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  • Spike Lee on the Possibility of Trayvon Martin Film: ‘I Would Like to See It’ (Watch)

    04/20/2014 11:49:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    EURWeb ^ | April 19, 2014 | PJ
    *Famed film director Spike Lee has expressed his desire to see the Trayvon Martin story told on the big screen. During an interview with theGrio, Lee commended 27-year-old new director Ryan Coogler for bringing his acclaimed independent film, “Fruitvale Station,” the Oscar Grant story, to the big screen. He expressed his admiration for the film while stating that the film business isn’t built in favor of young directors like Coogler to succeed. “Love it…. It’s great,” Lee said of Fruitvale Station. “But it’s something that I have been doing for 15 year [sic]. I teach film. That is my job...
  • After Trayvon Martin Slaying, Family Demands Justice For Another Unarmed Slain Teen

    04/17/2014 4:20:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Support Online Hip Hop News ^ | April 16, 2014 | Biz Jones
    After the emotional trial of slain teenager Trayvon Martin's killer George Zimmerman last year, justice is being demanded for the unlawful killing of another teen by a New York police officer. A "Justice for #RamarleyGraham" campaign has launched in hopes of indicting the man responsible for taking an 18-year-old's life. The Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's office have the power to take over the case and hold Ramarley's killer accountable. Join us in demanding the DOJ and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara conduct a thorough investigation and bring federal charges against Officer...
  • Christopher’s Law Finally Made it This Year: “This is an umbrella of protection” (Maryland)

    04/09/2014 7:28:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Afro American ^ | April 9, 1994 | Zenitha Prince
    Chris Brown, left, mother of Christopher Brown for whom the new law is named, is with supporter, Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore NAACP. Christopher's Law was passed by the Maryland General Assembly and is awaiting the governor's signature. The legislation requires police officers to be trained in CPR, cultural sensitivity, the proper use of force, and interacting with the physically and mentally disabled. "This is an umbrella of protection," said Chris Brown, 40, for whose son the bill (HB0294/ SB0542) was named. "This bill will ensure that police officers are trained in life-saving techniques. They already know how to...
  • Holder blasts racial profiling, shares own experiences

    04/09/2014 6:50:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 9, 1994 | Morgan Whitaker
    Attorney General Eric Holder spoke out against racial profiling Wednesday, arguing the practice undermines the relationship between communities and law enforcement officials. He also reflected on his own experiences with profiling in years past. The attorney general told an audiance at the annual National Action Network convention in New York that his father gave him advice as a boy on how to interact with police if he ever felt he had been stopped unfairly. “I thought of my father’s words years later, when – as a college student – I was pulled over twice on the New Jersey turnpike and...
  • Color Blind: Chait’s look at race during Obama era is missing one thing: black Americans

    04/09/2014 5:43:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Slate ^ | April 7, 2014 | Jamelle Bouie
    If I were outlining a racial history of the Obama administration, it would begin with policy: A housing collapse that destroyed black Americans’ wealth; a health care law attacked as “reparations” and crippled by a neo-Calhounite doctrine of “state sovereignty”; a broad assault on voting rights and access to the polls, concentrated in the states of the former Confederacy. Indeed, it would focus on the deep irony of the Obama era: That the first black president has presided over a declining status quo for many black Americans. In short, it would treat race as a real force in public life...
  • A God of heft: Lecturer says Americans too often pray to gain the unimportant (Mr. Obama's pastor)

    04/09/2014 5:04:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Harvard Gazette ^ | April 8, 2014 | Edward Mason, Harvard Correspondent
    The man dubbed President Obama’s pastor, Joshua DuBois, said Monday night he is dismayed that Americans turn to God to resolve “infinitesimally small” questions not worthy of the Almighty. “If there is one gnawing sadness I have about the contemporary state of religion in America,” DuBois said, “it is that instead of seeking God’s name for the big things, the nearly impossible things, the things that stretch faith nearly to the breaking point, that require a strong God, far too often we make God do the infinitesimally small.” God used to get called on for higher causes, but not now,...
  • Names of six jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman made public

    04/04/2014 9:28:28 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 105 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 3, 2014 | Jeff Weiner and Rene Stutzman
    The names of the six-member jury panel that acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin have been made public for the first time, after a new court order, records show. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson, who had previously ordered the jurors' identifying information be kept confidential, granted access to the names in a ruling March 21.
  • USC's Black Student Assembly holds Candlelight Vigil for Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis

    04/04/2014 12:28:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Los Angeles Sentinel ^ | April 3, 2014 | Shonassee Shaver
    USC’s Black Student Assembly (BSA) took a somber stance, honoring Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis and other victims of racial violence at a Candlelight Vigil March 5. BSA Executive Director Ama Amoafo-Yeboah led the service to explore the past seven decades through short speeches and focus on the pattern of legalized lynching, police brutality and the infamous Stand-Your-Ground law and their social implications on race and ethnicity. “The goal of the Trayvon Martin-Jordan Davis Candlelight Vigil is to provide a space through which people can come together across those lines of race and difference that too often keeps our community divided,”...
  • Kobe Bryant Forced Back Onto Tribal Plantation After Heresy About Trayvon

    04/03/2014 1:08:54 PM PDT · by IChing · 6 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 4/2/14 | Donald Joy
    Two years ago, Barack Obama infamously emphasized skin color above all other factors in his remarks about a boiling controversy, saying, “…my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” Obama did the same thing again over a year later, immediately after the jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in that case–barging in front of the cameras for the explicit purpose of emphasizing skin color (instead of character and conduct) regarding issues of crime, justice, and public safety, Obama self-righteously prattled on for over 17 minutes in a...
  • HIS NAME IS NOT TRAYVON-The Slaughtered & Forgotten Martin

    04/02/2014 6:52:10 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 7 replies
    Dignitas News ^ | April 2, 2014 | Paul Winters
    Witnessin the Democrats do what no Republican leader of the modern era has unable to do, expose the Democrat Party for the hypocritical, corrupt and devious entity they have become. In the brief span of one minute eleven seconds, every cornerstone of progressive-liberalism is unearthed, with the typical rhetorical touches, overt and otherwise, designed to elicit the emotion that is their conduit to power.
  • National Baptist Candidate Calls Black Church Too Quiet, Passive, Disconnected

    04/02/2014 3:57:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Houston Forward Times ^ | April 2, 2014 | Hazel Trice Edney
    Tallahassee, Fla. Pastor Dr. R. B. Holmes, whose leadership against hazing and the infamous "stand your ground laws", has announced his candidacy for the presidency of the National Baptist Convention USA., Inc. At a National Press Club announcement last week, Holmes called on the Black church to arise and take back its historic role in fighting social justice issues. "The Black church has become too quiet, too passive, too disconnected when it comes to challenging policies programs and persons that degrade and devastate our people" said Holmes, flanked by dozens of church and community leaders. He also announced the formation...
  • Gary Stein: Time to make George Zimmerman disappear

    04/01/2014 5:18:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Context Florida ^ | March 31, 2014 | Gary Stein
    Florida is ground zero for the weird and unusual, but there are many people, places and events that Florida can point to with pride: Gov. Reubin Askew, our world-class beaches, beautiful wetlands, Disney World, Gasparilla and our universities’ title-winning athletic teams. But George Zimmerman is not something we’re proud of. For those people who have not listened to any form of media for the last few years, George Zimmerman is best known as the neighborhood watchman-turned-vigilante who shot and killed an unarmed 16-year old by the name of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman played police, judge and jury, assuming Trayvon was “up...
  • Five Disturbing Observations About Kobe Bryant.

    04/01/2014 1:33:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | March 28, 2014 | Dr. Boyce Watkins
    Like the rest of the world, I was stunned to hear Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant argue that it was somehow an unecessary burden for a black man to stand in support of the late Trayvon Martin. If anything, the Trayvon Martin case brought black people together in ways that we haven’t seen since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The case was clear cut: Trayvon had no weapon. He wasn’t bothering anybody. He was stalked out and murdered for appearing to look like a “thug.” George Zimmerman is a free man and later showed that he...
  • EIB Caller Angers New Black Panthers

    03/31/2014 3:30:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Excellence in Broadcasting Network ^ | March 31, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, you remember -- you may not remember it, ladies and gentlemen. On March 21st, ten days ago, we had a caller on this program, Siobhan was her name. She was from Columbia, Mississippi, and she was African-American. She said that she was ashamed of Obama. Well, guess what? In Houston, on the TV station KRIV, they played a replay of what happened on the radio. They found the local leader of the Black Panthers, the New Black Panthers, to comment on this woman calling this program and me. The woman's call was a long call and...
  • Two Blacks Discuss this Month in Racism [Language warning]

    03/31/2014 7:40:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Complex City Guide ^ | March 31, 2014 | Lauretta Charlton, associate editor and Julian Kimble, lead writer
    [Ed. Note—The opinions expressed during this conversation reflect the opinions of the participants and the participants only. This conversation does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Complex Media.] City Guide's Lauretta Charlton and Julian Kimble tackle the most controversial headlines about race that made the news. This month's discussion includes Lord Jamar, Kobe Bryant on Trayvon Martin, interracial dating and Kanye West's Vogue cover story. [NBA star Kobe Bryant told the New Yorker that he "won't react to something just because I'm supposed to, because I'm an African-American," referring to the Trayvon Martin case. Critics argue his comments are out...
  • Ministers Form National Task Force to Repeal ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

    03/28/2014 12:21:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Afro American ^ | March 28, 2014 | Maria Adebola
    Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, speaks about her support to eradicate "stand your ground" laws. Enough is enough, says Rev. Dr. R.B. Holmes, noting the list of young Black people dead or in jail in states where “stand your ground” laws are in place. “Our young Black boys are being senselessly killed just for being Black teenagers,” said Holmes, who on March 25 announced the formation of the National Pastor’s Task Force, a nation wide coalition of 40 Black ministers who want to repeal or revise “stand your ground” laws. “We have begun the fight in Florida and pledge to...
  • Kobe Bryant: Najee Ali’s Project Islamic Hope is Coming for You Over Trayvon Comments: Boycott!

    03/27/2014 7:56:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    EURWeb ^ | March 27, 2014 | Staff
    *Civil rights activist Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic H.O.P.E., is calling for a boycott of all products that NBA All-star Kobe Bryant endorses. This includes his jerseys, and signature gym shoes. The call for the national boycott is in response to Bryant’s negative comments concerning the Miami Heat’s support of the Trayvon Martin family. In the March 31 issue of the New Yorker. Bryant discussed life and race with Ben McGrath. When McGrath asked Bryant’s opinion on the Miami Heat’s show of solidarity with Martin in the now iconic “hoodie” photo, the LA Lakers star stated: “I won’t react...
  • Zimmerman civil rights violations ruling coming soon? Holder hints Trayvon murder decision coming

    03/26/2014 7:00:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Sports World News ^ | March 20, 2014 | Glenn Minnis
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder strongly hinted on Thursday that the government will soon determine if George Zimmerman will face federal civil rights charges in the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin. A self-appointed neighborhood watch patrolman, Zimmerman was acquitted by a Florida jury of murder charges last year and soon thereafter the federal government announced that the Justice Department would be probing the case for any civil rights violations that might have occurred. The 17-year-old Martin was unarmed and just steps away from the doorsteps of his father's gated community home when Zimmerman ignored a police dispatcher's stern advice to...
  • “Stand Your Ground” Nation: America used to value the concept of retreat. Now we just shoot.

    03/26/2014 5:51:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    Slate ^ | February 25, 2014 | Dahlia Lithwick
    Ever since George Zimmerman gunned down Trayvon Martin in his Sanford, Fla., gated community, it’s become an article of faith that the rash of lethal shootings in public places—from the Florida moviegoer who was killed after a texting and popcorn-throwing incident to Jordan Davis, shot in his car at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station to last week’s lethal shooting in an Arizona Walmart—is attributable to the “stand your ground” laws enacted over the past decade in 26 states across the country. Aggressive human interaction, post-Trayvon, now follows a painfully familiar pattern: An altercation occurs. Someone says he feared for his...
  • Stand Your Ground Could Spark Boycott (Sharpton, Trayvon's parents, etc.)

    03/10/2014 7:43:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Capitol News Service ^ | March 10, 2014 | Mike Vasilinda
    More than a thousand people marched on the state Capitol today demanding a repeal of Stand Your Ground legislation. When they left, they left with a threat. Led by the Reverend Al Sharpton, police estimate 1200 people came from as far as Miami with a common goal. “We’re trying to amend the Stand Your Ground law,” said Virginia Lawrence of College Park, GA. “Can you imagine all the injustice?” On stage, Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-Jacksonville) called the state and Stand Your Ground “stuck on stupid.” Trayvon Martin’s mother said she would not let her son die in vain. “Right is...
  • Trayvon’s Legacy – Miami-Dade School Board Lawyers Evaluating “Legal Risk” Pending FOIA Release

    03/10/2014 8:05:47 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 9 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Mar 10, 2014 | Sundance
    We knew last year the diversionary activity around the Miami-Dade School Police Department (M-DSPD), which was coordinated, sanctioned and authorized by Miami-Dade School Superintendent, Alberto Carvalho, was illegal. Now, however – the entire School Board might be legally responsible for engaging in unlawful conspiracy which resulted from the internal investigation within the M-DSPD and the School Boards’ “willful blindness” to the actual finding(s). The District Public Information Officer, Rolando Martin, has admitted to us the current Records Request delay is a consequence of School Board Legal Counsel evaluating our latest FOIA request. [M-DSPD] officers within the department admitted, under oath,...
  • George Zimmerman: I want to quit fighting in court with Angela Corey (So he can get on w/suing NBC)

    03/04/2014 10:42:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | March 4, 2014 | Rene Stutzman
    SANFORD — Former Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman says he's done fighting in court with Special Prosecutor Angela Corey. In paperwork filed at the Seminole County criminal courthouse Feb. 20, Zimmerman says he is giving up his promised fight to make the state pay his legal bills. He's also wants to put an end to his lawyers' fight with prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda, whom they had asked a judge to punish, alleging unethical behavior, including hiding evidence. If Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson agrees, that would clear the way for Zimmerman to move forward with his defamation suit against...
  • Trayvon Martin's Mother, At UConn, Challenges 'Stand Your Ground'

    03/03/2014 11:35:39 AM PST · by Ray76 · 37 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | Mar 1, 2014 | Daniela Altimari and Rose Lichtenfels
    ... The case highlighted Florida's "stand your ground" law, which makes it easier for individuals to use deadly force in self defense by removing the shooter's duty to retreat from a confrontation. She began her speech by noting that Connecticut law does not have a similar "stand your ground" provision. That, she said, is a good thing. "It does not work, it is not fair and that's the reason why my purpose, my life work, is to go around the country" and push for the repeal of such policies, she said.
  • Young men, step up the Obama's challenge (New initiative for boys of color, "My Brother's Keeper")

    03/01/2014 4:18:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | March 2, 2014 | Solomon Jones
    ON THURSDAY afternoon, two couples sat stoically in a White House audience filled with those working to change the lives of black and Latino boys. That the parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, two boys whose shooting deaths outraged a nation, could reach through their grief to take in President Obama's vision for saving other sons speaks to their resilience. More importantly, it speaks volumes to all of us. It speaks to the fact that Obama's new initiative for boys of color, "My Brother's Keeper," will require much more than the $200 million-plus foundations will spend to effect change....
  • Northampton Community College students debate merits of stand-your-ground laws

    03/01/2014 4:00:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Lehigh Valley Express-Times ^ | March 1, 2014 | Sara K. Satullo
    Northampton Community College students debating the merits of so-called stand-your-ground laws were so convincing, audience members seemed to forget the teams had flipped a coin to decide which position they'd take. Members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the college's Student Senate tackled the thorny issue Thursday as part of the college's celebration of Black History Month. The three students on the honor society team were deemed the victors by a panel of three judges. But as the judges deliberated in the hallway, the teams took audience questions and also were corrected a few times. Professor Vertel Martin...
  • Manhood: Who would Trayvon be now?

    03/01/2014 3:27:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | February 28, 2014 | Stephen A. Crockett, Jr., The Root
    I imagine you taller now. I imagine you ready for college or the armed forces, or sulking because the world isn’t kind to those who are fresh out of high school. I imagine you annoyed that the economy sucks and that tuition is high and scholarship opportunities are limited and the paperwork is endless. I imagine you unsure of your next steps and grateful for the anonymity that hoodies provide when you don’t feel like talking or being seen. I imagine you unafraid. I imagine you fearless. I imagine you scared of everything and hiding behind a scowl because hip-hop...
  • Trayvon Martin’s parents join Obama for launch of minority initiative (‘My Brother’s Keeper’)

    02/28/2014 8:22:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 27, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Two years and a day after their son’s death, the parents of Trayvon Martin visited the White House on Thursday and were in the audience as President Obama announced a new initiative designed to keep young minority men on the right path. The president mentioned Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, during his speech, drawing applause from a crowd gathered in the East Room of the White House. The man who shot and killed Trayvon, George Zimmerman, was found not guilty of murder in a Florida trial last year. The prosecution contended that Mr. Zimmerman singled out Trayvon because...
  • Obama strives to be 'my brother’s keeper' (Caucasians excluded from Trayvon fund)

    02/27/2014 6:31:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/27/14 | Justin Sink
    President Obama announced a $200 million philanthropic commitment Thursday to catapult the lives of young men of color. The program, dubbed "My Brother's Keeper," will look to coordinate businesses and government "to give more young Americans the support they need to make good choices and to be resilient and to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams, the president said. During the White House ceremony, he empathized with black and Hispanic men who believed they were facing impossible odds and were angered by absentee parents and harsh consequences. "I made bad choices," Obama admitted. "I got high without always thinking about...
  • Trayvon Martin's Mom To Speak On Campus ( UCONN ) !

    02/24/2014 1:16:49 PM PST · by sushiman · 33 replies
    UConn Today ^ | 2/21/14 | Kristen Cole
    Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old whose fatal shooting by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida set off a racial firestorm, will speak at UConn on Feb. 28, at 6 p.m., in the Student Union Ballroom.
  • College to award annual Trayvon Martin Award for Social Justice

    02/21/2014 8:09:52 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 33 replies
    independentfilmnewsandmedia.com ^ | 2/21/14 | independentfilmnewsandmedia.com
    College to award annual Trayvon Martin Award for Social Justice Jordan-Zachery wants to make sure the award effectively serves as a “memory of victims of racism and other forms of oppression in the United States.” The Providence College Black Studies Program e-mailed students, faculty, and administrators Tuesday to renew an award called the Trayvon Martin Award for Social Justice.
  • Salon: ‘White Thugs Killing Black Teens’ – Time for Violent Response?

    02/20/2014 2:10:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Salon via Barb Wire ^ | February 18, 2014 | Matt Barber
    <p>Declaring that “Florida cannot defend black life against white fear,” Brittney Cooper, a liberal, race-baiting, African American writer for Salon.com, has made the not-so-subtle suggestion that perhaps it’s time for black folks to react with violence when a court of law doesn’t rule to their satisfaction.</p>
  • Nancy Grace to Piers Morgan on guns: That’s enough outta you, Limey

    02/19/2014 2:03:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 18, 2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    One loopy, arrogant CNN host castigating the most loopy, arrogant CNN host, and using the American Revolution to do it? You know you gotta be bringing the quality ruckus when Van Jones and Ben Ferguson, the purported partisans in this fight, are just sitting back and chuckling at you. Oh, my. Why? Because you deserve it. And, it may be the only time you ever side with Nancy Grace.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)
  • Who are the real thugs? (White guys with guns are the real thugs, says the author)

    02/19/2014 1:51:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 19, 2014 | Roger Simon
    Let’s play a game. It’s called: “Who’s the Thug?” It’s the day after Thanksgiving 2012, and four teenagers are sitting in a Dodge Durango outside a convenience store in Jacksonville, Fla. The Durango is red, which is unimportant. The teenagers are black, which is important. The teenagers are planning to try to pick up some girls later in the evening and have stopped for some gum — “so our breath would smell good,” one will later testify — and cigarettes. The teenagers are playing loud music in the Durango. A car pulls up next to the Durango, parking very close...
  • Zimmerman case was everything Dunn case was not

    02/17/2014 10:01:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | February 17, 2014 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Independently verifiable justifiable use of deadly force versus an incredible unsupported story.The Zimmerman and Dunn cases have been lumped together by many commentators, but the cases had almost nothing in common. Based on the evidence presented in court, the Zimmerman jury got it right. Based on the evidence presented in court, the Dunn jury got the murder count wrong in deadlocking — although until they speak, we can’t know why. Zimmerman’s explanation for the use of deadly force was consistent with eyewitnesses, medical evidence, ballistics, and the forensic evidence. Dunn’s explanation for the use of deadly force lacked credibility, had...
  • George Zimmerman says he’s homeless and suffering from PTSD: report

    02/16/2014 9:07:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | February 15, 2014 | Joel Landau
    George Zimmerman says his problems continue. He told a Spanish language television station he is now homeless, battling post-traumatic stress disorder, more than $2 million in debt and lives in fear for his life. Zimmerman opened up on the Univision television show "Aquí y Ahora" (Here and Now) that will air Sunday on the Spanish language station at 7 p.m. Zimmerman also discussed his well-known struggle with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an African-American teen who was walking in Zimmerman's neighborhood in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2012. After he called the cops, the two got into a fight that ended with...
  • Obama Sits Down With Charles Barkley

    02/15/2014 10:22:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 14, 2014 | Melissa Clyne
    An unlikely celebrity will make a television appearance at the NBA All-Star Game this weekend: President Barack Obama. The commander-in-chief sat for an interview Thursday with NBA legend Charles Barkley, Politico reports. The interview with Obama, a noted basketball fan and longtime Chicago Bulls devotee, will air at half-time Sunday evening on TNT. The cable network tweeted a brief teaser of the president plugging the game and TNT. ---snip--- The substance of Obama's interview has not been made public but there's speculation that Barkley — known for making provocative political commentary on air — may have veered into politics. While...
  • Opinion: Plenty of work to be done regarding racism in US

    02/10/2014 7:52:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The University of Tennessee Daily Beacon ^ | February 10, 2014 | Andrea Richardson, sophomore in anthropology
    Last week, I was one of the many students who crowded the Alumni Memorial Building to hear the amazing Angela Davis speak. She spoke about our country's history of slavery and slavery's modern incarnation: our nation's prison industrial complex. "We should seriously question the fact that punishment can be profitable," Davis challenged. She was referring to the multi-billion dollar industry of privatized correctional facilities, one of our economy's fastest growing sectors. The thing about capitalism is that in the right conditions, a profit can be made from just about anything — including the suffering of other people. Why do we...
  • George Zimmerman / DMX fight cancelled. Liberals take victory lap

    02/09/2014 1:52:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 9, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    In case you missed it, celebrity fight promoter Damon Feldman recently set up another of these pay per view boxing events between George Zimmerman and DMX (who is apparently a musician fallen on hard times). These celebrity boxing events are not a new thing. TheyÂ’ve been held before, featuring various B list actors, failed childhood stars and other media figures. Danny Bonaduce went through a lot of this as an adult when his career fizzled after the Partridge Family years. But back to ZimmermanÂ… The proceeds from the show were slated to go to charity. But there is still a...
  • Trayvon Martin story on stage Feb. 5

    01/27/2014 6:30:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Cleveland Jewish News ^ | January 27, 2014
    The Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture and the New World Performance Laboratory, in collaboration with Ma’Sue Productions, will present, “Facing Our Truth: 10-minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege” at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5 at The Balch Street Theatre, 220 South Balch St. in Akron. The staged readings of plays and a folk opera will address the subject of race in the United States. The event is presented as part of The University of Akron's “Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond” activities. The event is free and open to the public. A post-show discussion will follow the...
  • Zimmerman Continues to Be a Horrible Person; Mocks Prosecutor w/Painting, Faces More Legal Troubles

    01/26/2014 2:34:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    The Source ^ | January 26, 2014 | April Dawn
    George Zimmerman continues to be an attention starved horrible human being. Zimmerman has continued to keep himself in the public eye since being acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin–and now he wants us to know that even he thinks the justice system is a joke. Just a month ago, in between run ins with the police, Zimmerman decided he fancied himself a painter and sold a painting on eBay. It was an American flag, with the words “God One Nation with Liberty and Justice For All.” It sold for $100,099.99. His follow up painting is even more appalling, classless,...
  • George Zimmerman rips prosecutor Angela Corey in new painting

    01/23/2014 5:31:16 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/22/14 | Stephanie Gallman
    George Zimmerman, who sold his first painting on eBay for a whopping $100,000, is at it again. And this time his subject is the woman who charged him with second-degree murder: Special Prosecutor Angela Corey. The painting, a swirl of bright red and yellow, shows Corey with her fingers pinched. The caption, in all caps, says, "I have this much respect for the American judicial system - Angie C."
  • Progress can evaporate without vigilance, Brown warns (CBC Congresswoman)

    01/19/2014 9:32:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Ocala Star-Banner ^ | January 19, 2014 | Bill Thompson
    Making a rare Ocala visit on the eve of the holiday recognizing black America’s greatest civil rights leader, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown exhorted members of a predominantly black church on Sunday to remain politically vigilant, lest the gains made by minorities over the past 50 years be reversed. Appearing at the St. Paul African Methodist Episcopalian Church, the Jacksonville Democrat warned that inertia and indifference by black voters, especially young people, could lead to setbacks on voting rights, health care, education and other issues. Yet it also mattered at the lowest levels of government, and in elections farther down...
  • Trayvon Martin's mother: 'Don’t think for one second racial profiling doesn’t happen'

    01/17/2014 11:15:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    United Press International ^ | January 16, 2014 | Kate Stanton
    Sybrina Fulton, who's 17-year-old son Trayvon Martin was shot by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in 2012, visited the University of Utah on Thursday to discuss racial profiling. Hundreds attended the Martin Luther King Week event, in which Fulton said that an "upside" to her son's death was the "opportunity to save someone else's child." "Don’t think for one second racial profiling doesn’t happen. Don’t think for one minute even in your community of Salt Lake City it doesn’t happen," she said. "Racism is still alive. Racial profiling is still alive. Injustice is still alive." Fulton said that the circumstances of...
  • Justice Department will revise its stance on racial profiling

    01/16/2014 5:28:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | January 16, 2014 | Staff
    Under pressure from civil rights groups and Congressional Democrats, the Justice Department will revise its stance on racial profiling, reports The New York Times. That revision will restrict officials from considering religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in their investigations. The Justice Department has been working on the revision for several years. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder himself has spoken out about his intention to modify the Department's definition of racial profiling, including in a 2010 speech where he pledged to end racial profiling "once and for all." "Racial profiling is wrong. It can leave a lasting scar on...
  • Church replaces Jesus with Trayvon Martin

    01/16/2014 6:06:31 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    The title "A Child is Born, a Son is Given" is next to the Nativity scene where Trayvon Martin takes the place of baby Jesus. The Nativity scene was made by artist John Zachary to show the effect of gun violence.  Zachary has made controversial nativity scenes in the past, but this might be the most controversial to date. Trayvon Martin is slumped over wearing a black hoodie, around him blood pools onto straw.  The Nativity scene is located at the Claremont United Methodist Church, and it is not a hit with everybody.  People took to Facebook to express their opinions. ...
  • Trayvon Martin's mother to lead racial profiling discussion at University of Utah

    01/10/2014 1:17:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | January 9, 2014 | Matt Mauney
    The mother of Trayvon Martin will participate in a University of Utah public discussion on Jan. 16 during a weeklong celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., KTVX-TV reports. Sybrina Fulton is scheduled to speak at the university's Union Ballroom for the 30th annual Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year's theme is "Beneath the Hoodie: A Look at Racial Profiling in America." Fulton's son, a 17-year-old black Miami high-school student, was fatally shot in February 2012 by George Zimmerman. A jury in Seminole County acquitted Zimmerman in July of murder. The case stirred...
  • Professor blames ‘southern white radicals’ for Obamacare debacle

    01/01/2014 9:33:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 1, 2014 | Eric Owens, education editor
    A professor who teaches constitutional law courses at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice penned a Christmas Day essay blaming “southern White radicals” for the disastrous, slow-motion train wreck failure that has been the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. The essay, by Gloria J. Browne-Marshall at the website Politics in Color, is entitled “2013: A Year of Racial Challenges.” “[S]outhern White radicals vowed to stop implementation of the Obama-care law leading one to wonder if Tea Party members would oppose affordable healthcare if it came from a nonBlack [sic] President,” writes Browne-Marshall. In...
  • Kiese Laymon on Trayvon, Black Manhood and Love

    12/30/2013 6:40:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Color Lines ^ | December 30, 2013 | Professor Kiese Laymon
    “I can’t stop thinking about your ‘How do you want to be loved?’ question,” my student Wilson said to me two weeks ago. “And I was just wondering, when you asked yourself that question, what did you come up with?” I teach at Vassar College, an educational institution where resources, need-blind admissions, multisyllabic disengagement, cocaine and curious students are in relative abundance. This semester, I challenged myself to do more than move my 60 students beyond traditional “either/or” binaries of feeling or thinking, critical analysis or creative writing, intellectualizing or confessing, radical or capitalist praxis. I was less invested in...
  • With Trayvon Martin, this Nativity gets edgy update (Traydmark as the baby in Claremont CA)

    12/26/2013 2:32:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin ^ | December 24, 2013 | David Allen
    John Zachary created a Nativity scene for Claremont United Methodist Church that employs a figure of Trayvon Martin as a commentary on gun violence. Previous scenes have had Mary and Joseph as a homeless couple and as war refugees. “You try to put it in a context of how it would be today,” Zachary said.Nativity scenes have a few standard elements: a manger, swaddling clothes, happy parents, sheep, maybe the Three Wise Men. They don’t generally include Trayvon Martin. But there he is, wearing a hoodie, a stream of blood pouring from his chest onto the straw-covered floor of the...
  • Church Displays Bleeding Trayvon Martin Nativity Scene

    12/26/2013 8:37:05 AM PST · by Morgana · 54 replies
    breitbart ^ | Elizabeth Sheld
    Outside the Claremont United Methodist Church is a nativity scene with a bleeding Trayvon Martin. The California Church has turned their nativity scene "into a piece of art that comments on our times" for the last seven years. John Zachary, the artist, told me the acquittal in July of George Zimmerman, who fatally shot the 17-year-old African-American in 2012, struck him as a worthy subject for Christmas comment. For one thing, the backdrop to the Christmas story is the slaughter by King Herod of all infants in Bethlehem, a barbarous attempt to kill the Messiah.