Why the President Changed His Tune

So I heard the President’s press conference remarks regarding Trayvon Martin’s murder and the Zimmerman verdict. I’ve also reviewed various people’s remarks to Obama’s latest statement on the incident.  Some are relieved to hear the President speak more deeply to the issues of race, racial injustice, the unfair treatment Black men receive in this society and how the legacy of anti-black violence and oppression have colored the way Black people view the criminal justice system.  Others were impressed with the President’s sober and personal statements including his recognition of how Blacks continue to be mistreated and mischaracterized. Finally, there was … Continue reading Why the President Changed His Tune

Regarding Obama’s Statement on the Zimmerman Verdict

As if the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial was not insulting and hurtful enough, President Obama, one day after the verdict, gave the following official statement: ___________________________________________________________________ The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from … Continue reading Regarding Obama’s Statement on the Zimmerman Verdict

The REAL Verdict of the Trayvon Martin Case

The wrong-minded and upsetting verdict in the Zimmerman trial this evening only further confirms my suspicions concerning American jurisprudence concerning original peoples. The clear victims here are Trayvon Martin and his family and Black/Brown people who live in a nation that does not value or defend them. Yet this is not the last or even most important verdict in question. This article aims to briefly discuss and explain the REAL verdict we must tune ourselves into. I’ve written extensively about such issues all year from a variety of angles and don’t want to be redundant here. I will say that … Continue reading The REAL Verdict of the Trayvon Martin Case

A Search for Meaning: Trayvon’s Murder and Zimmerman’s Trial

Many of us viewing America’s most controversial and publicized criminal trial at this moment find ourselves torn between feelings of outrage, frustration, and anxiety.  We are OUTRAGED because the corporate media insists on depicting this event as the “Trayvon Martin trial” when in fact, it’s the “George Zimmerman trial” for it is HE who pursued and murdered an innocent teenaged boy and HE who must ultimately be accountable for this deed. We are incensed that yet again, when we face undeserved pain and suffering, whites’ thoughts focus more on formulating plans to quell our anticipated rioting (even going so far as to … Continue reading A Search for Meaning: Trayvon’s Murder and Zimmerman’s Trial