Frederica Wilson on Trayvon Martin: "I Am Tired of Burying Young Black Boys" (VIDEO)

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​South Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson took to the House floor yesterday and slammed authorities for their inaction in the case of Trayvon Martin, the Miami Gardens 17-year-old who was killed in Martin Seminole County last month, calling shooter George Zimmerman "a renegade wannabe policeman neighborhood watchman."

Wilson, who lives in Miami but represents parts of southern Broward, decried racial profiling and praised the FBI, Department of Justice, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement for finally getting involved. She closed with, "I'm tired, tired, tired of burying young black boys."

Here's the rest of her speech -- video at the bottom.
Mr. Speaker, I am tired of burying young black boys. I am tired of watching them suffer at the hands of those who fear them and despise them. I am tired of comforting mothers, fathers, grandparents, sisters and brothers after such unnecessary, heinous crimes of violence.
In Florida, almost 3 years ago, as I served in the Florida Senate, a young black boy, Martin Lee Anderson, was beaten to death at a Florida boot camp. It was all captured on a State of Florida Corrections video and shown all over the world. Martin Lee Anderson was beaten and tortured until his lifeless body couldn't take anymore, and then Martin Lee Anderson was dead at the hands of several boot camp guards, a young boy who wanted to be somebody. A young boy who was trying to turn his life around.

After they beat him to death on international TV as the world watched, over and over again, not one guard was sent to prison. Not one was even reprimanded. In fact, after we closed down every boot camp in Florida, many of the accused received promotions. Well, guess what? In Florida we have another Martin, Trayvon Martin.

Trayvon Martin was shot to death by a renegade wannabe policeman neighborhood watchman. Trayvon Martin lived in Miami, Florida, in District 17, my congressional district. Trayvon, a 140-pound young black boy, 17 years old, was just trying to live and reach 18. In spite of that, the accused killer, George Zimmerman, has not been charged and is using the term of "self-defense."

The 911 audio tapes tell it all. They tell the story of the last moments of Trayvon Martin's life, just as the videotapes told so visibly the story of Martin Lee Anderson's last moments. 

Trayvon was running for his life. He was screaming for help, fighting for his life, and then he was murdered, shot dead. Today I applaud the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the FBI, and the Federal Department of Justice for their intervention. I encourage the citizens of Florida and the citizens from around the world to continue to fight for justice for Trayvon Martin.

Justice must be served. No more racial profiling. I am tired of fighting when the evidence is so clear, so transparent.

Twenty years ago while serving as a school board member, I founded the 5,000 Role Models of Excellence Project. A million-dollar, nationally recognized and honored foundation that specifically addresses the trials and tribulations of young black boys and sends them to college. It impacts almost 20,000 young men throughout Florida. In spite of that, we still have to march, and demonstrate, and write letters, and protest, and fight, and have prayer vigils and sue and sit in just to be heard.

No more. No more, Florida. No more, America. No more hiding your criminal racial profiling by using self-defense to get away with murder.

Stand up for Trayvon Martin. Stand up for justice. Stand up for our children. I'm tired, tired, tired of burying young black boys.

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Hig
Hig

guess what, if these little fucks would adhere to society standards and quit acting like thugs, you would not be burying so many of them....nuff said

Bill smith
Bill smith

Frederica.....

93% of all murdered black males are murdered by other black males.. 

90% of all violent interracial crimes are committed by blacks against whites..

Blacks males make up 35-40% of sexual assaults on white women..Jesse and Al jump at the chance to defend black women accusing white males of rape, when in actuality, white on black sexual assault is virtually nonexistent. In 2005 out of 36,000 sexual assaults against black women, almost all were black men, and less than "10" were from white men.. Yes that is "10" and not 10%... 37,000 white women were sexually assaulted by black men that same year.. WHO IS TO BLAME???

Is Racism the reason blacks make up half the prison population, but only 13% of the total population?  Why do Asians get arrested at such a low rate?  The black prison population would be higher if so many black murderers hadn't killed other black murderers!!

the blame game is getting old.  tired of seeing blacks resist arrest and then claim police brutality..  instigate and act aggressive and then cry when their aggression is met with aggression.  at some point you are going to have to look inward to fix your problems, and stop blaming everyone else!!  People of all colors have come here in the last 40 years(with nothing) and become successful, without the help of affirmative action..  They put their nose to the grindstone and get it done.

Blacks idea of Racism is never going away, because they wont let it.  They thrive off of conflict.  They also get mad when you post statistics, because statistics don't lie...

Kansasrfl
Kansasrfl

She loses all credibility when you realize she was one of those idiots in Tallahassee who unamiously approved this henious bill back in 2005.

Googoo
Googoo

 EnlightenedDawn...if I bought your child for sexual purposes, that would be illegal & immoral, in the here & now & I would bear personal responsibility for my actions. Compare that with slave trade that took place 200-400 yrs ago, in which I had no part, does not imply I have any personal responsibility in that whatsoever.

BornRaised...I think you are the one  "who don't think school is necessary". Check your grammar & spelling before you criticize my facts. And yes, Africans in Africa took each other as slaves & did indeed sell them to the Europeans in the slave trade.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Now that was one deconstructing rant by the Hat Lady.

Supremeads
Supremeads

FQS9000, Yes, there are crimes commited by young, Black men that occur everyday but so do young White men.   Don't point your racist finger at young, Black boys as the only perpetrators of crime in neighborhoods.   Zimmerman wasn't the lone criminal in this case; he had a lot of help which came from the small-town, racist police department in Sanford, FL.   Now you want to talk about criminals.    These small-town racist police departments, holier than thou, I keep my shotgun in the back of my truck, attend my KKK, Republican, Tea Party rallies are the real criminals.   They enforce the laws pretending to protect all citizens, when in reality, they protect Whites only, & the hell with everyone else. Answer these questions regarding the Sanford PD:   why wasn't Zimmerman alcohol/drug tested the night of Trayvon's murder?   Why wasn't Trayvon's girlfriend questioned?   She was on the phone with him as he was being stalked by Zimmerman?   Why wasn't Zimmerman's vehicle impounded?   Why did Sanford PD try to change the testimony of a witness who stated Trayvon cried for help & told them it was self defense?   Why was a narcotics detective summoned instead of a homicide detective?   Why was no background check done on Zimmerman, & Trayon's dad told by Sanford PD that Zimmerman had a clean background?   Zimmerman had a bloody nose & blood on the back of his head, but maybe the narcotics detective did that to protect Zimmerman or Zimmerman to himself to say it was self defense.  Trayvon's girlfriend was on the phone with him when he was hit, meaning Zimmerman left his vehicle with a weapon, approached Trayvon who was unarmed, & hit him.   She stated his ear piece fell, she heard the struggle, the gunshot, silence, & then the phone went dead.   Did Zimmerman turn the phone off, because he knew Trayon was talking on the phone, & he was attempting to cover his tracks with the help of the narcotics detective who shouldn't have been there in the first place?   Why wasn't a homicide detective & CSI team there to investigate & secur the homicide scene?    You think you have all the answers regarding young Black males & crimes committed in neighborhoods, but you need to take a look at these racist police departments.   They're the real criminals, because they're sworn to upload the law, & they do, but only for Whites only.   Stop getting on these websites & trying to justify FL's insane & racist "Stand Your Ground" law.   Criminals come in all races, genders, religions, ages, etc.   Know what you're talking about before you get on a website & spew your racist ignorance.

barbtries
barbtries

a touching speech. i could only read it because i'm at work, but i am moved nonetheless. justice for Trayvon.

FQS9000
FQS9000

The reason Martin got shot is simple.  People who resembled him in race, age and sex had a long history of invading that community and stealing.  Thus you have armed community watch people wandering around with guns.  Without the first, you do not have the second.

If you want to find somebody to blame, blame the afro-teenage-male punks who preyed on this community and their mothers, the courts and the morons who apologize for them.

Martin would be just as dead if the popo had shot him, which they do to resisting alleged perps all the time.

Googoo
Googoo

Kansasrfl: I didn't know ol' Frederica voted for the Stand your Ground Law...is that true? If so, that would be WONDERFUL evidence to embarrass her. Please post link if so, so we can all see her HYPOCRISY out in the open.

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

This is the first time I've seen her without the hat -- I think that means she means business.

anabel
anabel

Very thorough very very really important questions. Thank you. I'm in my own hell over this terrible Stand your Ground law because my son's murderer use the law to walk away no further questions asked. also tox test done on my son but not on the shooter. Trayvon was killed on feb 26 . That would have been my son';s 36th birthday . He was killed one year ago. Trayvon's death is even more clearly a murder. I hope there will be justice done for Trayvon. My heart hurts for his mother. Thank you again.

FQS9000
FQS9000

What happened was this sweetie.

1.  In an area that had been repeatedly raided by afro-male-teenagers, a neighborhood watch guy saw an afro-male-teenager wandering around in the night.2.  The watch guy followed the AMT, who got pissed, got an attitude and attacked the watch guy.3.  The watch guy, didn't wait for the AMT to pull out his knife or gun, but shot the AMT first.4.  The AMT would be alive and well if he had done nothing more but go home.  But being a pin head, he started a fight.5.  One less pin head.  No big loss.

anabel
anabel

You are obviously a hateful person walking around with a lot of problems which you can't handle. Get help or maybe i'll hear your name in the news soon. Good luck to you. Believe it or not i pray for you. Hatred must end with you and others with your pitiful point of view. I would still rather be shot and killed by you than if I would shoot you for the inane reasons you propose.

Barinder Sharma
Barinder Sharma

Interesting that you justify the killing of an innocent child because of something completely unrelated to him or his actions. The alleged "punks" may be thieves, but they were not murderers. The man who shot the kid is a murderer. And his reasons for shooting this innocent child were NOT SELF DEFENSE, as your logic admits. So while he is in prison, you can blame those "punks" for indirectly causing him to take a child's life. But don't forget the REAL CRIME here is MURDER.

Vjnunez
Vjnunez

Blame the Afro-Teenage-male punks? So, this is justified? well, can't expect much from FQS9000 for he clearly has no brain.

Trenisewest97
Trenisewest97

Well the popos didn't kill him it was a man who was full of shit n u sound real ignorant stating this shit.....that young man wasn't armed he didn't hurt noone but yet his life was taking away from him by some coward so next time u write some dumb shit remember African Americans are not all bad.....this is just racial profile how the help is this man not n jail....if this was the other way around the black guy would of been sentence..

Gabriel Newborn
Gabriel Newborn

Which came first, the chicken or the egg.  You forgot the beginning of the story--the part where Africans were enslaved and had their culture destroyed by whites in America.  You also missed the part about after the civil war--when African Americans were legally marginilized and denied equal access to the social and economic advantages  easily available to most whites.   You missed the part about persistent racism continually denying black men and women equal opportunities and pay in this economy.   Stop acting like issues that plague many low income minority neighborhoods aren't related to racist attitudes perpetuated by fools such as yourself.  Next time you want to judge and condemn an entire race, do all of us a favor and turn the mirror on your own race. 

anabel
anabel

As a rule I don't write degrading  comments, but i must say this in answer to your very hateful and continuing commentary. I pray for you, you pitiful hateful creature. Please let something of good in this world give you hope. But my prayer hurts very much and i struggle to even have hope for you. so sorry for you. And you probably think you are such a winner.I'm not being sarcastic. Your words are painful to read.

anabel
anabel

The "Stand Your Ground " law was intended to be used in situation of a burglar, rapist, person coming to hurt you with obvious intention to do great bodily harm to you and if you kill such a person you will not go thru a court case to explain why u didn't simply shoot him in the leg arm, etc. or why you didn't get away from them. This horrible law is being used as self defense in any situation. Just the fact that it's called the "Stand Your Ground" law tells all i need to know. The "Expanded Castle Doctrine" as it is also called is being introduced into state legislatures by the NRA. Florida was 1st state to pass it into law. The phrase being "stand your ground and shoot to kill" I've also read statements on gun sites saying "Shoot First -Ask Questions Later." Obviously George Zimmerman took this law very literally and as if it covered any predicament he might get himself into., Which is what he did . Not only a murderer but also a fool and a coward. Small man,  a gun made him so big. How horribly sad for Trayvon and most likely many others; my own son was also shot and killed by a coward who knew about this doctrine. Many who voted for the stand your ground law probably never could see it's future misuse.

Queensladyday
Queensladyday

Sad...It takes so little to 'thrill' you.....

                                         A child has died.

Vjnunez
Vjnunez

No big lose? Every life lose is a big lose. OMG, you are so ignorant George Zimmerman.Lighten up Georgie because the feds are coming.

POPO
POPO

"..that young man wasn't armed he didn't hurt noone"

who gave Zimmerman the bloody nose, and why was he bleeding from the back of his head?

lestref
lestref

Gabe, apparently YOU forgot the beginning of the story - African slaves were sold into slavery by their own African people!! Their culture was destroyed by their own people, from jump street. Unfortunately, for African Americans in the last 40 years, they have been buying into all the crap that Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan and all the other hate mongers, of their ilk, have been spewing about "being kept down" by the big, bad white man. It's not the white man who has kept African Americans down all these years, it's their own "alledged" leaders! Mis-leaders is more appropriate. They keep racism alive, by stirring the racial pot every chance they get, so they can collect a paycheck, dude. And our current POTUS is no better!    

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

 Do you have an opinion on black on black crime which is much more common in our society? Is that whitey's fault?

Mrs. Sweets
Mrs. Sweets

Thank You Baby.... you I want to hug because so many try to turn a blind eye but the truth is RACISM was created in the beginning along with violence,theft,captivity,rape etc. so turn the mirror and point the finger at yourself people. And stop suggesting only Blacks or Hispanic are the only ones using or needing government help because there are tons of white people on food stamps and getting aid, and if they need it help them,I have no problem because we all should give a helping hand when someone is in need and not discriminated.And if Blacks need it for 500 years they should d*** well receive it. Let's fight for all our children and rights for every human being b/c I would try to save any human being when in trouble especially if they have done nothing wrong. P.S. where do these people think scholarships,FEMA,first time home  or business monies etc. comes from the GOVERNMENT and help with bills.....hey I know allot of whites benefit from this,just saying.....   

Vjnunez
Vjnunez

Awesome Garbriel!! No need to argue with fools for they lack the brain power to digest your words...

Googoo
Googoo

Interesting, seems you have completely absorbed the uber liberal Kool Aid on the minority issues. Let's pick your argument apart, shall we?

Africans were enslaved by other Africans & sold to the Europeans to bring to the Americas. A fact conveniently overlooked by the PC crowd. This was an industry in which the Africans themselves zealously took part & were well-compensated.

African culture destroyed by whites in America? Don't make me laugh. Africans brought as slaves came from hundreds of tribes in Africa. There was no monolithic African culture that you seem to be referencing. Most did not even speak the same language. And aside from the Pyramids of Egypt (built by Semitics, not blacks), that entire continent didn't have a bldg higher than one story for centuries. No written languages, no outstanding literature, art, law, architecture, universities etc.

Multiple American billions, if not actual trillions, have been spent the past 50 yrs on improving the situation of minorities in general, blacks in particular. And still the vast majority of blacks in America, live in crime & poverty. The reasons for this are becoming abundantly clear to most everyone who is paying even scant attention: the black community is self-destructing. Some stats:

75% of black children are born to poor, single mothers.Only 43% of black students graduate high school50%-plus of black males are, or have been, incarcerated for crimes.

"Persistent racism continuing to deny blacks equal opportunities"? REALLY?

 I would LOVE to have the special advantages given to blacks & other minorities: affirmative action, diversity quotas, contract set-asides, special "scholarships", housing, loan & educational preferential treatment...the list goes on & on. Not to mention all the welfare & entitlement programs. And yet, their communities are plagued by social & economic ills that are self-created & self-sustaining.

It's very convenient to develop an entitlement mentality & a cult of victimization...it's quite another to get an education, not get pregnant, not do drugs, not commit crimes & yeah, "raise yourself up". Every other immigrant community that ever came to America has done it. So it can be done.

anabel
anabel

Thank you . I also hear the thrill and pride in the terrible comments of so many people . It makes me want to die and get away from this very sorrowful world. Hearing joy in the comment by "googoo" and so many others is scary. My son was shot and killed by a person who claimed his "Castle Doctrine "defense and walked away. Trayvon's death is even more clearly a murder. Murder of innocent sanctioned by law .

Googoo
Googoo

...AND A DRUMROLL PLEEEEEASE !!

As it turns out, the Florida Senate, back in 2005, voted UNANIMOUSLY, 39-0, to pass what is now called the Stand Your Ground law. That includes above-mentioned hypocritical windbag, Frederica Wilson.

If you want to fact-check that, Google "2005 Florida Senate vote on stand your ground law".

Results return an article written by columnist Mike Mayo, Ft Lauderdale Sun Sentinel from March 24, 2012, in which he asks why the ENTIRE Florida Senate voted in favor of this law.

So, Frederica...you want to explain that to all of us? And please, do it as publicly as your melodramatic diatribe quoted in this paper.

Googoo
Googoo

 I'm not "thrilled" that the kid was killed, I'm thrilled at the chance to expose that hypocritical windbag of Frederica Wilson for what she is.

anabel
anabel

REPLY to "POPO" Now that we see the video of g. Zimmerman getting out of the police car with no injury visible on his closely shaven head , Zimmerman's claim of his head being banged and pressed hard onto the concrete doesn't ring true. also, I surely would not blame a 17 yr old boy/young man for punching a man who is following him!  Zimmerman was in a state of agitation ( listen to Zimmerman's call to 911)  Whatever was said to Trayvon at that point was definitely in a confrontational manner.  I don't want to hear anyone else say Trayvon "struck Z. first" as if that gave Mr. Z. reason to kill.Also, if the voice crying for help even does turn out to be Mr. Z's voice, That doesn't make Trayvon  wrong to have hit him if that's even true. Mr. Zimmerman knew the "Stand your Ground" law and felt ready to go with it. His guilt in his heart is Prejudice, Cowardice, self -Importance and visibly to the world the guilt of Murder. Live with the truth Mr. Zimmerman.. You orchestrated the night of Feb. 26, 2012. Live with the consequences of your actions!

Googoo
Googoo

 Queensladyday....if America is too repressive for you, please, by all means, feel free to move to one of those African countries that is a beacon of democracy & freedom. Let me know when you find one.

Queensladyday
Queensladyday

It depends on what you call a crime. WHITE crime is too numerous to mention! Don't pretend your hands are clean. The difference is that white crime very rarely gets punished! Besides the barbaric slavery of Africans & genocide of the American Indian in the U.S....there are your international WARS against people of color....WALL STREETS theft....and countless lynchings. Yes, look at the FACTS you choose. 

Born raised
Born raised

What kind of BS are you talking about? African had slaves? Since when ? And who told you that African brought Slaves to America? Abviously you didn't read history or you are one of the who don't think school is necessary! FYI, Whites invaded African and took not only natural resources, they also took its people. Several years of slavery and colonialism resulted in an unprecedented poverty. Get your facts right!!!

enlightenedwan
enlightenedwan

"Africans were enslaved by other Africans & sold to the Europeans to bring to the Americas. A fact conveniently overlooked by the PC crowd. This was an industry in which the Africans themselves zealously took part & were well-compensated."

So if I sold my ten-year-old daughter to you as a sex slave, would that absolve you of all responsibility? Do people who watch child porn absolved of all responsibility, since the burden of responsibility lies on the people who produced and disseminated it in the first place?

See how easy it is for me to poke holes in this line of reasoning? The burden of responsibility falls on Africans AND Europeans. Failure to accept responsibility is immature.

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