The Black Community Remains Quiet As Woman Serves 20 Year Sentence

Marissa Alexander is serving “mandatory twenty year sentence,” for shooting a warning shot into the air after her abusive husband, Rico Gray, threatened to kill her. Nobody was hurt in that case.

Marissa Alexander

A little over four months ago,  a Florida judge sentenced 31-year-old Marissa Alexander to 20 years in prison for three charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Alexander  fired a gun into the air in an attempt to scare her violent husband, who’d gone into a rage after reading text message exchanges between Alexander and her ex-husband. “That’s when he strangled me. He put his hands around my neck,” Alexander said.

In a desperate attempt to save her life, she broke from his grip and ran into the garage to flee the home in her car. Allowing her panic to get the best of her, she forgot to grab her keys and couldn’t open the garage door. Alexander found one solution that could save her from her crazed husband. “I knew I had to protect myself,” she said. “I could not fight him. He was 100 pounds more than me. I grabbed my weapon at that point.”

When her husband, Rico Gray, saw the pistol at her side, Alexander claims he threatened to kill her — that’s when she decided to make the hasty decision to fire the weapon. Instead of aiming the gun towards Gray, Alexander aimed the weapon to the ceiling. ”I believe when he threatened to kill me, that’s what he was absolutely going to do. That’s what he intended to do. Had I not discharged my weapon at that point, I would not be here,” Alexander said. She said she fired into the air intending to scare him away, and Gray quickly left the house with his two children. No one was hurt in the incident, but Alexander sits in jail facing a 20-year sentence on three charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Alexander attempted to use Florida’s “stand your ground” law — the same law that George Zimmerman is using to defend his decision to kill 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February this year; however, for some reason the law, did not apply to Alexander’s case. Many are questioning whether or not race is playing a role in the judge’s decision to sentence her 20 years.

So why isn’t the black community in an uproar of this ridiculous sentence? Comedian Niecy Nash just sent her condolences to the murder victim of a man who killed her brother in 1993. Robert Lee Heard was sixteen at the time that he killed Nash’s brother. After serving time in a juvenile corrections facility until 2002, Heard attempted to strike again in 2003, and was convicted of attempted first-degree murder and sent to prison until 2011. This past weekend, Heard struck again — this time stabbing his 35-year-old wife to death. Why does our justice system allow a two-time violent offender to roam the streets victimizing more people while Marissa Alexander spends the next 20 years of her life behind bars for discharging her weapon in the air?

As privately owned prison management company, Corrections Corporation of America seeks to lure 48 states with a $250 million-dollar proposal that requests a 90% occupancy rate, one must wonder whether or not African Americans realize they’ll more than likely make the mass majority of the 90% occupancy rate required — if all 48 states agree to adopt the proposal as Ohio has. At what point will African Americans aggressively seek true justice? Expressing that African Americans should stay out of the justice system does not address the fact that when we are in the justice system, we’re treated unfairly.

Do you believe African Americans should address the racial bias in the courtroom?

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90 Responses to The Black Community Remains Quiet As Woman Serves 20 Year Sentence

  1. Vickie Leaverette September 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Hell yes, this is bullshit

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    • BigWill September 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      As of 5:04 Central Time on 9/18/12 there were only 27 comments posted related to this very important issue. Couple of days ago a rodeo clown made a disparaging remark about FLOTUS Michelle Obama and 283 people found it necessary to respond. And people wonder why we’re dead last in everything except sports and entertainment.

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      • You GOT THAT RIGHT September 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm

        There is a HIDEN AGENDA here in America that people are NOT AWARE OF. A agenda of the RICH TAKE ALL AND DAM THE REST OF US, in any way possible. People need to wake up and REALLY PAY ATTENTION. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER !!!!

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    • Ms. Miller December 6, 2012 at 9:06 am

      This situation with Marissa is just an outright miscarriage of justice….bad treatment…and a good example of the awful way that so many Black folks have been treated in the socalled “Justice System.” She had a restraining order on that husband of hers. What about that? I hope she can get some attorneys and others to help her fight this case. And to add some salt into the wound …her prosecutor is the same one doing the Trayvon Martin case. Zimmerman killed someone and is still walking around telling lies to the press. This is just sick.

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  2. Cree Seven September 17, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Absolutely

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  3. celeste hart September 18, 2012 at 8:35 am

    of course Ohio would. this injustice is modern slavery. not enough is done, it’s ignored, the lawyers must be getting a piece of the cash and the judges are collecting also. I pray for the day it comes out. Thank u for posting.

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  4. Ms. Miller September 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Marissa’s story is so sad…and unfair. She is not alone…as the Courts and jail (prison) system have turned into a monster…and many out of control cops help keep it going. She was arrested on a petty issue anyway…no one was killed or injured. She had a restraining order against her husband too. So what kind of corrupt, caveman people put her away like this ???? We better WAKE UP….and smell the JAILERS….and fight this ugly system….and there are many other MARISSA’S and TRAYVONS …TROY DAVISs….and SEAN BELLS…(etc.)

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  5. tamika howard September 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Yes that is crazy n they say the racism is not here black ppl will never get a break like white folks n this is becoming sad n the worst part of it all she didn’t even shot the mothersucker n he try 2 kill her black ppl watch up n pay attention.. they wanna keep our kinda lock up like a cage animal black ppl learn how 2 really stick 2gether her story is a wake up call but I truly know how this system is…..

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  6. Johnnie September 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    It is time that we speak up and help support our women and men when we see something like this. I just watched Jennifer Hudson interview on Own Talk Show Sat. and she said her sisters husband had threaten her family before he acted on it. and he followed through on his threats. So what would have happen if she had shot him ? I guess she would have got life for self defense.The system stinks when it come to protecting blacks.We must stick together .

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  7. Tremaine Simon September 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    How does she get 20 years, and no one is injured or dies? smh

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  8. Ain't BreBre September 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Yes, as I do without any problem with doing so, as long as the keep telling us it doesn’t affect our living, working, family and freedom. By the way where is my 40 acres and a mule!! While Mitt Romney is saying we want the system to give us something the United States of America owes me!!!

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  9. Mrs Brown September 18, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    So sad I wish we supported each other

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  10. conru carpenter September 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    So this woman has to sit in prison for 20 years for self defense!?!?!?! WOWW.. But something tells me that if this were a white woman & a black man had been trying to strangle her, HE”D be in jail & she’d be scott free. This is just Blatant racism. No other way of looking at it. I really hope this gets overturned

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  11. J. D. Hill September 19, 2012 at 2:08 am

    These kinds of things happen, because Black people have to be begged and bribed to vote. White America respects two things: the dollar and the vote. Most of us don’t have many dollars, but together we have all of the votes that we need to accomplish what needs to be done. When WE begin to act like citizens who deserve justice, we’ll be treated like citizens who get it!

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    • HJayBee September 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      This is true.
      However, the stand your ground laws on their face would have been helpful to the black community and all people -
      we didn’t take into account racist police officers, or NRA giving massive amounts of funds to fight cases like this… for people who aren’t black or brown

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  12. Nick September 19, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Equally concerning is the fact that the prosecutor in the Alexander case is the same Angela Corey that is representing the state in the Trevon Martin case. She argued against Alexander’s right to “stand your ground” as a defense. Corey reportedly made the argument that “stand your ground” was not applicable in the Alexander case since Alexander could have jumped out the window to avoid the threat. Zimmerman certainly did not avoid the threat – in fact he created it! Corey now appears to be releasing questionably evidence which could lead to case dismissal or a mistrial (thus freeing Zimmerman). Florida’s governor Rick Scott personally selected Corey (and I maintain for the purpose of botching the case). Let me state for the record, Florida law DOES allow and even encourages public release of trial evidence. Nevertheless, let’s not forget that Corey is a lawyer paid by the state. I’m attentively waiting to see if she fights for Treyvon Martin as vigorously as she fought against Alexander.

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  13. Ishmar Muhammad September 19, 2012 at 6:31 am

    This really Burns me up! Where is Rev Al when you need him?if somebody tried to Break in my House & I kill them you mean to tell me I’m going to Jail? I will Burry that fool in the Backyard lol I won’t sqill on myself these Crackers off the Hook Black people catch Hell all upin America from both sides of the Law!

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  14. Joe September 19, 2012 at 9:00 am

    We only get outraged when somebody WHITE does something to black people…other than that we’re pretty uninterested

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    • HJayBee September 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      This is true on a small scale. We too have internalized the idea that black life/black liberty is less valuable and we pay less attention unless it’s *directly* infringed by a white person.

      But these laws were made by white people
      executed by white police officers
      and the decisions will be made by white judges
      We should be outraged regardless because this is a bunch of *white people* doing something awful to *black people*

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    • Michael Fard December 9, 2012 at 9:46 am

      We are very interested its just that the mass media hasn’t ran with this story and we think no one knows. LOOK AT THE RESPONSES ON THIS THREAD! Black people aren’t silent the media is.

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  15. Mel September 19, 2012 at 10:07 am

    This is out right ridiculous. Yes we need top take a stand. How could she get all that time & never even committed a crime!!!

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  16. rochelle September 19, 2012 at 10:51 am

    This burns me up….Speackless i cant even say what i inteaded to say…My heart goes out to her!

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  17. blacxkcobra@yahoo.com September 19, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Well if I see this right there a loophole in the Constitution that would set this woman free, and to fire a warning shot and get 20 year is just off the wall, she should have got a fine but seems like the court lock her up to protect her from her hubby but as we go into the future we as African Americans need to look at things more closely and understand how things really work, if u have not register to vote go register even if u don’t vote least u will be on file, also there are a lot of young men and women who have not register for selective services but do the young men really care or even read the fine print…Google it and see for your self the fine back then was 50,000 now today its 250,000 now if the government wanted to get really oppressed they might start fining blk men for not doing that, they use to make a commercial but I have not seen one in years so everyone think about that and WAKE THE FUCK UP!

    BLACXKCOBRA//PRINCE OF THA UNITED STATEZ

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    • Derrick September 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      UNCLE SAME WANTS YOU!!! That’s the commercial you are speaking about.

      The reason they are not worried about these young brothers registering for the armed services, is because the pigs are KILLING THEM, instead of going overseas to be killed by a foreigner.

      This is a plan! These pigs bust a nut when they KILL A BLACKMAN! This is why they shoot them in the head or back, because it gives them a thrill. When they really get freaky; they’ll shoot a brother multiple times!!!

      An ex Black cop told me this!!! And Black cops are NOT ALLOWED to kill, beat or injure a cracker criminal…no matter how hardcore the crime. They have to call a cracker pig or their ‘boss’ and they will make the decision!!!

      WE ARE DEALING WITH ANIMALS; THAT’S WHY THEY ARE CALLED PIGS…THE FILTHIEST, NASTIEST AND SLOPPIEST ANIMAL ON THE PLANET!!!

      I think it’s too late to wake our people up mentally because they are too far gone with materialism! They would rather look at negroid fe-males acting a fool on tell-a-LIE-vision, then to listen to the Truth, or grab a Black book! THIS IS THE MINDSET they are used to because of the media, re-ligion and this racist school system.

      Like I keep saying over and over…these laws are written for caucasoids! We are still ‘fighting’ for our rights, but we were the FIRST PEOPLE ON THE PLANET, WHO MADE THE LAWS!

      MUSA aka Moses! He was the LAW MAKER…a Black Man!

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  18. Milton Gardner September 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I was born in 1960 as a child I did’nt experince a lot of the racial issues, but I lived in that era. how sad in the year 2012 things have not improved any. God Help

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    • dorothy September 25, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      all who believe in the power of prayer please pray and write your local civil rights organizations. They just sit there like good little slaves while our people are put back into slavery. We must speak up and follow what the demons from hell are doing. Write your congresman and Florida Govenor even President Obama.

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  19. christ September 19, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    what can we do to help her?

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  20. christ September 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    what can we do to help her

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  21. RAMONA ROSS September 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I BELEIVE OUR RACE SHOULD PLAY ROLE WHEN WE R IN THE COURT CAUSE ALL I SEE FROM READING HER STORY IS THAT SHE IS BEING DESCRIMINASTE AND THAT’S NOT RIGHT

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  22. figebornu September 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    She should prevail on appeal.

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  23. Garfield Griffin September 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Crazy Crazy Crazy. Will we ever stand a fair chance in the Justice System in America. Isn’t it time. This is Mississippi Justice back in the 60′s. Its damn time we start changing things. The only time most blacks get in an uproar is when their Gold Chain is missing. Hmmmmm.

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  24. David (The Roof Doctor) September 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Our People is expecting someone else, to do “The Work”. Faith without Works is very Dead. Someone else, is expecting Our People to do “The Work”.

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  25. ST September 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    There’s so much injustice in our court system when it comes to blacks, the question should be how do we address them and should we pick our battles? Also, you write black people. What black people? Are you calling for a nation-wide protest? What are the local blacks doing? I’m not trying to belittle the incident. This story has already received nation wide attention. I’m just wondering, who are you expecting a protest from? We have this kind of local injustice in every state. I suggest that activist who come across this events, should organize and fight the criminal system and injustices on their level. If we expect every gross injustice to receive the same kind of attention as the Trayvon Martin case, they are going to find a lot of blacks with “battle fatigue”. The black local leaders should be all over this case.

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  26. LMW September 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    This story came out months ago.Is the NAACP Legal Defense,not helping her. How many women are incarcirated because of domestic violence. This, is so sad. Prayers are helpful,yet she needs legal and probably financial help.

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  27. thomasisthe1 September 19, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Where are all the celebrity Reverends when someone is really in need? Probably there’s no money in this particular cause for the Rev’s to take an interest.

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  28. Robert Lewis Taylor September 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Have Black Pastors Of Black Churchess In Florida Been Alerted To Marissa’s Plight As Well As The Pathetic Handling Of Her Case By Her Lawyers; The Black CHURCH In Florida Remains Quiet As Woman Serves 20 Year Sentence; One Of The Issues Daily Impacting Many Black Women In The Black Church Is Domestic Violence; Surely Women In The Church Can Relate And Would Be Willing To Organize Under Inspired Leadership…

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    • Victoria Burton September 19, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      SAD BUT TRUE! Where in the HELL are we when we are needed the most? Common sense is not prevailing here in any kind of way! Where are the BLACK REV’S? PREACHERS? MINISTERS? PASTORS? AL SHARPTON? Where in the HELL is the NAACP? Had she been a WHITE WOMAN I bet her ASS would not have even seen the inside of the jail cell! What can I do to HELP HER?

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  29. Onaje Asheber September 19, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    When this came out, I pointed out the President(Obama) could do something. Openly let it be known Black Folks will not support Obama if she is not released before November. What we got lose?

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  30. DJ Kaneck September 19, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Why should anyone react? Don’t be mad, just saying. I believe she deserves another 20 for being THAT stupid. She had children for the man. She know what kind of person he is, then bear his kids…dumb-ass. Then to get sentenced for a crime that requires unwanted “contact” when no “contact” was made…how you fall off? Keep putting your life in these Eurocentric courts and YOU ain’t Eurocentric. Now when George Zimmerman gets acquitted for the same defense from the same prosecutor what y’all gone do next? Nothing but still thinking y’all equal to people who are less than equal to you. See what will “Jesus” do then! No DRAMA from Obama this time! Blacks will “do” any and everything the white man tells them and beg for it.

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  31. Of Pleiadian Origin(al) September 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    This is the way of the world today. It appears that what matters to a people is ego, money, sex, drugs, and video games. When will a people as a whole wake up?

    A people has separated their true (spirit) selves from the almighty loving GOD. A people have therefore created and excepted a God of vengeance and wrath, so as to excuse themselves from living up to their purposed contracts. They’ve given themselves free will to experience these “pleasurable atrocities” without guilt.

    Truly, a people who created this false god, this anti-christ, will experience its vengeful and wrathful creation. All who BElieve in Jesus the Christed, our lord and brother of an everlasting father, GOD, are assured a place in GOD’s kingdom. “In my father’s house there are many mansions.”

    Wakeup, from your illusions that you hold so tightly to, yet wallow in wretched pain to continue in. All who sacrifice/d themselves through suffrage and/or death in order to WAKE A PEOPLE UP, Father GOD has blessed their souls as we speak.

    Sister love, I send my truest and most sincere blessings to your current state of BEing, and I personally pray right now that GOD keeps you, you are indeed a beacon in the midst of the storm. I love you and you stay strong in Christ!

    In Jesus name,
    Amen

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  32. SmokeyCarmichael September 19, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    The reason why Rev Al and the NAACP aren’t doing anything about Marissa Alexander being in jail is because they actually know the facts to this case. After hearing numerous interview given by her ex-husband regarding this case, listening to Angela Corley speak about the case and then doing some research on the trial it obvious that she’s guilty. Alexander did NOT shoot her gun up in the air. Thats a lie thats been getting spread. She went and got her gun and shot towards her husband, who was standing next to their 2 children. I dont believe she should be serving 20 years for shooting a gun when it doesnt harm anyone but you shouldnt be able to shoot at someone with children around and get off Scott Free! If she was that threatened, she should have got in the car and left! Not go to the car, get her gun and threaten someone standing next to children. If George Zimmerman should’ve stayed in the car then Marissa Alexander shouldve gotten IN the car! And when Tom Joyner interviewed her ex-husband he seemed real suspect. He was defending her but he seemed to know a whole lot more info than the average ex husband would have. He just doesnt come off as a trustworthy dude. 20 years is messed up! A year or 2 seems more reasonable considering no one was hurt but this is another example of Mandatory Minimums. But I dont see the racism here.

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  33. imSimplyCarolyn September 20, 2012 at 2:40 am

    The way this artic le was written I thought this woman shot and killed somebody to get 20 years!!!
    The justice system is only working for white people. Zimmerman,was allowed to walk around free. But this woman didnt kill anyone but she gets 20 years!!!
    Black people WAKE-THE-HELL-UP!!!!

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  34. Cheryl London September 20, 2012 at 10:40 am

    This is terrible! So said, what can we do to help her??

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  35. EducBlkMan September 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    This crap will continue until our most visible and notable figures take a stand and speak out against these injustices and abuses of authority. In the Civil Rights era Black celebrities were active in not just supporting those fighting for our rights, but they also took a stance against it themselves. They didn’t lay in the background waiting for the dust to settle, hoping their money hasn’t been hurt. People like Ali, Harry Belafonte, Ossie and Ruby Davis stood on the front lines, not for a photo-op, but because they understood we are all in it together.
    When the Birdmen, Kanye’s, and so on get in the fight, and continue to fight, (not just for a weekend or a music festival) the rest of the nation will be compelled to pay attention. They don’t have to make every song about struggling against an unbalanced justice system, but the fact that they care about more than party and B.S. should be known.

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    • Derrick September 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Sharpton is in a perfect position to spread, how we are being treated, in racist amerikkka. But, like I said earlier, he has to dance to msnbc’s rules and regulations. He can make some noise, but can’t kick no dust!!!

      Some of his shows on the radio doesn’t address REAL BLACK ISSUES! This political mess is ALL over these so-called Black radio stations. It’s the same format and questions concerning O’Drama and williard.

      Instead of taking calls, he should be skooling younger Rebels, who ain’t scared to fight and speak up! Showing caucasoids, who intelligent you are ain’t gonna get it! Look how they DISRESPECT O’Drama, and he’s the prez!

      Sharpton is getting old, and he should be pouring out that knowledge and wisdom to the younger generation because ain’t nothing wrong with teaching your OWN kind. They didn’t go threw what WE went through, some of them think everythang is ‘peaches and cream’. They don’t know their True OURstory and have been brainwashed with what they see on tell-a-LIE-vision, and what they were TRAINED to beLIEve when they went to schools of lower learning.

      We must go back to learn how to love EACH OTHER instead of worrying about loving somebody, who HATES US!! I remember after church EVERY sun-day, we would invite people over to our house and eat and have fun! We respected our elders and called them Mr. & Mrs. instead of by their first names, like these children do nowadays!

      The sisters COOKED dinner in the basement of the church, and YOU DID NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR THE DINNERS!!! Today, these xtians fill up caucasoid’s establishments after church EVERY sun-day! These mega churches with all these kitchens in the basement could put people to work!!! But, they go and support OTHER people’s businesses, but cry about ‘no jobs’.

      We MUST go back to the good old days because ain’t a damn thang wrong with loving YOURSELF! We have so much SELF-HATE today, that it’s almost impossible to wake our lost brothers and sisters minds up to deal with REALITY! Everythang is ‘virtual’, not REAL!!! FAKE!!!

      I enjoyed the Soul and Spirit of these leaders, but we must TAKE ACTION! It’s time to turn the DREAM into REALITY, and stop begging these serpents for our god-given rights, which are FREEDOM, JUSTICE, LIBERTY AND EQUALITY!!! how come they ENJOY their rights, but we have to continue to FIGHT for ours? And, they CLAIM amerikkka is the land of the free?

      It’s time to DEMAND and TAKE our rights! If these serpents want us to vote for them; then GIVE US OUR RIGHTS…NOW! This is all WE have to do…you can’t do it alone.

      Where’s O’Drama when WE need him? We are the ONLY culture, that is being NEGLECTED in this election, and each year OUR VOTING RIGHTS get taken away!

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  36. JDub81 September 21, 2012 at 12:42 am

    There is so much stupidness coming out of the state of Florida’s law system that maybe, just maybe….folks are becoming immune to the goings on there. I would hope that the brother who was hired by Trayvon Martin’s parents or any lawyer steps up to the plate and give this woman grounds for a appeal or new trial.

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  37. Hill September 21, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Ok. Where and who do we write to about this. What is the solution.

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  38. RevolutionaryMindset September 21, 2012 at 10:42 am

    This case is old and Alexander’s side as already been debunked. She’s guilty. That’s why Al Sharpton and the NAACP won’t touch this case. They’ve already spoke about it in the beginning of the trial. She’s in jail because she shot at her husband and kids, Period! She did NOT shoot up into the ceiling to scare off of husband! That lie had been debunked in the trial by forensic evidence. Yes, she had a restraining order against her husband but he had one against her too! The only thing Alexander is a victim of is an extremely long sentence for a crime in which no I e was hurt. But we as a people need to get FACTS before we start screaming racism! We can’t be screaming racism and injustice when we don’t even wanna research the case on our own. That’s ignorance!

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  39. Sharon 'Shazz' Nembhard September 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Trayvon died for legitimate “STAND YOUR GROUND” scenarios like this to be amplified too…Trayvon stood his ground to defend his life and was shot by a monster. What is it, we don’t have energy for two demonstrations? Isn’t that what’s the problem…we run out of steam so quickly? 20 YEARS!!! No wonder Heaven always confirms itself in 2′s or 3′s and most of us can hardly pass 1′s.

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  40. Empress September 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Some of us are followers and need others to make a move, but this is just not right. Yes, we should protest, do whatever it takes to free this sister of the MONSTER. This is really sad.

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  41. Carolyn Robinson September 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I’m so sad that this has happened. I pray she appeals this decision. What can be done to help her more?

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  42. sasack September 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Twenty(20) yrs. for discharging a weapon, not at an individual but skyward? In a garage where the bullet was of no potential harm to anyone?
    There is something wrong with this account or the lady had piss-pot poor legal representation.
    Hell you can’t get twenty(20) years of incarceration for discharging a firearm in violation of jurisdictional codes/laws that prohibit such, unless you’re in NYC, and don’t have a license to have a firearm.

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  43. Terrell September 21, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I bet the judge was not a black man. And why did I say that …..because ones hue should not play a part in having justice prevail………..but it did…..I will vote for the Obama family I don’t care if he turns this country upside down and back…to hell with America.

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  44. Tokunboh September 22, 2012 at 1:55 am

    This is the reality of America and the sooner we wake up to its nefarious and insidious nature, the better we all shall be for it….
    You gotta love this ‘democratic’ country of ours…federal sentencing guidelines allows judges to indiscriminately discriminate against offenders in drug cases based on thier ‘discretion’ or alternatively, the race of the defendant in question. Recently, Caucasian Artist Tom Otterness was awarded a $370,000 contract by the S.F. Arts Commission even after it came to light that he had shot a dog years ago in cold blood, as part of an ‘art project’…Ha! Isn’t that why Michael Vick was thrown into federal prison for several years? There are an average of a hundred thousand, (yes, 100,000) comparative cases which have discrimination and prejudice written all over them which are covered up each and every day in this great nation of ours, you just have to know where to look. Like the Rev. Jeremy Wright once famously said, “…not God bless America, God damn America!!!”!!!!

    And then you have the strange story of poor ex-Green Bay Packer Johnny Jolly whose only real crime is being black; he was just sentenced to 6 years in jail for possession of………codeine…haha…America, are you serious..codeine, really? Can anyone say Rush Limbaugh, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan or Jenna Bush? Oh, I’m sorry, they’re all white…..Johnny Jolly is getting 6 years which is what the so-called ‘hero’ and ‘Robin Hood’ of Washington, Colton Harris Moore got for robbing over a hundred houses, stealing several planes, cars and boats, shooting at people and being on the FBI’s most wanted list for years (yeah, right). It took the backward ill-equipped police force of the black nation of the Bahamas to arrest him. Yet 20th Century Fox has already negotiated with the ‘charismatic barefoot bandit’ to the tune of $1.3 million to tell his ‘heroic’ tale once he gets out of jail. Yeah, I guess Johnny Jolly codeine self abuse is just as heinous, right? We need not even inquire into the race of persons involved in these kind of cases every day. If they are granted basic human rights, their identities not released or the charges dropped, reduced to a mere pittance such as probation or dismissal, we have our answer. If their faces are shown every five minutes on every station in the nation, if they have no right to the presumption of innocence before being judged guilty, if they are used to inflame passions of fear we immediately know they are minorities. Welcome to America.

    19 year old Sonoma State University student, Kaitlyn Dunaway was just sentenced to 5 DAYS (!) in jail after she plead guilty to vehicular manslaughter for killing a two year old girl while texting and driving. The girl she killed was part Chinese. I leave you to guess the race of Ms. Dunaway. We are all witness to the recent gruesome ‘alleged’ rapes of young boys by the former Penn State defensive coach. Can anyone say probation? In 2009 Rush Limbaugh, arrested after being in possession of over two thousand painkillers several times more powerful and prohibited than codeine, which more than four doctors had procured for him over a mere six month period, had all charges dropped if he continued a drug treatment program. While white celebrities like Linsday Lohan, Paris Hilton, amass an enviable repeat offender reputation for drug possession, among other serious offenses, they routinely serve a day or so in jail…and come out as ‘heroes’. I have friends of all races and I want to emphasize that it is not personal or the fault of my Caucasian brethren that the system is set in this fashion If the shoe were on the other foot, I’d probably take advantage of it too….I just like to point out facts that other people wish would stay buried….sayonara!!!

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  45. LarryJ September 22, 2012 at 9:23 am

    The husband should have been arrested and charged…..Than again, its her word vs his and who really knew what went down between them. A 20 year prison sentence is far too excessive for just firing a weapon into the air and no one was hurt or killed. These brain dead Negroes and Hispanics hip hop want a be gangsters and nickle and dime street drug dealers fired their guns here in The Bronx 24/7 and nothing happens to them…!!!

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  46. Allen September 22, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I have a problem with this story. How do we go from firing a gun in the air, to twenty years in prison?

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    • HJayBee September 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      To clarify – the Florida gun laws are strict, but only as strict as those that decide to execute the laws.
      There’s a really disparate implementation

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    • Derrick September 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Answer: it’s a Black woman!

      You know these laws are made for caucasoids; while we Blacks, still have to fight for ours!!!

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  47. Katherine Turner September 22, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Okay Bigg Will, my daughter posted this on FB, that’s how I found out about this article. If you know about this case or related to this lady or come across it YOU take the initiative to share. We are not related to this case in any way other than we are also black in America. But I know FL is the retarded state (excuse my political INCORRECTNESS!) But Floridians need to be fighting that BOGUS stand your ground nonsense! Since WHEN is it okay to kill if a person if a person LOOKS LIKE they are a danger, but if you choose not to kill and just want to scare your offender away and you just discharge your weapon you get a life sentence? Really? Who DOES that and WHERE do they do that at? OH, FLORIDA.

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  48. Charmond September 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Yes in and outside the courtroom, you get punished inside for your race and if you have any intellect if your a dumb n**** then they feel sorry for you and give you the best deal, but if you have any intelligence then they sentence you unfairly saying your trying to play the system.

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  49. HJayBee September 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Yes – we should address racial bias in the courtroom. But in what way? In McCleskey v. Kemp, defendant’s counsel brought all sorts of relevant evidence calling out the court for its obvious and blatant racial bias… which the court was not concerned with.

    Picketing and bringing the issues up in court over and over will not make Scalia care any more. The issue really is the tendency for a racially biased jury (in that case). Which in turn, is really an issue of racially biased people generally – especially as made worse by a racially biased police force (who even with the best intentions have a tendency to be encouraged to act in a way that disparately impacts people of color).

    In the instant case of Alexander – what can we do?
    Should we protest outside of the courtrooms?
    Send mass messages to the judges?
    Protest the legislature? Suggest an amendment to Stand Your Ground? Demand that it be repealed?
    All of the above? Alright. Awesome. let’s go.

    Even if we organize and do this – even if we are successful – shouldn’t we be addressing racial bias and racial disparities in criminal justice issues as a whole?
    How do we make people stop believing it’s alright to treat us as if we’re not lesser humans?
    And how do we revamp the police force in order to discourage picking at the low hanging fruit rather than higher crimes systematically?

    All of these things trouble me regularly. Individual activism seems so futile, but what would actually be the most effective when we insist that we are inferior ourselves??

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  50. ana September 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    In a White Supremacist World, White -Collar Crime Gets Overlooked To The Focus on Black and Street Crime. Why Make Blacks The Focus as The Real Criminals? WEB. DuBois Wrote…”I Am Not Excusing Street Crime, But Justice is a Two-Edged Sword Wielded by Truth. It Cuts Both Black and White and Has No Regard For One’s Station in Life…But in America There is No Justice in The Courts and in The Penal System For Blacks and The Poor.”We Have Nothing More Than a System of Unfair, Unjust and Unequal Laws…Laws To Protect The Interest and The Property of Whites…The Judicial System in Florida and in Most States in This Country are Flawed…These Laws Have Been Written and The Way They are Applied Seems as For Whites Only…The Judicial System Has Decided an Aquital May Result in What They Call Rioting and Have Decided They’re Going To Need a Conviction,Though it May be Involuntary Manslaughter,Which is Similar To Driving Recklessly and Killing Somebody…”The Oscar Grant Case, The Zimmerman, Dooley and Alexander Case,The Black Panther Party Fought For The Right To Bear Arms as a First Campaign During Their Patrols of Abusive Police in Oakland California…And One of The First Acts of The Legislature Was To Create More Restrictive Gun Laws…Prof.Umoja Said There’s Always Been Inequality on The Issue of Gun Ownership Advocacy for Blacks in America…The Battle for Black’s Right To Defend Themselves Has Resulted in The Imbalance in The Criminal Justice System Playing Out in The Zimmerman,Dooley,and Alexander Cases…According To Akinyele Umoja Historian and Georgia State University Professor,Laws Preventing Blacks From Owning Guns Have Existed Since Slavery…Even When Blacks Were Indentured Servants,Laws Still Passed Denying All Blacks The Right To Own Guns and Various Things Were Done To Keep Blacks From Getting Ammunition…If They Aquired a Weapon,He Said…”When You Had Communities and Organizations Like The Deacons for Self- Defense and Justice[ A Black Armed Self-Defense Organization of The 1960s],Often Times They Had To Go Outside of The Community for What They Knew Would be a Sustained Battle Between White Supremacists and Defenders of The Black Community,”he said…Where The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense Invoked The Right To Openly Bear Arms in The[1960s], The Group Was Targeted by Federal and Local Law Enforcement Officials, With Members Jailed and Killed in Encounters With Police Officers…In an Infamous Example, Chicago Panther Leader Fred Hampton and Mark Clark Were Shot To Death in a[1969] Police Raid on The City’s Westside…There Has Been Numerous Cases Similar To These Cases and More,Denying Protection To Blacks…There Has To be a Concerted Effort To Unite and Free Marissa Alexander NOW!!!

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  51. ana September 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Angela Davis is a Great Civil Rights Advocacy,and a Professor at Santa Cruz in California. She Has Knowledge, Experience and Great Insight…She is Great,and We Think of Angela Davis and Nelson Mandela on Similar Terms and Prestige.

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  52. napoleon slater September 22, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    This is not a rich blackperson so it do not matter ,we must speak up for all people like the 47percent.

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  53. eric September 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Like i say over and over and over black people wake up, we need groups like the black panthers again, Tupac was trying tell us when he was around what is and going to happen, you people just didnt want to listen… Fight for this woman, al sharpton, jesse jackson, black panterh party and others, WHERE THE HELL ARE U!!!! this racist judge needs to be put down, if it was a white woman she would not even get a day in jail.. we need start burning down private prisons, because black people our the only ones going up in them and getting abused in it. Why do u think they are building them?? dummies

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  54. Red September 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    This is rediculous… 20 years for shooting in the air while defending yourself… Come on! Yes African Americans need to speak up for the injustice.

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  55. tylar September 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    This is wrong ,wrong We the people need to get together and file some sort of petition to get this young lady a new trial ,new judge. No one was even hurt in the situation ,Where is the three charges of aggravated assult. Don’t use her as an example there are plenty who get to roam the streets and even harm people and they are not in jail long at all. This is so wrong . Would she had been better off killing him or shooting him several times? Come on where is the justice at and who was the lawyer , had this young lady committed crimes prior. Why such a harsh sentence for her. I pray that someone will step up and do what they can to help her out of this situation that she should not have been in the first place. How much time did he get for strangling her thats an assult come on can’t someone out there help her.

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  56. Star Butler September 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    We are not sitting idly by! We are working on this injustice in the Pacific NW in the following ways:

    We have formed the Pacific Northwest Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander.

    We are collecting signatures on a petition to Florida Governor Rick Scott that asks that he release Ms. Alexander.

    We have meetings every 2nd and 4th Wednesday monthly to discuss strategies and activities to free Marissa Alexander.

    We are asking concerned persons to donate to Ms. Alexander’s legal defense fund at http://www.justice4marissa.com.

    Contact the Pacific Northwest Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander at FreeMarissaPNW@gmail.com or 206-722-6057.

    Help us to help Marissa or ask us how to start an alliance in your area to free Marissa because what happened to Marissa is far from
    justice!

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    • Derrick September 25, 2012 at 5:54 am

      Appreciate the info! I will be contributing today.

      What I can’t OVERstand is what are these radio lawyers doing to help free this sister? They get on the radio and talk a good game, but when it comes to DEFEND this sister, we don’t hear from them any longer!

      Sharptongue has his own show, how come he can’t keep this story in the news? Like I keep saying, these are ‘BOUGHT’ negroids, who work for the Boule’, and can only do what their ‘advisors’ tell them to do!!!

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      • dorothy September 25, 2012 at 11:29 pm

        where are all of them. Like Al on face book and ask him where he is and why did he not report on this story. Hold all of them accountable. Write her council person and all who represent this teacher. Wake up they dont want black teachers who can teach our children to excell. Pray Vote and hold them accountable.

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  57. Lavon September 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I grew up in a mixed small town of whites, blacks and Mexicans. That was in the 50′s & 60′s. Almost all of them had Mothers and Fathers in the home. Almost all of them went to church. Almost all of them had respect for others. Now almost all the whites and blacks have unknown fathers almost none of them go to church and almost no one respects anyone except themselves or their “race” Most of them want something for nothing. They don’t want to work or go to school to improve themselves and have a better chance at having a good job. They hang out on street corners either doing or selling drugs or waiting for someone to come along who has more than them so they can take what they want. Most of the younger ones (10 and up) are in gangs and kill each other for no apparent reason.
    A lot of the parents don’t give a darn what their kids are doing as long as it doesn’t affect their welfare checks. Some of the women don’t know who their childrens father is. They have children just because the more kids they have the more money they can recieve from the government.Don’t give the excuse that they can’t get birth control, most can get those free or almost free at clinics. There are also a number of adoption agencies that have clients who would love to have a child. The only ones who have it right most of the time are Mexicans. They are hard working people who have a very large family group. I have never met a Mexican who looked or treated me badly or with disrespect. I worked in a job where I met hundreds of people a day and you would be suprised how many whites and blacks treated me like crap, some just because of my race or because I held a good job that I qualified for and worked hard to get. It wasn’t handed to me because of affermative action or because I cryed or threw a fit

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  58. Lavon September 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Can someone tell me was this lady packing before she went in the garage. If not how could she remember her gun but not her car keys. I agree this is a totally stupid judgement and the judge needs to examine his motives. There is way to much raceism in this country. There is only one race and that’s the human race. Also we don’t need more black or white teachers. We need teachers who are qualified to teach and will teach history the way it really happened and not the way they wanted it to be. Read a history book form the 40′s – 60′s and then read a history book that is being taught in public schools not. I had a young lady that went through the public shcool system, graduated form high school and had never heard of Pearl Harbor. Just give me a teacher who knows what all the truths of history are.

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  59. The Big V October 7, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Absolutely it’s more of in the system,WHY NOT???

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  60. ALI October 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    OF COURSE ITS BECAUSE SHES BLACK NO ONE WAS MURDERED OR HURT AND SHE GETS 20 YEARS BUT SEX OFFENDERS CAN GET OFF WITHIN A FEW MONTHS? SMH THE SYSTEM BEEN FUCKED UP THOUGHT SO IT DOESN’T SUPRISE ME GOD BLESS HER AND HER FAMILY

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  61. LW Firyali November 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I think this is yet another travesty of justice. Why was it allowed to get this far before we hear about it.

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  62. george November 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Incredible judgment!! African Americans and all good people of America get up from that courge and do something for this lady. She does not deserve this miscarriage of justice for 20 long years.

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  63. Jerry Watson November 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I do not know all of the facts involved within this case, but there is such a thing called a fair trial, as well as fair representation. If this woman posses a threat to her husband and kids, then she should be placed on restraining orders, if she violate these orders, then some form of punitive actions are in order, how ever, to sentence this woman to 20 years in jail, for discharging a weapon is absolutely ludicrous. I understand children where present, and their safety must come first and foremost, but not at the expense of this woman serving 20 years in prison. When you compare discharging a weapon, to cold blooded murder, it speaks volumes of the legal system we have here in this country. If we don’t do something about this, we’ll find ourselves back on the auction blocks once again.

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  64. Kim December 2, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Where is Jesse, Al, Cornel, and Tavis Now???

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  65. corbin56 December 2, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    It is too much. We are always fighting or protesting something. Next week it will be someone else and so on and so on. WHATEVER!!! This is her problem. I say just let her do her little 20 years and be done with it. I am sick of trying to fight someone else’s battles.

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    • Maria Lloyd December 3, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Well thank God our ancestors were selfless and never gave up on the possibility of breaking away from the plantation because “It is too much” of a risk!

      Complacency sure has made us lazy.

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  66. kmad December 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    All i can say again is many, many years ago some black men and women sat at a cafeteria counter so that I can go to any restaurant and order my food and eat in peace, a lone fragile little old black woman refused to get up to let a white man have tgat seat so i can ride and sit anywhere on a bus, plane, train or whatever mode of transportation I want, school etc because some black men and women saw injustice and fought to change that and some weren’t educated, but knew right from wrong and knew we shouldn’t be treated like dogs. So now that we’re reaping the benefits of their blood, sweat and tears we’ve gotten so damn lazy we don’t want to lift our hands or voices to continue to keep the dream alive, even to lazy to vote! What we suffer is our own faults and our ancestors have got to be ashamed! They opened up the damn doors for us and we’ve become educated fools. It’s not just this case, it’s much more than that.

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  67. Keith December 4, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Read the Freakin’ facts people! She refused probation, she violated a judges order to stay away from her husband and she didn’t take the DA’s deal. I don’t ride with stupidity.

    http://thegrio.com/2012/05/15/angela-corey-lashes-out-at-critics-of-marissa-alexander-prosecution/#s:angela-corey-4×3-jpg

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  68. black jones December 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    It seems as if we’re always fighting the wrong battles——maybe we should fight for the right within ourselves for SELF CONTROL when any situation gets deadly and deal with the JUSTICE SYSTEM through the JUSTICE SYSTEM–(more lawyers more knowledge of the system and how to get involved in it.)

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  69. SUPER RIGHTS December 4, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    YOU OWN A GUN,YOU BETTER KNOW YOUR STATE LAW.

    ESPECIALLY WHAT JUSTIFY SELF DEFENSE.THE PROBLEM

    WITH US IS THAT WE GO BUYING A PISTOL AND DO NOT KNOW

    HOW TO PROTECT OUR OWN FREEDOM.

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  70. Oscar December 5, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I’d assume that MOST of us are African-American who are sitting here reading this, and NOBODY has started an online petition to do something about this? We just got one of our own re-elected into the highest office in the land with a LOT of Internet support platforms….and ALL of our Tech-Savvy people(Dr. B, Tavis, Yvette and Co.,) cant get organized enough to make the same online resources that worked TWICE in our election to bear HEAVY WEIGHT in coming to this Sisters rescue?!?!…. “Chatting, Gameboy and commenting isn’t all this thing is good for! ALL our “comments” could be better put to use by signing and online Petition! Wake UP Dr. B and Co.,!

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  71. tyrone bennett December 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

    COME ON PEOPLE WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING WE NEED TO CONTACT THE INNOCENT PROGRAMME, MICHEAL BAISDEN, REV SHARPTON PEOPLE WHO CAN ORGANISE A MARCH OR CAMPAIGN TO GET THIS WOMAN OUT OF JAIL NOW, YESTERDAY I WAS LOOKING AT THE “LYNCHING” PAGE ON FACEBOOK I SAW BLACK WOMEN HUNG BY HER NECK FROM A LARGE TREE…..SMH……LETS DO SOMTHING PEOPLE NOW!!!

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  72. tiny December 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Damn shame race played a very big part its so we cpome together when things are wrong instead we need to stick together all the time we will be spo powerful we just have stand together as a people we at the bottom barrel.

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  73. DeWayne Odis Muhammad December 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    The company COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA (OR YOUR LOCAL STATE’S POLITICAL SUB DIVISION) has an agency, BUREAU OF POLICE that administers the operations of “police Departments”. The Local Rules Of Court contains jurisdiction or limits of police powers, READ THE LOCAL RULES IN YOUR AREA,( IT WILL BE HELPFUL IF OR WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER ONE OF IT’S EMPLOYES). I have had several encounters recently( and I just want to get back to normal) and in perusing it’s documentation there is box checked that reads ‘POLICE PROSECUTION’. So I did a search on the www and found

    https://www.google.com/search?q=POLICE+PROSECUTION&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&client=firefox-a)

    Ladies and Gentlemen A “POLICE PROSECUTION” is a foreign process not of this land.

    “A police prosecution is a term used in foreign countries to refer to a case where a charge is brought against a person by police. It involves a police prosecutor who appears on behalf of the police officer making the complaint or charge against the defendant. The prosecution section prepares and prosecutes police cases in court and in some instances, decides whether proceedings should be instigated or discontinued. The governing law, which varies by jurisdiction, generally provides the police with general authority to investigate and prosecute cases of crime. (http://definitions.uslegal.com/p/police-prosecution/)”

    The Magistrate Judge is and I quote from above “a police prosecutor who appears on behalf of the police officer making the complaint or charge against the defendant. The prosecution section prepares and prosecutes police cases in court and in some instances, decides whether proceedings should be instigated or discontinued.”

    THIS LAND IS UNDER FOREIGN OCCUPATION AND WE SEE THEM EVERYDAY THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT. NO WONDER WE CAN NOT PROSECUTE THE POLICE!!!!

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  74. Lynda Koolish December 12, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I am not technologically knowledgeable enough to know how to set up a website to gather petition signatures, but PLEASE, someone who knows how to do this and will also take responsibility to get these electronic signatures of outrage at the racist disgusting judicial response to a black woman’s completely justified attempt to save her own life, printed and presented to both the attorney general and the governor of the state, DO SO !!
    And contact the Innocence Project as well. (I am also recovering from acute renal failure and almost died, or I would find some way to get some one to help me do this myself. I know it is everybody’s responsibility to do whatever they can.

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  75. Mill Run March 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    There are MANY facts missing from this biased story, which explains why so many comments are misguided. She was not defending herself, she left the house, got the gun, came back and shot near the kids.

    She was offered 3 years, which would have been fair, and decided to roll the dice. She chose poorly. Maybe her attorneys gave her bad advice? Who knows? She should have taken the 3 years.

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