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Dwyane Wade, his children on magazine cover as Trayvon Martin

Aug 7, 2013, 9:23 AM EDT

Dwyane Wade has spoken out about the Trayvon Martin case before, he even had written “RIP Trayvon” on his shoes during a game at one point. But he and his two sons took it to the next level posing for the cover of Ebony Magazine this month.

Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old African-American, was shot and killed walking back to the house where he was staying in Stanford, Florida. Martin was confronted by neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman (despite police telling him to stay in his car), a struggle followed and Zimmerman shot and killed Martin. The case has drawn national coverage and focused attention on race relations and the “stand your ground” laws, which in Florida allowed Zimmerman to be found not guilty of any wrongdoing.

Wade’s image is a powerful statement.

I’d love for things like this to be a stepping off point to a thoughtful conversation about race in America, but I fear that conversation is drowned out by the loudest voices trying to make themselves heard and be the story.

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  1. unxpexted1 - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    when has an arse-beating ever warranting being shot and killed. I dont care if there was an altercations. I’m sure many in here have lost a fight in there day, when does that give you the license to kill. I’m sorry, doesn’t add up.

    • shanelsweet - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      “when has an arse-beating ever warranting being shot and killed” When your arse is armed you don’t need to take it.

  2. bigbenh8tr - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    This will be deleted I’m sure BC the fact of the matter is the media blew this up to get views on TV and online. NBC edited the 911 call to make him sound racist and took out the part where the dispatcher asked about Martins ethnicity.

    Also Zimmerman is not white. Understand that before pulling the white vs black race card. Also martin had recently stolen from women in that neighborhood, Zimmerman’s neighbor was robbed by someone ( I’m not saying martin, but gave him reason to be on the lookout and he wasn’t following him he was looking for a house address to tell the dispatcher and when he walked back to his car, TRAYON confronted ZIMMERMAN.

    Its a shame so many uneducated people who don’t inform themselves outside of mainstream media even care to discuss this case.

    Dwade wants to improve his image which has been torn apart the past 2 seasons and is desperate for the attention Bron gets.

    Shame on him for using his kids like this and trying to look better than his ex after her recent meltdowns.

    Good job NBC and other media outlets for creating a race war and putting a Scarlet letter on the U.S. for the rest of the world to laugh at.

  3. saintlaron - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Well here’s some good news. White people have a -6% birth rate so in another 100 years maybe some justice might find its way on “American” soil, stolen from the Natives. Maybe. A war-minded savage group of people aren’t capable of sympathy for people they enslaved. Shout out to D.Wade for caring about the safety for black children in Florida & all around the globe where ignorance reigns.

    • patfic15 - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      *were enslaved * right?

      • saintlaron - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        No, still enslaved. Except this time we’re all slaves! The world minus perhaps China, maybe, is still under the unseen hand of WHITE SUPREMACY. Understand the 4 stages of white supremacy: 1st it establishes itself. 2nd it maintains itself. 3rd it expands itself. 4th it refines itself. We are now in the refinement stage of white supremacy. This is the part where they master the art of deception. White supremacy no longer looks like white supremacy. The powers that be gave you a black president to portray on the world stage now everything’s all good & democracy is the way to go, but we know that is not the case. Their top weapons are misinformation & distractions i.e. YOUR TELEVISION. While there funding terror in Egypt & Syria, they give you the Zimmerman Trial. While their spraying chemtrails, patenting seeds, & creating diseases errrr i mean vaccines in labs, your busy hating Lebron & talking about Brett Farve/Tiger Woods/Eric’s weiners. But I digress. If you had a less calcified pineal gland you might could understand lol

      • patfic15 - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        Wow. That’s nuts.

    • azarkhan - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      Hey, after 150 years I still have tears in my eyes!

    • pauliewalnuts90 - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      I can’t help but notice that it appears the only racist comments on this thread are explicitly towards whites in general. Interesting and revealing to say the least. Additionally, the reason whites don’t have exploding birth rate compared to other demographics is because their culture prefers to have children with fathers and in a climate of economic certainty.

  4. steelcurtainwereonpedstoo - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Fu.ck whi.te pp.l kill them all!!!! And add Zimmerman to that.

  5. steelcurtainwereonpedstoo - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Fu.ck whi.te pp.l kill them all!!!! And add Zimmerman to that. This was a flawed law that pretty much gives an homeowner right to kill someone then hide behind it. Fu.ck everyone who thinks its not

    • patfic15 - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      Oooooo. You’re gonna get deleted…

      • thesportsjudge - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        Apparently not. The author has ZERO integrity.

    • azarkhan - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      Having a tough day? This is the site for you: http://www.midol.com/

  6. realninerfan22 - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    D wade does a lot for inner city kids in Chicago, and Miami. His organization is called wades world look it up dumb asses. He has plenty of accolades for it. Hate on d wade all you want, I respect him as a men and as a player. Unlikr punk ass lbj and kobe he actually stands for something and isn’t hiding behind his brand like kobe and lbj and mj.. Straight sell outs….

  7. ocgunslinger - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Kurt…stay away from controversial race related blogs. Doesn’t help anyone.

  8. bills399 - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    this columnist says he deletes comments that are baiting but let’s some ignorant thug post “f white people and Zimmerman too”. what a joke.

    • limonadamas - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      Seriously… I’ve never complained about Kurt before. Ever. There’s a first time for everything, I guess.

      He deleted my comment too. My comment just pointed out that Wade’s actions are not promoting healing or understanding, just fanning the flames of hatred and victimization.

      He doesn’t think that “saintlaron” and the dude you’re talking about are “baiting” people, but he deems mine deletable? smh….

  9. brokerhenry - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Fact: Before the confrontation with George Zimmermann, Trayvon Martin had not done anything wrong and there were no active warrants for his arrest. And as an American citizen, he had a right to the public right of way where he was.

    Fact, George Zimmermann saw Trayvon and decided to follow him. He chose to ignore the dispatcher’s instructions to not follow the person he was describing.

    Fact: Trayvon saw someone following him, and like any other rational human being, became apprehensive and concerned. Enough to tell the person he was speaking with on the phone that some cracker was following him.

    Fact: There was a confrontation. Which means George Zimermann got out of his vehicle and the two persons world collided. I was not there and neither were the people saying Trayvon Martin jumped George Zimmermann.

    Fact: Under Florida law, Trayvon Martin had a right to stand his ground and tell George Zimmermann to go pound sand. But unfortunately, Trayvon did not have a gun.

    The indisputable fact of this tragedy is you must arm yourself, otherwise you WILL harm yourself. Irrespective of how we feel about guns, there are people out there who do not give a damn how you feel. If you love your family, if you believe your family deserves to have you live a long healthy life, you must arm yourself and defend yourself. God is not going to do it for you. Yours fists are not enough to fight off an attacker armed with a gun or a knife.

    Arm yourselves before you Harm yourselves. As an educated black man (Pharmaceutical Biochemist) married to an educated white woman (Civil and Environmental engineer), it is clear to me that black lives are not worth the same as white lives. Which is why I moved my family to this country, Australia. There is racism everywhere, but the court system in the United States is institutionally stacked against the black person. Otherwise, how do you explain gutting the voting rights act when the discriminations that necessitated the act in the first place are still with us today?

    Peace from Down Under.

    • saintlaron - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:33 AM

      Well said. According to the US constitution the “negro” is 3/5 man. A piece of paper written by slave owners who traded “blacks” for maple syrup & raped teenagers but remain on the country’s currency to this very day as “founding fathers” smh. Unfortunately, the indigenous people to Australia suffered the same fate as the native americans except the difference being that England exterminated them upon arrival without even pretending to be civil. That being said, at least in Australia you don’t have to double-check your food/product label ingredients to avoid consuming waste materials from corporations in bed with the FDA every time you make a purchase. Not to mention the population as a whole is actually intelligent & over the years has become more spiritual.

    • pauliewalnuts90 - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      We’re all so racist here we elected a black man to lead us as President of the United States.

  10. chucknorrissinspiration - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Any 6 footer wearing a hoodie at night that hits me in the face is getting shot, regardless of race. I got better ish to do than get beat to death.

  11. bills399 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    I wish more people who hate this country would move to Australia like u. Here is one…..Fact: white on black crime is practically non existent compared to black on white crime. Fact: George Zimmerman is Hispanic, not white (unless someone wants to tell JZ that he must change his lyrics to “my prezzzident is whiiiiiite”. Can’t have it both ways.

    • saintlaron - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:51 AM

      Fact: Whites commit more crime than black but are not in jail nearly as much. You can find the stats on the FBI’s website. enjoy.
      Fact: Not only is Zimmerman half white, but the term “hispanic” itself, created in 1973, translates to mean white! As does the Egyptian, Brazilian and many other “immigrant” races according to Federal Government, who do ALL the classification. Many white folk aren’t even aware of this!
      Fact:The president is white. He’s donated more money to Jews than any president in US history. Name one thing he has done for “black” ppl I’ll wait. What kind of “black” man BOMBS AFRICA MULTIPLE TIMES. Barrack Obama like most colored folk in amerikkka suffers from the ideaology givin to him by the savage caveman european.

  12. 1historian - Aug 9, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Fact: we white folks are not the only race to be racists. There’s black racists, there are yellow racists – it’s all over the place. We white folks don’t have the monopoly on it and we never did.

    Wade’s decision to pose for the cover like that will have some interesting consequences this fall.

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