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Tim Sylvia Explains the Delicate Intricacies of Racial Prejudice in the United States


(He also explained why Sour Patch Kids were a better snack than Skittles, but apparently that rant was completely unrelated.)

By now there’s a good chance that virtually everyone reading this has heard that George Zimmerman has been found not guilty for his role in the death of Trayvon Martin. There’s also a good chance that most of you reading this first saw the verdict not on your television, but rather, on one of your social media accounts. The mix of shock, anger, distrust and disappointment – not to mention debate over racial prejudice in the United States – brought on by this case has caused pretty much everyone on Twitter to try to make sense of it, to the point that no matter who you follow, you have a vague idea of what happened, and are still scrambling to make sense out of it.

Fortunately for us, Tim Sylvia took a break from his intense workouts to address the Twitterverse with his reactions to the story. I know that we like to poke fun at Tim Sylvia on occasion around here, but believe it or not, he offered some very insightful opinions, tasteful humor, and observations that no other pundits were bold enough to address. For example…


“Not guilty oh shit here comes the riots.”


“O Shit not guilty now here comes the riots”

See, Tim Sylvia realized that “black people will riot because Zimmerman isn’t going to jail” was such a profound thought that it wouldn’t register with us the first time he posted it. He knew that we weren’t ready to hear about the terrible riots that went on entirely in his mind after the verdict was read, so he gave us two separate tweets for our feeble little brains to absorb his powerful message.

But knowing that we live in an age that doesn’t accept new ideas that aren’t endorsed by at least two minor celebrities, Sylvia goes on to cite the greatest intellectual of our time, Ted Nugent:


“Uncle Ted has spoken.”

In case you still aren’t convinced that “This is Not About Race,” Tim Sylvia provides you with an accurate first-hand account of the history that liberal America doesn’t want you to read about…


“I don’t remember this much up roar when OJ got away with what he did.”

Compelling argument, Maine-iac, but let’s hear what the other side has to say in response.


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Barely any tweets indeed. Advantage: Sylvia, obviously.

Now that this complex social issue has been fully resolved, there’s only one question that remains: Is Sylvia a great philosopher, or the greatest philosopher?

@SethFalvo

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Hill-Billy- July 16, 2013 at 8:20 pm
The only thing that disturbs me about this

verdict is that now people will think its ok to fatally shoot some enraged punk who is 'kicking your ass MMA style.'

I look forward to more insightful and witty prison blogging from warmachine. If some nobody shoots him dead while he's administering a beating just to avoid suffering great bodily harm or the ending of their insignificant life, that would be 100 times more tragedy than this whole Zimmerman business.
wooganotti- July 16, 2013 at 5:58 am
Lol...... gay marriage, race,abortion,....etc all individualize us.....1st phase of control is isolation over issues that will never affect us. Welcome to the fold,game is called american class warfare....
ArmFarmer- July 15, 2013 at 10:54 pm
Yeah, it was a crappy situation and I think Zimmerman was partially at fault, I just think there is monstrous reasonable doubt that he actually broke the law. If Martin had killed him, it would depend on if the gun had been pulled or not. If the cops get there and it's still in the holster, he's probably screwed. If it's not, you could be right.
Uncle_Irish420- July 15, 2013 at 8:44 pm
@armfarmer you honestly changed my mind about a few things. And I must say if it wasn't for the shitty media telling us a 'white man' did it and totally editing the 911 calls I would have been on martins side. I'm getting sick of being a white male and automatically being considered racist just because the people involved are different colors. If you actually followed the trial you'll know race has NOTHING to do with what happened.
My only problem with what happened was, if a creepy looking dude was following me around when I was 17 I might have tried to get the upper hand first as well, sure I could call the cops, but I could be raped before those piggies show up. We can't always count on the police to save us.
I really feel if Martin had killed Zimmerman, then it would be Martin getting off on self defense. As they say, the past is taught by those who win
ArmFarmer- July 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm
All I can say is they must not have watched the trial. The fact that people were "shocked" indicates that they didn't. It was a no brainer halfway through. I don't see how anyone could possibly watch the prosecutors make their case and think they had any hope of proving him guilty. Even my extremely liberal asian roomate, who was fuming when the story first broke, said he did a complete 180 after watching the illiterate girls testimony.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 15, 2013 at 1:02 pm
The thing that bothers me the most is the manufactured outrage and indignation over this relatively small and isolated incident. Events that are much much worse than this transpire all the time and even have in the recent past with little to no reaction form the unthinking sheep-like masses. Corporate media, which is extremely choosy about what it decides to report in the first place, transforms this unfortunate incident into a horrible act of racist violence and tells everybody to loose their shit over it and the next thing you know all of these ignorant saps are marching in the streets.

I am fairly certain few if any of them took the effort to even gather all of the information that was available to them when forming their opinions (if you can call it theirs) and instead are having a knee jerk reaction to the inflammatory headlines that have been playing 24 hours a day. Not only are they easily manipulated but they are easily distracted from more pressing matters such as the constant and rapidly increasing erosion of personal freedom and right to privacy that directly affects everyone right now and even more so in the future. It is a shameful display of ignorance.

Here in Portland there were 13 gang related shootings in ten days between June 9- 18 and there have been quite a few more in between then and now, including a drive-by in broad daylight in a busy commercial area right by downtown. These things are very sparsely reported on in the news with a few paragraphs at the most, much more coverage is given to the Martin incident. A lot of people seem to have jumped on the bandwagon because of its popularity alone. There was one rally here yesterday and they are already planning another one. It's a pointless and wasted effort that won't accomplish anything.
ArmFarmer- July 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm
Well whata ya know, it looks like some of you did watch the trial.. and surprise surprise those people that did are not outraged by the predictable outcome.
Thumblaster- July 15, 2013 at 10:30 am
@ holeeball you forgot " I can't read cursive"
Revengeance- July 15, 2013 at 10:10 am
Sylvia didn't claim that there were no "tweets" about the OJ verdict, just that there was no major uproar. I remember the OJ verdict, there was lots of news coverage, but I don't remember seeing protests in many major cities across the country, and really don't remember hearing about riot police needing to be dispatched to deal with those protesters like they did this weekend in LA and Oakland.
Thumblaster- July 15, 2013 at 9:22 am
I show up for parties rockin' white sweatpants and a boner.
JayJitsu310- July 15, 2013 at 5:05 am
No tweets about OJ, maybe because the OJ case was in '94-'95, and twitter hadn't even been invented yet. Way to go Timmy.
joelforsyth- July 15, 2013 at 7:15 am
You must be really fun at parties.
holeeball- July 15, 2013 at 4:53 am
Also this:

That’s retarded, Sir
creepy-ass cracker
bald headed dude

It was a whole bag of laughs.
holeeball- July 15, 2013 at 4:49 am
It was quite funny seeing MOM and DW rip the prosecution with cold hard facts. It was painful watching the prosecution appealing to the heart strings of an all female jury that turned out a verdict based purely on logic. Any other outcome would be MADNESS. Congrats 'murica. It seems some of you are still sane.
holeeball- July 15, 2013 at 4:46 am
qwer
Thumblaster- July 15, 2013 at 4:44 am
The media in this case has done a shitty job specifically nbc. After this tragedy it was reported that a white man shot a black kid, ( as they show a picture of a 9 year old trayvon) and then they edited the 911 tape to make it seem the only reason zimmerman was following martin was because he was black. It 's terrible that this happend but if the media is so concerned about black youth's then the violence in our cities where black teens are shooting and killing black teens every day should be given the same attention.
ArmFarmer- July 15, 2013 at 3:29 am
The open carry part is actually debatable, but that's not the official story anyway. Florida law:
It is not a violation of this section for a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm as provided in s. 790.06(1), and who is lawfully carrying a firearm in a concealed manner, to briefly and openly display the firearm to the ordinary sight of another person, unless the firearm is intentionally displayed in an angry or threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense.
Since he was pursuing a suspicious character that he'd reported to police and was performing neighborhood watch, it would be hard to argue the self defense aspect. Regardless, who the fuck tries to fist fight a guy pointing a gun at them??
ArmFarmer- July 15, 2013 at 3:15 am
I'm not happy that this happened, it's a tragedy and it sounds like it could have easily been avoided by both parties involved, but it did happen and just because it's upsetting doesn't mean we throw the legal process out the window. The burden of proof is on the prosecutor, not the defendant. You know that whole "innocent until proven guilty" thing? If you watched the trial, then you saw the prosecution fall flat on its face and do nothing but help the defense. The trial was a joke. Not to mention he wasn't even arrested until days after the fact because the police on the scene ruled it self defense on the spot and gave him his gun back. I'd be happy to debate it with anyone that disagrees with the verdict, but I get the impression the people that disagree with me didn't watch the trial and won't have much to offer other than "whitey shot an unarmed teenager... racist". Btw, CP, your reply button is broken. I wrote a pretty lengthy response that disappeared.
ArmFarmer- July 15, 2013 at 3:07 am
While I don't really think it has anything to do with the matter, if someone did want to claim that Martin was a thug it wouldn't be hard to justify and race doesn't need to be a factor. http://www.wftv.com/gallery/news/local/photos-trayvon-martin-cellphone-pics-released/g9wK/#3454150
ArmFarmer- July 15, 2013 at 3:05 am
No, ricky, it's not self defense. It's not illegal to walk down the sidewalk in America with a gun in your hand. While it might be creepy, it wouldn't give him justification to attack zimmerman. Even if that's what happened, which isn't the official story, Zimmerman is still within the law to shoot him once he feels his life is in danger so even if your somewhat silly hypothesis is correct, it doesn't change a thing. Did you watch the trial by the way?
rickyskaggs- July 15, 2013 at 2:36 am
I'm sorry you feel that way, Arm. ever stop to think that maybe tray saw that the strange adult male following him had a gun? is that then not self defense? oh wait, he's a no-good "thug"... racists......
ArmFarmer- July 15, 2013 at 3:02 am
Of course, someone disagrees with you so they are automatically a racist. You must have missed that part about the burden of proof. There is no evidence that Zimmerman attacked Martin.. there isn't even a logical reason to believe he did. That would be the only justification for Martin assaulting him (self defense). It's not illegal to walk down the sidewalk in America holding a gun, so regardless of how creepy it is it is not justification to viciously attack someone nor would it be legal. Even if Zimmerman was walking down the sidewalk behind martin holding a gun in his hand, and Martin attacked him, it would still be legal for Zimmerman to shoot him once he feels his life is in danger. That doesn't appear to be what happened anyway, as the official story is that the gun was holstered until Martin was already on top of him, and ballistics confirmed that evidence was consistent with the shot being fired while Martin was on top of Zimmerman. Did you watch the trial, by the way? Anyone who did knew a week in advance that he would be found not guilty. The prosecution had nothing to offer, all they did was strengthen Zimmermans case. The accused aren't the ones responsible for proving that they didn't commit a crime, you are innocent until proven guilty not the other way around. They did absolutely nothing to prove him guilty. Why do you think the police didn't even arrest him when the incident occurred? Because they determined on the spot that it was clearly self defense. Now I'm not saying that Zimmerman didn't make some bad decisions, Martin certainly did as well. It's a tragedy that could have been avoided by either party, but what happened happened. If you can provide me with a good LEGAL reason why Zimmerman should have been found guilty I'd love to hear it. If you didn't follow the trial, however, and you're just going off of a knee jerk "whitey shot an unarmed black kid" reaction, then why waste your time?
ArmFarmer- July 14, 2013 at 9:11 pm
Ok I just googled to check out reactions and I already know my comment is going to cause a shitstorm so I'll explain.. Guy on neighborhood watch in a neighborhood that's had a lot of crime problems see's someone he thinks looks suspicious walking behind the houses so he follows him. Instead of stopping and asking why he's following him and trying to resolve the issue peacefully, the Martin starts swinging. Martin didn't give Zimmerman a chance to explain he's on neighborhood watch and he's just trying to keep the place safe, he immediately resorted to physical violence. Zimmerman is on his back having his face beaten in and his head bounced off the pavement, so he defends himself with the weapon he's legally carrying for that purpose. Unfortunately, the wound was fatal, but he felt his life was in danger and he defended himself the only way he could. That is not illegal. Again, it's tragic and probably could have been avoided by both parties involved, but it's not illegal to defend yourself when you are being attacked and feel your life is threatened. Also, the burden of proof is on the prosecutor, not the defendant. They need to prove beyond reasonable doubt that it wasn't a case of self defense, and they couldn't. That's my take.
ArmFarmer- July 14, 2013 at 8:54 pm
Please tell me the majority aren't outraged by this verdict? I haven't really been paying attention to the reaction. I paid attention to the trial though, and it seemed pretty clear cut self defense. A tragedy, sure, but if you have someone bouncing your head off of pavement from an unprovoked attack.. you have the right to defend yourself.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm
If Timmy wants a career rebirth he should hire Sensei Seagal.

On the weekends they could drive around Jefferson Parish harassing crack heads and gangbangers and keeping the streets of small town 'Merica clean as a whistle.
holeeball- July 14, 2013 at 3:25 pm
Regardless, I'll be counting the days until some BP lunatic finally makes good on his words.
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