Picture your son (or you daughter) walking home at night from the 7-11 store when he (or she) went to get some candy. As he/she’s walking back home he/she gets a creepy feeling and notices someone following him/her. That can be pretty scary. I’ve experienced it and I’m sure many other people have experienced it too. And then that someone gets out of his car and he hassles your son or daughter and he happens to outweigh them by 100 pounds and your son or daughter tries to “stand their ground” by fighting him off to protect themselves — wouldn’t you want them to? And then the person following your child shoots and kills them — then he’s judged to have stood his ground and your child was judged to have been the problem?

Nice so-called “justice” George Zimmerman was able to buy from our legal system and much of the money came from donations. Doesn’t that give you a nice warm, safe feeling inside? What was it Bob Dylan said in one of his songs? “Money doesn’t talk, it screams.” And in this case, it screams INJUSTICE loud and clear. What we call this in East LA is: “Que gacho!” (Loosley translated: “That’s pretty damn lousy”)



About Sr Felipe

I grew up in East LA, was drafted into the army and sent to Vietnam as a medic with the 1st Cav from 1966-1967. I survived that, came back to LA, went to East LA College and Cal State LA, became a social worker in Ventura, CA and moved up to Chico, CA in 1975. I started Sr Felipe's Salsas making organic salsa, enchilada, BBQ and pasta sauce that was available in natural food stores nationwide from 1980-2005. I've been doing a radio show on KZFR, Chico, 90.1 FM every Tuesday from 7:30-10:00 PM streamed live on KZFR.org where I play oldies from the 50s & 60s, doo-wop, Latin, folk, country and Gospel music and interview interesting people in the community. For the past three years I've been teaching beginning guitar through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute through Chico State University.
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