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Trayvon Martin Case

Race in America: It Starts With a Story, But It Must Not Stop There

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

There is a teaching in the Talmud (Sanhedrin 70a): "If someone comes to kill you, kill him first." Then the Talmud continues: "But if you can prevent his killing you by wounding him rather than killing him, and nevertheless you kill him, you become a murderer."

The Politics of Racism

Michael Yarbrough | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Michael Yarbrough

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.

What Are We Going to Do About It?

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

The tragedy of Trayvon Martin's death has made plain to me what, in truth, was there to be seen for many years. What is needed is another moral movement in our society, and I believe it is a moral movement, though not the exclusive possession of the Church, that can only be effectively led by the Church.

A Prayer for Peace

Alan P. Sherouse | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Alan P. Sherouse

It was 16-year-old Wendell -- a tall, athletic, African-American young man who has been attending Metro with his family for three years. He paused in the pulpit, bowed his head and prayed, "God, help us to believe peace is possible in this world with so much violence."

It's Time to Acknowledge White Privilege

Catherine Wiley | Posted 09.21.2013 | Black Voices
Catherine Wiley

I was introduced to the concept of white privilege in 1984, when I was 19, in college. I was having lunch with my first love, a black man, in a diner in central Ohio.

President Barack Obama Is 'The Man'

Michael A. Hardy | Posted 09.21.2013 | Black Voices
Michael A. Hardy

It took just 19 minutes for American history to be substantially altered this past Friday, July 19, 2013. As is often the case, some of the most poig...

We Need More Than Just a Conversation on Race; We Need Legislative Action

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 09.21.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

Trayvon Martin went to store to buy Skittles and an iced tea. Trayvon Martin was shot dead by a civilian who had no authority to stop him. Trayvon Martin's killer wasn't arrested for weeks until after the horrible incident. Those are facts. And facts cannot be denied no matter how they may be twisted or spun.

Unsafe in Black and White America

Morgan Guyton | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

I have a feeling that I'm not the only white guy who experiences these thoughts that I sure don't want to have in my head. But I desperately want to unlearn these instincts because if I feel unsafe around someone else because they're black, I am part of the reason that the world becomes unsafe for them.

Why Am I Afraid of Trayvon Martin?

Daniel Weeks | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics
Daniel Weeks

On Friday, President Obama challenged the nation to "do some soul-searching" in the aftermath of Trayvon Martin. I am a well-meaning white person. I am married to a beautiful black woman from South Africa. But for all my bona fides in brotherly love, I regularly fail to meet the president's test.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week began with the nation processing the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. It ended with President Obama interrupting a press conference to give a remarkable and heartfelt talk about the verdict, and the history of race and violence in America. "Trayvon Martin could have been me," the president said. Having a president who can personalize and voice the frustration African-Americans feel about the verdict is an amazing moment in our history. And while the jury's decision can't be reversed, laws that encourage violence and more gun deaths can. As can other policies and practices -- like the drug war and stop-and-frisk -- whose effects fall disproportionately on minorities. Indeed, given that the president has admitted to past drug use, he might look at the hundreds of thousands languishing in prison on non-violent drug offenses and also say, they "could have been me."

President Barack Obama Delivers Trayvon Martin's Dream

Antonio Moore | Posted 09.18.2013 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

President Barack Obama in 20 minutes delivered on Martin Luther King's dream of social justice in action. He gave a voice to the voiceless, speaking for Trayvon Martin, Medgar Evers and many other nameless African-Americans in U.S. history.

READ: Obama's Full Remarks About Trayvon Martin Case

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama made a surprise statement on Friday about the George Zimmerman trial, Trayvon Martin and race in America. Following is the full...

What Trayvon Teaches Us

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 09.18.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

In the days following George Zimmerman's acquittal, I have been thinking of the Book of First Samuel, in which God tells King Saul to destroy the Amalekites as punishment for their inhospitality toward Israel

Race Was Not on Trial

Jess Coleman | Posted 09.17.2013 | Teen
Jess Coleman

Let's not allow this single case to diminish the passion and enthusiasm that is needed to combat a much larger injustice; let's instead see it as a learning experience, and a chance to change course.

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...

An Honest Heartfelt Dialogue About Race Between Two Mothers: What Can America Learn About Race Post Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman?

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 07.18.2013 | Black Voices
Patricia Leavy, PhD

This case and how people feel about racism is not the cause of these issues but rather a symptom of them. Moreover, whether it is a drunken altercation in NYC where a racist term is used and a fight ensues or the quick crumbling of the Paula Deen Empire, these issues are increasingly permeating the public sphere.

Travyon Martin Family Lawyer: 'Biggest Mistake Was To Ignore Race'

Posted 07.18.2013 | Black Voices

One of the lawyers for Trayvon Martin's family said that the prosecution should have focused more on race. The "biggest mistake was to ignore race,...

Are We There Yet?

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 09.17.2013 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Today, while the colored/white signs are gone, the needs of people who are locked out, pushed out, or left out are great and growing every day. Racial divides continue to be deeply rooted. We cannot afford to remain silent.

Next Steps for Sanford, Fla.

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

Many Sanford residents are frustrated, angry and deeply saddened over the verdict, and these emotions are connected to long-festering issues in the community. Such feelings cannot be swept aside. There must be room for people to express their views and for others to hear and feel them.

Boys With Tender Hearts and Big Dreams in Their Hoodies

Eve Ensler | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
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.

Snoop:'The Prosecution Represented Trayvon Martin Horribly'

Posted 07.22.2013 | Black Voices

I don’t really want to get too caught up, because I’m not one to be political or judicial. But I just feel like certain laws are made to protect o...

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.

A Message to Trayvon Martin Sympathizers

Romany Malco | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Romany Malco

When we signed on to do reality shows that fed into the media's stereotypes of black men, we ingrained an image of Trayvon Martin so overwhelming that who he actually may have been didn't matter anymore.

None Shall Make Them Afraid

Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

"None shall make them afraid" -- that is the biblical refrain that has come to me over and over again in light of the Trayvon Martin tragedy.

Guns, Machismo, Martin and Zimmerman

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Harold A. McDougall

Black parents already tell their sons not to give police any excuse to shoot them. Must that warning now be broadened to include any white man who might have a gun?