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Zimmerman Trial

Americans, Let's Talk -- And Act -- On Race and Justice

Christine Pelosi | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

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?

Why White Evangelical Churches Don't Wear Hoodies

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

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.

Why Zimmerman Juror B29 Believed in His Guilt But Still Voted to Acquit

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.27.2013 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Zimmerman got several benefits in his trial from the jurors. One was that he was innocent. The other was that the prosecution did not prove its case. But the biggest benefit was that even when juror B29 thought he was guilty and should have been convicted she still voted to acquit.

Legalized Execution

Shan Wells | Posted 09.24.2013 | Denver
Shan Wells


Another Take at the Trayvon Martin Tragedy

Alexander Spangher | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Alexander Spangher

The Zimmerman case is a wake-up call for all Americans: black, white, young, old. It is a disgusting devaluation of life and social bonds in favor of the material good.

Dear 'Others' in America

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 09.21.2013 | Latino Voices
Bino A. Realuyo

I'm acutely aware of my atypical looks, one of those brown faces you can't put in a place. I get asked all time where I am from, as if my face can't possibly be American.

The Zimmerman Verdict: There's a New Justice in Town

Brad R. Braxton | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Brad R. Braxton

On Sunday, July 14, 2013, I preached at The Open Church, a radically inclusive congregation in Baltimore, wearing a grey hoodie, black jeans, and a purple baseball cap turned backwards.

Trayvon, America, White Privilege and Fixing a Broken System

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 09.21.2013 | Crime
Leslie K. Stein

The president is right when he says we need a national dialogue on race. But there are two races we need to talk about. We need to talk about racism and injustice. But also need to vote in every race and take each race seriously at every level.

Why Am I Afraid of Trayvon Martin?

Daniel Weeks | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics
Daniel Weeks

On Friday, President Obama challenged the nation to "do some soul-searching" in the aftermath of Trayvon Martin. I am a well-meaning white person. I am married to a beautiful black woman from South Africa. But for all my bona fides in brotherly love, I regularly fail to meet the president's test.

Obama Rams the Issue of Racial Profiling Back Onto the Nation's Table

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.20.2013 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama didn't speak solely because he felt obliged to make a generic observation about the anger of most blacks toward the Zimmerman verdict, or even out of remembrance of the fight he led in the Illinois state legislature. He spoke from a well-documented personal experience.

Charles Barkley: Martin 'Flipped The Switch' On Zimmerman That Night

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 07.19.2013 | Sports

Former NBA power forward Charles Barkley spoke about the George Zimmerman trial on CNBC on Thursday, telling host Maria Bartiromo he agreed with the v...

Of Guilt and Responsibility: Abraham Joshua Heschel on George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

"Few are guilty, but all are responsible" is not a principle that can be applied in a court of law. However, without a recognition of this prophetic call, much of the greater aspirations of our country remain out of reach.

Justice and Trayvon Martin

Terry Newell | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Terry Newell

The courtroom is just one way of achieving the pledge to "establish Justice" in the Constitution's Preamble. What Zimmerman got in the Florida trial was procedural justice. But legal procedure is not and should not be the only way a society strives for justice.

Zimmerman Jurors Passed Time With Manicures, Movies And Bowling

Reuters | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla., July 17 (Reuters) - Sequestered jurors locked away from the rest of the world during George Zimmerman...

Ted Nugent: George Zimmerman Should Sue Trayvon's Parents

Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

The ever-controversial Ted Nugent is not one to keep his opinions to himself, let alone keep quiet on an issue as racially and politically charged as ...

Snoop:'The Prosecution Represented Trayvon Martin Horribly'

Posted 07.22.2013 | Black Voices

I don’t really want to get too caught up, because I’m not one to be political or judicial. But I just feel like certain laws are made to protect o...

Travesty Marinating: A Long Time Coming...

Marlon Regis | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
Marlon Regis

It was pretty obvious the morning after to read what's on people's minds just by a simple glance, in the close aftermath of the George Zimmerman "Not ...

Zimmerman Trial Juror b37 Reconfirms Glaring Juror Racial Bias

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

George Zimmerman trial juror b37 flatly said that there was no doubt that Zimmerman feared for his life when he killed Trayvon Martin. When she said that, she reconfirmed two deep and troubling facts about the Zimmerman trial and the criminal justice system.

The Media Does Us No Good By Focusing on Zimmerman

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Sean McElwee

It's time for our nation to move past talking about a single trial and start talking about systematic racism, but when the Roman empire was crumbling, the people were delighted by bread and circuses.

Jimmy Carter: George Zimmerman Jury 'Made The Right Decision'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

Former President Jimmy Carter weighed in Tuesday on the recent verdict handed down in the trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who faced murder ...

Abraham, Martin and Trayvon: Five Decades as a Reluctant Revolutionary

Sandi Bachom | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Sandi Bachom

I entreat you, as a mother and as an American. Do not let Trayvon Martin die in vain. Make your voices heard. "Be the change you want to see in the world" armed with Facebook, iPhones, Twitter and YouTube... there has never been a time of greater personal empowerment than now!

GOP Rep To Zimmerman Demonstrators: 'Get Over It'

The Huffington Post | Katie Burkhart | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

Shortly following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who fatally shot unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in 2012, Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) of...

Trayvon Martin, Social Media and Inactive Activism

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
Shane Paul Neil

There is no preventative measure. There is no panacea for tragedy. What we need to discover is a way to have genuine dialogue instead of us standing on a million soapboxes preaching to the infinite.

The Zimmerman Verdict's Message

Julio Pabon | Posted 09.15.2013 | Latino Voices
Julio Pabon

Even if technical legally sound, the verdict's message as heard and felt in the street speaks to double standards when it comes to law enforcement and criminal justice.

The Zimmerman Trial, Orwell and Race

William H. Turner | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
William H. Turner

Many Americans -- lots more whites than blacks, I am sure -- do not believe the verdict in the Zimmerman trial was just the latest example of the biases against young black males of a racist, oppressive criminal justice system that continues to grow.