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Tonight Chaka Khan sat down with Piers Morgan to bring more attention to the Trayvon Martin case. Khan has strong feelings about the case and the way missing or murdered children are covered in the media. "We are sick and tired in America of seeing little children lost and children gone missing and they never make the 9 o'clock or the 5 o'clock news," Khan says.
Khan is ready to see things change in the investigation. "It's crazy that this man has not been looked at, taken into custody. I don't care who his father is."
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Trayvon Martin case is a true tragedy. However, is Chaka Khan the best we can do as a spokesperson? She has trouble forming a sentence on air. Please find some who can articulatly represent this issue. Thanks.
Its funny that you would make a remark about CHAKA KHAN and her statement or how she articulated her point! I don't see your cowardly tail on TV articulating about the problems at hand, Get a life and stop hating on CHAKA KHAN! She fights and provides for CHILDREN and WOMAN in need in the area of HOUSING, EDUCATION , AUTISM and BATTERED WOMAN.....
Doug – Your comments are unfortunate. The issue isn't about who will is the best spokesperson. The issue is about the murder of this young man. FOCUS, Doug. FOCUS. And be a part of the solution like Chaka. Put forth something positive regardless of how it is articulated.
Doug. If you find what Chaka Khan says to be the speech of one who has trouble forming a word, then you must have trouble listening. I love hearing her, it is so nice to hear a sensible woman on television, who does not seem to be as many proffessionals of the television do, your avon lady calling, she has a deeper voice than most women on television and what she says is sesnsible and measured, maybe you feel menaced by a woman who does not make a fool of herself. She does women credit and keeps to the forefront the fact that it is not just proffessionals who have a head on their shouldiers, which is not to say that all none proffessionals are worth listening to, just as not all proffessionals, on television, are worth listening to. I love the way Piers gives a chance for people who aren"t proffessional to talk on serious topics, singers and such, not all of them come off well but a lot do and showing off the abilities of all sorts of people, not just your great expert is good, it reduces intelllectual snobbery and puts things in their place, it stops people from getting too arrogant about the abilities of others. When people never have to listen to a great variety of people talking seriously, they start to believe that others are twits anhd when I say variety, I mean from a variety of groups, when you listen to a great variety of people talking from one group you dont learn much that is new or to have a balanced idea of how lots of different types of groups are. Piers puts people through their paces all of their paces instead of upholding prejudices by giving un-university people very little chance to shine on more profound topics, which is a normal way of upholding the status quo, through a lie, by hedging people in and so stopping them from shining, If you can prove that others have no judgement you can prove that you should have the upper hand so lots of people go out an out to prove others have bad judgement, it keeps them in their place. rose mmacaskie madrid.
Im so glad that a Diva like Chaka Khan is speaking out on what happened to that young man, and in this world it don't make sense that people misuse their authority in their judgement! DId the skittles look like a weapon? Or was his skin color the real issue, it just don't make make sense that people are still racist in this world!
@Doug – It's funny that someone who can't spell "articulately" correctly should criticize Chaka's alleged inability to form sentences on air.
Chaka Kahn is a spokeswoman? Her 25 year old son was arrested for murder. He killed a 17 year old boy. According to his testimony, and Chaka's, they were wrestling over a high-powered rifle and it, strangely, fired itself.
Her son was not convicted. Wonder why?
Why didn't Piers ask her about the murder?
Come on @piersmorgan – Chaka Khan is your ambassador for #trayvonmartin? Other than her new video to revive her career, what's her connection???
Chaka was a black activist in her days
Liberty, I agree, but I sometimes get into one of my H.L. Mencken "black flag" moods.Rick, great to hear from you! Yes, sesocsien is always a consideration in my mind as well. America seems on its way to something never considered by its Founders and I am not at all sure I want to go along for the ride!
Your an Idiot! She doesn't have to revive her career because her career never went anywhere! .... 10 Grammy's 3 American Music Awards, 120 million records sold...... She has more awards than can be named ! 6 homes....... When you have achieved what she has and still be as prevalent these days as she is then you can talk, but until then go crawl under a rock
Everyone is out raged about the killing of children, no matter the color of the skin. We have a black president and this still goes on. Is it just about racism? Or is it more about the lack of education and the sale of drugs? Legalize drugs and take the $$ out of the profession might be something for us to look at. Let's get these kids to focus on a different career – rather than drug sales. It happened during prohibition. The head of the top Mexican cartel has actually thanked us for "say no to drugs": it's made him VERY rich.
Is not the big problem that everyone is not raged out about the killing of children, that only a few are and more so when it is black youths gettign killled. Is not it normal for big sections of society to decide the young teenagers are big and strong and menacing, to be afraid of them instead of protective towards the young. I had a friend who looked on the young skate boarding in a public square as if they were dangerous, just because they were fairly strong and did not wear suits and they were white young and people are a little less afraid of white young and she was not eighty, she was just in her thrities, with a thirteen year old son herself. When people are very cowardly, then they are likely to become a danger to others, their too great fear of young men makes them into the danger for these young men. rose macaskie madrid
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Funny how there is criticism of Chaka Khan who has the courage and intelligence to speak out about this disturbing trend of black men being killed with no real punishment for the perpetrators. Taking digs at her shows how petty and clueless people are about the real issues.
Way to ask the right questions Piers. You just left out a couple of obvious ones. First let me say that, yes, the killing is a tragedy and I hope we can get to the bottom of it.
But despite your obvious distain for gun, and not understanding why there’s a law that allows citizens to carry fire arms, you just skipped right over Chaka Khan’s comment about her son that carries a gun. This was right after you made the comment about how you could not believe that George Zimmerman could be allowed to carry a gun. Did you think to ask why her son carries a gun? Do you happen to know that there’s such a thing as a ‘conceal and carry law’? Do you know that most law abiding citizen that choose to carry a gun must go through a class and are taught the laws and the responsibilities associated with carrying a firearm? Do you think that maybe the reason law abiding citizens take the time to go through this training is because there are a lot of criminals, with guns, that could care less about going to a class and learning the laws. You also skipped right over the comments about what is happening in the black community and Chaka Khan’s comments regarding so many young black children being killed, her family having to move because of all the violence. Did you ever think to ask who was doing all the killing? Is there a chance that blacks are killing blacks in those neighborhoods—during all these ‘drive by’s’. I’m pretty sure that a bunch of white guys aren’t driving through the black neighborhoods on a regular basis—10 a month according to Ms. Khan. But without the right questions being asked, you just left it with the implication that it is all the white establishments fault. You left it with the implication that it’s everyone else’s fault but the black communities.
Did you ever think to ask when the black community is going to start cleaning up their own house and taking responsibility for their own actions and stop blaming everyone else? It’s a pretty important question that no one seems to want to ask.
Did you ever think to ask why the black community, if they are not interested in the “white man’s law”, what they are going to do about ‘law’ in their own communities? Please start asking the obvious questions.
Do you think that maybe there is a law that you can carry a firearm to defend yourself because there is the perception in the black community that there is a “white law”. Not my words, but Ms. Khan’s.
Do you think that maybe there is a reason that people should be afraid and feel like they need to carry guns to protect themselves when we live in the world that we do.
Heart breaks for Trayvon and his family ... But come on Chaka sounds like shes either on drugs or drunk in this interview and totalty lacks credibility . You're reaching the bottom for people to interview and the victim deserves a much more credible voice ...
And you sound like your crazy and suck a mean one........
You and Chaka can't grasp the stand your ground law???? That is because neither of you probably have ever had to walk down a dark crime ridden street your entire life, or had to leave your job to walk home and deal with thugs or gang members that run loose on Americas streets. You know why its a racist issue, because of the media everything is over sensationalized and everything has to be black or white blah blah the news causes a lot of race problems ans so do these activist and race groups who get everyone all worked up to justify their exsistance.
I see there's a lot of stupid people on here making stupid comment's ! Chaka khan is from the Ghetto and was a black panther and use to carry a gun in those days! so she definitely knows what she's talking about.... stop being a hater idiot
Chaka, walk a mile in your shoes??? Are you drunk, and CNN are you high having her on your show....I love your programs but come on this is getting old make money from something else how about Syria you telling me no more news there??? Chaka or Syria???
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I am crazy. My son has a gun...please don't shoot too many people.
Why is there no uproar over 2 black youths pouring gasoline over a white youth,setting him on fire and saying "because you're white". Is it because whites are used to being attacked by black kids all the time
that it is not news , or is because that Mr. Obama did not call the parents.
the problem is not who attack who the problem is how the stanfod police agency handled this case. They did not folow the right protocol. they should have arrested george zimmerman and interview him, drug test him instead they did toxicology on dead body. that why there is an outrage. Remember this case is not any different than any other. the reason why blacks are upset is becsuse they did not want to arrest the killer and they were less concerned because trayvon is black. If it was a black man who shot a teenage white boy he could be in custody now and probably get a life in prison whithout parole.
the police did arrest zimmerman that night. read the police report. they handcuffed him, took him to the station and questioned him. they also questioned 6 witnesses at the scene. i'm sorry the media isn't reporting the truth. it's sad really that so many are willing to capitalize on a tragic situation instead of reporting the truth.
Try apologizing for the always and forever white on black crime that has and still does take place in this country...why do white people always act like their hands are clean...even in their own communities?
Check the facts. The number of black on black crimes dwarfs the number white on black crimes.
Wow Piers! Way to go on keeping the white against black fight going! Even when your reporter on the scene reports what has been presented to him,you spin it as best you can! The bottom line is a person who kills anyone should be investigated under the full extent of the law! Good for you and the ratings though!
OMG! Piers your a sick racist and you should be FIRED for your racist rant. If chacka is all you can find to tell lies for you your sick.
Chaka just said 10 kids a day getting shot in Chicago, by who?? Ask Chaka what the number one killer of black men 17 to 25, ask her!! the answer is black men that is the cause they kill each other. Come on CNN how about a boy was killed an american boy by another american plain and simple doe it matter what color they were??? No it does not someone is dead and the other guy is in trouble and there is a lot of sad people, and the medias rating are going up by showing so they are making money...God Bless america!!
A national racial debate in the election year??? Noooo!! Please! Think about the consequence of your out of controlled Anger. Consider the many companionate profiled voters which were the deciding factor in placing OBAMA in the White House as the first African American President. Question, shall we place our Hispanic, White Brothers and Sisters on TRIAL in the form of Mr. Zimmerman? HOW SO??
Well, Mr. Zimmerman is mixture descendant Hispanic and Caucasian. In this situation many Blacks are voicing their hatred and opinion without regards for these supporters saying they have allowed death and mayhem to be perpetrated upon innocent African Americans once again. Although I feel the PAIN in all of this, I understand the power of an Avalanche, in this case a Racism Avalanche. The Malcolm X (BLACK PANTHERS) mood being whipped into frenzy will no doubt cause sympathetic kind hearted WHITE Americans as well as Hispanic American to be doubtful about voting for OBAMA in a second term.
Think about it...would you as an OBAMA supporter enjoyed being call a RACIST because of a senseless murder you had nothing to do with? I am a Black Man who can comprehend the fallout behind all of this. I am not without remorse here!! There have Been many senseless killing of our Black Children. I happen to feel that this President if given the chance will be the only President to seriously in dept deal with all race issues.
Black people Please!! Let’s be intelligence, don’t let Reverend Wright in the form of this tragic atrocity derail President OBAMA election. Let's give our patience to a system that is currently being overhauled to include our pains. It’s a slow process but change is here. We are a compassionate society and if we allow for patience.. Racism will soon be no more.
Don't worry the radical left wing media (Piers Morgan) will hand the republicans the win. When Obama put his 2 cents in on this trayvon case he showed the world just how petty and small he really is and how he has shamed the office of this great country for 3 years now. The only thing Obama hasn't destroyed is his golf clubs. The big question is what has Obama really done for his country? What's a shame is 85% of the people that vote for him can't tell you why they vote for him or what he's done for this country. That's Sad man.
This is truly sad. I have to agree with many of the above..that in addition to the issue of this senseless murder...there is also the issue that is not shown in the media...and that is blacks killing blacks. That is the real issue!!
This is not only a "black" tragedy, but a tragedy for all of us.
This man obviously has anger problems and add to this the "cop wanna a be" personallity, gives us this kind of outcome.
This man should be arrested and prosicuted to the fullest extent of the law. We cannot allow people like this to be allowed to feel that they may be protected under the law when they can take this kind kind of action into their own hands. THIS IS MURDER!!!
It's sad what happend, but that man is not a white male, he is hispanic. Anyone can see that. Why is it always a black and white thing? The Black Panthers can say anythiig, go anywhere and do anything and nothing happens. What would happen if another group, such as the KKK, Nazi's, and ect. would have made a coment like that.All hell would have broke out! I have both white and black people in my family and this race card needs to stop. The law is the law, the truth needs to come out, but everyone needs to step back before things get way out of control. Children and people are dying everyday over stupid stuff like what happend to that 13 year old boy and what happend to that woman from Iran, and this with Trayvon. Enough is enough! I didn't like what I saw in you tonight in the enterview. It makes me question if CNN is inpartail?
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Piers, for goodness sake, it's embarrassing that you repeatedly state things that are just mistaken.
Zimmerman was arrested on the night in question. According to the police report, he had blood on his face and the back of his head, his back was wet and had grass stains as if he had been on the bottom, he was given first aid, handcuffed and taken to the police station for questioning. Also, the police report identifies 6 witnesses and states that the witnesses were interviewed. Note that the police report reflects that the offense under investigation was homicide. At the end of the day, after the investigation, the police apparently determined that it was self-defense and released Zimmerman.
So please stop saying that Zimmerman wasn't even arrested. that it patently untrue.
Piers, please! We watch your show because you come from a country that values one's ability to articulate thoughts and ideas in logical and clear English. Doing so must be a prerequisite for having one's ideas publicly broadcast. Now you bring this Shaka woman on? Seriously? There was a comedy team (Reiner & Brooks) in the 60s who did interviews that spoofed a subject's inability to articulate (The 2000 Year Old Man), and now we seem the same low level of basic English served up as a serious interview! Ms Khan is inarticulate to the point of being almost unintelligible (she will doubtless now think I've labelled her as lacking intelligence). Please give us some guests who made it past eight grade English.
THANK YOU, CHAKA, for having the courage to speak from the heart and say how you feel. Too many wannabe stars forget they are men, women, citizens too...
And, hey, Piers Morgan, work on the credibility of your reporting! Your reporter guy advanced claims, made by the Zimmerman camp, like they're fact. Please. What is needed here is a comprehensive, transparent investigation. The status quo of the Trayvon case is what it is because Sandford PD did NOT do this.
Our heart bleeds for Trayvon Martin and his family.
Why was the brutal killing of Alfredo Tello Jr ( age 19 ) by Samuel Sheinbein never tried in US courts? This murder took place in Maryland. Will George Zimmerman be flying away from United States like Samuel Sheinbein? Why is Justice an empty word?
Google or Bing: Alfredo Tello Jr and Samuel Sheinbein or look up on Murderpedia
Turn the tables, last month in Spokane Washington and White guy taking care of a friends house was killed by a black teen after he tried to go next store to break up a loud party at the house he was watching. I did not see the white groups coming out and having a march against black and CNN covering the story HOW COME!!!!! Do you see the problem here. Who are these New Black Panthers?? They say they are military, of what??? Nothing but a group of trouble makers if they don't recognize the US Goverment or like it then get the F out. This is why its good to live in the Mountains with no thugs and lots of people with guns.
I hear what you are saying John and I can totally understand your frustration, but as a young Black man in my 30's I think I can respond to your statement in a way that may give some clarity to what you are feeling and questioning. Its very tragic the young man you speak about was killed and his life was no less important than Trevon's. Let me make that very clear. But I have to say, I'm curious, why you mentioned the story, but you did not speak of the outcome. I must admit, I'm not familiar with the story you speak of John. However I'm inclined to believe the young Black man who was responsible for killing that young White man was quickly arrested and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And if not, a thorough investigation is being conducted to make sure those responsible are brought to justice. It doesn't seem we can compare these two stories fairly. That didn't happen in Trevon's case and THAT is why so many people and groups are in such an uproar. There are many details about this case that are emerging that are damaging to both Trevon and Mr. Zimmerman but there is one point that many people clearly overlook. In the phone call that Mr. Zimmerman made to the police, they clearly asked him if he was following Trevon and he responded that he was. They informed him they didn't need him to do that. Without even going into what racial slur he may or may not have said, he was told not to follow this young man. He would never have had any of the alleged injuries or felt his life was in danger had he followed instructions and allowed the police to do their job. He took matters into his own hands and cost this young man his life and left a family grieving. He perpetuated whatever happened there and clearly should have been arrested and charged. I don't care about the Black or White issue. I care about right and wrong. He was clearly wrong in chasing this young man and as a direct result of his actions, an unarmed 17 yr old boy lost his life and Mr. Zimmerman is responsible. Yet he is a free man. We can go on and on about Black on Black crime, Black on White crime and vise versa. None of that has anything to do with this particular case. This man was clearly wrong and he just happens to be a White Hispanic and Trevon was Black. You are seeing the uproar and groups coming out calling for action because its a situation where Mr. Zimmerman was clearly wrong, it does appear he was given preferential treatment. Mr. Zimmerman had no right to chase that young man. When he did, like Mr. Zimmerman, Trevon had the right to defend himself too. But Trevon didn't have a gun. Mr. Zimmerman put himself in harms way by chasing Trevon after being told not to. Mr. Zimmerman had a choice. He could do the right thing, or the wrong thing. He chose the latter and he should have been arrested. Trevon clearly didn't have a choice or option. He wasn't even armed. I hope that what I'm saying sheds some light into what you are questioning. Anything that deals with race is often a heated discussion, but as educated young adults, we should all be able to voice opinions and concerns and hopefully come up with clear and fair solutions. That's what forums like this are for.
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So much bitterness and hatred around this issue. Thank God Chaka and others are standing up to say that Trayvon Martin's life mattered. I salute you, Chaka, for joining the national debate. You expressed what many of us sitting at home watching feel in our hearts. His death is senseless. Thanks, Piers, for having Chaka on your show. She epitomizes how one person can make a difference.
It's not just black parents upset it's all parents should be. A person should be able to walk down the streets without getting shot for having candy. Say he wasn't black or the both were black......when you take away their races.....a 240 pound man, who called the police 46 times in the last 13 months for people being in his neighborhood, was watching a 140 pound kid, then chased this kid....even after an officer on the phone told him not to, then started a confrontation with this kid, then shot this kid in his heart at close range, killing him, on the streets. Then the police show up, and the one with the gun is not handcuffed, not arrested, not investigated, not charged, not drug tested, not made to blow for an alcohol test, not questioned.......just sent home......for what more bullets? A law is sited that a person doesn't have to back down......is that law only for Zimmerman....the 911 call shows clearly that zimmerman was the aggressor. It was a senseless murder and the officer didn't do his job and the chief didn't do their job, when they found out about it, take away their races and honestly consider what happened. And the 8 calls to 911 show that the kid tried to fight him off, and then ran from him again.....and screamed for help., before he was murdered in cold blood. Justice for .
It is indeed a tragedy of what happened to Martin, and my heart and condolence goes out to a terrible loss and their family.
However, I was quite shocked of how inarticulate and unorganized Chaka was on the interview. All I got out of was that "this is crazy" "it's gotta stop" and "I love all children".
Time on CNN was a crucial window of opportunity for someone to truly speak out about the injustice that was dumped on Martin and their family...from the faulty justice system, racial discrimination, and unethical and unreasonable protocols (or the lack of) by the DPS. It was a chance for someone (who can actually articulate) to raise awareness about this issue. I cannot hide my disappointment in having her as a guest.
"They killed my son, and now they are trying to kill his reputation," Who are they? I remember some half hispanic half caucasian named Zimmerman shot Tayvon. I am pretty sure none of the millions and millions and millions of caucasians in the 50 states wanted to or did any harm to Trayvon so why is Tayvon's mom and dad saying or implying we had something to do with his senseless and tragic death, I am on their side as is 95% of caucasians in America and we believe Mr. Zimmerman should be charged with murder. I don't see them saying all black people killed those 2 british tourists in florida or all black people killed those 2 college student in Mississippi... Why can't Trayvon's death just be a random act by a stupid wannabe cop instead of trying to make it in to a race war? caucasians are not the enemy of black people it's the racists like Al Sharpton and his friends and followers that make up hate crimes who is the real enemy!
The parents have a right to be upset and rightfully so. This young man could have been our son of any color. The double standards need to end and justic needs to be addressed. Is George Zinnerman in United States ? This case reminds me of the killing of Alfredo Theo ( 19 year old Latern American ) by Samual Sheinbbein. Samual Sheinbbein was not arrested for this brutal killing and flew to Israil with the help of his lawyer father. The killing took place in 1987 and justice was never served by Maryland law why ? ? ? Why did the police not arrest Zinnerman ?
Piers, I had to change channels during your program. Both you and Chaka Kahn began discussing "stand your ground" and I was amazed with where the discussion went. Both of you shook your heads and stated that you couldn't understand the reasoning behind such a law. Really!? Prior to stand your ground a victim was required to retreat when confronted. If at any time the victim stopped retreating from the assailant then the victim was breaking the law. A rather interesting situation don't you think? As a hypothetical example, a business person is behind the counter of their store. A thug enters the store brandishing a gun with the intent of robbing the store. Under the requirement to retreat the business owner is required to run from the store and keep running if the assailant pursues. If at any time the business owner can not continue to retreat and has to stand their ground, such as running into a closed alley with no where to run, the business owner has now broken the retreat law is will be held liable for any injuries the assailant receives. In simpler terms, if the business owner decided to defend themself he/she could be sued by the assailant or in such a case by the assailants surviving family for injuries or death. Thus the victim would be victimized twice, once by the assailant and then again by the courts. I might remind you that a civil case is not held to the same standards as a criminal case. As you stated "stand your ground" was a ridiculous law, thus I must assume that you are OK with the victim of a crime not only losing the contents of their business to an assailant; but also risking the possibility of losing their home, their cars, all other possessions, as well as their reputation because they chose to defend themself.
I held you in high regard for many years because of your intellect and ability to delve straight into the heart of the matter. Last night you left me greatly disappointed, and so I changed the channel to a competing news channel.
Chaka Khan did a great job of establishing the much needed concern for young people and there futures. Her expression for getting a handle on this disgrace of human actions against one another was loud and clear. I can only hope that more celebrities would stand up and speak out for the love and pease that should be going on in this country. I found Chaka to be articulate and strong minded on this issue. Good work Chaka ! keep it up
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What I do not understand is how is how Zimmerman's Lawyer is trying build a case on Trayvon Martin getting into a fight with a man who continued to follow him after the police told Zimmerman to stop following Trayvon. If Zimmerman was not trying to be a hero, Travon would be alive and the world would not be hating on him. Oh and Zimmerman shot Trayvon in the back. Zimmerman is such a coward.
If this had of been some stupid rapper or Beyonce, all of you criticizing Chaka would be standing up applauding. I'd rather Chaka be a spokesperson for the community than some gangster rapper or some over-exposed, media-hog diva looking for more exposure.
However, I do agree with some of you as far as why are people so outraged over this murder when blacks murder other blacks for no reason every single day? I live in a city where the bodies of two black women were just found, buried in shallow graves. They were murdered by a black man who didn't want them to testify against him. The community has failed to get outraged over that. So there is definately a double standard when it comes to this type of thing.
Personally, I'm not criticizing anyone... I just questioned Piers choice of guests to have on his show to 'highlight' this incident.
I see a couple of things: I don't know the facts (most of us don't); all we know is the hyper-excited hyperbole that shows like Piers and others are fanning the flames for. I do feel a travesty has happened that a 17 yo human is dead for 'apparently' cutting through a neighborhood on his way home. We can all speculate as to the motive or means of Zimmerman, but again, the most we know is what the media is feeding us...
The fact is, the state of Florida has a law that allows an individual to 'stand your ground' without fear or persecution...It's the law – like it, hate it..it's the law of the land. I PERSONALLY supported the law, however this very scenario has brought to light a situation where the law enforcement hands are (apparently) tied.....
My fundamental problem here is the media trying to be judge and jury...The way questions are asked, the indignant nature opposing thoughts are dismissed...the subtle (or not) agreement when the ESSENCE of the issue is tied to something non-relevant...JUST TO KEEP the flames flying...
@PiersMorgan – why not answer people's questions as to WHY Zimmerman was not arrested? WHY not ask Chaka Khan why her son feels the need to carry a gun? WHY not have a discussion why the Sanford FL Police Department 'apparently' has a history of glossing over issues involving police actions involving blacks? EVEN have the audacity to question why the parents are saying 'They killed my son....", "now they are trying to kill his reputation..." Who is They??
Ask the Black Panthers..........'Why are you there?" Ask the Citizens of Florida – WHY did this law get passed? Explore the notion of HOW to repeal the law...............HELL do ANYTHING except fan the flame of hate....
WE the People of the United State (white, black, hispanic, asian, etc) are getting tired of it....we really are....
From some of these posts, it's obvious that IGNORANCE is alive in this country. Chaka cares deeply for children and like a lot of us, was affected by this tragedy. She cares. If you ignorant people have a problem with that, then go suck an egg. All of you need Jesus.
The fact of the matter is had Zimmerman followed the instructions given to him when he called the police that young man would still be alive and we would not be having this conversation nor would Chaka Khan and others feel compelled to speak out. Even more disturbing are the words Zimmerman muttered under his breath that enhanced technology has revealed. Any benefit of the doubt we might have given him was lost upon hearing those words. Zimmerman was the clearly agressor and crossed the line. His poor judgment led him to take a life. He has to live with that and take that to his grave. I hope this tortures him everyday for the rest of his life!
For those who did not like what Chaka was saying or the way she said it, you had an option to turn the channel. If you watch the interview just to post a negative comment or to criticize her, your motive was evil from the beginning. Chaka Khan said everything they caring person would say. Racism is still alive in 2012 and for one's who think it doesn't are only fooling themselves. IF you don't believe that racism is alive read some of the above comments.
blaming the hero, such twisted logic. facts though, if the punk was not out casing the neighborhood, and not attacked Zimmerman, he would be alive today.
You are a racist idiot blaming the victim that obviously shares the same racist paranoia that led Zimmerman to chase and murder a young unarmed Black man who was simply visiting his father - not "casing the neighborhood." Shame on you. Thanks to dump people like you, racism is alive and well. Hopefully those who value human life will make sure that Zimmerman goes to jail for murder.
Piers, Chaka Khan was a great guest to have much better than dragging out this wannabe in the spotlight reporter who was not a witness to the incident nor does he know the facts defending his friend's murderous behavior. You're really scraping the bottom of the barrel. Why not get the investigator who recommended arresting Zimmerman and the girlfriend who was speaking to Trayvon right before he was shot. These people could shed some light on what actually happened. Not someone just saying they believe their friend and can't answer any of your questions.
Wow as usual white America is in denial but don't worry evenually people of color not just Blacks will give you what you don't want a clear vision of what the world is really like. You will understand that we all are human beings, we all bleed red blood and you will not always have the upper hand in this country or others. Your fantasy of superiorty is ending and the world is watching every move white America makes. Chaka Khan has been envovled in children issues since her teen years and now has a foundation which provides assistance for women & children in need including autism awareness so when being critical of her what are you doing for your community? Nothing right! All children Black or other should be treated the same however when you come out of a cave you must be taught manners. Understand that our people come from great nations and nobody white taught us how to act we learned bad behaviors from our con quoers and many of us have rejected those behaviors. All Blacks are not wild and crazy running the streets killing eachother and ask yourself who provides those guns and drugs? So go on with your confused bull about your great white society, if you want to make a real statement help those communities you refer to better. Great job Chaka and others who try to make this world a better place, haters shut up and help make our America better!
This is a tragedy in itself. What would have happened if a black teenager shot another black teen-it never makes national news. In my town, Youngstown, Ohio-pick up the news here everyday and you will see this happen but what makes me sick is that white people here are afraid to go out in their own neighborhoods at night because of the black crime rate. This was a beautiful city and we still have aso much to brag about but the west side of Youngstown was the only place to call home since the other side have been ong taken over by black gangs. Now it is coming to the only side left and it is so sad when your neighbors tell you not to go to our main street at night. The crime rate has tripled in the last few years. Also, look at our news. A black teen ager killed an 80 year old woman in her catholic church parking lot to take a few dollars from her. Two black teens are on trial now for killing a white man and causing his wife to lose her leg and they were coming from the same church. They were shot because of mistaken idenity.One black gang after another black gang so you tell me what is wrong here. Send Mr.Sharpton and his cronies to Youngstown and see what we are facing. It happens ever single day and night. I don't have a gun but should learn to use one to protect myself. I am too old to move and our house has declined in value because of Youngtown and the economy. Why don't you send someone here and see what we are facing. I have black friends who I adore but the majority are hoodlums and gangsters and take over everything. Just an added note-my children enjoyed our neighborhood pool for years and at a certain point some years ago, the white kids were told to stay away by black youth -white kids quit going.....where is the justice. Black parents need to teach their children the laws and respect-then maybe they will get respect from us.
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