Many have now commented that the ever-present dangers for young blacks and Hispanics will be further heightened if the actions of George Zimmerman are allowed to stand without further challenge.
It goes without saying that super-plus tampons and winged pads pose a threat to the safety of Texas state senators. Licensed guns, on the other hand, are still acceptable accoutrement for those attending the legislative session.
That may have been the moment when Zimmerman got acquitted. The end result was that jurors were told only about the parts of Florida self-defense law that benefited the defendant, without knowing anything about the most relevant potential limitation.
It could've been me, couldn't it? I mean, Skittles after all are one of my favorite candies, and I have a sweet tooth for Arizona Iced Tea. And I'm a teenager. And I'm black. And I wear hoodies.
There is a time for conflict. There is a time for healing. Now is the time for healing. What insights and support can our faith give us?
The pain I hear from my black friends runs far deeper than mere opinion about a single incident. It raises the basic question of our common humanity.
Why are we still fighting this war of the spirit? Why does racism still kill the innocent? There are as many answers to that as there are dark caverns in the diseased human soul, but one of them is this: Racism is good for business.
Those who believe George Zimmerman should have been found guilty, and those who believe the verdict was correct, share the same somber feeling that something is wrong. Zimmerman was morally wrong, but he prevailed in a legal sense.
On a meta-level, these are just continuing symptoms of the underlying, chronic, disease called racism. As a nation, we've done a pretty good job of treating it in the past 50 years, but as with all treatments, a certain amount of resistance has set in.
If a stranger approached you with a gun, late at night, how would you react? As a white person, I am permitted to attack and defend myself. People of color, within seconds, must consider how this will look to a jury. Think that's off-base?
Technical arguments, including quoting African-Americans agreeing with the decision, or raising the burden the prosecution failed to meet, do not take away from the reality that an unarmed innocent youngster was shot to death.
I love you already more than you'll ever know, and you're not even here yet. At the same time, I'm terrified to bring you into this world. Today, as generations before me have done, I will continue to hold on to hope. I will continue to believe that we can and will survive this blatant assault to our identity.
This poem wants to stand its ground, silence force with simple words, pray you alive, anyone's son -- tall boy, eye-smile, walk on home.
The movement must not stop with this verdict but continue on not only until each and every young man of color in America can walk the streets in any of our nation's neighborhoods unafraid, knowing not only that he is safe, but also that as a nation we no longer tolerate the unfairness facing them but will ensure opportunities to thrive.
George Zimmerman, you are free, you are a killer but you are free; so many of us are not, and are still waiting be seen as human, let alone equal.
For the last month, the George Zimmerman trial controlled the airwaves. From MSNBC to 20/20, every news program has provided disproportionate coverage to a case that has sparked important discussions about American race relations, identity and politics.