To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: When You Think Youâ€™ve Seen EVERYTHING, try this...
Date: Wed Jul 31 10:27:14 MDT 2013
P.O.Box 38628, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 3N1, Canada
friend, told the court that Martin complained that a man was just watching him. And Martin described this man, Jeantel said, as a creepy, white, excuse my language, cracker --- creepy-ass cracker.Jeantels testimony set off a stupid debate, requiring total ignorance of slavery and legal segregation, about the equivalence of blacks using cracker to describe whites, versus whites using the word nigger to describe blacks.And Jeantels physical appearance, as a dark, heavyset young woman, speaking with a Southern dialect as she gave the lawyers a lot of attitude with her curt answers, contributed to the racial view of the case.She became the teenage mammy, in the words of a sociology professor quoted in the New York Times, caricatured for not being smart and using these racial slurs and not being the best witness.And now the media, especially some conservative talk radio outlets, are fixated on the possibility of race riots if Zimmerman is acquitted. Meanwhile, Twitter and other social media sites are full of threats from angry black people to kill Zimmerman if he is not held accountable by a jury for killing Martin.Martin, the 17-year-old, is dead. But he has not escaped the racial slander attached to this case. Zimmermans backers note that Martin had smoked marijuana as if that is unusual among American teenagers. They seem delighted to find online messages in which he took on a rapper, street-thug persona and posed as a tough guy.These UNDATED: This image shows the boat that family of four clung to as 46-year-old John Riggs swam five hours in a storm for help.WBOC.comA Maryland man swam for hours to reach help for his family, including two children, after their boat capsized in a storm off Marylands Eastern Shore.John Franklin Riggs climbed rocks along the shoreline in the dark and knocked on the door of the first house he saw after swimming three miles early Wednesday.He came to the right house, said Angela Byrd, whose dogs barking awakened her. She found 46-year-old Riggs outside, soaking wet and barefoot.He said, Ive been swimming since sundown; I need help, she told the Daily Times.Byrd called 911 and rescuers were soon on their way to the 16-foot Carolina Skiff that capsized near Deal Island, southwest of Salisbury. Life jackets saved the boaters lives, Sgt. Brian Albert of the Maryland Natural Resources Police said."Just not knowing what's going on with them while I was gone. It was getting nasty and blowing harder. And not knowing if we would be able to find them when we got back out there," Riggs told WBOC.com.A Maryland State Police helicopter hovered above the boat as firefighters from Deal Island, Mount Vernon and Fairmount in Somerset County and Westside in Wicomico County pulled alongside. The U.S. Coast Guard also was on the scene, Albert said.Deal Island Fire Chief Donald Ford told WBOC.com that Riggs braved. "some of the worse tides in the Chesapeake B