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Entire Young Black Male Population Moves Out of Florida

Mawuena Akyea | Posted 04.10.2014 | Comedy
Mawuena Akyea

The entire young black male population of Florida is preparing to leave Florida for good because of ongoing shooting deaths of young black males. Even...

The Criminality of Blackness

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

I could see clearly: These strong, playful, intelligent and hilarious men would have to go back out into the world and play the roles they had adopted... to be seen, but not seen... to be safe in a world that fears them.

Yes, It Is About Race

Lisa Bloom | Posted 03.13.2014 | 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.

The Myth of a Post Racial America

Dennis Trainor | Posted 03.07.2014 | Black Voices
Dennis Trainor

Last week, President Obama unveiled his My Brothers Keeper initiative one day after the anniversary of the murder of Trayvon Martin and as the nation still grapples with the hung jury on the murder charge in the Michael Dunn case,.

Stand Your Ground's Woman Problem: Laws Expanding Self-Defense Raise Questions About Gender as Well as Race

Mary Anne Franks | Posted 03.03.2014 | Crime
Mary Anne Franks

Of all the categories of victims who might justifiably agitate for more protection from the law, women facing down abusive partners in their own homes should be at the top of the list. And yet Stand Your Ground laws do nothing to help them. This is not by accident but by design.

Twice as Good

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

When an All-Pro cornerback from the NFL's best defensive squad needs to have his 3.9 GPA from Stanford cited to stop white people's quivering, we have a problem.

Tracy Martin: This Country Values Guns More Than Our Children's Lives

Posted 02.26.2014 | Black Voices

It has been two years since Tracy Martin lost his son Trayvon, who was shot and killed following a confrontation with neighborhood watch volunteer, Ge...

White Christians: Please Stop Denying Your Privilege

Emily Timbol | Posted 02.27.2014 | Religion
Emily Timbol

My privilege smacked me in the face when Jordan Davis was killed. It was in my city... on a street I drive often... at a gas station I've been a patron at. This wasn't something I was removed from. It happened in my hometown.

When Your Color Is a Threat

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

African-Americans are often assumed to be a threat by virtue of their existence. In Dunn's testimony, it's clear that on the day he shot and killed Jordan Davis, he didn't see four teenagers who declined to heed his request that they turn down their music. From his eyes, they were a threat.

You Are Not My Peer

Maurice Tracy | Posted 02.24.2014 | Black Voices
Maurice Tracy

While I am sure there are plenty of wonderful legal arguments as to why I should trust a jury of my peers, and that those peers can just simply be any plain old American citizens, I am sorry but no; I do not feel comfortable trusting justice when it comes to Black bodies

Justice for Jordan: What the Dunn Verdict Says About Our Culture -- and the Value That We Place on Young Black Males in America

Marc H. Morial | Posted 02.24.2014 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

On November 23, 2012, Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, fired 10 rounds into a parked SUV after arguing over loud rap music coming from the vehicle with Jordan and three other unarmed African American teenagers inside.

Killed by a Gun

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The headlines in the case were sadly familiar. An angry adult armed with a gun used it to shoot and kill an unarmed black teenager he thought seemed "bad" -- this time, because the teenager and his friends were sitting in a car listening to music the grownup didn't like. In this outrageous Florida case, a middle-aged white man, Michael Dunn, was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting a gun into an occupied car. Jurors agreed he faced no threat after he was annoyed by loud music -- coming from a car he had deliberately chosen to park next to -- and then started an argument, pulled a gun on the car's black teens, and fired three shots at the young men inside the car as they tried to drive away from him.

To Wake Up Dangerous: on Thugs and the Criminalization of Black People

Jay Dodd | Posted 02.21.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

The war has become so complex and intersected that Black America is constantly fighting for survival across all classes and identities. The latest buzzword in the war is this concept of the "thug."

4 Reasons Why Stand Your Ground Made a Difference in the Michael Dunn Trial

Lisa Bloom | Posted 02.21.2014 | Crime
Lisa Bloom

Sure, he'll be locked up (at least 60 years for Michael Dunn), but true justice requires a conviction for murder. This did not happen. The reason? Stand Your Ground.

It's Time to Separate Race and U.S. Firearms Policy

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.20.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

If we can divorce race and firearms, we can talk about racial disparities in America and figure out if we need to create a more just system. And then we can talk about the Second Amendment.

'Dunn Should Understand The Victim Is The One That Had A Bullet Go Through His Lungs'

Posted 02.20.2014 | Black Voices

Earlier this week, prosecutors released audio of jailhouse phone calls placed by Michael Dunn, the man who fatally shot Jordan Davis after a confronta...

Loud Music Killing Juror Speaks Out

Posted 02.21.2014 | Crime

A member of the jury that convicted Michael Dunn says the 47-year-old man who killed an unarmed 17-year-old should have been found guilty of murder. ...

I'm Dunn (But Not Really) With This: A Few Notes on Strategic Apathy and White Supremacy

Javon Johnson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices
Javon Johnson

Many people have asked me how I feel about the Michael Dunn case and the troubling verdict. I am quite vocal about race issues and general human equality so these inquiries come as no surprise.

Have Guns Made It Harder for Americans to Walk Away From a Fight?

Mike Weisser | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Mike Weisser

We can talk and argue all we want about whether Americans are safer if everyone walks around with a gun. But somehow, don't ask me how, too many of us just can't seem to walk away from a fight.

Faulty Florida So Listen Up Young Man

Kelsey Minor | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

I remain baffled by the stand your ground law in Florida. Maybe someone can explain it in simple terms to me, because it appears what the state needs is a mind your business law.

Stand Your Ground Has No Moral Ground

Jim Wallis | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The facts of the case really don't matter anymore, just the feelings and beliefs of the defendant. And when you add the race of the victims into the mix, the disparities in how the law is applied are clear. Basically, if a white man feels or believes he is threatened, regardless of the facts of the case, he can be justified in shooting and killing a black man. The reality of Stand Your Ground laws in Florida and 24 more states is that racial fear and hatred is now legally justified. Black men are always at risk -- as every black parent in this country has told their young boys and as the statistics now bear out.

Michael Dunn And Open Season On Black Teenagers

Salon | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices

How much more are black people in this country supposed to take? On Saturday, a Florida jury failed to convict Michael Dunn for the callous murder...

'Run-Of-The-Mill Florida Batsh*t Crazy'

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.19.2014 | Comedy

Like many following the case, Jon Stewart was disturbed by Florida's failure to convict Michael Dunn for shooting and killing an unarmed black 17-year...

An Elegy for Fairness: Jordan Davis, Defiance, and White Entitlement

Olivia Cole | Posted 02.18.2014 | Black Voices
Olivia Cole

Elegies have been written for these families, their lost children. But I am writing an elegy for fairness, for what their deaths mean, because they mean more than funerals. They mean more than black veils and sad songs. Their deaths mean our death, a collective slow withering of the soul.

Do Expanding Numbers of Guns and Permits Mean We Need Expanded Liability Laws?

Tom Harvey | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Tom Harvey

Real responsibility for guns would include a requirement for insurance to compensate victims. If that insurance is based on gun owner liability and fault then proper laws to establish liability are necessary.