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The shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin left many in the nation outraged and the suspect, George Zimmerman, labeled “The Most Hated Man in America” by some, and a racist by others. Where do you stand? Do you believe Zimmerman shot Trayvon in self-defense? Should he be convicted of second-degree murder? Weigh in with your thoughts!
Replied By: terryx on Oct 4, 2016, 4:27AM
As all of you are probably now aware of the BLM (Black Lives Matter) movement, you are probably aware of the extent of black people being killed by the police. For those who are saying, "more whites get killed!" or "he was a criminal!", you need to sit down and be quiet. It may or may not be true more white people are killed by the police but the big difference between those deaths and innocent black peoples' deaths is the simple fact of race. There are major differences between police behaviour between toward white and black people. Yes, it's true innocent white people sometimes get killed too BUT the big difference is racial conditioning. Whether you like or not, decide to acknowledge it or not, everyone is racially conditioned by their environment growing up.

Racial conditioning is the unconscious racism many people encounter. It's seeing black men in mass media being portrayed as the 'criminal' or the 'gang member', whereas we largely see white men as the 'default' (prominent in video games and movies). It's the biological behavioural adaptation of humans and many species that makes us fear those different to us. Due to repetitively seeing these images and biological builds lots of people are conditioned to unconsciously be biased towards lighter skinned people in the western world.

There're many reasons that people are inherently racist other than this of course like the systematic history of the United States. You may say that "slavery ended ages ago" but the repercussions of such a heavy history are still felt today. Most infamous, the Ku Klux Klan. A very memorable case is the 1981 murder of Michael Donald who was innocently killed by the KKK for the simple reason, he was black. Yes the KKK are extremists but racism isn't just the two ends of the spectrum. Simply stereotyping black people contribute to the overall racist mentality. 

So, it's apparent that those put in power have the capacity and/or are racist whether it's conscious or not. A prime example is presidential candidate Donald Trump. He has done many things which many people excuse him for, like how he was sued twice for racial discrimination and how he supported the 'birtherism' conspiracy theory Obama wasn't a United States citizen just because he was black. It's not surprising, however, after he tweeted saying China invented global warming for profit. The fact that people like him even have one supporter is all the evidence we need to see how accepting America is of casual racism. 

We can see major differences in treatment to white people versus black people by police. Take Dylann Roof, he murdered 9 African Americans in a statement for white supremacy and the division between races. He was apprehended alive and taken to Burger King by the police officers before been taken to jail. Then we have Trayvon Martin. An innocent seventeen-year-old boy. Killed. It's true he had problems, was suspended, maybe had an altercation with the policeman, but were his misdoings worthy of the death penalty?

Now you cannot deny that black people being killed is the result of racism. Images we see every day, the beliefs we're brought up with and the casualness of discrimination all adds up to build a disturbingly incorrect image of a black man, because of this it's clear that many of the population will most probably have racist undertones in their mentalities. Therefore, the many innocent black people killed is in fact due to racism. That is what it is.

Defensiveness is usually the first response when a privileged party is confronted with a minorities problem. So please, listen. 
Acknowledge it. Listen to the black community. Be open to change. 

Note: I'm not saying every policeman is racist or a monster, as I think it is vital to have law upholding protectors in a community. The ones who are killing African Americans out of racial hatred do not have the right to be in such position. Being receptive is all you need to do, even a small change in the world is better than no change at all.
Replied By: rosietheposie on Aug 9, 2016, 4:22PM
My brother, a white man who was not like everyone else, liked to keep to himself and walk a lot around a small town in Michigan.  He was accosted by the police chief of the small town where he had lived for seven years.  It was 11:00 at night at the chief was mad.  My brother had committed no crime.  He was just different, didn't bathe and wore strange clothes. The chief followed my brother back to his small home and he and another officer forced my brother out of his house.  My brother was unarmed, committed no crime other than being different, but they used bull horns to scream at my brother, kicked in his door and eventually got him out of his home where they fired 11 bullets at him.  Witnesses say there was no reason to do what they did.  After he died, they stuck weapons in his hands according to witnesses.  He was hit six times and died at the scene.  The police investigated their own crime.  Did not take statements, did not check for alcohol or drugs at the time of the incident.  Did not take weapons from the officers involved.  My brother was a throw away person.  The police lied in court.  It was a disgusting trial and the two involved officers are back enforcing the "law."  I tell my children the truth.  The police are not your friends.  Do not speak to them unless spoken to. Be polite.  Offer no information other than to answer questions and at all costs avoid contact.  The Blue Line protects the police but no one protects us from them.
Replied By: dkaplan01 on Jul 9, 2016, 6:47AM
When the media nd race baiters continue to tell a lie, the results can be very bad.

First of all, I like Dr, Phill.  I believe he helps many people.

Now, I'm tired of the media and the race baiters sticking to a falsehood because it riles people up.

I'm tired of the media showing a 14 year old trevon.  In reality, he is a 220 pound Man late in his teens.  He wasn't just walking down the sidewalk, he was inbetween the homes looking inside.  He was doing what in most neighborhoods not acceptable.

In Furguson, the only person that said he was shot with his hands up was his co-hort in crime from the store they just got done robbing.

My dad tought me that when I get stopped or aproached by the police, to behave, move slowly, follow their commands and for gods sake, do not fight back.

I have a picture of a black man in Furguson with a sign statingh "No mother should have to fear for her son's life everytime he robs a store".  This mind set is wrong and should be said so by th leaders in the black community.

5 Statistics You Need To Know About Cops Killing Blacks (Not what you have been told!) This data has to get to the public.

I am listening to Rush Limbaugh. His guest is Heather Mac Donald. She is giving the real stats on police shootings. It is mind bending.

Rush asked Ms. MacDonald to return to his show today, because he is so impressed with her work to get to the real truth about officer shootings.

Obama has been lying to us! Does he even know he is lying? Or is he deliberately lying?

5 Statistics You Need To Know About Cops Killing Blacks

By: Aaron Bandler
July 7, 2016

The Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings have caused an uproar among leftists because they fuel their narrative that racist white police officers are hunting down innocent black men. But the statistics – brought to light by the superb work of Heather MacDonald – tell a different story.

Here are five key statistics you need to know about cops killing blacks.

1. Cops killed nearly twice as many whites as blacks in 2015.
According to data compiled by The Washington Post, 50 percent of the victims of fatal police shootings were white, while 26 percent were black. The majority of these victims had a gun or "were armed or otherwise threatening the officer with potentially lethal force," according to MacDonald in a speech at Hillsdale College.

Some may argue that these statistics are evidence of racist treatment toward blacks, since whites consist of 62 percent of the population and blacks make up 12 percent of the population. But as MacDonald writes in The Wall Street Journal, 2009 statistics from the Bureau of Justice Statistics reveal that blacks were charged with 62 percent of robberies, 57 percent of murders and 45 percent of assaults in the 75 biggest counties in the country, despite only comprising roughly 15 percent of the population in these counties.

"Such a concentration of criminal violence in minority communities means that officers will be disproportionately confronting armed and often resisting suspects in those communities, raising officers’ own risk of using lethal force," writes MacDonald.

MacDonald also pointed out in her Hillsdale speech that blacks "commit 75 percent of all shootings, 70 percent of all robberies, and 66 percent of all violent crime" in New York City, even though they consist of 23 percent of the city's population.

"The black violent crime rate would actually predict that more than 26 percent of police victims would be black," MacDonald said. "Officer use of force will occur where the police interact most often with violent criminals, armed suspects, and those resisting arrest, and that is in black neighborhoods."

2. More whites and Hispanics die from police homicides than blacks.
According to MacDonald, 12 percent of white and Hispanic homicide deaths were due to police officers, while only four percent of black homicide deaths were the result of police officers.

"If we’re going to have a 'Lives Matter' anti-police movement, it would be more appropriately named "White and Hispanic Lives Matter,'" said MacDonald in her Hillsdale speech.

3. The Post's data does show that unarmed black men are more likely to die by the gun of a cop than an unarmed white man...but this does not tell the whole story.
In August 2015, the ratio was seven-to-one of unarmed black men dying from police gunshots compared to unarmed white men; the ratio was six-to-one by the end of 2015. But MacDonald points out in The Marshall Project that looking at the details of the actual incidents that occurred paints a different picture:

The “unarmed” label is literally accurate, but it frequently fails to convey highly-charged policing situations. In a number of cases, if the victim ended up being unarmed, it was certainly not for lack of trying. At least five black victims had reportedly tried to grab the officer’s gun, or had been beating the cop with his own equipment. Some were shot from an accidental discharge triggered by their own assault on the officer. And two individuals included in the Post’s “unarmed black victims” category were struck by stray bullets aimed at someone else in justified cop shootings. If the victims were not the intended targets, then racism could have played no role in their deaths.

In one of those unintended cases, an undercover cop from the New York Police Department was conducting a gun sting in Mount Vernon, just north of New York City. One of the gun traffickers jumped into the cop’s car, stuck a pistol to his head, grabbed $2,400 and fled. The officer gave chase and opened fire after the thief again pointed his gun at him. Two of the officer’s bullets accidentally hit a 61-year-old bystander, killing him. That older man happened to be black, but his race had nothing to do with his tragic death. In the other collateral damage case, Virginia Beach, Virginia, officers approached a car parked at a convenience store that had a homicide suspect in the passenger seat. The suspect opened fire, sending a bullet through an officer’s shirt. The cops returned fire, killing their assailant as well as a woman in the driver’s seat. That woman entered the Post’s database without qualification as an “unarmed black victim” of police fire.

MacDonald examines a number of other instances, including unarmed black men in San Diego, CA and Prince George's County, MD attempting to reach for a gun in a police officer's holster. In the San Diego case, the unarmed black man actually "jumped the officer" and assaulted him, and the cop shot the man since he was "fearing for his life." MacDonald also notes that there was an instance in 2015 where "three officers were killed with their own guns, which the suspects had wrestled from them."

4. Black and Hispanic police officers are more likely to fire a gun at blacks than white officers. This is according to a Department of Justice report in 2015 about the Philadelphia Police Department, and is further confirmed that by a study conducted University of Pennsylvania criminologist Gary Ridgeway in 2015 that determined black cops were 3.3 times more likely to fire a gun than other cops at a crime scene.

5. Blacks are more likely to kill cops than be killed by cops. This is according to FBI data, which also found that 40 percent of cop killers are black. According to MacDonald, the police officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black than a cop killing an unarmed black person.

Despite the facts, the anti-police rhetoric of Black Lives Matter and their leftist sympathizers have resulted in what MacDonald calls the "Ferguson Effect," as murders have spiked by 17 percent among the 50 biggest cities in the U.S. as a result of cops being more reluctant to police neighborhoods out of fear of being labeled as racists. Additionally, there have been over twice as many cops victimized by fatal shootings in the first three months of 2016.

Anti-police rhetoric has deadly consequences.
Replied By: lsawford on May 14, 2016, 8:26AM
You should have checked with police reports and school records before you made it look like poor little black boy shot down in street by cop.  

He had a record of causing problems in school.  And the main thing the day he was shot needs to be examined. The kid with some friends had just robbed a convience store. No he did not have a weapon but his extreme size along with friends intimadeted the guy working at convience  store. Then proceeded to walk down middle of busy road.  The alert had gone out of the robbery, and the cop told him repeatedly to get out of middle of road when trayvon turned and started beating on the cop and tried to take the cop's gun.  The cop was shot besides Trayvalon being shot. If they had not started rioting they could have done their job faster and removed the body. Not a thing was mentioned about trayvon actions against cops. 

Now the cops and his family's lives are ruined by a black giant with no respect for authority 

Replied By: breyedgr1 on Jan 31, 2015, 6:51PM - In reply to adeas1132
Well said. I wish everyone could think about this. Al Sharpton would never stop and wait on facts and when he got them he said "they (police) may have won the battle but we haven't finished the war yet"! Something close. Now, two innocent police are dead over an 18 year old who, and the facts show, reached for an officer's gun! Terrible case to make such a strong point about racism. The disappointment felt among so many in the Dr. Phil show is overwhelming. Thanks for sharing this side of the story in such a wonderful way. Everyone gets to hear, think for days and weeks, and sometimes see partial videos clipped to make cops look bad without seeing what led up to the action, cops have less than a few seconds to decide their course of action. We need someone to back them!
Replied By: adeas1132 on Jan 30, 2015, 10:04PM - In reply to equal4all
What a great message.  I just wish everyone would take it to heart.  I am so very sorry about your brother-in-law. My son-in-law is a police officer. He and my daughter have been married almost 3 years and have an 18 month old son.  With the racial tension going on right now, every time he walks out the door I don't take a deep breath until he walks back in It.  With all of the race baiting going on race relations are the worst I have seen in my life time.  A time when they should be at it's best with the first African American President - elected two times - in the White House.  But it is anything but.  People like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Eric Holder and others stirring the proverbial pot for whatever agenda fits their need at the time. Whether political or just to stay relevant.  I couldn't even watch the entire show about the Trayvon Martin deal because some of the media, including Dr. Phil I feel, have been so one sided about it.  In life and death situations people have nani seconds to make a decision that will be the difference in whether they live or die. Nobody knows, unless they are faced with that horrible choice, what they themselves would do.  I personally would do whatever necessary to protect me and mine.  Plain and simple.  Police officers face these decisions on a daily basis. My son-in-law and multitudes of others like him and your brother-in-law have that nani second to make that split second decision that will make the difference in whether he walks back in the door or he doesn't, making my daughter a widow and not get to see his precious son grow up. He doesn't have time to think about the person's race. The only thing he has time to think about is the situation at hand and how to survive. Period. No nefarious or racist thoughts or agendas.  Survival. Plain and simple.  God speed and protection to all police officers that are faced with those decisions every day.  To those that would be a threat to one of them, if a police officer tells you to stop doing something, just STOP!  That will prevent any further escalation or anyone being injured or worse.
Replied By: notta_brat on Dec 19, 2014, 2:53AM
Dr.Phil i am Angry because you would do a show on the black men who have been shot and killed by the police but you would not dare mention the fact that more white men and women are killed by the police more often and you feed this race war. i am not a raciest but i will be seen as one because i know for a fact that the cops have killed more white boys and men and women and probably girls then the black ones. they never have to suffer for what they did to them either. but rather then say it is a problem for all races you would rather feed into this crap about it being a black thing well it is not. watch 20/20 Friday December 19,2014 and you will see it happens to us and out children also only we do not go out and burn down out local businesses and we do not start race wars over it. so thank you for teaching these people that to get on television all they need to do is act like nuts and get their fifteen minutes of fame!!!
Replied By: jesse93 on Dec 16, 2014, 12:04PM
I remember following the George Zimmerman trail and trying to be as open minded as possible. Not being there, I couldn't very well tell somebody who something horrific might have happened to that they are a lair. When all was said and done, and George Zimmerman was found not quilty, I was disheartened but understanding. I couldn't see the pattern this would bring. I myself live in Missouri and the events in Ferguson have changed me. I saw hate and anger and sadness tear apart the streets of a place I call home. I'm scared that people will ask me where I'm from and what they will think of me when I say Missouri. Take away all of the "reasoning" for Darren Wilson doing what he did and the situation is still appauling. People want to make it so much about that this is about race because Michael was black and Wilson was white but this is all about justice. The color of Michael skin does not excuse Wilson washing the blood off his hands before being examined. It doesn't excuse Wilson taking his gun home with him and not leaving it as evidence to be checked for prints. It doesn't excuse them leaving Michael's body dead in the street for four and a half hours. This is about JUSTICE. Michael deserves JUSTICE. The abomination that was this investigation is what people are disgusted by and to try and say people are only mad because this is about race is childish. Yes, white people have been shot and killed by police but why are we seperating the two? Are we trying to say that both cases shouldn't be treated the same? "Oh you're just upset because the person he shot was black, if the person was white no one would care!" But the thing is we would and just because you see the outrage at the injustice of a white on black crime doesn't mean we aren't hurt by white on white crime.
Replied By: equal4all on Dec 14, 2014, 3:56PM - In reply to doglover50
Excellent comments!!!
Replied By: equal4all on Dec 14, 2014, 3:54PM - In reply to doreen232
Doreen I'm so sorry for your loss.  People of all colors need to understand that following an officers instructions is by far the safest way to survive an incident.  Police have seconds to make decisions of life and death....while ambulance chasers have months and years to pick apart a 1 second decision made by an officer.  God bless your brother in law.

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