On Killing Trayvons

By: Monday October 20, 2014 7:15 pm

This Wednesday is a day of action that some are calling a national day of action against police brutality, with others adding “and mass incarceration,” and I’d like to add “and war” and make it global rather than national. This Tuesday, the Governor of Pennsylvania is expected to sign a bill that will silence prisoners’ speech, and people are pushing back. A movement is coalescing around reforming police procedures and taking away their military weapons. And a powerful book has just been published called Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence.


Podcast: Michael Dunn Trial, Colorblind Prosecutions & a System That Permits Racist Violence

By: Sunday February 23, 2014 9:07 am

With “stand your ground” laws, “it’s very hard for people to acknowledge that there might be a racial bias and that’s why it’s such an issue,” according to Raven Rakia, an independent journalist.

Rakia believes that, in cases like the Michael Dunn case, where Dunn was put on trial for shooting and killing Jordan Davis, that one needs to look at the history of “respectability politics” in the United States and how society creates this image of good black people and bad black people.

Spike Lee Sued Over George Zimmerman Tweets: Wrong Address Causes Grief

By: Tuesday November 12, 2013 5:41 pm

An elderly Florida couple is suing director Spike Lee over  tweets he made on March 23, 2012, less than a month after shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

New Anti-’Stand Your Ground’ Ad Features Trayvon Martin Reenactment

By: Thursday August 22, 2013 1:35 pm

Earlier this week, a controversial PSA was released by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) that repositions the tragedy in the context of the Stand Your Ground law that played a role in allowing Martin’s murderer to walk free.

The intense ad features footage of Zimmerman and Martin stand-ins standing off in the rain and is set to the sound of the 911 calls made the night of Martin’s death.

Obama Comments on Trayvon Martin Case

By: Friday July 19, 2013 11:48 am

President Obama today commented on the Trayvon Martin case. Obama questioned the value of laws that may encourage confrontation such as the Stand Your Ground law in Florida.

Late Night: Lemonade (With Gin)

By: Thursday July 18, 2013 8:00 pm

Each week when I sit down to write a post, I wrack my brain to think of something positive, or at least relatively so, to write about, and each week events prevent this from happening. It’s hard not to feel typecast when even the most complimentary commenters nonetheless refer to one’s work as a “rant” or admit that I’ve made them more depressed, angry, hopeless, or whatever.

For that reason, I am happy to announce that for the first time in recent memory the week’s news, taken together, makes me feel uncharacteristically optimistic.

Pass The Mic: Black Men in the Wake of the Zimmerman Trial

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 3:45 pm

It’s exhausting to keep thinking, talking and reading about this trial.

It’s exhausting to feel this sad, this intensely — to have any sign of relief get crushed by another relentless stream of events that only illuminate how deep we’ve actually dug. Each peaceful protest in the day time is followed by a night of copter surveillance and Twitter chatter over the inevitably of a riot. This night is the always the night– until it isn’t. Until no riot comes to pass. Morning comes and while the bean bags and rubber bullets shot by the cops may litter the streets of Los Angeles and Oakland– no riots have been waged in Trayvon’s name.

Late Night: Stevie Wonder Boycotts Florida

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 7:00 pm

In the wake of the Zimmerman verdict, Stevie Wonder will boycott Florida, telling an audience in Quebec, Canada:

George Zimmerman Is Free

By: Monday July 15, 2013 6:55 am

As the Department of Justice explores bringing charges and President Obama laments that “a jury has spoken”, the fact remains that George Zimmerman is a free man. Not just free from confinement but free to do exactly what (temporarily) endangered his own freedom.

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