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A letter to George Zimmerman

Found on Facebook.

Dear George Zimmerman,

For the rest of your life you are now going to feel what its like to be a black man in America.

You will feel people stare at you. Judging you for what you think are unfair reasons. You will lose out on getting jobs for something you feel is outside of your control. You will believe yourself to be an upstanding citizen and wonder why people choose to not see that.

People will cross the street when they see you coming. They will call you hurtful names. It will drive you so insane some days that you'll want to scream at the top of your lungs. But you will have to wake up the next day, put on firm look and push through life.

I bet you never thought that by shooting a black male you'd end up inheriting all of his struggles.

Enjoy your "freedom."

Sincerely,

A black male who could've been Trayvon Martin

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We are not amused.

Thanks James...

Two very thought provoking posts....

Still suffering from

funky computer problems. My browser keeps closing pages and then reopening them, causing me to lose whatever I was working on. Very frustrating. It took me five tries to get that last blog posted. Does that sound like a virus?

England passes marriage equality!

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/britain-legalizes-gay-marriage-with-qu...

Britain Legalizes Gay Marriage With Queen’s Approval

LONDON (AP) — Britain has legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval.

It clears the way for the first gay marriages next summer.

In a Nutshell

"It takes a long time to build a house; it requires arduous patience: That's the majority of the population.

It takes minutes to burn a house down; it can be visually spectacular and only requires a match: That's the minorities that control the GOP."

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/17/has-the-g-o-p-gone-off-the-deep-end/?comments#permid=62

A perfect synopsis applied to the situation here in NC.

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR