Trayvon Martin Forum to Be Held Tuesday

The MLK Committee Hosts Discussion on Race Relations

Friday, July 26, 2013
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In the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict—in which a neighborhood patrol volunteer was acquitted after shooting and killing an unarmed 17-year-old black youth—the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara is holding a public forum on Tuesday night at the Louise Lowry Davis Center from 7-9 p.m. Dignitaries have been invited, but the event is arranged so that members of the public will have the opportunity to speak first.

“One of the things that I see happen across the country is, when there is a problem, somehow the establishment seems to go out into the community and find what they call so-called leaders,” said Isaac Garrett, president of the Committee, which seeks to foster the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.’s message. “Those leaders don’t necessarily speak for the average Joe.”

The topic will be race relations in the community. With an impending gang injunction, concerns about racial profiling in Santa Barbara are not abstract. “What we anticipate and what we would like to do is allow members of the community to express some of the experiences they have had regarding race relations,” Garrett said. “We would at least like to start a conversation to let people know that there still are ill feelings … and we need to move forward to prevent it from getting to a boiling point [like in the Trayvon Martin situation],” said Garrett.


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Thank you MLK Committee

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 26, 2013 at 6:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'd love to make it except that I have to give my cat a bath on that Tuesday...priorities, priorities

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
July 26, 2013 at 10:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm surprised you think they need to be mocked for trying to be a positive force, disappointed more's the word.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 26, 2013 at 11:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, depends. Certainly a proactive discussion of race relations is a positive step. If it becomes a bitch session about the "racist jury" and justice system that let GZ walk, then it's not a positive force.

Botany (anonymous profile)
July 27, 2013 at 6:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Agreed, Botany.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
July 27, 2013 at 8:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So Botany and Italiansurg support vigilantism, with John Locke adding racial epithats to the mix. What a lovely bunch, not.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 27, 2013 at 1:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You are losing it again KV. Now I support vigilantism because I find this crap self serving, boring, and utterly not productive? You have leaped the Grand Canyon, metaphorically speaking, with your latest assertion. So be it and have a safe landing...

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
July 27, 2013 at 2:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If you support Zimmerman's actions you support vigilantism, and you know in your heart it's true. If you don't, I overestimated your intellect and you as a human being.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 27, 2013 at 2:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ken, you fail to note the difference between supporting his actions and finding him not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If you can't see the difference then enjoy your fantasy.

Botany (anonymous profile)
July 27, 2013 at 2:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Botany also supports the Casey Anthony decision I suppose, because the Florida judicial system is a model for the world: of incompetence, and corruption. People like you in charge apparently.
Botany and Florida love child killers.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 27, 2013 at 2:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

As if your comments weren't off the deep end already Ken. Your posts have achieved a new level of inappropriateness.

Botany (anonymous profile)
July 27, 2013 at 3:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It's not my fault if some people are so narrow minded and intellectually vacuous they can't see the wide picture. Have fun in the dustbin of history.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 27, 2013 at 3:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Aren't you the same Botany who supports Prop. 8? Like your opinion is credible?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 27, 2013 at 3:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Unbelievable, the laws of Florida were passed by voters. Self defense is self defense. It does not matter how you defend yourself. Would it be any different if a life was taken by any other mean. This was NOT A RACE DEFENSE!!! How much longer are we going to use RACE as an issue here?? If Florida wants to change their law then Florida will change its law... Get that through your pea sized brains.........

Priceless (anonymous profile)
July 27, 2013 at 8:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Wow KV you threw out the dead baby with the bathwater with your weird link to Casey Anthony...
I support the not guilty verdict and not the man in the GZ case; sorry you are a little too close minded to understand that. On the other hand, I believe that you are trying to do the correct thing with your view of the Florida case. I'm not doubting your motive or intention and will not call you an asinine name or make some bizarre extension of logic in order to figure out your wrong headed outcome.

Things you will get to hear at this important dialogue on race Tuesday:
"Are you saying that there is no racism in America?"
"I was pulled over because I am Latino."
"My nephew is a good kid."
"We're being racially profiled."
"We need more social programs, not more police."

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
July 28, 2013 at 7:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

K_V has clearly shown his racism by assuming Zimmerman was guilty in spite of the facts.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
July 28, 2013 at 9:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

George Zimmerman is guilty of murder regardless of the outcome of the trial. The fact that Florida law allows people like Zimmerman to kill black kids does not make him innocent.

buckwheat (anonymous profile)
July 29, 2013 at 1:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The only reference to race was made when Martin's friend said that he called Zimmerman (who hardly looks white) a "Cracker". The media has spun this into a race issue, not either A: A man defending himself; or B: A trigger-happy wannabe cop who got away with it.

For those who say that Zimmerman is guilty, what proof do you have, other than your own biases against certain demographics or your self-loathing?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
July 29, 2013 at 2:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

And for those who thrive on calling me a racists for daring to question ZImmerman's guilt, I'm the same guy who has doubts about O.J.'s guilt. Hopefully that will set the tone for a rational discussion--should anyone want to debate this.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
July 29, 2013 at 2:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sorry Bill. That doesn't count because the victims were white. You're still a racist.

Botany (anonymous profile)
July 29, 2013 at 2:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Now that Zimmerman has been acquitted, here’s what he’s had to go through.
■Eric Holder, who reports directly to President Obama, said last week that the Department of Justice would continue its investigation of a civil rights violation by George Zimmerman.
■Holder purposefully ignored a 2012 FBI report concluding that race wasn’t a factor in the shooting and a civil rights case shouldn’t be pursued.
■The DoJ has officially set up an email address where people can send in proof that Zimmerman’s a racist.
■And finally, Obama yet again inserted himself into the national debate by telling reporters he could have been Trayvon.

As if things couldn’t get any worse, CNN reports that federal authorities have taken all evidence that belonged to Zimmerman including his firearm, which under Florida law should be returned to him upon acquittal. Holder made the following comments in response:

Attorney General Eric Holder has said the Justice Department will “act in a manner that is consistent with the facts and the law.” Holder described Martin’s shooting as ” tragic, unnecessary,” and said a thorough investigation will be conducted.

“Independent of the legal determination that will be made, I believe that this tragedy provides yet another opportunity for our nation to speak honestly about the complicated and emotionally charged issues that this case has raised,” Holder said last week. “We must not — as we have too often in the past — let this opportunity pass.”

It’s a shame that our government has resorted to bullying a man who was found not guilty of any crime. Not only that, he had to suffer through a complete defamation of character by a government (and media) that wanted to twist his narrative to support their own agenda.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
July 29, 2013 at 4:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The only bully was Zimmerman who took a gun with him to go shopping at a Target store. Who takes a gun to Target? Someone who on the way to Target, profiles a black kid wearing a hoodie, follows him after being told not to do so, and claims he had to kill the kid in self defense. He got away with murder because of Florida laws which permit people like Zimmerman to kill those who they perceive to bea threat!

buckwheat (anonymous profile)
July 29, 2013 at 5:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Duh... the best gun in the world is no good if it isn't available when needed.

(And seriously, buckwheat are you making a pun when asking "who takes a gun to Target?" I have a feeling I'm going to have a LOT of fun with you!)

spiritwalker (anonymous profile)
July 29, 2013 at 7:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Spiritwalker, the best gun in the world was not needed for Zimmerman's trip to the store and he did not need it in his role as neighborhood watch volunteer. But he did need it to perpetrate the murder of the black kid he perceived to be a thug.

buckwheat (anonymous profile)
July 29, 2013 at 7:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Uh oh, I'm in trouble now... NOT!

Here's a question for Mr. expert on when and where a concealed weapon is "needed": When are off duty police officers NOT required to carry a weapon?

(If you think they're exempt from that responsibility when going to 'Target', you just failed! In other words, if you're going to carry a concealed weapon, you need to have it ALWAYS! GET A CLUE!)

spiritwalker (anonymous profile)
July 29, 2013 at 8:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Zimmerman is not an off duty police officer. He's simply a wanna be cop who got away with murder.

buckwheat (anonymous profile)
July 30, 2013 at 7:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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