Edward Snowden is a white adult who had access to government secrets and was willing to be exiled and risk prosecution to reveal them.Trayvon Martin was a black minor who didn't choose to get killed and certainly cannot flee to a safe haven now. However, a common thread links them.
The Zimmerman verdict was not only about race, but is race still an issue in America? As Martin Luther King, Jr. once claimed, Sunday morning continues to be the most segregated hour of the week. Race is absolutely an issue. White privilege continues to be a reality.
At the heart of this issue regarding this particular incident isn't that Riley Cooper was caught on camera saying the N-word but rather that, like Riley Cooper, there are white people who say the N-word often and comfortably at home around family and friends.
The battles over immigration reform and race have weighed heavily on me this summer. They have each become a symbol and a test, for me, of whether we can resurrect "the common good" in this nation.
The Talk isn't about teaching black boys how to act or, more precisely, how to grovel before whites with guns. The purpose of The Talk is to lift a veil of innocence from the eyes of black boys so they can recognize a danger when it appears.
Sybrina lost her son, Trayvon Martin, to a senseless act of violence. She watched the media create a caricature of her son as a thug, and burden him with assumptions about what it means to be a young black teen. And, after a long and painful trial, she saw Trayvon's killer go free.
Biblical truth asserts the value of all people and leaves no room for racism, making the Bible's marching orders to Christians in America clear: get serious about healing the wounds of racism.
The fact that the majority of modern Jewish emigration came from Central and Eastern Europe created the mistaken perception in America that Jews are only white. We feared that Jonah would be forced to choose between his racial and religious identities.
If we, as a Nation, are to continue to perfect this Union for next generations, engaging in open, honest discourse about our biases when they surface is paramount. Denial, dismissive, dispassionate and derisive behavior will only reproduce the disharmony and discrimination we are witnessing and mistakenly deem them as random occurrences.
The law, the law, the law -- yes, jurors are instructed to adhere to the law. For on July 17, 2013, as former President Jimmy Carter had said, "It's n...
What makes this (unsurprising and frustrating) conflation particularly odd is that this conversation is being had without young Black men being present in the room.
The obvious point is that to call Zimmerman a serial racial profiler and that Martin was another victim of his penchant for profiling is crass race baiting. That's the wrong debate.
The face to fear is not going to wear a label to the untrained eye (though it may be discernible to trained law enforcement officials). The normal looking kid may turn out to be truly dangerous while the "different looking" person may be completely harmless.
The president's view, although unpopular in the eyes of many of his white conservatives colleagues, reminded people that racism is not a relic of our 400-year-old violent past, but instead, represents reality for substantial numbers of blacks who are frustrated and disillusioned.
If and when The World spends too much time and energy contemplating a person who demonstrates a heartbreakingly ignorant, rude, and ahistoric worldview to a politically Conscious Person who gives a damn about correcting The World's tragic mistake.
When it comes to civil lawsuits under Title 42 of the civil rights act of 1982, the police have broad immunity from "harassment, distraction, and liability when they perform their duties reasonably." But when it comes to criminal charges, no such blanket immunity exists.