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Why I Understand George Zimmerman's Mentality

Christina Blacken | Posted 09.18.2013 | Black Voices
Christina Blacken

We all experience judgment to some degree but riddle me this -- when you walk into a room, do you assume people there may attribute your actions, speech, and clothing to represent an entire group of people?

FLASHBACK: Obama Mistaken For Waiter At Party In 2003

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics

In the midst of his impromptu speech on Friday about the Trayvon Martin case and broader issues of race in the nation, President Barack Obama recalled...

Facing Reality: Race Matters

Hector Villagra | Posted 09.18.2013 | Crime
Hector Villagra

Whether Zimmerman did so consciously or unconsciously, it's hard to avoid that race played a part in his decision-making, influencing his thoughts, attitudes and actions toward young, black males. There's a growing body of research documenting just how powerful implicit or unconscious biases can be.

Zimmerman Verdict and Civil Rights, Still Much to Do

Areva Martin | Posted 09.18.2013 | Black Voices
Areva Martin

The reliability of the jury process is undermined if members can profit from their service, particularly service on a criminal trial involving a teen who was shot through the heart while walking through his neighborhood.

Race Conversations in Florida and Los Angeles

Natalie Pace | Posted 09.18.2013 | Los Angeles
Natalie Pace

Friday, July 12, 2013, is one of those immortal days where you will remember exactly where you were and what you felt when six jurors (all non-black f...

Racism in America: The Killing of Trayvon Martin

Bob Burnett | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The Zimmerman verdict indicates there are two different standards of justice in America: one for whites and another for blacks.

The Equitable Inequities of Childhood Cancer

Jonathan Agin | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

Childhood cancer does not discriminate. Childhood cancer simply is. It exists as a killer that cares not for arbitrary divisions. We can and should learn from this example of unfortunate unity.

10 Ways the Black Community and Their Allies Can Transmute Pain Into Power

Kanene Holder | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Kanene Holder

"You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity and in as many ways as possible that you were a worthless human being." -- James B...

How-To Cope When Social Justice Moves Backwards

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Lewis

I am having a moment. Trayvon Martin is dead, nothing can replace him in our lives, and (again) the American legal system - instead of color-blindn...

Boys With Tender Hearts and Big Dreams in Their Hoodies

Eve Ensler | Posted 09.16.2013 | Home
Eve Ensler

I am not Trayvon Martin. I will never know what it feels like to live in the skin, in the daily rhythms and predeterminations of a black boy or man in America. But as a woman, there are things I do know and things that I have experienced that bring us into the same story, the same struggle.

Callous Indifference to Young, Black Men

David Dagan | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
David Dagan

Cross-posted at Ten Miles Square. As debate rages over the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, it is important to remember that the initial outcry wa...

The Media Does Us No Good By Focusing on Zimmerman

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Sean McElwee

It's time for our nation to move past talking about a single trial and start talking about systematic racism, but when the Roman empire was crumbling, the people were delighted by bread and circuses.

Am I Trayvon? Zimmerman? Both?

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

Global society is complicit in structural discrimination, and we have all become actors in that process. Each of us has had our humanity compromised by the current power structure. On the other hand, we all regularly participate in a system that protects a select few, and we all play roles that contribute to the denigration of others.

Post-Zimmerman Verdict: What About That NSA Scandal and Snowden?

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Lawrence D. Elliott

For the most part, those who are most strenuously protesting their civil liberties being trampled upon by the NSA will never be subjected to the experiences I've had to deal with.

The Zimmerman Verdict Highlights America's Disgrace

David Abbitt | Posted 09.15.2013 | Crime
David Abbitt

Yes, it is an unfair system and minorities, those who have darker skin in particular, are treated inequitably by it. The injustices stretch far beyond the American courtroom, beyond a single verdict or a handful of verdicts. So, what are we going to do about it?

A Brief Statement on Crime and Alleged 'Black Criminality'

Pascal Robert | Posted 09.14.2013 | Black Voices
Pascal Robert

On Crime and Economics Until the world realizes that barring certain extreme examples crime is an economic construct of poverty and not a product of ...

George Zimmerman Verdict

Barbara Holm | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Barbara Holm

I honestly don't know what to say about this Trayvon Martin thing. I just can't wrap my head around it. George Zimmerman obviously killed an unarmed 1...

Zimmerman City

Mitch McEwen | Posted 09.15.2013 | Arts
Mitch McEwen

[Defense attorney] West said: "Trayvon Martin armed himself with a concrete sidewalk and used it to smash George Zimmerman's head." He added, "That is a deadly weapon." As designers of sidewalks, egress and public streets, how do we begin to consider the perversity of this phrase?

Turn Off the Lights: Public School Closings, Minority Youth and Bleak Futures

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

A seemingly undeniable historical reality is that minority youth have often been seen as devoid of the kind of innocence and worthiness of investment that white youth have been afforded.

The Tragedy of Trayvon

Suzan McDowell | Posted 09.15.2013 | Miami
Suzan McDowell

Right when I think we're making progress, we're not. There is a great seething racial wound in this country. And anyone who thinks there is not is deluded. Its time to talk and time to listen to the other side.

The African's Migration to Black America, Part I

Aya Saed | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
Aya Saed

Born to Sudanese parents in an Arabian city, my introduction to American patriotism and race relations came from the classroom.

Did Zimmerman Really 'Stand His Ground?'

American Anthropological Association | Posted 09.14.2013 | Crime
American Anthropological Association

Firstly, know that I'm not challenging anybody's satisfaction or outrage with the verdict. However, I've got to challenge some things about Floridian Stand Your Ground policy, Zimmerman's trial, and society's conflation of the two.

WorldNetDaily Tries to Cash in on Paula Deen's Racism

Terry Krepel | Posted 09.14.2013 | Media
Terry Krepel

What else would one expect from a website that meticulously documents every instance of "black mob violence" but finds Paula Deen's history of racially charged behavior to be a money-making opportunity?

For Aggrieved Martin Family, Remaining Legal Options Are Limited

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 09.14.2013 | Crime
Brian Levin, J.D.

There are various criminal federal civil rights and hate crime laws available to prosecutors dating back to the post Civil War period, but all have material limitations that substantially impact its application toward George Zimmerman.

Trayvon, Zimmerman and Our Motivations

Binta Niambi Brown | Posted 09.13.2013 | Black Voices
Binta Niambi Brown

What if we were motivated by love, not fear? What if, as Nick Surkamp tweeted Sunday morning, George Zimmerman offered Trayvon Martin a ride, to get out of the rain?