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Trayvon Martin Killing

Trayvon Martin Remains a Challenge to America

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.28.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Martin was more than just another young black male gunned down in an act of senseless violence. He became and will remain a challenge to the nation to do something about that violence.

Series Explores Life For Black Men In America

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.12.2014 | Black Voices

It’s been almost a year since George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the murder trial of Trayvon Martin. Still, the discussion it stirred about th...

Yes, It Is About Race

Lisa Bloom | Posted 05.13.2014 | Crime
Lisa Bloom

We're in the midst of a series of high-profile trials of white Americans who fatally shot unarmed African Americans, which we are constantly told are not about race. Not only is this a losing strategy for the prosecution, but it's dishonest.

They Are the Invisible

Marvin Coleman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Marvin Coleman

Maybe, in my destiny, still to come, is the bad luck of chance, the life changing or life ending meeting with the bigot boogeyman. But I'm not waiting for it or on the look out for it. To flip Ralph Ellison's script, to me, in my life, they are the invisible.

Have We Learned Anything at All? 10 Questions Unanswered by the George Zimmerman Verdict

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

I cannot answer the question of what happened on the night of February 26, 2012. I have no reason to question the good faith of the members of the jury. What I believe, though, is that these are the wrong questions to ask.

4 Things to Do Now to Protect Our Sons

Avis Jones-DeWeever | Posted 09.13.2013 | Black Voices
Avis Jones-DeWeever

This country's centuries long narrative linking black male bodies with inherent violence and criminality has stained our culture to its core and infected far too many of those who navigate within it.

Trayvon Martin Case Closes, 'Fruitvale Station' Opens All In One Racially-Charged Weekend

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 07.15.2013 | Black Voices

While the name Emmett Till made its way up Twitter's list of trending topics Saturday night and a jury of six women determined that George Zimmerman w...

Dear Rich Lowry: No Shame, Trayvon Martin Is Emmett Till

Malek Mouzon | Posted 09.12.2013 | Black Voices
Malek Mouzon

I don't think Trayvon Martin was some angelic youth, nor do I think he was perfect. What 17 year old boy is? I know from first hand experience teenage boys can be a loud, unruly bunch that gets into fights, make mistakes and do stupid things which hopefully they'll be able to live to regret.

Trayvon's Cry For Help and a Grieving Mother's Hope For Justice

Chris Benson | Posted 09.11.2013 | Crime
Chris Benson

The question of a mother's hope was put to Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton. It came during cross-examination by defense attorney Mark O'Mara.

The Killing of Trayvon Martin -- A World of Co-Conspirators

Larry Strauss | Posted 09.11.2013 | Black Voices
Larry Strauss

Whatever the verdict and however any of us feel about it, this incident is a symptom of a sickness of which we are all a part.

Voting Rights Act, Trayvon Martin & the Sequester: 3 Reasons Why You Need to Take Action Today

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

For much of 2012 (and 2011 for that matter), we witnessed some of the most egregious efforts to disenfranchise minority, elderly, student and poor voters all across this country.

It Could Have Been My Brother

Vivian Nweze | Posted 04.28.2013 | Black Voices
Vivian Nweze

No matter how "rough and tough" I behaved on the mean streets of the nation's capital, I took solace in knowing that I'd be safe and sound in my Florida home. Until Trayvon Martin died.

Does the World Believe America Has Really Changed On Race?

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 09.18.2012 | Black Voices
Lawrence D. Elliott

I guess the fact we've elected the nation's first African American President hasn't convinced them. But why should it, considering the disrespectful manner in which the opposition party has treated him.

Evoking Trayvon Martin, Partiers Allegedly Throw Bottles At Black Students

The Cornell Sun | Posted 07.07.2012 | Home
The Cornell Sun

Allegedly taunting them with references to Trayvon Martin, a group of people on the roof of the Sigma Pi fraternity house reportedly threw bottles and...

From Rodney King to Trayvon Martin: Let's Not Miss Another Opportunity to Progress

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.24.2012 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

In the case of Trayvon Martin, we have to unite and remember that it isn't about race, but rather justice for a dead teenage boy whose only crime was walking home with a bag of skittles and an iced tea.

The Danger of Being Forever Young: An Ode to Every Child Killed Before Their Time

Tiphani N. Montgomery | Posted 06.16.2012 | Black Voices
Tiphani N. Montgomery

Our children are dying. They aren't graduating from high school or college, they're being buried six feet under. They aren't building families, they...

George Zimmerman Had Accomplices. Shame We Can't Arrest Them Too

Daniel Gross | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
Daniel Gross

Don't get me wrong, I blame George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin. But I also blame the NRA and the politicians who do their bidding for putting the gun in his hands.

Trymaine Lee

George Zimmerman's Notoriety Raises Concerns For Fair Trial | Trymaine Lee | Posted 04.13.2012 | Black Voices

George Zimmerman, accused of murdering unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, was once an anonymous loan officer in a Florida suburb. He is now a reviled sy...

WATCH: O'Reilly Questions Trayvon Martin's Mom About Sharpton

Posted 04.16.2012 | Media

Bill O'Reilly sat down with Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, Thursday night to discuss the Wednesday arrest of George Zimmerman, the man who s...

The Gay Panic Defense And Trayvon Martin

Gabe Zichermann | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gabe Zichermann

The shooting of Trayvon Martin is a national tragedy that has left many Americans surprised and dismayed. For students of gay rights in the United States, the emerging facts of the case, and particularly how police appear to have handled it, are eerily familiar.

John Rudolf

Trayvon Martin Case Spotlights Florida Town's History Of 'Sloppy' Police Work | John Rudolf | Posted 04.09.2012 | Black Voices

SANFORD, Fla. -- In the summer of 2010, a masked man gunned down Ikeem Ruffin, 17, in an apartment complex on this city's north side. When police arri...

The Killing of Trayvon Martin -- A Call to Address White Privilege in Florida

Muhammed Malik | Posted 06.03.2012 | Miami
Muhammed Malik

To analyze what happened as George pulled the trigger on Trayvon, you must understand something about how race works in Florida. It is important to ex...

Constitution Check: Is There a Constitutional Right to "Stand Your Ground"?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

As of now, "stand your ground" laws are a matter of state law only, but could in time provide the means to implement a right nationwide if self-defense were ultimately to emerge as a guaranteed right under the Constitution.

Trayvon Martin: The Heart of a Wildfire

Matt Semino | Posted 06.03.2012 | Crime
Matt Semino

From Washington to Hollywood to Main Street, Martin's story has struck a cultural nerve that demands effective policy response. In death, Trayvon Martin stands in the eye of a tempestuous storm that is forcing us to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

Trayvon Martin Case Spurs Suspicious Book Project

Dan Mirvish | Posted 06.02.2012 | Impact
Dan Mirvish

Suspicious will be a collection of stories about the African-American, Latino, Asian and Native American experience of being suspected of being a criminal simply because of the color of their skin.