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.
Like Mississippi's Freedom Vote, the Voting Rights Referendum for Trayvon Martin is not a "mock" election intended simply to pressure the federal government to act.
They are an inspiring and organized black and brown student movement going into week four of their sit in and occupation of the Florida governor's office. They are demanding changes in Florida laws which criminalize young black and brown people.
The sons I might have one day will have unambiguously black bodies, be Muslim, marked in name and (hopefully) practice, and may also speak the Spanish tongue of their grandfather. What kind of world will they inhabit?
I have read that the brain processes 400 billion bits of information a second, but we are only aware of 2,000 of those. We do not have time to sort through and analyze all these information so our brain and mind take shortcuts.
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.