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Trayvon Martin-Inspired Shooting Practice

Trayvon Martin-Inspired Shooting Practice

As if there hasn’t already been enough tragedy and controversy surrounding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin

Here’s another log for the fire.

According to WKMG, an Orlando-based news station, an anonymous individual recently posted an online ad for shooting range targets made in Trayvon Martin’s likeness. Martin’s face doesn’t actually appear on the target, but the outlines of a hoodie, iced tea can, and Skittles bear more than a strong resemblance to what he was wearing and carrying the night of his death on February 26, 2012 (none of which adds up to a firearm, by the way).

Why?

The target’s creator claims money was his primary motivation (what is the world coming to?!), but the wording of the actual advertisement has very clear racial overtones. Time Magazine’s newsfeed quotes the ad as follows:

Everyone knows the story of Zimmerman and Martin. Obviously we support Zimmerman and believe he is innocent and that he shot a thug. Each target is printed on thick, high quality poster paper with matte finish!

So not only can I help perpetuate the misguided belief that young African American males are rabble-rousing, hoodie-wearing thugs that deserve to be shot, but I can practice my shooting on a high-quality matte finish? With no glare? So I don’t miss?? Get your hate for $8 plus shipping, I guess.

Unfortunately, it gets worse.

The targets apparently sold out within two days of being advertised. Granted, it’s not known exactly how many were produced, and the product has since been removed from gunbroker.com. And to be fair, not all gun enthusiasts approve of the Trayvon Martin targets. WKMG reports:

Firearm owners are buzzing about the Trayvon Martin targets on several gun enthusiast websites. Very few have shown interest in purchasing the targets. Most have expressed disgust. “Even though I fully believe Zimmerman was justified in shooting, Trayvon was still a human being and does not deserve that kind of disrespect in death,” wrote one firearm owners association website member.

All the same, the realization that there could actually be a demand for something that so blatantly promotes inter-racial hate is chilling. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised. The popularity of these targets, along with reports of students at Cornell University taunting and throwing objects at African American students — apparently just for being black — doesn’t exactly help paint an optimistic picture of race relations in the U.S.

What do you think?

 

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2:09AM PST on Feb 4, 2013

No to such pushovers. OMG.

9:56PM PDT on May 20, 2012

@ Ken S.- “They distort the evidence in their comments in an attempt to justify Zimmerman's homicide.

These are the thought processes and 'arguments' of degenerates.”
And the thought process of an individual who was not present at the scene with limited grasp of facts whence declares a homicide and stance of claiming other arguments that do not declare Zimmerman a murder as the argument of a degenerate is the thought process of a Narcissist Self worshiping Fool.

6:29PM PDT on May 20, 2012

I've read and responded to many comments about this killing, and have been concerned by tha minority of vicious racist comments, sometimes with biblical quotations. It is like a virus no antibiotic can cure. Racism is endemic and too deeply embedded to be removed without radical surgery. These people are sick with hate. They distort the evidence in their comments in an attempt to justify Zimmerman's homicide.

These are the thought processes and 'arguments' of degenerates.

12:39PM PDT on May 20, 2012

MICHAEL M. YES I SAW THE PICTURES OF ZIMMERMAN'S HEAD SO YES I STAND BY MY OPION...FOR IF IT WERE JUST OUT TO KILL SOMEONE ..WHY WOULD YOU WAIT TO GET YOUR BUTT KICKED THEN KILL, COME ON DO YOU REALLY THINK ZIMMERMAN.. KICKED HIS OWN BUTT TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THE OTHER GUY DID IT.. I DON'T THINK SO !

11:10PM PDT on May 19, 2012

Here are some Quotes to live by:
"Keep you ‘Hope for Change’ I’ll cling to my guns & religion. We’ll see who makes out better."

“A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.”

“Keep em Guessing. Conceal and Carry.”

“Politicians prefer unarmed peasants.”

12:07PM PDT on May 19, 2012

Sick!

9:15AM PDT on May 19, 2012

It is not the Black and White issue

Sadly is:
The Ignorance and Evil ..!

I cannot believe that this moron is making a profit out of a tragedy.
A mother and a father have lost a son.

R. I. P beautiful soul ....

7:32AM PDT on May 19, 2012

The world is supposed to be evolving and growing. Instead it's taking steps back. This is so sickening, its unbelievable.

4:55AM PDT on May 19, 2012

@Will R.- I was going to type something to address your comment when I recalled you from an earlier post about how America should treat it’s military veterans with PTSD. To read your posts and then read that you claim Obama is the most intelligent President speaks volumns about Obamas Non-US followers. Let me quote your posts below so we can all see:
“These people joined the army, not only to kill people (their primary purpose) but so they could travel the world, and whore and loot and pillage, in probably some illegal war against weaker smaller people,”-Will R.
“When is killing a civilian not murder? When you're a soldier of course! Prosecute all volunteer soldiers!ex and current, lock them in prison, where they belong. Perverts.”-Will R.
“killing machines, to kill without hesitation, and to do that you have to put aside the love in your heart and use the hate. These perverts chose to join the army didn't they?” – Will R.

1:27AM PDT on May 19, 2012

I hope that the black people over there rise up and burn the place down! They are already hated so can't do much else to be hated for, and no matter how good they are or what examples they show, they are still hated! You have a black president, arguably the most intelligent president you have ever had, and that still isn't enough! US hatred for non whites is staggering. Blacks in America have too much manners and decorum, they are too polite. They should be in the streets rioting. These targets are an implicit and specific death threats to black males.
And before anyone pulls up the old, 'America can't be racist because they voted for a black president'. ...Pakistan has had a woman prime minster but their attitudes to women still stink.

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