Watched a show I enjoy this evening called "Major Crimes" on TNT and it was about a 13 year old transsexual that had transitioned and was presenting and living as a girl. She is terrorized by a nasty bully and is murdered by someone. I will not give away the plot but the show was well done and quite provocative.
The empathy displayed by Lt. Provenza is done well and the manner in which they handle the dichotomy of views and opinions of children like this is provoking and well done. For those interested it will be repeated for sure next Monday at 8 PM EST but is available at other times and is repeated often enough on TNT.
Finally got a chance to watch the movie "42" this evening late and it lived up to its reviews and then some. For those not in the know it is about Jackie Robinson the first black player in Major League Baseball and his importance to both integrating baseball and beginning the process of ending the stupidity of segregation cannot possibly be understood by those of us that are white.
I remember my Grandfather, a civil rights advocate very early on, saying Jackie Robinson was one of the bravest men that ever put on a uniform in any sport. The movie has baseball in it but is as much a study of this amazing man and Branch Rickey the Dodgers owner and the incredible struggle and horrendous and vitriolic treatment Robinson withstood with more grace and integrity than is describable. An absolute must see movie.
I don't like getting involved in public cases but I must comment on the Trayvon Martin case and it is only my opinion. I followed it on television since I am retired and I do not understand the need for guns in the hands of people that have no clue. The evidence was so poorly presented that the jury had little choice but to acquit. It was a stupid case of He said and he said only the young black kid, Trayvon, was not there to give his side.
The portrayal of Zimmerman as white was sill and used to race bait by certain people, Sharpton is one, whose only reason for existence is exploitation of racism. The FBI investigated and after 36 witnesses said they could see no racism involved. The only person who truly knows is Zimmerman and he is not going to talk.
Zimmerman should never have gotten out of his car which is what started the chain of events that led to the death of a 17 year old young black male. It is beyond tragic in my humble opinion because if Zimmerman had not exited his car like the 911 operator told him not to do none of this would have happened. The state over-charged Zimmerman and basically had no case for 2nd degree murder or even manslaughter because it came down to a self defense case which is odd because this was a fistfight that ended up with a gun and somehow that is one-sided in my opinion.
If they had included involuntary manslaughter I firmly believe they would have convicted him of that although the incompetence of the prosecution was beyond bad. When your witnesses turn out better for the defense then you have a problem because the jury must find one guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt" which the prosecution did not prove.
It gives one an empty feeling because Zimmerman created the confrontation and there were no consequences for shooting a 17 year old. Somehow it seems unfair and I do not buy the premise his life was in danger because it makes the assumption that Trayvon would have beaten him to death with his fists. Getting your ass kicked because you started something doesn't mean you shoot them.
Maybe the family will get some solace in civil court where Zimmerman has to testify but none of it will bring Trayvon Martin back.
There have been demonstrations after the Zimmerman acquittal and I understand the frustration but I would like to ask Al Sharpton and his ilk something. Why aren't you demonstrating in Chicago where 50 black people were murdered over the July 4th weekend? Those are casualties one would expect in the Afghan war several years ago. These were gang related and black on black murders or possibly Hispanic-black gang related.
Why is this carnage acceptable in Chicago. Is it because the democratic party does not want to harm its base? It is worse in Chicago today than it was back in the time of Capone and Prohibition which should terrify someone but it seems to be sloughed off as business as usual and if questioned the masterful Chicago politicians will blame it on gun rights, guns, Republicans or anybody as long as it is not them.
Where is the outrage over this senseless loss of life. The Police seem to have the attitude it is 50 less gang bangers ans so do the pols. It really does make me wonder if the Democrats really give a carp about blacks other than keeping them poor and afraid so they will vote for the supposed friend in the Democratic party.
Does anyone actually care about these people in the inner city? Sometimes I think the Democrats want them the way they are and the Republicans are too afraid to propose a solution that might upset the relative few truly right wing loons that actually exist.