This is not just the all too familiar headline focusing on a young unarmed African American male shot dead by police, but also the story of a man who needed mental health assistance and instead of receiving the professional assistance he so desperately needed, he received fatal bullets.
In light of this very somber weekend with the decision regarding Trayvon Martin, I didn't know if it would be a good idea to release a story about the highlight of my trip to Miami to cover the American Black Film Festival.
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?
The proximity of the differently decided Voting Rights Act and gay marriage Supreme Court cases and the Zimmerman trial should serve as a reminder to LGBT people that it is immensely important to have a broader sense of justice than our own drive for marriage equality.
One of the puzzling questions surrounding the public saga of Martin's death has always been why the partisan, conservative political movement in America, led by its powerful media outlets, felt the need to become so deeply invested in the case.
When our laws ill-affect one community much more then another they must be challenged. I join the Trayvon Martin Foundation in their fight to end every law in America that creates the environment for a tragedy like to this to ever happen again.
It's time all of us engage in a long-term conversation on the elephant in the room -- race. And as the Trayvon Martin case tragically proves, the topic cannot be discussed without dedicating an equal amount of time towards a serious look at our justice system.