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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks in Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, March 27, 2012, after a a visit to Maryland State House. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks in Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, March 27, 2012, after a a visit to Maryland State House. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)  

MSNBC’s Karen Finney: I never blamed Limbaugh, Gingrich or Santorum for Trayvon killing

Finney says Zimmerman’s previous 911 calls about other cases in his neighborhood indicate that mention Martin’s race in the call was not merely a description, but rather a stereotype. “There have been other 911 calls that he made,” Finney said. “For example, there was one that he made that was played last week where the full context of the conversation was ‘there are two men hanging around outside of somebody’s house, they are two black men and I know the owner of that house is white.’”

On the 911 call Zimmerman made about Martin, though, the 911 operator asked Zimmerman the race of the “suspicious character” he was describing: “Is he black, white or Hispanic?,” the operator asked Zimmerman.

“I think he’s black,” Zimmerman responded.

Only after the 911 operator asked for more information on Martin’s identity did the topic of race come up.

Regardless, Finney maintains that she is right.

“I believe some of these ideas [from Gingrich, Santorum and Limbaugh] are adding to the stereotype, adding to the climate,” she told TheDC. “That can be dangerous. I didn’t blame them, I didn’t say it’s their fault, I didn’t say — all of what the right wing has said I said is not what I said. And, certainly, it has been both misunderstood or maligned, what have you.”

Finney claims she’s been fair to the Republican candidates as well. “I actually made a point of talking about how all the Republican presidential candidates talked about the Trayvon Martin killing and that I thought that was a good thing,” Finney said. “I gave them all credit for that, so, I’m out there being mischaracterized one way and I’m more than happy to give credit where credit is due when it is due.”

She said she also retweeted a post about the “shamefulness of the New Black Panthers putting a $10,000 bounty and made the point hate comes in all forms.”

TheDC pressed Finney on the details of the case, including the recent revelation that Sanford Police took Zimmerman into custody in handcuffs, then transported him to the police department and questioned him. Finney said she thinks the police are also at fault with the Martin killing.

“I’ve always been someone who, from the beginning, has always said there is two parts to this,” Finney said. “Again, there is sort of George Zimmerman and what happened there and, the second part, how the police handled it.”

When TheDC asked Finney if it’s a possibility that the Sanford Police have handled this case correctly, she demurred. “I’m not going to speculate until we know everything because, again, the way, particularly, they [the Sanford Police] haven’t been very forthcoming,” Finney said. “Things are kind of dribbling out.”

Finney said she doesn’t “think that the race of the shooter is the point, because that’s presumed that only certain people are racist.”

“Racists come in all colors, shapes and sizes,” Finney said. “From what we’ve heard and from the evidence that we’ve seen, it appears as though Zimmerman had a profile in his mind about, again, this idea that Trayvon looked out of place. And, from what we’ve heard — the way he described it — it seems that there is a racial component.”

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