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Church Displays Bleeding Trayvon Martin Nativity Scene
by Elizabeth Sheld 26 Dec 2013 4205 post a comment

Outside the Claremont United Methodist Church is a nativity scene with a bleeding Trayvon Martin.  The California Church has turned their nativity scene "into a piece of art that comments on our times" for the last seven years.

    John Zachary, the artist, told me the acquittal in July of George Zimmerman, who fatally shot the 17-year-old African-American in 2012, struck him as a worthy subject for Christmas comment.

    For one thing, the backdrop to the Christmas story is the slaughter by King Herod of all infants in Bethlehem, a barbarous attempt to kill the Messiah.

Zachary described that when looking for pictures of Trayvon "one of the teenager lying dead on the pavement particularly tore at him. 'What if Jesus was lying there bleeding to death? I was kind of thinking of that,' Zachary said."

The title of the nativity "art" is called " 'A Child is Born, a Son is Given,' the wording outlined in red formed from a pool of blood at Trayvon’s feet."

The Church's pastor, Sharon Rhodes-Wickett, said the scene was hard to to look at.

    "I found this year’s hard to look at. It’s hard to look at a young man who’s shot and bleeding to death. But even though I’m uncomfortable with it, that’s the point," Rhodes-Wickett said. "We have to take a look at the violence."

Response to the display has been "muted."

    "I thought this would be more controversial, but I come to find out people don’t really like people gettin’ shot,” Zachary said with a chuckle. “They may not agree what to do about it, but they agree it’s a bad thing."

Rhodes-Wickett described her congregation and explained,  "Some people think it’s too edgy. I understand that point of view," she added. "I don’t know what the future will bring, but at this point it’s an annual thing."
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Nativity scene shows Treyvon Martin bleeding - for political commentary
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  • I got robbed by five black kids wearing hoodies in Dec 1998 in North Highlands Ca.

    I wish someone like Zimmerman had my back, then those five kids would not have been able to steal my $7.

    The kid holding the .38 was killed by a Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy a couple weeks later. No one seemed to care- I certainly didn't.

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    Nativity scene shows Treyvon Martin bleeding - for political commentary
    « Reply #2 on: December 30, 2013, 07:07:07 AM »
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  • This darkie bashed the head in of his bosses wife and daughter...

    Man, 20, 'bashed boss's wife and daughter to death with cement block because he got fired', police say

    Christian Rene Haley, 20, stands accused of murdering Marylyn Erb, 52, and Kelley Erb, 23, at their home in Westfield, Indianapolis, on December 20
    Haley had worked for the husband and father of the victims, Todd Erb, for three months, but was fired for 'attendence problems'

    Court documents say Haley bragged to a friend about 'bashing their heads in with some cement' before stealing jewellry, an iPhone and two debit cards

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    These two black girls tried to kill a guy at the Mall of America over a cell phone...The second girl isn't pictured because she's 17. This girl is 18...I guess this is how darkies shop...

    'They thought I was easy pickins': Mayoral candidate beaten up by two teenage girls with a billy club at Mall of America Starbucks after having iPhone

    A former Minneapolis, Minnesota mayoral candidate was mercilessly beaten up by two teenage girls after having his cellphone stolen at a Mall of America Starbucks.

    Mark Andrew came in second to Betsy Hodges in the most competitive mayoral race Minneapolis has seen in a generation.

    The former Hennepin County Commissioner had just hung up the phone and was in the middle of writing his New Year's resolutions Thursday evening when a young man came up and swiped his iPhone 4S off the cafe table.  

    'I was targeted because the phone was out and I'm 63 years old, and I'm sure they thought that I was easy pickins,' he told the Star Tribune.

    Not one to sit ideally by while a wrong is committed, Andrew got up and chased after the man but was stopped by his two teenage girl friends.
    Arrested: Police arrested 18-year-old Letaija Shapree Cutler-Cain and her 17-year-old female friend for assaulting Mr Andrew. The young man who stole his phone fled the mall and has not been caught

    'If somebody is gonna do that to me or somebody else, I'm not a bystander by nature I'll go in and fight,' he told CBS Minnesota.

    The women, one of them armed with a billy club, didn't let Mr Andrew get away and mercilessly beat him over the head until he started bleeding profusely.
    When Mr Andrew fought back, one of the women,18-year-old Letaija Shapree Cutler-Cain from Brooklyn Park, gouged his face with her fingernails and said: 'I'm going to kill you! Let me go or I'm going to kill you'.

    Mr Andrew says it took about five minutes for police to arrive and that hundreds of shoppers witnessed the incident, but no one intervened because 'they were too afraid' and he called that a 'sad commentary'.  

    When police arrived they took both of the women into custody. At first the women said Mr Andrews attacked them first, but a witness inside the restaurant stepped in to validate Mr Andrew's story.

    Police were not able to find the man who originally stole the phone after he fled the mall.

    Shoppers saw him drop the phone and were able to return it to Mr Andrew.
    Cutler-Cain was taken to Hennepin County Jail where she was charged with one count second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery. Her first court hearing is set for Monday.

    Police have not released the name of her 17-year-old accomplice since she is a minor. The deadline to file charges against the 17-year-old girl have been extended to Monday at noon.

    According to the criminal complaint, Cutler-Cain told police that she and her accomplices cased the Starbucks throughout the day to see if it was a 'sweet' spot to steal from customers.

    'People ought to be able to sit and have a cup of coffee without fear of assault,' said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman in a statement. Freeman is a longtime ally of Andrew's and he endorsed him for mayor.
    'These two will be charged and prosecuted to the absolute fullest extent of the law.'

    After the incident, Mr Andrew was taken to Fairview Southdale Hospital where he received nine stitches to mend the large gash on his head. Police say he also had bruises and abrasions on his face.

    Mr Andrew was released from the hospital the same night and returned to his home in South Minnesapolis where he was welcomed by his adult children.
    In an interview with the Star Tribune, Mr Andrew says he walked into his home and lifted his fist in the air and said: 'We won'.

    He says he's going to continue to stay involved in the case against the two women who beat him up.

    'In my estimation, these kids are damaged,' he told 'They have to be held accountable. The juvenile may be too far gone. She was extremely violent. I believe she was trying to kill me, and her actions supported her statement. She was swinging as hard as she could'


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