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Sanford Residents Now Fear ‘Other Zimmermans’

From Reuters:

In Florida, Zimmerman verdict leaves Sanford residents wary, on edge

By Ellen Wulfhorst | July 14, 2013

SANFORD, Florida – (Reuters) – Robyn Miller watched her dark-skinned toddlers play in a Sanford park on Sunday and spoke of her fears about their future after George Zimmerman was cleared in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

"All my children are mixed race, and I fear for them and their friends and everybody else," said the 28-year-old white mother of five.

"Since the verdict came as not guilty, what I’m thinking is you can just walk up to somebody and start a fight and if they start winning the fight you can shoot them and kill them and get away with it."

And never mind that Trayvon was 17, nearly six foot tall. And never mind that George Zimmerman is dark-skinned and of mixed race (including black). And never mind Zimmerman’s history of mentoring minority kids.

Like Miller, Sanford residents coming to grips with the verdict that came down late Saturday acquitting the neighborhood watch coordinator of murder and manslaughter in Martin’s death said the decision made them wary, if not frightened, for their own safety and that of others.

You see? The people of Sanford are not afraid of thugs like Trayvon Martin. They are not at all worried about riots from Trayvon’s supporters. No, they are afraid of other George Zimmermans popping up.

"It actually puts a lot of us a little bit more on edge," said Lil, a 54-year-old black Sanford woman who did not want to disclose her last name, as she walked in Derby Park across the street from the gated community where the shooting occurred 16 months ago

"As a minority, you’re not sure where your place is. You don’t know where you can walk freely and where you can enjoy yourself freely without being approached the wrong way," she said…

And ‘Lil’ isn’t a made up ‘witness.’ No way. (Though there is some truth to this, if you think about the dangers whites face in some black and Hispanic neighborhoods.)

The apprehension isn’t limited by race, said Susan, a 56-year-old white woman walking her dog Missy in the park. She also did not want her last name used.

She recalled being unnerved the rainy night of the February 2012 shooting, when she was in the same park walking her dog and, like Martin, wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

"There was nobody in the park, and I had a hoodie on," she said. "Of course, I’m a white old woman so it doesn’t really matter," she added with a wry laugh.

And ‘Susan’ isn’t made up, either.

But the fact that many people in Sanford are religious could help ease the feelings of fear and anger in the community, Miller said.

"Once they go to church, and the preacher puts in their heart the right way to think about it and the positive way to deal with it, it might change other people’s minds than to go out and get crazy," she said.

Indeed, that was the message Rev. Vernon McQueen tried to deliver to the congregation gathered at a music- and dance-filled service on Sunday morning at the Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Sanford’s black Goldsboro neighborhood.

"We are not depending on the Sanford Police Department. We are not depending on Seminole County sheriffs. We are not depending on the courts. We know that a finding of guilty comes from the Lord," McQueen said…

The Rev. was saying that Zimmerman was guilty no matter what the jury said. In fact, he even sounds like he is asking for vigilantism.

How uplifting. And ironic.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, July 15th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Sanford Residents Now Fear ‘Other Zimmermans’”

  1. Liberals Demise

    Don’t these poor victims realize that there is a more likelyhood that they
    will be whacked by one of their own color?
    Once again this is a moot point……..but I digress.

  2. mr_bill

    Robyn Miller watched her dark-skinned toddlers play in a Sanford park on Sunday and spoke of her fears about their future after George Zimmerman was cleared in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

    “All my children are mixed race, and I fear for them and their friends and everybody else,” said the 28-year-old white mother of five.

    When have you ever seen this type of description for anybody in a news story? I’ve seen a lot of criminals described as the generic, “youths” or “teens,” but never as “dark-skinned teens,” even when it would be more accurate to describe them so. Of course, these questions are quite rhetorical. We all know Reuters’ reasoning.

    • Liberals Demise

      No mention of where or who the babies daddies be.
      But let’s not be hasty. Five mixed race chillens makes for a bigger
      welfare check.

    • mr_bill

      Daddies? Babies don’t need daddies. HHS says so.

  3. Petronius

    “As a minority, you’re not sure where your place is.”

    George Z’man has probably asked himself that same question a thousand times.

    By the way, while Robyn Miller is busy producing “dark-skinned toddlers” galore, we should probably note here that white children aged three years and under are now a minority in the USA.

    I used to belong here, but I don’t any more.

    
You can’t choose where you belong and where you don’t.

    
But what if the place you don’t belong is the only place you have left?

    I have a dream.

    I have a dream that we had a homeland of our own. No more elite media mocking and targeting us. No more president and attorney general openly spitting on us. No more IRS and FBI and DHS harassing us. No more public witch hunts for “racist of the week” (Paula Deen, Z’man, et al.). No more lynch mob mentality. No more sounds of sirens in the night. No more sounds of women screaming in the night. No more street gangs or hoods. Mass Third World migrations stopped at the borders. Safe streets and safe schools.

    Now that’s a nice dream. I hope I have it tonight.

  4. Maybe Robyn should teach her children “Don;t start nothing, won’t be nothing

  5. AcornsRNutz

    Uh.. If Zimmerman started the fight that warranted a physical retaliation by Martin, why then was he unscathed save for skinned knuckles? Oh, and a bullet hole.

    Even if racism cause Zimmerman to confront Martin, even if he was being an overzealous cop wannabe, the libs take that to logically and irrefutably justify Martin’s violence as shown by eyewitness account and Zimmerman’s injuries. Folks, being racist, even saying something racist is not LEGAL grounds to attempt to kill someone. Had Martin sustained injuries indicative of a fight the story may have needed to be put into context a bit more concerning Zimmerman’s frame of mind, but the evidence showed that he took no ACTION that would warrant being assaulted. Racism is thoughtcrime, and I don’t recall that being technically illegal nor grounds for deadly force in America. ACTIONS driven by racism could be both, but none were indicated. This thing needs to end

    On an aside the lack of widespread race riots in America may be a glimmer of hope that the black community and the black racialsit lobby/industry are starting to part ways. I hope so, as that’s the best chance for real racial peace in America.


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