Gun Used To Kill Trayvon Martin Is Now Up For Auction

Gun Used To Kill Trayvon Martin Is Now Up For Auction

“because white men can't police their imagination black men are dying” - Claudia Rankine
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Update: Zimmerman's bid was seized or hijacked by trolls on the internet and was increased to $65 million. UnitedGunGroup.com tweeted Friday morning that although they are sorry for the Martin family's loss, they are a "pro 2nd Amendment Platform for law abiding citizens" and that their members have the right to do what they want as members. Although they said they had no other comment to add, they continued tweeting...

George Zimmerman is known for killing seventeen year old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012. Zimmerman was acquitted the following year of second-degree-murder in Florida v. George Zimmerman.

As if all that weren't bad enough...

Zimmerman is trying once again to put up for auction the firearm he used to shoot Trayvon Martin. He first put it up on GunBroker.com on Wednesday, May 11th, but the site was quick to remove it and commented to the Orlando Sentinel that they want “no part in the listing on our website or in any of the publicity it is receiving." The gun is now up on UnitedGunGroup.com for $5,000.

The 32 year-old referred to the 9mm as an "American Firearm Icon" and described it by stating, “The firearm for sale is the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin." Lastly. he added, “Now is your opportunity to own a piece of American history."

When interviewed by FOX 35 in Orlando, Zimmerman stated that if the gun sold, he could "move past it". When asked if he was worried about criticism, Zimmerman responded, "I couldn't care less".

According to Zimmerman, the money he receives will be used to fight against "Black Lives Matter violence against Law Enforcement Officers" and to fight Hilary Clinton's anti-firearm policies.

George Zimmerman has once again confirmed that he is a complete degenerate. When I first read about this auction, I thought it was some sort of spoof news (or whatever they're called), but of course it wasn't. I read the powerful book, Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (this is a must-read by the way), and I found myself remembering the front cover and the part she dedicates to Trayvon Martin, labeled, "Script for Situations." Rankine and her husband developed scripts for various documentaries revolving real stories about racial violence. Here is an excerpt on the one for Trayvon Martin. This scene refers to when he was on the phone before being shot by George Zimmerman:

"If I called I’d say good-bye before I broke the good-bye. I say good-bye before anyone can hang up. Don’t hang up. My brother hangs up though he is there. I keep talking. The talk keeps him there. The sky is blue, kind of blue. The day is hot. Is it cold? Are you cold? It does get cool. Is it cool? Are you cool?

My brother is completed by sky. The sky is his silence. Eventually, he says, it is raining. It is raining down. It was raining. It stopped raining. It is raining down"

I understand the argument that he has the right to do what he wants with his possessions, but the sole fact that he is advertising the firearm in the way he is, is utterly disgusting. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that recognizing a gun that was used to kill an unarmed boy with skittles and tea in his hands as "iconic" and a piece of "American History" causes both fear and anger. Anger because this man does not even deserve to be out on the streets. And fear for the future of this nation.

Cover Image Credit: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/no-more-talk-about-race-roger-simon-094575

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I'm An 18-Year-Old Female And I Will Never Be A Feminist

Honestly, I'd rather be caught dead than caught calling myself a modern-day feminist.
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"A man told me to have a good day... I'm triggered." How ludicrous does that sound? Tune in because that is the extent of modern day feminism.

Sure, I think boys are stupid and that I'm probably better than 90% of the male population, but that doesn't make me a modern-day feminist. Now I believe that woman should stand up for themselves, and Golding's quote: "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been," is by far one of my favorite quotes... but modern day feminism is not something I want to be associated with.

I'm all for "anything you can do I can do better," and "We can do it!" but realistically speaking in some situations, that isn't feasible. As an 18-year-old woman who works out regularly, and is stronger than the average female, I couldn't carry a 190-pound man back to a safe zone after he was shot on the front line of a war even if I tried. It is not anatomically possible for a grown woman to be as strong as a fully developed male.

Reality check: Men and women are not equal.

They are not physically equal, they are not mentally equal. Modern-day feminism is equality between the two genders, but corrupt and on steroids. I support what feminism used to be. I support women who work hard and have goals and ambition... not girls who hate men and stomp around with no shirts on to piss off the public. Feminism has developed into a polluted teaching that young men and women are plunging into.

We are built dissimilarly.

The human brain is literally an organ that is sex oriented. There is a cognitive difference, that singlehandedly destroys gender equality.

I will not spend my time running a revolution against anyone who likes Donald Trump. I am not going to binge watch Trump's twitter in an effort to start some leftist gob of drama. I refuse to be part of this head hunt to attack all Republicans on the newest Instagram post made about how feminism is stupid. I do not hate men, and society would crash and burn without the successful men and women who work together to create what we call the United States of America.

Why, you ask? Why are the 15-25 year olds of our society clinging to feminism? They are hopping on the rapidly growing bandwagon where all the hipsters, feminists and Trump haters reside. It's "cool" to hate Donald Trump. Twitter is a world of liberalism, hatred and fake love towards all. Social media is where this generation is living — and modern-day feminism brews there.

We need to keep separation in the household within roles.

We must raise our children to do what they are best at rather than trying to do something they are incapable of just to prove an irrelevant point.

Women must stand up for what they believe in and be strong in their shoes, while not getting so caught up in what your modern day feminist says she thinks is right.

We cannot let this briskly changing society sway us away from what is going to keep the world working precisely.

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To Fix Taxes, We Have To Rethink 'Wealthy'

"Wealthy" doesn't mean the same for everyone.

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When discussing taxes today, so many politicians are quick to rush to the adage "tax the rich." Bernie Sanders has called for the rich to be taxed higher to pay for Medicare for All. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called for a 70% tax on the wealthy.

However, all of these proposals are missing a key thing: a true definition of rich.

When thinking about what counts as rich, it is important to distinguish between the "working wealthy" and the "investment wealthy."

The working wealthy are the people in society that get paid highly because they have a high skill set and provide an extremely valuable service that they deserve just compensation for. This class is made up of professionals like lawyers, doctors, and CEOs. In addition, the working wealthy are characterized by another crucial aspect: over a long term calculation of their earned income over time, they don't come out as prosperous as their annual incomes would seem to suggest. This is because this set of the wealthy has to plunge into student debt for degrees that take years to acquire. These jobs generally also require a huge amount of time invested in lower-paying positions, apprenticeships, and internships before the big-money starts coming in.

On the other hand, the investment wealthy is completely different. These are the people that merely sit back and manipulate money without truly contributing to anything in society. A vast majority of this class is born into money and they use investments into stocks and bonds as well as tax loopholes to generate their money without actually contributing much to society as a whole.

What makes the investment wealthy so different from the working wealthy is their ability to use manipulative techniques to avoid paying taxes. While the working wealthy are rich, they do not have AS many resources or connections to manipulate tax laws the way that the investment wealthy can. The investment wealthy has access to overseas banking accounts to wash money though. The investment wealthy can afford lawyers to comb over tax laws and find loopholes for ridiculous prices. This is tax evasion that the working wealthy simply does not have access to.

That is why it is so incredibly important to make sure that we distinguish between the two when discussing tax policy. When we use blanket statements like "tax the rich," we forget the real reasons that the investment wealthy are able to pay such low taxes now. Imposing a larger marginal tax rate will only give them more incentive to move around taxes while squeezing the working wealthy even more.

Because of this, in our taxation discourse, we need to focus first on making sure people pay their taxes, to begin with. Things like a tax of Wall Street speculation, capital gains taxes, a closing of loopholes, and a simplification of the tax code. These things will have a marked improvement in making sure that the investment wealthy actually pays the taxes we already expect of them now. If we stick to the same message, the only thing we will be changing is the rate that the uber-wealthy are avoiding.

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