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  • #6
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    Which is the "real" you? I've never had a picture taken of me when I wanted to look like a bad boy. Why do you? Why flash the gang symbol if you aren't gang?

    Dump the attitude, lose the stereotype.
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    Whereas I spent my entire early life refusing to smile for a camera. You'd have to wait until my 20's or so to see a smile on film. There really just weren't any as a teen. It's just the way I was then.
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    You've never taken a silly picture before? Never done a silly pose?

    I know when I went to King's Island a few years ago, me and my 2 friends dressed up as 1920's gangsters complete with tommy guns and had our pictures taken.

    And my mother has a picture of her and her ex-husband at Dollywood where he is dressed up as an outlaw with a shotgun and she is dressed as an Old West style madam.
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    That doesn't mean that's who we are, I've seen TONS of pictures of white teens flashing gang symbols in pictures trying to look cool.

    That's just acting silly in front of a camera.
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    @boombatic Yup, just as stupid.

    Like it or not, appearance counts. Don't want to be taken for a thug? Don't try to look like a thug.
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    @AndrewMC So everyone should wear a suit and tie....would you like to make that the official dress code of the US? Just so we know we're all dressing appropriately according to Andrew.
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    "A picture is worth a thousand words," they say.
    It's true about first impressions. And that can work both ways, too. I remember after the Trayvon Martin shooting, the media kept showing, and often continues to show, pictures of Martin taken when he was about 12-15. He was smaller, more "innocent" looking. That's not to say Martin grew into an ugly thug, but he was a substantially larger young man when he was killed.
    But yes, the initial photos the media shows tend to shape the images of victims and accused.
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    Martin was taller, he was also a lot lighter than Zimmerman.

    Unfortunately no one had a picture of Zimmerman picking up and throwing that woman, or assaulting that cop.
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    Keyjo----But Martin wasn't a thug, just a kid minding his on business when the bully Zimmerman approached him and the bully who was told not to follow Martin, but the bully Zimmerman did and we all know the results about that. If i was Martin and someone kept following me, i would of approached them to asking why.
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    @maskedtex .
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    BREAKING: Michael Brown Robbed a Store Right Before Being Shot [VIDEO and PICTURES]
    August 15, 2014
    The police in Ferguson, Missouri have released photos of a robbery that occurred in a gas station just prior to the Michael Brown shooting that seem to indicate that Brown was the robber.
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    Mainstream media is simply biased, they'll are always trying to sell their point of view or their targeted audiences. Racism sells, police brutality and corruption doesn't.
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    It would be like posting a slutty Halloween party photo of a rape victim. People would outraged, as they should be, of the obvious unspoken suggestion that the girl was somehow "asking for it." Young girls like to press their parents buttons and get attention by dressing scandalously. They don't deserve to be treated like whores or raped. It should NEVER be assumed, like I see so many dispicable commenters on here do, that because of the way some young black men look, they "had it coming" when their gunned down for absolutely no crime.
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    @PayThatCEO I live in Brooklyn- Prospect Lefferts Gardens. You really couldn't be further from the truth. Flatbush & Beekman- do a Google street view and take a gander at your very poor assumption.
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    @SmarterThanYou

    And YOU don't live in the economically- declining suburbs of Atlanta, where we poor white people who couldn't afford the white flight to Roswell have lost property value to the point we couldn't sell our homes to anyone but a slumlord looking for rentals, and we are looked at like "what are YOU doing here." Living on a street with people who came directly from the projects that the city of Atlanta tore down, I feel like a target every time one of these racial "incidences" crops up. It's uncomfortable, but I can't get out.
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    First week we moved in an old black lady told my wife, "I'm sick of all you crackers moving into our neighborhood." But that view is not held by a large part of the community. My neighborhood being urban we all participate in the community and the younger people get along really well regardless of background or race. It's the only neighborhood I could responsibly afford so we're making the most of it. It's really just a very different environment than Atlanta with certainly better resolved racial tensions. But it's because of the way the city is organized and it's a place where middle class white flight is really not an option. But you don't really have my sympathy from me for not being able to escape black people. My nieghbors know the difference between me and power crazed cops- and I don't feel like a target because we all understand each other as neighbors- not competing groups.
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    @PayThatCEO
    I can sympathize with you. People who haven't experienced the sudden influx of people from the Ghettos and the accompanying crimes can scream racist at those whose lives and neighborhoods have been turned upside down.

    When the courts decided we don't own our property, they do, and they can decide who we sell it to. There was a rush of blacks into our neighborhood. Of course, we are characterized as Racists Without A Cause, but the first black kid on our block had no friends to play with, so we adopted him into our crowd and let him play with us. As soon as a few other black kids moved in, he wanted nothing to do with us Honkies.

    White flight? It took about six months for the neighborhood to become about half black. By then, the little Mom & Pop corner stores that used to be open until 10 or 11pm were closing at dusk and they'd added security gates to their doors and windows because the burglary and robbery rates had skyrocketed.

    Shortly after WWII a man got his gun and shot a bully, an ex-boxer who had picked a fight with him in a bar as the bully was prone to do. There were no other murders in the entire neighborhood for years until shortly after the influx when a black woman at the top of our street stabbed her husband to death.

    I won't mention all the black men I played basketball or baseball or fast-pitch softball with. The race baiters who are quick to call someone racist are even more vociferous if they find out you've associated with blacks. Somehow associating with blacks confirms that you are a racist.

    BTW, in the county I now live in, it wasn't the county that tore down two modern housing projects, it was the people they were given to. They tore them apart. They stripped all the copper tubing and wiring and they left them uninhabitable.
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    Hell, if this white boy takes a picture wearing bandanna, sunglasses, baseball cap and realtree camo and pointing a pump shottie at the camera, and takes another picture leading worship in my church, which picture would the media use if I got into the news for trouble with the law? Answer: whichever one they want to use to influence the public perception of me, probably the former one, with a swastika armband photoshopped in for dramatic effect.

    These Sharpton wannabees who think its only melanin-enhanced individuals who get treated badly by mainstream media or cops are deluded.
  • #131
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    "These Sharpton wannabees who think its only melanin-enhanced individuals who get treated badly by mainstream media or cops are deluded. "

    Ever notice it's white people who focus on Sharpton?

    And yes, they would use the one that makes you look the way they want you to look, if you were shot by the police, it would be the bad one, if you were shot by a black man defending himself from you, the church one.
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    Melanin enhanced? Really? But let me guess...you dont have a racist bone in your body. Why you have two really good friends who are black. Right?
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  • #352
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    @BobFromDist9 If you think only white people care about Al Sharpton, you are wrong. He has a nationally syndicated radio show (I used to listen in occasionally on WLIB on weekday afternoons), and holds great sway with a large portion of the American people.

    You don't realize that the purpose of the media is to divide and conquer the American people. So some will portray me one way, and some the other way in both circumstances.

    You don't happen to also go by the handle "LABobFromNYC" on Disqus, do you?
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    The media would never post the thuggish picture. Jeez...just look at picture of the sweet angelic 12 yr old Trayvon that the MSM published following that tragedy.
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    They did the same thing this time. Compare his graduation pic with the other pictures they were trying to pass off as him at 18.
  • #27
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    This is more of an indictment of pop culture's appeal to young people. Some parts of entertainment are less appealing to the mainstream than others. If Brown were a black Gospel music fan, I doubt he'd be seen like one of those photos.
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    This is nothing new. Bad boys and bad girls have always appealed to young people. They seem tame now, but the Beetles and Elvis were quite controversial. People also emulate pop culture even if they don't necessarily participate in it. I might own 10 rap songs, but when I was 20, I'd do a rap pose and turn my hat around with a group of buddies, when I took a picture.
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    Well, one picture more acurately represents a person in their everyday life, use that picture.
    Perception is everything, why else, for example, do you think the media printed pictures of Treyvon Martin when he was 13 instead of pictures of him at 17, cause its a harder pill to swollow when they call him "kid".
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    @rsuezq i have worked many years around 15-17 year old that take your life a fast as you could blink. Kids that hung out on the streets day and night, much like Treyvon.
    The very second Treyvon, who had ran off and was free and clear of Zimmerman, came back at Zimmerman, and he punched Zimmerman in the face knocking him down, then mounted Zimmerman and was bashing his head in the ground. Any hope of Treyvon being considered a kid went out the window, and rightfully so.
    Zimmerman would have been in fear of his life at that point, as anyone would be.
    Treyvon could not have been in fear for his life, because he had gotten away. Then became the aggressor.
    17 or not, if that was your loved one being attacked by Treyvon, if they had a gun then you wouldn't want them to save their own life?

    Truth is Zimmerman waited longer than I would have, he didn't have to wait to be hit, not legally anyway.
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    @Thegrif Underage is still underage. 17 is considered underage because the brains haven't fully formed yet and usually can't perform the same level of thinking and judgment as an adult. How to treat underage people is debatable, but a 17-year-old is still underage and therefore a "kid."
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    @InTheDark the court system disagees with you in that, Under the age of 18 you are a minor, but 17 year olds can be charged as adults in crimes such as murder or rape.
    They can also join the military and be responsible for million dollar equipment.
    Minors ages 16-17 with their own identification can apply for a passport by themselves.

    So at what point between 17 and 18 exactly, does a kid turn into an adult?
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    @Thegrif You dont have a right to kill people. Kids. "Thugs". Or anyone else. You don't get to shoot a human being because they "hang out on the streets day and night" You don't get to follow people around in the middle of the night like a creep without the risk of getting punched in the face either. Especially after you've been told by 911 operators to stay in your car. Where in the hell is your value for human life????
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  • #235
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    And if you don't want people to think your an igno.... never mind. I don't want to get one of those warnings messages from Politix.
  • #317
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    Images of drugs, guns, gang symbols and colors, and then when those images are used suddenly the media is trying to portray them in a bad light?

    Not to mention social media posts of drug use, fights, and criminal activity.
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    That makes a great point.

    I am so glad I went through my teen and college years in the era before facebook.

    If not there would be all sorts of pictures of me available too that don't portray me as the professional that I know am.
  • #71
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    Exactly... there were some pretty punk rock pictures of me out there, before facebook. had they been on facebook, painting me as a "criminal" wouldn't be difficult.
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    How many media pictures were aired of a much younger Trayvon Martin verses his Facebook pics ?

    I'm gonna say equal at best so this amounts to more race baiting.....again.
  • #321
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    I don't think any media outlet started airing the older pictures of Martin. The same as the pictures of Brown were of a younger Brown for the first couple of days. Even Fox had the younger picture.
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    It cuts BOTH ways. Remember the little innocent pics of 12 year old Trayvon PLASTERED in the media compared to the pics of him as the thug he was closer to when the event with Zimmerman occurred?
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    zimmerman the coward PROVOKED the confrontation and then shot an unarmed kid. don't you watch ht enews?

    michael brown was WALKING down the road doing nothing when a cop pulled up and said to get out of the road and soon we will see what then ACTUALLY happened and why this kid was shot in the BACK running away. hope that cop gets to keep his gun in prison, he is gonna need it.
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    @JWhaley .
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    BREAKING: Michael Brown Robbed a Store Right Before Being Shot [VIDEO and PICTURES]
    August 15, 2014
    The police in Ferguson, Missouri have released photos of a robbery that occurred in a gas station just prior to the Michael Brown shooting that seem to indicate that Brown was the robber.
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    @bud_heitman And that allows police to murder him how??????
    police admit today they did not stop him for that robbery, they stopped him because he was a big black kid. then killed him by shooting him in the back.
    over and out.
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    @JWhaley
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    No, they stopped him first for walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic, which escalated into the perp attacking/assaulting the cop and attempting to steal his gun. Remember the perp was fleeing a still hot robbery and mugging/assault, he had no idea the cop was unaware of his latest robbery. The perp brown was fleeing a sure jail sentence if he was apprehended and ID'd.
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  • #251
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    @JWhaley Sheesh, another worshiper of Saint Skittles! TrayThug bit off a bit more than he could chew and it cost him.

    Brown ALLEGEDLY attacked the police officer, as to what ACTUALLY happened, we will have to wait for the County and State police to conduct their investigation,,,,, wait, rather than wait, why don't we just literally destroy our community and loot every store we can? Yeah! That's a great idea! How much free shit did you get?
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  • #64
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    I have no need to look at the photos. I wouldn't have grabbed for a police officer's weapon to begin with! Nor would I have given him a reason to use deadly force!
    Mobs mentality killed this dude!
    Stupid way to die!
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    @Pr0-Lif3 My Pappy lived a good life and boasted frequently about it. His favorite quotes were about Gut feelings! You don't have to be a psychic to know wtf, he'd say! I suppose I was born into a world where THE GOOD GUYs are being scrutinized because someone else wants to burn down a city, loot and capitalize on a horrible situation simply because they project fear. If we give in to these thugs often enough, we will be electing Al Sharpton for president, just to keep the peace!
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    <<<If you died, which picture would the media use?>>>

    Since I don't have any pictures of me dressed like something I'm not, then I supposed the media would have to use ones of me looking like an average person.

    There are two old sayings that I disagreed with when I was young, but have since come to recognize the truth in since I've gotten older.

    Clothes DO make the man and Birds of feather DO flock together. How we dress and carry ourselves DOES a difference in how we are perceived, whether we like it or not. The picture of that guy forth from the bottom with the mask over his face? Would YOU get on an elevator alone with him? What if he were following you in a secluded parking garage or walking trail? Don't tell me you wouldn't be unnerved. And the fact he may have been a soldier means nothing.

    If you aren't a gangsta, don't look like one. Don't act like one. Don't bring trouble on yourself by being mistaken for something you aren't. Pull up your pants, stop with the gang symbols and respect yourself and others.
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    If you dress like a thug then there is a greater chance that you will act like a thug. If you act like a thug, then the chance increase that you will be treated like a thug by the law-abiding citizen and by law enforcement.
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