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Song of the Martyrs: America's #1 With a Bullet

Barry Michael Cooper | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
Barry Michael Cooper

Listen closer: his song plays on the lower frequencies of our collective unconscious; white noise filtered in the black light of colorless distortion. His song is loud. America has lowered the volume. But his song plays even louder.

WATCH: 'A Dedication To Trayvon Martin'

Posted 07.26.2013 | Black Voices

As controversy surrounding the acquittal of George Zimmerman continues to make headlines throughout the county, various public figures are also contin...

As the Nation Continues to Mourn Trayvon Martin: Understanding Racism in America With Tim Wise

Ginnie Love | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Ginnie Love

Upon hearing the verdict of not guilty, my spirit sank and stomach became sickened. That was my personal initial experience at the end of the George Z...

What I Dread Telling My Black Son

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Aaron Daniel Taylor

So to my fellow white adoptive parents with minority children, when the white establishment tries to deflect the subject away from civil rights for black men by talking about "black on black crime," we can't let the establishment get away with it. They can change the subject. We can't.

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.

Juror B37 and the Acquittal of George Zimmerman

Renee Parsons | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Renee Parsons

As the bitter disappointment and initial anger subside after an all-female jury's verdict in George Zimmerman's trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin, provocative questions linger about their not guilty judgment.

Pro-Gun Group Wants To Buy Zimmerman A New Gun

The Huffington Post | Ashley Balcerzak | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics

An Ohio political action committee is raising money to buy George Zimmerman a new gun, the group announced on its website Saturday. The Buckeye Fir...

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.

'HE WAS PUSHED TO THAT PODIUM'

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 07.23.2013 | Media

During a discussion on Sunday's "Meet The Press," Tavis Smiley criticized President Obama's remarks on Trayvon Martin's death and the outcome of the G...

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."

'Justice For Trayvon' Gather In 100 Cities

AP | BILL BARROW | Posted 09.19.2013 | Black Voices

ATLANTA -- One week after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, people gathered nationwide Sa...

In the Media, Bias Persists

Karen Angel | Posted 09.18.2013 | Media
Karen Angel

Most people would be hard-pressed to rattle off a list of black victims, except for the great black martyrs like Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Emmett Till -- and the latest addition to that short list, Trayvon Martin.

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.

Obama Catches Press Off Guard

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 07.19.2013 | Media

President Obama surprised everyone, including the press, when he delivered unannounced remarks on Friday about Trayvon Martin's death. Members of t...

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

No More National Conversations

Wes Moore | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Wes Moore

I'm tired of national conversations, whatever that even means. The impact of racism, or many other "isms" in our society are deep-seated, generational, and omni-present, and there is no "national conversation" that will unseat them.

Swaddling the Pain: For Our Black Boys 1 Week After the Trayvon Martin Verdict

Opal Palmer Adisa | Posted 09.18.2013 | Black Voices
Opal Palmer Adisa

As a mother of three children, one of whom is an African-American male, these are sad times for me. I must constantly fan away fear. I must constantly be vigilant for all Black boys. I must cast a net of prayer over my son and others. I have to form a circle of protection around them.

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.

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.

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.

In the Wake of Trayvon Martin: A Paranoid Artist Mom's Internal Dialogue With Her Son

Jade Simmons | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Jade Simmons

What will we do with you? You will be tall and dashing, I can tell, but I fear that on a rainy night dressed in a hoodie this will cause you some issues. So how do I shelter you from a fate sealed by ignorant misunderstanding and prejudiced overreaction?

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.

Jim Crow Impacts Juries in Florida, Denying Justice for Trayvon Martin

Desmond Meade | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Desmond Meade

That disfranchisement and marginalization of returning citizens, who are stripped of their right to vote and right to serve on a jury, was involved in the verdict should outrage every Floridian and every American.

Being Visible for Trayvon

David Wall Rice | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
David Wall Rice

But we are not "you." We are whole people, human beings with lived experiences that are of value, and different, and sometimes the same as everyone else, no matter we know that Black men and Black boys are understood to be a threat to everyone else.