Trayvon Martin's Legacy: Maybe Blacks Will Start Voting

Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke says African-Americans need to march to the polls on Election Day.

For more than two weeks, tens of thousands of African-Americans have been marching on public streets to demand justice for Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Miami Gardens teen killed by Sanford resident and overzealous neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. The marches have taken place from Los Angeles to Manhattan and from St. Petersburg to Little Haiti. They've included high school students, housewives, and professional activists. Yet when it comes time to march to the polls on Election Day, African-Americans are nowhere to be found. We can't continue taking to the streets to cry about our civil rights being violated when we are not exercising our right to vote.

That's the real injustice. By not voting, African-Americans end up with leaders who don't respect them as constituents. So you have elected officials — whether it's the state attorney, the mayor, or the governor — who cater to the segment of the population that voted for them. Rick Scott is in office today because his Tea Party supporters made sure to cast their ballots, while African-Americans stayed home. That's why black folks on welfare can't bitch about Scott fulfilling his campaign promise to drug-test them.

When I ran for county mayor last year, African-American voter turnout was very low, and the contest came down to choosing between two Cuban-American politicians. So I don't want to hear anybody complaining now that Mayor Carlos Gimenez is following through on his plan to privatize Project Head Start, the program that provides day-care services to low-income families in Liberty City and Overtown.

Up in Sanford, African-Americans stayed home when Seminole County State Attorney Norman Wolfinger was re-elected four years ago. Now they have a chance to vote him out of office, because he was the one who told the Sanford Police Department not to charge Zimmerman for killing the young man.

Instead of taking money to hold self-serving rallies, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson should be marching people to their local voter registration offices. The only way to stop injustices such as Trayvon Martin's killing is to march when it really matters. And that's on Election Day.

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RWFG
RWFG

Huh?

Consider 95% of blacks voted for Obama; it is quite clear they are voting, and along racial lines.

Could this article be anymore self-serving?

SOBE50
SOBE50

SORRY LUKE

The best Legacy for theTrayvon tradegy would occur if AL & JESSE and You ... would

start a real conversation in the Balck Community about Black on Black violence & killings ...

Where is Your or Al or Jesse's condemnation of the FACT that 90% of the killings of Blacks involve Black on Black violence ...

Everyday in major cities across the nation Blacks are killing Black without any outcry from

the "Leaders" of the Black community ...

Where are YOU ... where is YOUR voice about the recent DRIVE BY

that left 2 dead and many injured ? I have not seen you speak out ...

YOU have this forum to express your opinion ... well get it together ...

Work to make a diiference in your Community ... SPEAK UP and demand change

IDENTIFY THE REAL PROBLEM ... that would be the best Legacy for Trayvon

self hating muslim
self hating muslim

G-D bless George Zimmerman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!All black thugs must be put in jail for life without parole!!!!!You steal, you lose a hand.You kill, you lose your life.Stop rampant black crime, as they say in the 'hood, "by any means necessary!!!!!"

smash44
smash44

If the violent black murderers keep killing each other off at unprecedented rates there won't be no mo' niggas to vote for obamy anyway.

Mark
Mark

The real legacy of Trayvon Martin will be the millions made by his parents on trademarked T-shirt sales.

COCO
COCO

Oh, so that is why the NBC producer made Zimmerman and this case a "Hate Crime" against a black man. Thank you to the writer of this article who clarified the questions everybody is asking. Why an NBC producer will do something like that? Why the media keep showing the photo of a very much younger and innocent Treyvon? Why the president got involved in this when so many other black kids are being kill everyday?. Now we know, because this is an election year and the media and NBC are in bed with Obama, that's why. Because you all want to blow this out of proportion to make ALL THE BLACKS in this country move their creazy a#@ and vote in Novemember for Obama.

Now everything it's clear. Thank writer.

Ga
Ga

you are right on

Kentigians
Kentigians

racism will not go away. It is not designed that way. equality is not sharing power, it is taking power, which blacks are currently incapable of doing as observed in the trayvon, OJ and rodney king events. At best they will have more opportunities to loot. eventually all white people will leave black populated areas and they can fend for themselves. as soon as they stop shooting eachother.

SOBE50
SOBE50

SORRY LUKE

The best Legacy for theTrayvon tradegy would occur if AL & JESSE and You ... would

start a real conversation in the Balck Community about Black on Black violence & killings ...

Where is Your or Al or Jesse's condemnation of the FACT that 90% of the killings of Blacks involve Black on Black violence ...

Everyday in major cities across the nation Blacks are killing Black without any outcry from

the "Leaders" of the Black community ...

Where are YOU ... where is YOUR voice about the recent DRIVE BY

that left 2 dead and many injured ? I have not seen you speak out ...

YOU have this forum to express your opinion ... well get it together ...

Work to make a diiference in your Community ... SPEAK UP and demand change

IDENTIFY THE REAL PROBLEM ... that would be the best Legacy for Trayvon

Crapkiller
Crapkiller

Blacks should all vote if they have ID so there is no cheating. They should start their own party and vote for people who will properly represent them, not bribe them with promises that never are fulfilled. They need enterprise zones, excellent charter schools, great trade schools, and opportunity to succeed. They sure as hell will not get this from the democratic party who wishes to enslave the black vote. Blacks have to take care of themselves, their families, and their neighborhoods to earn economic success and respect from every race.

Robert
Robert

way to go Uncle Luke!!!!!!

allen
allen

I don't care if they want to vote. I say if they have ID and they are who their suppose be and have the right to vote, let them vote.I've had to show ID for voting for the last 40 years and that's the way it has to stay. BRING YOUR ID!NO ID, YOU CAN NOT VOTE! NO CHEATERS!!!!!!!!!!

allen
allen

Trayvon has no legacy. He was a nice kid when he was 12 years old, at 17 he turned into a thug who tried to beat a craker up and got killed. Oh well, lifes a beach.

Chris
Chris

I only sometimes agree with Mr. Cambell but on this voting essay I am 100% on board!

macmaven
macmaven

Well Uncle Luke, where's your article regarding black on black crime in the Miami community? 15 year old girl was killed in her bed last night due to a drive by, and another drive by in the same neighborhood at a funeral last week, killing 2 and injuring 14. Not enough publicity for those two huh?

richrad
richrad

The other thing that bothered me was the fact that the media hijacked the whole story to suit their needs. Perfect example is this article attempting to connect this tragedy to voting for Obama to prevent this kind of thing from happening. That to me is inconsiderate and self serving.

richrad
richrad

This situation really bothered me. This guy Zimmerman had a right to protect himself however he should have been carrying a Taser not a handgun. He is not a cop only a neighborhood watch volunteer. Had this been the case Travon would still be alive. Because of Zimmerman's poor decision causing a death of a young kid I would like for him to learn a lesson and do some time. This way some justice is served and a lot of people are satisfied.

Donald Y
Donald Y

Bottom Line, Mr. Martin would be alive today if He would have kept his hands to himself. People need to learn that they can not Go-Off the wall and start hitting people, Here is an example. In the last six months in Broward County Florida there has been (5) Different Transit Bus Driver's attacked by Young Black Youth's and these drivers were all in there 50s and 60s in age. You can't tell me that every driver provoked these attacks. This is to all the Black Parents in this Country, Please Please talk to your Children about keeping there hands to themselves and teach them it's wrong to do that.

kirkslade
kirkslade

When is Obama going to say, "If I had a son, he would be just like Marion Barry"?

JodyFarns
JodyFarns

Maybe if Zimmerman had minded his own business .. nobody would've died that day.

O-H  I-O
O-H I-O

Sadly, in Florida it is too late. The politicians the African American community failed to go out and defeat have now passed the most aggregious voter suppression laws in the country. Jackson and Sharpton can't hold voter registration drives. That's now against the law.

kirkslade
kirkslade

A joke! You had a great leader in Malcolm X. He was killed by his people. (Read about X. Don't watch the movie). You chose Martin Luther King... A religious leader! A joke! You have a respected, well liked, and most importantly liked and accepted by the whites, leader in Bill Cosby. You kicked him out. You choose Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. When he finishes his term(s) as President, if Obama criticizes you, learn from it. Listen to him. He may be your last chance. Like him or not, Obama stands to be the best spokesman you have ever had. For a race of people not wanting to be stereotyped, you have done some incredibly stereotypically stupid things. Most importantly, don't listen to Luke!

kafantaris
kafantaris

To understand the Trayvon Martin vs. George Zimmerman case, you need to listen to the recorded phone call made by the neighbor to 911. The fatal shot is heard during this call. Merely listen to it. Then draw your own conclusions. No need for experts. No need for pundits. No need even for an open mind. Just listen to the haunting call. A transcript won’t do. It must be heard.Here it is: http://soundclick.com/share.cf...

Caucasian in The Hood
Caucasian in The Hood

Who are you and what have you done with Luke? This article was clearly not penned by him. It doesn't blame white people even once. Minority voting participation is a huge step toward equal representation as you say, but until the people realize what power they really can have over this country they will never seize it. If the changes made thru the polls were instantaneous, maybe more undereducated people would vote. Right now, they see the election results, but don't see it personally benefit them in any real-time manner, so they can't be bothered.

Ray
Ray

Wow..My respect for you as a human,as an artist and a deep political thinker is boundless.

macmaven
macmaven

How about being proactive and setting up black marches to eliminate black on black crime in the inner city, creating more solid family units in the black community, and eliminating the gangster stereotypes? Start with yourself and community before looking outward to change others.

coliseo
coliseo

Leading Afro-Americans to the polls will not get Sharpton and Jackson camera time but dividing Americans will.

VirgilCole
VirgilCole

"Instead of taking money to hold self-serving rallies, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson should be marching people to their local voter registration offices. The only way to stop injustices such as Trayvon Martin's killing is to march when it really matters. And that's on Election Day."===============================

I like how you say it was an "injustice" as if you know exactly what happened. As long as people think and act like you then there will never be any real debate or "equality" it's just one side against the other.

If it's proven that the kid attacked Zimmerman without provocation will you admit you were wrong? Or is it simply an "injustice" WHENEVER a Black man is killed, regardless of the circumstance?

You should be railing on the sycophants like Sharpton and Jackson. They are the ones inciting problems more than anyone else.

VirgilCole
VirgilCole

They already vote. How do you think Obama got elected in the first place. It sure wasn't because of his policies.

The thing to watch is to see of they come out again.

PK
PK

Maybe blacks should stop wearing hoodies and looking like thugs. Maybe blacks should pull their pants up and stop emulating inmates.Maybe blacks should get their butts in school and get educated.Maybe black fathers should stop being absent from their childrens lives.Maybe blacks should start being more responsible for their own actions and stop blaming others for their shortcomings.Maybe blacks should just grow up.

Margaret
Margaret

What can we do about this? I'm willing to help somehow. I'm from CT but I would volunteer my time to get people registered and to get them to vote on election day if something was organized.

Chas Holman
Chas Holman

For anyone that is interested….I am an audio guy..

I took the 911 call with the most audio informatiion regarding screams, compressed it, ran it at half speed and pitch corected it 100 percent.. even though it runs slower (just a tenth over half speed) anyone with an ear for music can tell not a note has been changed.. Digital affords you this luxury. In the analog days we had to physically slow the tape/medium down and you lose pitch and clarity.

Anyway, what I find most interesting is the ghastly scream at about 1:12 right after the final shot.\.

THIS AUDIO IS NOT ENHANCED per sey.. not like enhancing a photo.. the only enhancing has been to adust volume levels so you don’t hurt your ear listening to everything at relative volume levels.

There are a few swirling artifacts in this copy because I had to compres the wav file to a 128 kbps mp3 to fit on my page so you had a player to hear it on.. These artifacts are slight and will not distract.

The 911 call as you have never heard it before, draw your own conclusions. Listen for the scream after the shot.

http://soundclick.com/share.cf...

Again, draw your own conclusions, I am not here to change any minds tonight. This exorsize is just a way to access the call and hear things you would not of just listening to the raw recording.

kristinewt
kristinewt

united we stand, divided we fall.

kirkslade
kirkslade

It would have been better if you wrote that Luke, Al, and Jesse, should get into the ring and kill each other!

Robert
Robert

worry about white on white crime, the Catholic church and the Sanduskys...we'll handle this. your pedophiles are NOT being arrested. you should be concerned, unless of course, you like them in diapers too....

kirkslade
kirkslade

And maybe some houses would have been broken into...

America First
America First

Hey asshole, Zimmerman followed Trayvon. The dispatcher told Zimmerman not to follow him but he did anyway. So how could Trayvon ”attack Zimmerman without provocation” when Trayvon was the one being pursued? Prick!!!

kirkslade
kirkslade

But then they wouldn't be "Keeping it real".

Pendrake
Pendrake

And nothing is dividing us than this.

Big Media is was caught doctoring the 911 tape, using images (showing Martin's 12 year old picture, vs an easily obtained recent photo, using old pictures of Zimmerman in a orange jumpsuit). Big Media has a narrative and doesn't care about what happened, they want to paint a picture and start a pandemic... it's good for ratings.

macmaven
macmaven

You embarrassingly make my point. Instead of addressing the issue that I outlined, you choose to create your straw man fallacy. Doubt you know what that is, so feel free to look it up. You don't have the skill to debate a topic, and you want to take on the problem of black on black crime? Yeah, you got it all right.

VirgilCole
VirgilCole

If you were there why haven't you come forward to give your eyewitness account?

Oh you weren't there? Then how do you know what happened?

You may want to check your attitude and your cognitive skills champ.

Don't call someone an asshole and a prick if you are those things yourself. Didn't your foster momma teach you anything?

macmaven
macmaven

Can you try to be more ignorant?

VirgilCole
VirgilCole

Those are facts. Not something people with an agenda are interested in.

(you know, like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, parents who see a big payday from a lawsuit..etc.)

JodyFarns
JodyFarns

... hey dummy, what right does anyone have following another that hasn't done anything wrong ? All that's doing is looking for trouble ... and when he finds it, he kills the kid ??? What's wrong with that picture ?

JodyFarns
JodyFarns

... you're an idiot (unedited version) .. and probably always will be

VirgilCole
VirgilCole

Yeah, I know. It was posted as a reply to you by mistake.

Calm down.

Pendrake
Pendrake

If you read what I posted, you would see I AM POINTING OUT THEY EDITED THE 911 CALL!

Plus, I'm pointing out other examples on how the media is forcing a narrative and a judgment to the people, not the facts.

VirgilCole
VirgilCole

NBC? Really? You quote NBC for facts? Are you ignoring the FACT that they edited the 911 call to suit their needs?

Try again.

Pendrake
Pendrake

"Those are the facts"??? No they are not the facts.

NBC reported Zimmerman said "He looks like he's up to no good, he looks black". Zimmerman *NEVER* said that. He said:Z: "He looks like he's up to no good. It's like he's on drugs or something, just wandering around in the rain... looking at things"911 Dispatch: "Is he White, Black or Hispanic?"Z: "He looks black".

Doctored 911 tapes. The 12-year old picture shows a young kid, it evokes more sympathy for Martin. The "mug shot" of Zimmerman makes him look like a convict or ex-con (which he isn't). The events have been well orchestrated to draw you to a conclusion.

The police report was released yesterday. There were *SIX* witnesses on it.

Keep in mind the Duke Lacrosse case, where the media was pushing to convict the Lacrosse team... and DNA tests showed that NONE of them were guilty? The Media wants a race war. I want to have a block party and everybody is invited. Why can't we all just get along?

 
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