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Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia

See the Racial Dot Map

A dot for every person. That’s what demographic researcher Dustin Cable of the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service did with census data to show how population in the United States breaks down by race.

Posted on Sep 7, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

The Words Obama Had to Say

Sometimes it’s good to be proved wrong. Last week, I wrote a column doubting that President Obama could speak powerfully and effectively about the racial issues raised by the Trayvon Martin case. Well, the president did just that.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE



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The Painful Paradoxes of Race

Why, Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker wonders, do we only have our famous conversations about race and fear “when things go terribly wrong”? Why, he wants to know, was it impossible for George Zimmerman to look upon Trayvon Martin “as someone he could have a conversation with”?

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Dave Martin

Demanding ‘Justice for Trayvon’ (Videos)

Demonstrators in more than 100 U.S. cities from Los Angeles to New York gathered outside federal courthouses Saturday to press the Justice Department to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman one week after a jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. 

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A Big Tragedy and a Big Story: Race, Guns and Television

What happened in the killing of Trayvon Martin was a crime and the acquitted shooter, George Zimmerman, is no role model for anyone. I have no basis for judging him racist, but there is no doubt he was aggressively stupid. But for me, the moronic vigilante killer is not the issue. I think this story is about guns and television.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Gary W. Green, Pool

Trayvon, George and the Perfect Crime: Reflections on the Zimmerman Trial

How did George Zimmerman and his lawyers secure a not-guilty verdict on both second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin? Although it’s tempting to answer that racism alone explains the trial’s outcome, digging a little deeper reveals an even more disturbing three-dimensional picture.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Denied the Right to Be Young

Justice failed Trayvon Martin the night he was killed. We should be appalled and outraged, but perhaps not surprised, that it failed him again Saturday night with a verdict setting his killer free.

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The Idol Smasher

The multifaceted Ishmael Reed has spent half a century destroying myths of the American empire, especially those that cement racism in place.

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