$10 000 offered for US black teen's killer

2012-03-24 22:46

Sanford - A black political group offered a $10 000 reward on Saturday for the killer of an African-American teenager, amid a nationwide uproar which has prompted a rethink of America's race issues.

The New Black Panther Party displayed a wanted poster on its website with a picture of George Zimmerman, the neighbourhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin, 17, last month.

"WANTED!!! For the murder of Trayvon Martin... ALIVE, not dead or harmed," the poster read.

Several dozen supporters of the group known by its acronym NBPP - unrelated to the revolutionary Black Panther Party active in the 1960s-1980s - meanwhile protested for the third time this week at the police headquarters in Sanford, Florida.

"An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth," leader Mikhail Muhammad told the Orlando Sentinel. "We don't hate anyone, we hate injustice."

Activists had called for the mobilisation of 5 000 black men to capture Zimmerman. And Muhammad said the NBPP was receiving donations from black entertainers and athletes, with a goal to collect $1m by next week.

Thousands of demonstrators have marched in at least 10 US cities to express their outrage over the attack, with some of the anger directed at local authorities handling the murder investigation.

Not racist

They have not arrested or charged Zimmerman because he claimed self-defence, which allowed him to benefit from Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law that lets state residents use lethal force when they are at risk of being killed or seriously injured by an assailant.

Zimmerman had a permit to carry a gun.

And Sanford police told AFP they were ignoring the NBPP's call to capture Zimmerman, a white Hispanic.

Despite the racially charged nature of the case, Zimmerman's lawyer insisted his client was not racist.

"I asked him, 'Are you a racist? Do you have anything against black people?' and he said 'No’," Zimmerman's legal adviser Craig Sonner told CNN on Friday. "I don't see anything that indicates to me that he's a racist."

Sonner said Zimmerman and his wife acted as mentors to two teenage African Americans, even after funding was cut for the programme.

They have also helped at a fundraiser for an African-American church, according to the lawyer.

President Barack Obama has called for nationwide "soul searching" in the wake of the tragedy.

  • Rooinek007 - 2012-03-24 23:04

    Us whites should do the same when one of us is killed by a black person

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-24 23:12

      try it!

      Philip - 2012-03-25 04:41

      Yeah well said. If this were a white teen no one would say anything but because its a BLACK, straight away, its a RACIST attack. The backs thrive on pulling out the race card, they just looking attention

      JungleJim - 2012-03-25 07:23

      race issues exist everwhere no just in africa. ancyl loves all whites and all minority group, we luf you all so no racist ancyl

      Rooinek007 - 2012-03-25 11:07

      Why are black people so sensitive about occasions when they are murdered by a white person? It is fact that the greatest incidence of interracial crime is black on white crime, not white on black. In the USA, 40% of white women raped are raped by black men, and the number of black women raped by white men? Zero percent!!! WHITE PEOPLE ARE THE ONES WHO NEED TO BE PROTESTING IN THE STREET AND OFFERING MONEY FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE CAPTURE OF MURDERERS!!

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-25 11:58

      @Fidel, ""Because whites have made it their sport to kill brown and black people."" WOW !!!!! If you are trying to win: -------- 2012 MOST OUTRAGEOUS COMMENT AWARD------ I am quite suer you will win !!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-03-25 13:55

      The simple fact is that no people can enslave another for centuries without coming out with a notion of superiority, and when the colour and other physical traits of those peoples are quite different it is inevitable that the prejudice should take a racist form.

      Fred - 2012-03-26 03:58

      Boring Fidel, and out of touch by about 50 years

  • brainbowgold - 2012-03-24 23:27

    Nuts. What is African-American? What is a Hispanic white? Surely the days of us classifying each other by skin pigmentation are over?

      Oscar - 2012-03-24 23:43

      Almost the same as an Euro African...maybe the point they want to make is that differences between people with different skin colour is bit deeper than skin deep.

      zaatheist - 2012-03-25 04:21

      If you want to see real raw racism then go to the US. Any of the Southern States makes racism in South Africa seem benign by comparison.

  • Gilad - 2012-03-24 23:50

    After watching all the evidence that's been on the news this guy looks guilty of murder

  • Jaba - 2012-03-25 01:38

    This was not a racist attack. I am no racist (as one has to proclaim as a white South African before commenting on any race issue), however more than a few times did I find myself at a robot where a man (previously disadvantaged) came close to my car and i said a quick prayer. Am i a racist for being a little scared? Am I? When i was 17, me and my friend Zama walked back from school... more like ran cause it was raining... all of a sudden we saw his mom at the robot waiting for green in her Volvo S80... Zama ran towards their car placed his hand on the door and his mom hit the gas so hard - i have never seen a big car like that pull off so fast. At home he asked her why she didn't stop - while she was trying to tell him that she just missed an attempted hijacking. to conclude... we will never know what the truth is... however, it seems the "black panthers" would rather ignore anything else and call tis man a racist as a fact of life. I would tend to think that the black panthers are probably the only racists in this story... reason for that is that there are so many murders (black on black) in the US its crazy - so why all of a sudden a 10000$ reward? is it just because the killer was white this time? this story stinks of racism. But only God will ever know.

      Peter - 2012-03-25 08:05

      zaathiest - again only white racism is mentioned, try being white and walking through some of the "black" area's in the US. Black people are just as racist as white people, but they choose to ignore this fact. I'm sick to death of their hypocrisy.

      Peter - 2012-03-25 08:09

      Hmm - reply posted in wrong place, gremlins are active. But ja, no black ever complains when a black kills a black - which happens 99% more frequently. Do they care so little for black life that they only react when a white man kills one of them? Disgusting.

      Fidel - 2012-03-25 11:13

      Peter, no one says that Blacks can't be racist but this is so because white racism is pervasive and systematic!

      Peter - 2012-03-25 15:35

      Fidel, but why do they never offer rewards when black people murder black people? Maybe worried it would bankrupt them? White racism has a lot more to do with black behaviour than skin colour. Black racism on whites has a lot to do with that they can't deal with our criticism of bad black behaviour, we are just expected to tolerate it. We don't.

      Fidel - 2012-03-25 17:33

      It's back to assumptions about the old diatribe about the elusive "Western Values". Would you care to enlighten me of the behavior you speak of. I shan't be holding my breath. Africans have gone weary of being told that your behavior or values, are able to claim the high moral ground, over other people and systems, when it is patently obvious, that the opposite, might just be true. It's the type of garbage expected from an AWB party cheerleader with her panties in a twist. Yours is a very western perspective. For sure, Africans (as a people) do not have Judean-Christian values (behavior) - we have our own value set or behavior system which you really ought to study a little before implying that we might have none. The trouble with white people like you is that you expect the rest of the world to live up to "your values" - which you have never lived up to! Let me live you with a quote from Gandhi when asked of what he thought of your civilisation and values. "Western civilisation, like democracy is a good idea." I hope that, with your standard of comprehension can fathom what he meant.

  • mnthane - 2012-03-25 04:05

    Ja well, only News24 can actually put up a story like that, hoping some ignorant arss xposes his racial intolerance. Murder is murder and self defence is self defence PERIOD. WTF is wrong with most people who post here, is that they are mostly ignorant dnt hav a social life, dumm, bored, IDIOTS who fail 2 utilise their resources towards nation building. Both blacks and whites in this forum go haywire once race is on the headline. Lord have mercy on your ignorant BEHINDS, Because u fail 2 check facts instead u spew bile at every race related story.

      louisdiemasjien - 2012-03-25 05:00

      Well put mate. News24 does have the ability to create an issue where one doesn't exist. Just like you am I tired of the whole black-white-black-white horse-#hit we are bombarded with by the media. I just wanna live my meagre middle class lifestyle without getting smoked constantly by who-is-blamed-for-what-due-to-their-skin-colour.

      Philip - 2012-03-25 05:59

      now here is an educated man.....

  • mnthane - 2012-03-25 04:05

    Ja well, only News24 can actually put up a story like that, hoping some ignorant arss xposes his racial intolerance. Murder is murder and self defence is self defence PERIOD. WTF is wrong with most people who post here, is that they are mostly ignorant dnt hav a social life, dumm, bored, IDIOTS who fail 2 utilise their resources towards nation building. Both blacks and whites in this forum go haywire once race is on the headline. Lord have mercy on your ignorant BEHINDS, Because u fail 2 check facts instead u spew bile at every race related story.

      mnthane - 2012-03-25 04:41

      And 2 have already gave it a thumbs down, please hit hard on dislike again and embrace ur ignorance coz clearly u dnt gt the point #SACARSTIC#

      Dave - 2012-03-25 05:13

      Mnthane you are correct. Don't worry there a plenty of idiots out there with a brain the size of a pee. It's people like you that will make a difference in the end.

  • louisdiemasjien - 2012-03-25 04:53

    Sounds like just another gang related killing to me. I'm currently in Atlanta for work and it's the Johannesburg of the US. Backwards and crime ridden. Sorry to the teen's folks, but crime is crime.

  • Vonani - 2012-03-25 06:20

    Honestly speaking,from reading the article alone one cannot deduce whether it was in fact a racially motivated crime or n0t.Fact is a human being was MURDERED! I think we have to be open en0ugh about the reality that racism still exists,and will exist for a long time to come,because of mere ignorance.The perpetrator must be brought to book,a life was prematurely lost.And by the way,and this we all kn0w,if the situati0n was reversed,the killer would be in jail n0w..that's how it works still,black people are still treated like that...most wud say "It couldnt possibly be self defence cos his black".Its a shameful truth.

      PieterWolf Lombard - 2012-03-25 08:29

      What's wrong with your keyboard????

      Vonani - 2012-03-25 13:50

      Im using my cellphone not a pc.

  • Anne-Marie - 2012-03-25 08:41

    Whatever the story. Why isnt justice allowed to take it's course?? If 5000 white people were encouraged to go on the hunt for a black alleged murderer, it would be classed as an illegal lynch mob. Yet these people can disguise themselves as a political party and be encouraged.

      Pheladi Rebecca Sethusa - 2012-03-25 11:01

      Point is a life was taken. A teenagers life. African American's can't sit back and wait for 'justice to take it's course' because it is a rarity for them. NBPP are taking the matter into their own hands because it is highly likely that Zimmerman would come off scott free. Black lives are still not valued in the US

  • Nhlanhla P Shabangu - 2012-03-25 09:08

    most whites and blacks hate each other, so the racist card will be played @ any given chance

  • Chad - 2012-03-25 10:00

    another political organization trying to get rich quick......

  • LPmtc - 2012-03-25 10:43

    please read again on the news before commenting...some of the comments l am reading here do not evn relate to the story at hand...comments abt Chelize Theron??..rilli???....and l dnt c why SA politics has to be likened to a murder..killing...whch happened in USA...its jus so sad how most of pple who post staff here try to relate and "squeeze" in any bad situation in the news to SA...

      Fidel - 2012-03-25 13:52

      SA bashing is a new sport among the disaffected!

      Peter - 2012-03-25 15:43

      It is relevant because black Americans are absolutely obsessed with race, they cannot just be Americans like all the rest of the USA's people, they demand an exclusive category. They must be followers of Verwoerds ways of thinking, that people should be seperate. The older I get the more I think Verwoerd understood things a lot better than we thought. Ron is just making an accurate observation - but some find the truth inconvenient.

      Fidel - 2012-03-25 17:48

      They are obsessed with race because they have to deal with racist scumbags like Zimmerman and his ilk everyday of their lives. Have your ever been at the receiving end of institutionalised racism. I do not know you but already I can as a black person detect a misguided tendency of racial superiority on your part regarding your response above about your elusive western behavior or values and what Verwoed meant. (Nostalgic for Apartheid?) The only good thing about Verwoed was his death!

      Fred - 2012-03-25 18:27

      Either that or you have an inferiority complex Fidel. More likely the latter.

      Fidel - 2012-03-25 18:31

      Really, with your daily interaction with me on this thread, and you still believe that I have an inferiority complex, really?

  • Lewis - 2012-03-25 15:48

    ignorance is really not attractive...for those who don't know, the boy was shot because he was wearing a hoodie, he was mistaken for a criminal, this is Murder!! now imagine if it was your own child who got shot, just because some fool had mistaken him for a criminal, what would you do? Chalize Theron is not african american, and this is irrelevant!!

  • Dave - 2012-03-26 03:05

    @ cosmos.ndebele Must have got my post removed, but remains a small minded idiot. Has been, is and always will be.

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