Survival Guide for Unarmed Black Teenage Males in Florida.
The Survival Guide
Are you an African American male between the ages of 15 and 22? Do you live in Florida? If you answered yes to both of these questions then you need to be aware that you frighten overweight, balding, meddlesome non black middle aged men. As such, in the State of Florida, they have the right to shoot you. Juries have now proven twice that shooting and killing you is socially acceptable in Florida and therefore you need to be aware of where you went wrong. After all, apparently, it is your own fault that you got shot and killed. You are a young black male after all.
Scaring Non Black Men is Unacceptable.
The Florida Stand Your Ground Law states, “A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”
They Can Stand Their Ground, But You Cannot
In Florida, meeting force with force apparently means meeting an unarmed teenage black male with a gun. It does not matter if you are simply walking home eating skittles or listening to music outside a convenience store. If you are approached by a non black male who starts to yell at you or even threaten you, you are supposed to back away. You are supposed to say, “yes sir” and in no way are you to defend yourself or your honor.
You are not to stand your ground. The law is not written for you. The law is written for them. How do we know? Because if you do stand your ground, respectfully voice your opposition to their statements, make a sudden movement, or sneeze, then you are “attacking them.” And they can shoot and kill you. Apparently.
Fairness Does Not Matter
Many argue that application of this law is simply unfair. They cite the example where an African American woman fired a warning shot and hit nobody and received a 20 year sentence for attempted murder. Fairness does not matter. Constitutional Rights do not matter. And your lives don’t matter. All that matters, apparently, is that non-white middle aged men can say whatever they want without consequence. They can treat anyone they way they want without consequence. And if someone questions their right to do so, they can shoot and kill you without consequence.
You Don't Understand
What most people who are "outraged" that juries weren't outraged that young black males were killed for apparently being young black males don't understand is that it is hard being an overweight middle aged non-black male. In the good old days they belonged to "clubs" that would deal with their "problem" in a timely and efficient manner. They even wore fancy white robes to identify themselves. It made it easy to tell the good guys from the bad.
But then things changed. People had the audacity to insist that things be done within the judicial process. People insisted that these good Americans could no longer take the law into their own hands. So they had to turn in the sheets, I mean robes, and do things through the legal process. And what did they get? They got stand your ground laws.
And now they don't have to be scared anymore. Isn't that great? Well, they feel better and that is all that really matters. After all, if you can't carry around a concealed weapon and kill the kid who you picked a fight with, a fight you were losing, what good is life? Everyone needs to make middle aged men happy. It is just that simple.
Know The Rules
So, if you are an unarmed African American teenage male in Florida, know your place. You make middle aged non white guys nervous. And they are carrying guns. You should know better to have pride. You should know better than to be in THEIR neighborhood, even if you live there too. You need to push your pride and dignity aside because your existence makes them uncomfortable. You need to push your rights aside because they have the right, apparently, to not have you around. You do not have the right to eat skittles, walk home, or be in a convenience store parking lot if they don’t like it. And if you are around, and they don’t like it, they can shoot you. And apparently, in Florida, the only way they will actually go to jail is if you live.
Be aware, apparently these rules apply in Missouri as well, at least in Ferguson. And apparently is applies in New York City, if you are talking to a cop.
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