When exposed to the light, the NRA's agenda becomes toxic. And Americans want nothing to do with those who conspire to bring about the gun lobby's dangerous "guns everywhere" vision they saw played out that February night in Sanford, Florida.
For those in the black community it was a story heard far too many times. The Trayvon Martin case re-opened old wounds. What have we learned is very clear, that the need for racial healing is still greatly needed.
George Zimmerman has created a website ostensibly to "thank" his supporters and to raise funds for his living and legal expenses. It's never a good sign when your attorneys quit and you start pleading your case in the court of Sean Hannity and Fox News.
I feel extremely bad and incredibly worried for Barack Obama. I like the president and most of his policies. However, the Trayvon Martin circus has grown so big and unruly, it threatens to derail the president's much-deserved second term.
You see, I have a black son. And yet -- I still don't know what it's like to be a person of color in America. It's never easy to talk about the ugly side of our society. Shining an uncomfortable light on things like racism make us see the faults in ourselves.
From Washington to Hollywood to Main Street, Martin's story has struck a cultural nerve that demands effective policy response. In death, Trayvon Martin stands in the eye of a tempestuous storm that is forcing us to take a long, hard look in the mirror.
Thousands of Sanford residents and supporters from around the region gathered Monday to demonstrate their outrage over the handling of the Trayvon Martin incident by law enforcement, and to express their desire for justice.
What is more shocking than the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is that a statute of Florida law, referred to as "Stand your Ground," precluded the shooter from facing immediate legal repercussions.
My son is African-American, wears hoodies, eats Skittles and now must come to understand, at a tender age, why he, too, might be targeted as a dangerous threat. The Trayvon Martin case will be a turning point and teaching moment for many of our children.