Truth from Dare: Less hate, more love

Jul. 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Last week I mentioned the Trayvon Martin trial. Ever since the verdict came down on Saturday, July 13, I’ve been flooded with a wave of emotions.

At first I was shocked and upset a jury could find Zimmerman not guilty on all counts. Surely there was something he should be held responsible for, I thought.

Trayvon Martin. (Associated Press)

Trayvon Martin. (Associated Press)

Since then, I’ve been hooked by the different news outlets and, after watching interviews with the attorneys on both sides, the jurors, and various law experts, I think the jury got it right. I realize this isn’t the most popular opinion and by no means am I saying Zimmerman wasn’t at fault, but who isn’t at fault is the jury. After listening to the wording of the laws in Florida, I believe they really didn’t have any alternative.

The laws applied in this case seem to be the root of the problem. Coupled with a lackluster prosecution team, the laws of the land forced the jury to acquit Zimmerman. The stand-your-ground law only looks at whoever fears for their life in an altercation — not who initiated it.

Again, I’m not saying he was innocent, just that the jury isn’t to blame. Like so many others, I was outraged Zimmerman got away with murder. I feel he racially profiled Trayvon, and in a pathetic attempt to act out his police aspirations, he pursued and confronted a teenager who is now dead.

The only good to come out of this tragic situation is the state of Florida and the country as a whole is now forced to examine the laws we have. Even better is the dialog about racial prejudices and hate that’s been sparked in mulitple locations around the country.

THIS BLOG is supposed to be a happy one, but lately there have been a lot of social issues I feel compelled to comment on. Don’t worry, I’ll get back to the usual program now and dish about love instead of hate.

Thousands were at Kakaako Waterfront Park for the Love Festival on Saturday, July 21. This is the 14th year the party has taken place in Hawaii, but the first it's been staged in Kakaako. (Photo by Joah Buley, Special to the Star-Advertiser)

Thousands were at Kakaako Waterfront Park for the “Love Festival” in 2012, the first it was staged in Kakaako. (Star-Advertiser File)

This Saturday, July 20, marks the 15th anniversary of the “Love Festival.” I had a brief chat with co-creator and DJ extraodinaire, Greg “G-Spot” Dehnert earlier this week:

DERIN DEREGO: What keeps you doing it after all these years?

G-SPOT: Love.

DD: What makes this year’s event different?

GS: 15 years is a milestone, I guess. Every year is special in its own sexy way.

DD: Is there one act you’d tell people not to miss?

GS: Billy Jack B—h.

That last response isn’t a real performer, just testimony to G’s adoration of Prince. I’m sure you’ll hear some Prince remixes in his set this weekend.

G-Spot will be joined at Kakaako Waterfront Park by headliners Flosstradamus and DJ Craze, among a host of others. With five stages going off, you’re sure to find something to get down to.
When he’s not out and about at the hottest parties and other events in Honolulu, Derin “Dare” Derego works as an account executive at a local radio station group. Reach him via email at or follow him on Twitter.

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