When given the opportunity to speak on slain 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, he chose to instead unnecessarily conflate his brutal killing with the "disproportionate" number of black men involved in "criminal activities and violence."
Racial profiling is an anti-intellectual epidemic that endangers white Americans at the same rate as the minority persons it seeks to oppress, and is as scientifically valuable as the concept of the world being flat.
Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till died too young, and their families' lives were changed forever; connected over the years by those facts, they share a common bond. Beyond that, there is simply no comparison.
Remember the March on Washington? August 28, 1963. Tens of thousands of activists on the National Mall. A preacher's son from Atlanta talking about his dream for the country. We don't need to watch a rerun of that fateful day. We need a sequel.
Travyon Martin. The name has a ring to it. Besides being famous as the center of the most talked about case in recent American news, his tragic death ...
As my friend and I sipped our beers at the popular gay sports bar, in walked a gentleman with a hoodie on. I recognized the man as an Orthodox Jew who was concealing his trademark curls. He exuded a nervous energy, and in minutes people were creeped out enough to start complaining.
As a black man, I know that Don Lemon's failed respectability politics don't make a difference in the real life that I live that is not inoculated by the wealth, status, and power that Mr. Lemon's presence on CNN gives him.
As the mother of a brown son, the Zimmerman acquittal left me saddened and conflicted. Saddened because Trayvon Martin's life ended so abruptly and under unexpected circumstances. Conflicted because of the diverse reaction of society at large.
After the Trayvon Martin killing, there have been numerous discussions of race. But now we have to move on, to discuss and redefine a far more potent...
We knew the verdict was coming; still, the reality of it was a punch in the gut for millions of Americans who hoped that George Zimmerman's killing the unarmed Trayvon Martin would end with conviction. What is to be done?
Two weeks after George Zimmerman's trial in the death of Trayvon Martin ended in acquittal, Juror B29, the only woman of color identified as Maddy, says George Zimmerman got away with murder, while Juror B37, a white woman, believes he did nothing wrong. Both agree that race played no role in the case. Doesn't this settle the issue of whether race was involved in this case?
There is no question in my mind that gun ownership is a right in the U.S. But with that right come responsibilities and psychological consequences that are different for everyone.
Trayvon was more than just a kid who was shot by a neighborhood watch man. For African Americans, his death was yet another reminder of this country's dreadful past: the killing of unarmed black males by a person who does not visibly appear black.
The NFL wants to show the world that racial bigotry will not be tolerated, and should you use racially charged language, we will destroy your career. They also just want it to go away. If this is the direction they choose it will be pretty sad, not only for Riley Cooper, but for the Eagles, the NFL and this country.
We in the news media have spent much of the past few weeks examining every nook and cranny in this country, looking for clues about how we have come to this point of racial angst. The only place we have yet to look is inward. And it's time.
I am gratified that this is a time in this country when a young white woman can express public outrage at the killing of a young black man. And yet, we are most definitely not all Trayvon Martin.