Doing the wrong thing

Spike Lee's vindictive tweet was the height of reckless irresponsibility

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Spike Lee’s trademark movie was called Do The Right Thing.

He seems to have a tough time doing it himself.

The filmmaker not only did the wrong thing in a big way recently, but he compounded the error by initially refusing to apologize for it.

He used social-media platform Twitter to send his 250,000 followers the Florida address of George Zimmerman – implicated in the high-profile shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin.

That would be bad enough, as the only intent of broadcasting the man’s address could be to encourage harassment or vigilantism. But to make matters even worse, Lee sent out the wrong address – one belonging to the venerable parents of another man with the same name.

The couple had nothing to do with the incident and are no relation of the George Zimmerman involved. But after death threats and harassment, the couple – ages 70 and 72 – had to seek seclusion in a hotel. Only heaven knows if they will ever be safe now.

As the couple’s other son has noted, the mistake has endangered an innocent pair to no good end.

“That’s not how we’re going to heal,” the son was quoted. “It’s not (going) to help the Martin family for someone else to be hurt.”

The man who helped cause the social media mob, reportedly a 33-year-old Los Angeles activist, is said to have put out the wrong address and wrote of Zimmerman: “Like the fat punk he is, he still lives at home with mommie & daddy.” And he added this incitement to violence: “Feel free to reach out & touch him.”

This is pure insanity, unbridled hatred and rampant recklessness.

Lee belatedly apologized to the couple after growing calls for it, and compensated them with an undisclosed settlement. But the damage had been done.

Have Spike Lee and others like him simply become what they purport to hate?

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Retired Army
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Retired Army 03/30/12 - 11:51 pm
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Spike Lee made a mistake. He

Spike Lee made a mistake. He apologized and made compensation and nobody died. Done!

When will this editorial staff get off it's misleading diversion from the true issue here and come to it's senses?

A 17 year old BLACK unarmed kid was shot and killed by a self appointed vigilante who himself has a history of violence of the worst kind. Assault on a police officer.

Does anybody with a lick of sense at all think that if the roles and history of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin had been reversed Trayvon Martin would be now sitting in a Florida jail cell charged with murder.

Get honest ACES. Get to the issue here, address it and quit the subversive diversions. You often muse "Why do people perceive this paper's editorial staff as racially biased?"

This opinion piece is a shameful example why that perception persists.

Thank God it was published before our guests arrive for the tournament. At least our community won't have to be so embarrassed in front of the world.

Haki
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Haki 03/31/12 - 12:39 am
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Slow day at the office ACES.

Slow day at the office ACES.

allhans
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allhans 03/31/12 - 02:17 am
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It's good that some can take

It's good that some can take what Spike Lee did so lightly. IF this was my parents..well I don't know, Thank God it is not my parents. When will this couple, if ever, feel safe in their home again. Admitting a mistake is well and good but not all of the 250,000 that might have got the message will also see the correction.
Too many people are leaping before they think regarding this tragedy and it is time to use patience and let the law handle the shooting and not mete out "street justice". Drama..some just can't do without it.

etlinks
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etlinks 03/31/12 - 06:33 am
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S. Lee and Roseanne Barr do

S. Lee and Roseanne Barr do not have a dog in this fight, the Hollywood clan just like to start problems.

Granddaddy John
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Granddaddy John 03/31/12 - 06:37 am
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Well we in Augusta have a
Unpublished

Well we in Augusta have a black man that beats his daughter to death because she can't say her ABC'S but that doesn't get old AL and Jesse or the so called Black Panther Party attention,because thats a black on black crime and thats alright,lets go to Sanford and get that so called looking white boy.They are nothing more than race hustlers and making money off the dumbmasses.This country is getting ready to go down the toilet and is on the fast track.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/31/12 - 06:46 am
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Oh, I'll bet our Master's

Oh, I'll bet our Master's visitors are on the same page as the Chronicle. Ever see the demographics of the average visitor? These are not Democrats living on the dole.

Some NBA player needs to smash into Spike Lee who is always courtside at Madison Square Garden so hard the balls boys will have to wipe him off the floor with towels.

Granddaddy John
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Granddaddy John 03/31/12 - 06:53 am
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Retired must have been a buck
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Retired must have been a buck sargent or e6 at most and had to get a job enough said.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/31/12 - 07:03 am
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S. Lee should join the new

S. Lee should join the new black panthers so he can get a pass on everything as long as non-blacks are targeted!

copperhead
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copperhead 03/31/12 - 07:16 am
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Zimmerman should be turned

Zimmerman should be turned over to the new black panthers,even before he has been charged, so there won't be any riots or more killing. One should be sacrificed for the good of the many!

copperhead
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copperhead 03/31/12 - 07:16 am
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Zimmerman should be turned

Zimmerman should be turned over to the new black panthers,even before he has been charged, so there won't be any riots or more killing. One should be sacrificed for the good of the many!

copperhead
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copperhead 03/31/12 - 07:20 am
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I wonder,since the government

I wonder,since the government knows where zimmerman is,can they collect the $1,000,000 bounty for his "capture"? That could go to the doj for prosecuting him.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/31/12 - 07:25 am
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zimmerman does NOT deserve

zimmerman does NOT deserve his day in court! He must be made to pay for his alledged crime immediately with his life! trayvon's "rights" TRUMP zimmerman's rights hands down!

bjphysics
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bjphysics 03/31/12 - 07:29 am
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Zimmerman will be arrested

Zimmerman will be arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder; he will plea down to Voluntary Manslaughter, sentence 14 years.

allhans
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allhans 03/31/12 - 07:34 am
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A thumbs-up to Riverman and

A thumbs-up to Riverman and copperhead. (I can only click once).

copperhead
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copperhead 03/31/12 - 07:36 am
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Dang,bjphysics,now that you

Dang,bjphysics,now that you have decided the case,we can elliminate the dept. of justice.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/31/12 - 07:41 am
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bjphysics,you do know that if

bjphysics,you do know that if the new black panthers disagree with your verdict,they will put a "bounty" on YOUR head?

raul
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raul 03/31/12 - 07:51 am
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Zimmerman will be charged and

Zimmerman will be charged and the jury will be inclined to find him guilty of something to avoid the riots like we had after the Rodney King incident.

allhans
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allhans 03/31/12 - 07:59 am
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bjphysics
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bjphysics 03/31/12 - 07:58 am
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copperhead:

copperhead: “Dang,bjphysics,now that you have decided the case,we can elliminate the dept. of justice.”

As usual you are confused; in this case you confuse prediction with decision.

Predicting judicial outcomes is a common practice as is predicting election outcomes; people did it in the OJ case, they will do it in this case, they may keep it to themselves but they will do it none the less.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/31/12 - 08:00 am
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Can the new black panthers

Can the new black panthers put a bounty on the judge that presides over the trial if they don't like him/her? How about jury members? Or the witnesses?

allhans
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allhans 03/31/12 - 08:02 am
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bjp..You said "will be" as if

bjp..You said "will be" as if you have prior knowledge and the decision is made.
I agree with copperhead...

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/31/12 - 08:03 am
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To the point RA was making.

To the point RA was making. IF Zimmerman was black and Spike Lee was white, the you-know-what- would have hit the ole proverbial fan! Movie boycotts, advertisers fleeing, death threats.......

copperhead
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copperhead 03/31/12 - 08:07 am
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There should be no

There should be no trial!zimmerman is guilty of murder and should be put to death today-the hell with civil rights(for non-blacks)

Granddaddy John
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Granddaddy John 03/31/12 - 08:08 am
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Black Panther Party what a
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Black Panther Party what a joke,just a handful of no brain thugs.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 03/31/12 - 08:15 am
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allhans: “bjp..You said ‘will

allhans: “bjp..You said ‘will be’ as if you have prior knowledge and the decision is made.
I agree with copperhead...”

Thank you Captain Pedantic, don’t forget to exercise your language policing authority with raul@8:51AM.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/31/12 - 08:12 am
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justthefacts,the new black

justthefacts,the new black panthers have already issued the death threats on national tv. They have offered a "bounty"for the murder of a person and been sanction by hussein and holder.

allhans
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allhans 03/31/12 - 08:16 am
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I think the grand jury meets

I think the grand jury meets next week on this. If they find they have enough evidence then Zimmerman will be charged and arrested...until then we wait.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/31/12 - 08:16 am
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Well, I predict the New Black

Well, I predict the New Black Panthers will be invited to the White House to discuss the matter with Obama over beer in the Rose Garden.

allhans
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allhans 03/31/12 - 08:17 am
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Ok. bj..Raul, where are you?

Ok. bj..Raul, where are you? (:

allhans
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allhans 03/31/12 - 08:21 am
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copperhead..My advice to

copperhead..My advice to anyone - do NOT volunteer for jury duty. I would ask my doctor to do a colonoscopy before I would agree to sit on this one.

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