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Stand Your Ground

We Are Trayvon

Ben Jealous | Posted 09.17.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

When a teenager's life is taken, and there is no accountability for the man who killed him, nothing seems right in the world. But we cannot let these emotions rule us.

Rick Scott Refuses To Budge On 'Stand Your Ground'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Protesters who set up camp in the state Capitol building earlier this week finally got to meet with Gov. Rick Scott late Thursday...

Rick Scott Really Doesn't Want To Talk About Stand Your Ground

The Huffington Post | Ryan Rainey | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) was whisked away by his aides on Thursday after a reporter asked him a question about the state's controversial "Stand You...

Trayvon and Chicago

Thomas Alter | Posted 09.17.2013 | Crime
Thomas Alter

Media luminaries like the illustrious Sean Hannity and the measured Ann Coulter have declared that it's impossible to be angry about the death of one individual black boy without mentioning all of the others. Even if you don't consider the source, this argument is ridiculous.

What's The Difference Between George Zimmerman And President Barack Obama?

Richard Greener | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Richard Greener

As George Zimmerman's defense attorney began his opening statement with a "knock-knock" joke that fell flat, imagine if he had instead started with an...

Key Mistakes Sway Jury in Zimmerman Trial

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 09.17.2013 | Crime
Marjorie Cohn

Sanford police officer Chris Serino, the chief investigator on the case, testified that, given all the evidence, he believed Zimmerman was telling the truth. It is well-established that witnesses cannot make credibility judgments.

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 Fight the Embarrassment of Being a Floridian

Lea Lane | Posted 09.17.2013 | Miami
Lea Lane

Years ago, studying a map of the United States, I felt embarrassed when I realized that Florida looked like a dick hanging off the bottom of the country. Nobody seemed to notice it but me back then, and if they did they never talked about it. Well, that's changed.

Trayvon Martins Are Everywhere

Debbie Hines | Posted 09.17.2013 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

Unfortunately, most blacks have at some time, whether they knew it or not, probably looked suspicious and "up to no good" to a white person. Trayvon Martins are everywhere.

Those Were the Days

Lisa Longo | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

I woke up to a different world today. It is a world we all created. By our deeds, our misdeeds, our missteps and for some of us, those literal missed ...

Racial Justice, Not Racist Justice

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 09.16.2013 | Crime
C. Robert Gibson

The sooner we acknowledge that the current justice system is a farce and only works for the privileged, the sooner we'll be able to change it for the better.

Young People Standing Our Ground to End 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

Joy Lawson | Posted 07.17.2013 | College
Joy Lawson

In many ways, the momentum gathering now is drawing connections between a single trial and a system of justice that is, by and large, failing communities of color.

Racism's 21st Century Makeover

Yousef Abukhdair | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Yousef Abukhdair

To believe racism is non-existent in the American justice system amongst other venues is a ludicrous omission of societal norms and an obtuse understanding of human nature.

Standing Our Ground

Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt

After all these years, I am tired of worrying and tired of crying over lost black men and boys whose primary offense has been Living While Black. 'm tired of crying, and ready to fight. What about you?

WATCH: 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Star Unloads On Florida

Posted 07.17.2013 | Comedy

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Jeff Garlin swung by HuffPost Live on Wednesday to promote his new movie "Dealin' with Idiots," and didn't hold back on hi...

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.


Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

When I heard the news of the Zimmerman verdict, I was shaking with rage and hopelessness.

The Race Mongers: Conservative Media's Efforts to Delegitimize Justice for Trayvon Protesters

Walker Bragman | Posted 07.16.2013 | Media
Walker Bragman

Breitbart, The Blaze, The New American, etc .,all exist for the sole purpose of helping those on the right get elected without any regard for the division they are causing. It is shameful.

What's Next for the NRA: Arming Young Black Males

Spencer Critchley | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Since the NRA believes guns make their owners and others around them safer, I'm sure we can count on the group throwing the bulk of its effort into making sure young black males are carrying guns, ASAP.

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Florida Boycott Picks Up Steam | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 07.17.2013 | Black Voices

A tourist boycott of Florida is gaining strength, whipped by rage, disbelief and disappointment in a jury's weekend acquittal of neighborhood watchman...

Feeling Cold-Blooded Today

Lili Barsha | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Lili Barsha

It's clear we have a caste system in which certain people have no ground to stand on, and others are allowed to stand by whatever ground they happen to see. The question is, whose ground is it to defend?

Petitions Emerge In Support Of Woman Sentenced To 20 Years For Warning Shot

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

In 2012, Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in jail for firing a warning shot at the wall of her home in what she said was an attempt to ward...

Eric Holder Strongly Criticizes Stand Your Ground Laws, Opens Up About Trayvon Martin Case

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

ORLANDO, Fla. — Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday strongly criticized stand-your-ground laws that allow a person who believes he is in danger ...

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.

15 Shocking 'Stand Your Ground' Cases

Posted 07.16.2013 | Miami

Although George Zimmerman's defense team did not request a Stand Your Ground hearing, one of the jurors told CNN's Anderson Cooper that the self-defen...