Another post for Will Roberts' Weekly Telegram about the fallout from the Zimmerman verdict.
Stevie Wonder, Jay Z, Madonna and some other celebrities badly in need of some good publicity have decided to boycott performing in Florida until the "Stand your ground" law is repealed. This piece of legislation is a type of self defense law in which people have the right to defend themselves without having to evade or retreat from their attacker/s. Here's the problem with what Stevie and the other brilliant celebrities are proposing in regard to the Zimmerman verdict, and I quote from Wikipedia " The relevance of the stand-your-ground provision of the self-defense law to the Zimmerman case has been questioned, however, because Zimmerman claimed he was restrained at the time of the shooting and had no option to retreat. While George Zimmerman and his defense team did not use the "Stand your ground" defense during their trial and instead opted to use "Self Defense" as their official defense, Circuit Judge Debra Nelson's instructions to the jury included the statement that he had no duty to retreat as per Florida's stand-your-ground law.46]" " They want a law repealed that was not even used as a defense, did they read or listen to anything but the verdict? Florida is only one of 23 states that have this law, how much you want to bet they'll be performing in those other areas? Does ignorance and inconsistency go hand in hand now?
That's not all, Obama has firmly set himself on one side of the fence by saying that he could have been Trayvon and now protesters are chanting "we are Trayvon". Well after Trayvon lost his life, which is still tragic, a 13 month old infant was shot in the head and killed in Brunswick, GA by a teenager. The baby was white, the teen was a black kid trying to rob a white woman and when she didn't have any money, he shot her baby. I wonder if Obama would say he could have been this piece of filth? In fact, Obama could not have been either, he rarely spent time in North America. He was in Hawaii and abroad for a great deal of his life. He was never a "want to be thug", also, from all that we know about him, he did not try to rob white women and infants with a gun like a coward.
I actually agree in some respect that the stand-your-ground law should be looked at because some aspects of it are confusing. It seems though, that what these celebs and the President want is confrontation not communication. They have no respect for the Judicial process, "all we want is a fair trial", they lied, they wanted a predetermined outcome. They chant lies and intolerant rhetoric. This whole case has only been made to look at skin color, not facts or the smallest bit of understanding for the HISPANIC,NON-WHITE George Zimmerman.
Will Jesse Jackson, Obama or Jay Z ever see someone as just a human being and not what the color of their skin happens to be? I doubt it, they were not raised to see the human being first, instead of skin color first. Sorry Florida, no "Sir Duke" or " Ebony & Ivory" for you, soldier on somehow.
I will say that they have inspired me, I'm starting a boycott of my own. As a professional, internationally touring comedian, I will not perform in Chicago until the killing on the streets there stops. I've already got some other folks behind me on this and we're ready to make a change. I invite Stevie Wonder, Jay Z, Madonna and any other celebrities who want to really save some lives to join us. Until the thugs in Chicago lay down their guns and become productive citizens, the good folks there will not hear our jokes or sing our songs. Let's help clean up The Windy City and make it quick, I may be in Milwaukee soon and I'd like to add another city to the tour!