Young black men understand that they are disposable as far as society at large is concerned, and they have internalized that message, often harming themselves in the process in addition to being harmed by others.
Sure, he'll be locked up (at least 60 years for Michael Dunn), but true justice requires a conviction for murder. This did not happen. The reason? Stand Your Ground.
It's amazing how a little sunlight will change the behavior of some of the biggest names in corporate America -- sunlight here meaning greater transparency and accountability.
Four months ago, after three long-ass years of waiting, I adopted a nice little half-black, half-Polish boy called Cameron. Despite the near-constant ...
From that night forward we decided to not watch as racism took over the planet, but act. That room of LGBTQ activists became a group of anti-hate activists. We stood together. We still stand together, and we will fight together.
Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till died too young, and their families' lives were changed forever; connected over the years by those facts, they share a common bond. Beyond that, there is simply no comparison.
Two weeks after George Zimmerman's trial in the death of Trayvon Martin ended in acquittal, Juror B29, the only woman of color identified as Maddy, says George Zimmerman got away with murder, while Juror B37, a white woman, believes he did nothing wrong. Both agree that race played no role in the case. Doesn't this settle the issue of whether race was involved in this case?
We in the news media have spent much of the past few weeks examining every nook and cranny in this country, looking for clues about how we have come to this point of racial angst. The only place we have yet to look is inward. And it's time.
The law, the law, the law -- yes, jurors are instructed to adhere to the law. For on July 17, 2013, as former President Jimmy Carter had said, "It's n...
A key question persists in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal on charges of homicide: To what extent did race play a role in the death of Trayvon Martin?
How should the evangelical church help to "solve this race problem?" The answer is the same as it was 50 years ago: not just by sparking a "national conversation," but by examining our hearts and reforming our laws. That is how we start to reconcile that segregated Sunday morning.
News that George Zimmerman (a "white Latino") got away with shooting and killing Trayvon Martin, a black teenager armed with nothing more than a bag o...
As I observed how Jeantel had been eviscerated on social media -- by blacks and whites -- because of her excruciating testimony and her appearance (she was ridiculed for resembling Gabourey Sidibe's character in Precious), Zora Neale Hurston's ruminations on race sprang to mind.
The conversation that needs to take place is about how racism is woven into the fabric of all that prevents the union from becoming more perfect.
I spent the morning spinning this fantasy in my head: if there were no federal investigation, no hold on that gun, and I were George Zimmerman's lawyer, what would I counsel him to do with it?
Racism has changed; it's learned to be subtle. It is this racism -- the kind hidden in the slums, shrouded under the guise of law -- that is perhaps more dangerous because it operates as a specter, hidden from those with the power to fight it.