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 … Where was this outrage in 2012, when then-31 year old Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment for firing a warning shot in order to defend herself against her abusive husband? How many people had even heard of her until yesterday, when stories of her conviction went viral, causing many to think she had been convicted on the same weekend as Zimmerman was acquitted? Why is her case only considered in comparison to Trayvon Martin’s killing? Why is there still no petition on her behalf, still no midnight marches through Union Square in her name?

Women’s rights activists have long complained about the indifference that society and the media have towards women’s issues. Black women have long noted that there is an exception to this reality—that young white girls who go missing are highlighted in the news for days and days (this phenomenon is known by social scientists as missing white woman syndrome), while missing black girls and women go entirely unnoticed. But not only by the mainstream media and white America, but also by black American men and women. The NYPD’s stop and frisk policy is controversial and newsworthy because it is bound up with black and Latino masculinity, but what of the systematic underreporting of sex crimes by the NYPD? What of the all too pervasive issue of street sex harassment in the inner-cities by black men of black women? Where were the protests for Romona Moore? Where is the outrage there?

 … The day after the Zimmerman verdict came down, Melissa Harris Perry reflected upon the relief she felt when she discovered that she was pregnant with a girl and not a boy. In her view, a black girl is safer in the United States than a little black boy. I would submit to her that her opinion is very likely based in her belief in a narrative sustained by politics, some patriarchy, and availability heuristics. Pointing to cases of unlawful acts of violence against black men is easy because crimes against them get attention. We know some of their names: Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, Oscar Grant, Tremaine McMillan, Rodney King, Medgar Evers, Emmitt Till, Martin Luther King, Trayvon Martin. Professor Harris Perry could easily be forgiven for believing that being a black girl in America is a walk in the park by comparison—and it is always by comparison, even as the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Church Bombing approaches.

The United States is a very dangerous place for young black men, but at least they have defenders and supporters. I am somewhat encouraged by the widespread outrage expressed over the Zimmerman verdict, because it signifies that unless we are distracted by latest news story or the commencement of football season, that there is a possibility that we will mobilize together as we did in during the 2008 Presidential campaign to make our mark on the world as the United Races of America. But I will never be optimistic until black women become weary of their invisibility and take the steps necessary to march for ourselves, all the way to the General Assembly or the Hague.


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"Palestinians stand with those who mourn Trayvon Martin’s death. We know what it feels like to lose loved ones and to watch the murderers evade justice."

"Palestinians stand with those who mourn Trayvon Martin’s death. We know what it feels like to lose loved ones and to watch the murderers evade justice."


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How come every single article in the mainstream media makes a point of explicitly stating up front that the jury in the Zimmerman trial were all women? Headlines read, “Zimmerman found not guilty by an all-female jury.” Yet they don’t AT ALL mention the fact that there were no Black people on the jury, as in “Zimmerman found not guilty by a jury without African-Americans”, or something. You would think that if an article were going to mention a pertinent piece of information about the jury, the race of the jurors would register as being of higher import than their gender, especially in a case like this.

That is, of course, unless you had an interest in trying to pretend that this case was “not about racism.”


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Racist murders, such as that of Trayvon Martin are, unfortunately, not an uncommon occurrence in these bigoted United States of America.

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Trayvon Martin supporters occupy office of Florida Governor Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Political activists protesting the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial began a sit-in Tuesday in Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office, vowing not to leave until the governor returns to Tallahassee and addresses their concerns.

The protesters, a group of students known as the Dream Defenders, filled the governor’s office at the Capitol, saying they want a special session of the Legislature to address Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, which was passed in 2005.

More than 75 people packed into Scott’s outer office and chanted, “Justice for Trayvon.”  In a video posted to YouTube, protesters could be seen holding signs and saying in unison, “The world is ours.”


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Racism in America is a form of terrorism; it is seemingly “senseless” violence that can strike at any moment, without warning.

Racism in America is a form of terrorism; it is seemingly “senseless” violence that can strike at any moment, without warning.


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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor 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.


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Justice for #TrayvonMartin - NYC, Times Square, 14 July 2013

Justice for #TrayvonMartin - NYC, Times Square, 14 July 2013


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ktrodt:

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.


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http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/open-a-civil-rights-case.fb28?source=s.fb&r_by=8329825

By Benjamin Todd Jealous (Contact)

To be delivered to: Department of Justice, Attorney General Eric Holder

Petition Statement
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.

Thank you.

Petition Background

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.


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