Lee Brown the Intellective

“The distinction between a simple living being and a spiritual being that is 'capax Dei', points to the existence of the intellective soul of a free transcendent subject".” My interests are varied and there is no limit to the things that are posted here – social issues, economics, politics, entertainment, etc! My approach is balanced and pragmatic, and I might not always present what is popular, but I will always try to present what is right. That is my definition of The Intellective!

The Curious Case of Trayvon Martin

June 2nd, 2012

I wanted to wait before I weighed in on the subject of Trayvon Martin. Not because I wanted to wait until all the facts were in, and certainly not until I had heard the uproar. I was waiting for the distractions to come. The distractions from the true issue at hand – not the killing of an un-armed youth, but the failure of the Sanford police in conducting a proper investigation.

Distraction number one: Joe Oliver. This was the easiest distraction and we should have spotted it a mile away. Once the media reported that it was a while man shooting a black teen, you knew Zimmerman’s defense team was going to trot out the token black man to tell other black folks that Zimmerman was not racist and that he has black people in his family. That went on for a week, and the socio-political pundits jumped right on the story and we went right along for the ride, bad mouthing Joe Oliver and his motives. Why does that matter?

Distraction number two: The New Black Panther Party. Every media outlet has made interviewing the NBPP at every turn. They claim to speak for black people. Unfortunately, I don’t actually know these folk that they represent. I heard one leader say that they were going to hunt Zimmerman down themselves. Two wrongs don’t make a right, but they DO make you stupid.

Distractions three through whatever: “What kind of holster was Zimmerman wearing?” Why? “We should boycott Orlando!” Why? “We should march!” Why? These are all distractions designed to direct our focus away from the real problem, and it was\, and is the failure of the Sanford police department to do their jobs. If they had conducted a proper investigation, we would know what type of holster Zimmerman was wearing. I still have not made the connection between what happened in Sanford with a boycott of Orlando. And what are we boycotting? Who knows? Boycotts do work, but when they were successful, they wee designed to give one group equal rights under the law. The Montgomery bus boycott worked because blacks, a.) Lived in the same part of town and were able to car pool, b.) Were of the same socio-economic class, and c.) Generally got along with each other. That enclave community no longer exists as folk can live wherever they want to. Boycotts are on old school response to new school problems.

All I am saying is that folk – both black and white – should be outraged at this tragedy, but that’s what it is, is a tragedy. And because of the ineptness of the Sanford police, Zimmerman will get his day in court, but don’t expect jail. This case, more than likely will be settled in civil court.

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The Curious Case of Trayvon Martin, Part Two

June 2nd, 2012

Yesterday, the most famous neighborhood watch captain in the world made bail. Yes, you read this correctly; George Zimmerman was released on a $150,000 bond in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Did you think that there would be another outcome? (In my Amy Poehler voice, Really)? Most people who are following this case closely saw this coming just as soon as Special Prosecutor Angela Corey decided she would make the decision on whether to charge Mr. Zimmerman, foregoing the need to convene a grand jury.  When Corey filed charges against Zimmerman, there was jubilation in the streets. Folks sang her praises to anyone who would listen! Ms. Corey was being touted as the second coming, or at the very least, the next occupant of Florida’s Governor’s Mansion. She could do no wrong because she was tough on crime. Yea, Angela!

Not so fast. Here we are a week later and now the tide has changed. Corey is being accused of not doing her job. Her supporters a week ago are saying that she should not have LET Zimmerman make bail. I think it is hilarious how people would want to change the judicial process to fit their needs.

Really?

First of all, Corey had no control over whether or not bail was set. That power belongs to the judge, who has the discretion to do what he sees fit. Though this has the makings of another summer murder trail, al la O.J. and Casey Anthony, this is no more than a wrongful death case. While I will say this again, what happened to Trayvon was a tragedy, but proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that Zimmerman acted with malice, will be next to impossible to prove. Under those circumstances, how could any judge deny bail to someone who was not charged for weeks, was not arrested on the night of Martin’s death, and who turned himself in when charges were finally filed?

Now I’m in my Seth Myers voice: Really??

Finally, don’t expect this case to be tried in the media, depending upon which new outlet you get your update from. This trial – if it even goes to trial, which I doubt will happen –will have more twists and turns than a mountain highway. We should know by this fall whether George Zimmerman will be convicted for the murder of Trayvon Martin. Until then, sit back and be prepared for WHEVER happens, up to and including a possible acquittal.

Blogging While Lee Brown (C) 2012

Lee Brown the Intellective

“The distinction between a simple living being and a spiritual being that is 'capax Dei', points to the existence of the intellective soul of a free transcendent subject".” My interests are varied and there is no limit to the things that are posted here – social issues, economics, politics, entertainment, etc! My approach is balanced and pragmatic, and I might not always present what is popular, but I will always try to present what is right. That is my definition of The Intellective!