Trayvon Martin Town Hall Meeting in Panama City

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The controversial death of Trayvon Martin is serving as a catalyst surrounding a local town hall meeting that was held Saturday night in Panama City.

Local activists talked about what they believed to be deeper issues surrounding the Trayvon Martin case including allegations of underlying racism.

"We want to dance around the topic as if it doesn't exist, but it does still exist in America and we want to start some healthy dialogue about it; in order for us to come to a sound solution to rid that in our community and also our nation as well" said event organizer Jamil Davis.

Close to fifty people packed the A&M theater on Harrison Avenue for the two-hour discussion.


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  • by beach guy on Apr 11, 2012 at 04:05 PM
    A couple nights ago on the O'Reilly factor they interviewed a bunch of black gang guys in Chicago, and I quote " we aint gonna kill any white people, thats who we sell too". As far as Zimmerman goes, that guy was tried and convicted on the news before he was ever arrested today.
  • by Joseph Flint Location: Bay Co. F. on Apr 10, 2012 at 02:26 AM
    This case is NOT about racism. Yes a black man was shot and killed by a white man but it still isn't about racism. The whole case is about a Florida law that the people of Florida do not understand and the lack of good judgement from our community leaders. The activists, black leaders and the lawenforcement community need to get there poop togather and talk to the people black and white and let them know that the system of laws that Florida has in place will serve justic befor we have another R. King with all the injustice that came with it. The activists then can protest to have the Stand Your Ground law changed.
  • by Anthony Location: Coffey on Apr 9, 2012 at 08:56 PM
    @Anonymous, that is because you can't name a rock song that tells you to jump off a balcony, binge drink or cook meth. But I can tell you about countless rap songs that preach VIOLENCE and HATE. I blame RAP music for how IGNORANT our youth are. Just listen to a RAP LP, its GARBAGE. As a celebrity your voice is powerful, you can't talk about killing people and selling drugs that idolizes it. Look around, kids are selling drugs and toting guns. Why? Because its "cool" It is really a no brainer. And rock and roll has been blamed for problems in the past, read about it. Rock and Roll has a terrible reputation. Sex Drugs and Rock & Roll sound familiar?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2012 at 04:38 PM
    Also Bay County Commisioner Mike Thomas made the comment that "Hip-hop music" is a cause to problems during break on PCB. How is this possible and where are the facts to support it? Why hasn't anyone blamed rock music for all the years of balcony jumpers, binge drinkers and meth labs?? Only in Bay County...
  • by Abigail Location: Panama City on Apr 9, 2012 at 03:31 PM
    The news story refers to the "alleged comments" about spring break and "hip hop music". This is not correct. The Comments by the commisioner are not "alleged" they are factual and avaiable for view on this website. Further the comments were aimed at people who need more "arresting", do not have parents, and are a part of the "hip hop community". This was a euphamism for black. It was racist. I demand an apology.
  • by Linda on Apr 9, 2012 at 01:49 PM
    Racism starts at home .... sad but true. Let's teach our children that color doesn't matter ... in time, racism won't be an issue ... this entire Trayvon Martin issue was NEVER a race issue .... The media screwed that one up by editing the context of the 911 call .... the MEDIA need to report ALL things given to them so that the PUBLIC can know only the facts. Because bits and pieces were reported, people drew their own conclusions .... I was 100% on Trayvons side until I heard the entire 911 calls and heard other facts about Trayvon. True, Trayvon did NOT deserve to die (black or white) and true, Zimmerman should not be allowed to persue an individual and then use "stand your ground" as a defense. AS A NATION, LETS ALLOW OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM TO WORK!!!!
  • by Grand Ridge Man Location: Grand ridge on Apr 9, 2012 at 09:30 AM
    I really wish people could see through all the plublicity of this story. The real pictures of him were not shown in the media until weeks after the incident, they were showing younger pictures and making him to be some poor little old kid. The truth is that the new pictures of him is very thuggish.
  • by Mike Location: pc on Apr 9, 2012 at 08:19 AM
    How about holding a George Zimmerman Rally? There is always two sides to a story.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2012 at 05:57 PM
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      by Isobel on Apr 9, 2012 at 03:32 PM in reply to
      "There seems to be a lot," of black on black crime? Well, in reality there isn't. In fact, most crime, according to the FBI and every other data gathering agency in the country, is white on white.
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        by Brian7 on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM in reply to Isobel
        93% of murders against black people come at the hands of another black person. That's the facts.
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      by Abigail on Apr 9, 2012 at 03:33 PM in reply to
      Your comment and the general sentiment that it carry's is exactly what we were discussing. There is a prevailing racist attitude that is not only accepted, but actively supported. The race of the individuals involved in a crime should not be a part of the discussion.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2012 at 04:34 PM in reply to
      Exactly... Or hold a town hall meeting on the racial profiling that still continues by the local police departments and provide the "actual" stats from the clerk of court to show this claim is fact not opinion.
  • by lowell Location: niceville on Apr 8, 2012 at 12:39 PM
    It is only controversial in your eyes.
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