Stevie Wonder says he won’t perform in Florida or anywhere else that recognizes the “Stand Your Ground” law, following the acquittal last weekend of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Racism in America is a form of terrorism; it is seemingly “senseless” violence that can strike at any moment, without warning.
analyzes the not-guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman—and what it says about racism in a supposedly post-racial society.
… the perpetuation of the myth that we are living in a post-racial era isn’t a mistake. It’s a deliberate attempt to direct anger away from systemic causes, and onto the victims.
Thus, when President Obama released a statement in response to Zimmerman’s acquittal, he didn’t mention racism, racial profiling or even injustice. Along with the standard platitudes that “we are a nation of laws”—effectively, a call to respect the decision of the jury—Obama cited “gun violence” in our “communities” as the real issue—as if “gun violence” has anything to do with Zimmerman’s racially fueled vigilante justice.
Then again, Obama—at least since becoming a national political leader—has always avoided any opportunity to speak out about the persistence of racism and inequality in the U.S.
That job, in fact, has always been the task of activists, radicals and socialists.
Well, I’ve been meaning to start a blog anyway, so I made one to post this.
Note: I want to acknowledge the I am a white cis-man collecting ideas that have been conveyed with much greater accuracy and power many times before by countless people who directly experience these oppressions. I take…
very good piece.
Ignatiev is such a piece of shit. he begins from a place of willful ignorance as to what was actually going on with the rally (i.e., who was behind it, who was organizing it, who was attending), and then proceeds to construct a completely ridiculous analysis based on his erroneous premise.
in attempting to seem ‘super-radical’ on the question of white privilege, he actually completely erases from his narrative the ACTUAL role played by people of color.
By Benjamin Todd Jealous (Contact)
To be delivered to: Department of Justice, Attorney General Eric Holder
The Department of Justice has closely monitored the State of Florida’s prosecution of the case against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder since it began. Today, with the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it is time for the Department of Justice to act.
The most fundamental of civil rights — the right to life — was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin. We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation.
Please address the travesties of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin by acting today.
A jury has acquitted George Zimmerman, but we are not done demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. Sign our petition to the Department of Justice today.
Trayvon Martin: The IN-justice System, Racism & Resistance
45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
Across the country, tens of thousands of people have hit the streets after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin. The enraging, tragic case of Trayvon Martin, like Emmett Till and so many others, has reaffirmed how racism is still at the heart of American society. We live with a system of “justice” that lets racist killers go free while warehousing millions of people of color into a “New Jim Crow” system of mass incarceration. To fight back, we must organize.
In Boston, there was a powerful rally and march in Dudley Square that brought together hundreds — black, Latino, white, Muslim, Asian, LGBT, etc. How do we build upon this single protest? How do we build a strong, multiracial movement against racism & mass incarceration in our city?
Come to a panel discussion to figure out these and other questions.
Speakers TBA, but will include organizers in Boston as well as victims of racist injustice (and their families).
Sponsored by the International Socialist Organization. To co-sponsor, please e-mail email@example.com or contact one of the hosts on Facebook.
We just heard Attorney Crump the attorney for Trayvon Martin’s parents. He detailed something very important. He asked “When have you ever heard police officers and an entire police department take the side of the defense against the prosecution” and why didn’t they arrest this man after he had committed murder!!!! They had no idea what had actually happened all they knew was that the dead boy was black and that Zimmerman’s father was a powerful former judge. Family please keep this alive!!!! We must get the justice department involved. If they think we are going to just go away. They are wrong!