overzealous neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. The marches have taken place from Los Angeles to Manhattan and from to St. Petersburg to Bayfront Park. They've included high school students, housewives, and professional activists. Yet when it comes time to march to the polls on Election Day, African-Americans are nowhere to be found.

We can't continue taking to the streets to cry about our civil rights being violated when we are not exercising our right to vote. That's the real injustice. By not voting, African-Americans end up with leaders who don't respect them as constituents.

So you have elected officials -- whether it's the state attorney, the mayor, or the governor -- who cater to the segment of the population that voted for them. Rick Scott is in office today because his Tea Party supporters made sure to cast their ballots, while African-Americans stayed home. That's why black folks on welfare can't bitch about Scott fulfilling his campaign promise to drug-test them.

When I ran for county mayor last year, African-American voter turnout was very low, and the contest came down to choosing between two Cuban-American politicians. So I don't want to hear anybody complaining now that Mayor Carlos Gimenez is following through on his plans to privatize Project Head Start, the program that provides day-care services to low-income families in Liberty City and Overtown.

Up in Sanford, African Americans stayed home when Seminole County State Attorney Norman Wolfinger was reelected four years ago. Now they have a chance to vote him out of office because he was the one who told the Sanford Police Department not to charge Zimmerman for killing the young man.

Instead of taking money to hold self-serving rallies, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson should be marching people to their local voter registration offices. The only way to stop injustices such as Trayvon Martin's killing is to march when it really matters.

And that's on Election Day.

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joel
joel

END THE B.S. PROPAGANDA AND SEE WHATS REALLY GOIN ON!!! VOTE RON PAUL OR NOBODY AT ALL!!!!! HE HAS THE SAME IDEAS AND BELIEFS THAT MARTIN LUTHER KING HAD!!! DONT LET THE CORPORATE PUPPETS TRY TO TRICK YOU..AGAiN!!!! GET INFORMED!!! GET OUT OUT AND FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOMS AND VOTE RON PAUL FOR @0fa8cb66e926d7a93f16ffd2b380ec89:disqus 012!!! 

Seanoamericano
Seanoamericano

Too bad all this energy isnt being directed at the root cause which is politics as usual elected officials who do what the are told. If the rage was directed to elect Ron Paul we would get the change started to dismantle the system that is the reason everything in the world is screwed. As long as they keep up the chaos nothing changes and screwing continues un changed. Maybe we deserve what they they have planned because we are too stupid to see the big picture.

Billiebob
Billiebob

Over jealous?  How do you know that?  Do you have all the facts?  Also you say this injustice.  How do you know that or do you just think that?  Sharpton and the other "race baiters" need to stokes the flames to keep the cash and publicity coming in.

If you have proof of what you say show it!  Otherwise you should shut your yap and let the legal sytem work.  This reminds me of how the media was ready to hang the Atlantal bomber and you are a part of it with irresponsible supposition.

C1234M
C1234M

Something big has been made out of this for a political objective.  Yes, that will encourage all the Afro-Americans to go to vote for Obama and the Democratic Socialist Party, instigating and manipulating the Afro-American to USE THEM to get votes. This is what this article insinuates.  I just hope the Afro-American will be smarter than this,  especially because those instigating are not Christians.  What Would Jesus Do (WWJD)

USMC_Officer
USMC_Officer

Trayvon was a thug that got what was coming to him.  It's retarded and racist to encourage people to vote for someone just because they're the same color.  I'm white, should I only vote for white men.  My wife's hispanic, should she only vote for other Latinas?  You're contributing to the race mongering.

JeannieD711
JeannieD711

Anyone with half a brain knew this was what was coming

desert
desert

B U L L S H Y T !   black voters need to go into their own neighborhoods and clean that crap hole up!  Everywhere they move , its a ghetto...too damn lazy to do anything except make babies then dump the ho and the babies......scum imho

Guest
Guest

How about we all start to pay attention to the content of a politician's character rather than the color of their skin.  The author suggests that Blacks should have voted for him because he is black, and not because he is a person who puts the country and the Constitution first.

Guest
Guest

Every citizen should vote.

dontrenigin12
dontrenigin12

yeah go vote for obama as he is responsible for race tensions in this country being at an all time hight,,he is a race baiter if their ever was one.so vote for O and we can have 4 more yeras of race tensions and a dismall economy....

dontrenigin12
dontrenigin12

i thought democrats always tell us blacks are kept from voting or somehow dont get the chance to vote...which is it libs

COONS
COONS

NIGGGGGGGGGGERRRRSSSSSSS!

CRAZYGAUL
CRAZYGAUL

you can't vote if you can't spell your own name

suibneg
suibneg

it should should it? morons like you have been selling your children into perdition for fifty years because you couldn't listen to martin luther king. Keep it up and you will be heirs to a horror you can't imagine.....and you, socialist morons like you, willl be responsible. i am a plain warner. If you don't teach your children how to compete instead of how to complain you will lose no matter what you do. suibne

Guest
Guest

If you bothered to do your homework, Luke, you'd discover that several of the law enforcement personnel close to the case are black. But go ahead -- play the race card. Just remember, blacks will soon have virtually no political power base in this country, as Hispanics overwhelm them and grab all the affirmative action cash. Don't come crying to the identifiable group that you've been disparaging for the last 20 years when reality dawns on you.

Ronald Larson
Ronald Larson

Yes dress up and go out to vote  in anger. Also make sure you vote offen to help out the Pres. to get another 4 years to destroy this country and world like he's done so far.

gbnana
gbnana

Crowd Beats, Strips & Robs Tourist On St. Patrick’s Day; Incident Caught On Cameracan't post the link but you should be able to find it. Should inspire some????????????????????

bchguyx
bchguyx

Well duh!  This whole phoney baloney event is an effort by Barack and the pimps of racial hatred (Jesse & Al) to gin up some race riots to get the black vote out in a swing state.  Imagine their chagrin when their "white racist" turned out to be a Hispanic who mentored little black boys.  CNN and the NYT even had to conjure up a new race for him "white hispanic" laughable if they weren't trying to start a race riot.  Under this new system, Barack would be a "white-negro" since his momma is white!

What a load of crap.

Edit2
Edit2

 When you ran for county mayor last year, African-American voter turnout for you was very low... for sure... you just deserve it; it is not about color, but a personal mater.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

Is this it? This is what I got all those as-whoopings for? I had a dream once. It was a dream that little black boys and little black girls would drink from the river of prosperity, freed from the thirst of oppression. But lo and behold, some four decades later, what have I found but a bunch of trifling, shiftless, good-for-nothing negus? And I know some of you don't want to hear me say that word. It's the ugliest word in the English language, but that's what I see now: negus. And you don't want to be a negus,'cause nigeers are living contradictions!negus are full of unfulfilled ambitions! negus ax and wane,  negus love to complain!  negus love to hear themselves talk but hate to explain! negus love being another man's judge and jury! negus procrastinate until it's time to worry!l negus ove to be late, negus hate to hurry! Black Entertainment Television is the worst thing I've ever seen in my life! Usher, "Michael Jackson" is *not* a genre of music! And now I'd like to talk about "Soul Plane". I've seen what's around the corner, I've seen what's over the horizon, and I promise you, you nigeers won't have nothing to celebrate. And no, I won't get there with you. I'm going to Canada.

Guest
Guest

What makes you think Canada want's your sorry bigoted ass any more than America does?  Bigots of race or color are mental deficients.  Most normal people find them at best amusing and at their wrost repulsive.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids. $500 sneakers for what? And they won't spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics. I am talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit.

Where were you when he was 2?Where were you when he was 12?Where were you when he was 18?And, how come you didn't know that he had a pistol?And where is the father?Or who is his father?

bill cosby

305mia
305mia

How about before voting getting rid of the 'no snitching' rule and cleaning up the black communities with internal community leaders.  The amount of black on black violence is absurd.  No politician is going to solve that.  Black people need to stand up for themselves and their communities and get rid of the scum that continues to promote violence within them.

Chas Holman
Chas Holman

For anyone that is interested....I am an audio guy.. 

I took the 911 call with the most audio informatiion regarding screams, compressed it, ran it at half speed and pitch corected it 100 percent.. even though it runs slower (just a tenth over half speed) anyone with an ear for music can tell not a note has been changed.. Digital affords you this luxury. In the analog days we had to physically slow the tape/medium down and you lose pitch and clarity.

Anyway, what I find most interesting is the ghastly scream at about 1:12 right after the final shot.\.

THIS AUDIO IS NOT ENHANCED per sey.. not like enhancing a photo.. the only enhancing has been to adust volume levels so you don't hurt your ear listening to everything at relative volume levels. 

There are a few swirling artifacts in this copy because I had to compres the wav file to a 128 kbps mp3 to fit on my page so you had a player to hear it on.. These artifacts are slight and will not distract.

The 911 call as you have never heard it before, draw your own conclusions. Listen for the scream after the shot.

http://soundclick.com/share.cf...

Again, draw your own conclusions, I am not here to change any minds tonight. This exorsize is just a way to access the call and hear things you would not of just listening to the raw recording.

nanook5
nanook5

fffflbbbfffgh that is a terrible argument. voting never made a difference in the civil rights movement. years on the streets and blood and sweat and sacrifice did. you've shown no sustained will to make the sacrifices to actually achieve equality and just tried to make everyone believe that an elected official would be able to do something about the continued killing of young black men and the disenfranchisement of people of color. get arrested 30 or 40 times in the name of what you believe in and try again in a few decades when maybe you've actually earned it, otherwise you're just another shill looking to cash in on a corrupt system.

Vote
Vote

 That said, some choices are much better than others AND won't push things back the other way...

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