Race Baiting? Our System Has Failed

July 20, 2013
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By Alice Hunt Dear white friends—particularly my white, female friends—our system has failed us. This failure became ever more clear to me when I saw the post of a Facebook friend. “Mary Beth” is someone from my hometown—Boaz, Alabama. She is someone I went to high school with at Boaz High School, the home of the Boaz Pirates, someone I attended Sunday School with at First Baptist Church of...
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Carrying Trayvon’s Body: What is to be done?

July 19, 2013
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By Shana Redmond  To live in this world as Black people is to be confronted by the possibility of harm at every turn, to live with and manage perpetual anger, frustration, and disillusion. As intersectional peoples, we, along with aligned people of color, women, the working-class, immigrant populations, LGBTQI communities, and differently-abled persons recognize that the stability, health, and vitality of U.S. citizenship is premised on our mass exclusion....
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White Feminists and Trayvon Martin

July 19, 2013
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White Feminists and Trayvon Martin

By Debra Guckenheimer Gender and racial inequality are intertwined in ways the Trayvon Martin case highlighted.  Historically, the safety of White women has been used to justify violence against Black men. We must not tolerate it.  Justice for Trayvon Martin is a feminist struggle, and White feminists like me must show up in the fight against the murder of young Black men. Since the end of legal slavery in...
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To Sustain and Nourish Us as We Work for Justice

July 19, 2013
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To Sustain and Nourish Us as We Work for Justice

By Chris Crass To the mother who shared the story of her heart breaking when her six-year old autistic son told her, “don’t worry mom, they won’t kill me, I’m white,” To the mothers, fathers and babas who have thanked me for speaking out as a white person, because they are so afraid that their Black sons could be next, To the mother of a family of biological and...
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Racial Cowardice, White Denial: Post Racial Delusions in the Era of Zimmerman

July 18, 2013
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Racial Cowardice, White Denial: Post Racial Delusions in the Era of Zimmerman

The killing of Trayvon Martin, the trial of George Zimmerman, and the aftermath illustrate how much race matters. Yet the response from many, particularly white America, has been to deny, dismiss, and blame.  And Zimmerman apologists and those privileged by their own post-racial fantasies have been particularly busy.  Take Juror B37 for example, who concludes that, “race did not play a role” in the Zimmerman trial or verdict.  Jonathan Tobin...
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Trayvon and George: Why This Case is Really about Women

July 18, 2013
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By Kelly Macías Like many other Americans, over the last three weeks I was firmly gripped by the George Zimmerman trial. I watched with anxiety and anticipation; waiting for our legal system to embody justice and sentence George Zimmerman to jail for ending Trayvon Martin’s life. Deep in my heart, I feared that justice would not be done. From my social science background, I knew that white juries tend...
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Trayvon's Class of 2013

July 18, 2013
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Trayvon's Class of 2013

Last weekend, at Black Skeptics Los Angeles’ scholarship ceremony, my colleagues and I had the profound honor of giving scholarships to five brilliant youth of color who are first generation college students.  They are seventeen and eighteen year-olds who have known more struggle and sacrifice than many adults have known in their entire lives.  They have each battled the dominant culture’s view that they are not white, male, straight, wealthy, or...
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A Statement on the Reclamation of All Black Life: For Trayvon, Marissa, & Jordan

July 18, 2013
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By Brothers Writing to Live  We begin this collective statement by proclaiming a truth that has been rehearsed on countless occasions by many before us: The lives, the bodies, the souls, and the minds of Black people matter. And even though the spirit of these United States, since its inception, has been animated by a White supremacist desire for Black death, Black people have long resisted—by way of insurgencies, by way...
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“We’re” Not Raising Trayvon: The Difference Whiteness Makes

July 17, 2013
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In the hours and days following the Zimmerman verdict, a kind of racial segregation has re-surfaced, not in formal, legal terms but with regard to human affect. The line is drawn not in terms of ancestry but with regards to a different set of relations. The Zimmerman verdict fortifies parental fears that particular children are especially unsafe. Some of us are raising Trayvon, and some of us aren’t. In...
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No Justice for Trayvon: White Women in the Jury Box

July 17, 2013
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No Justice for Trayvon: White Women in the Jury Box

During the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin, considerable media coverage surrounded the selection of six women for jury duty. Perhaps, some speculated, an all-woman jury would be more sympathetic to the Martin family, recognizing the profound loss of a dead child. Or perhaps women are the “fairer” sex and would be able to more humanely deliberate about the details of the case. Or perhaps selecting six women might compensate for the...
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White Female Jurors and Florida Justice

July 17, 2013
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White Female Jurors and Florida Justice

By Zillah Eisenstein I am white and female, like the almost-white jury that acquitted Zimmerman of murdering Trayvon Martin.  But I am also an anti-racist feminist.  My head spins.  I grew up in a family dedicated to civil rights and lived in communities that ostracized us because my father taught at Black Atlanta University, or when my mother worked with Black women on welfare at the South Side Community...
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