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Tag: Trayvon Martin


Truthdigger of the Week: Colin Kaepernick, for Refusing to Stand During the National Anthem

In his act of protest against racial injustice in the U.S., the San Francisco 49ers quarterback has taken a lot of hits. But he’s not backing down and has succeeded in igniting an important debate.

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 READ MORE


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Barack Obama Helped Us Peer Into the Racial Divide

It may take years to fully appreciate how dramatically this presidency has bent the arc of history toward justice.

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 READ MORE



Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza Reflects on the Movement’s First Three Years

The activist talks about what has changed—and what hasn’t—on this third anniversary of the birth of the nation’s most important contemporary struggle for social and political justice.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 READ MORE


Actor Jesse Williams Gave a Thrilling Speech on Racial Justice at the BET Awards (Video)

The activist and “Grey’s Anatomy” star accepted BET’s Humanitarian Award Sunday night by challlenging everyone listening to join the ongoing struggle for black liberation from systemic oppression.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



George Zimmerman Sells Murder Weapon to Fight Black Lives Matter

To add insult to lethal injury, Zimmerman responded to questions on how Trayvon Martin’s family might feel about the gun auction by criticizing their parenting.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE



Stand Your Ground, Unless You’re a Battered Woman

When victims defend themselves, they put themselves at risk of becoming doubly victimized—first by their abusers, then by the criminal justice system.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



Why Black Lives Matter Is the Movement of the Year

The movement’s innovative and committed activism has renewed the struggle for racial justice. In 2015, no other progressive cause in the United States came close to its perseverance and creativity.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: #RiseUpOctober: 3-Day New York Event Focuses on Police Brutality

Thousands marched through the streets of Manhattan on Saturday to protest police brutality. A diverse, grass-roots coalition of activists and concerned citizens staged the three-day action, dubbed #RiseUpOctober.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



George Zimmerman Joins Forces With Anti-Muslim Gun Seller to Push Confederate Flag Art

If someone had entered, in some mythical headline generator, all the key ingredients to produce the perfect mashup of utter racist nonsense from recent American history, this might be it.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE



One Year On, What We’ve Learned From #BlackLivesMatter

The police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a year ago launched the Black Lives Matter movement. But officer-involved shootings seem only to have accelerated.

Posted on Aug 9, 2015 READ MORE



Is Blue the New White?

When death occurs at police hands, the easiest story line is “white cops versus black kids,” but it’s much more complicated. “Manifest Justice,” a Los Angeles event that included Trayvon Martin’s mother, looked at the issue.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE



DOJ: No Charges for George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Case

Although Attorney General Eric Holder sounded a conciliatory note in making the announcement, it was his disheartening task on Tuesday to go public with the news that the Justice Department was closing the book on the highly charged Trayvon Martin case.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE



Once White in America

The second and third times I fell in love with black bodies I became a black body, in a way I’d say without shame and some humor, for mine is dark tan called white. But I am the carrier, I am the body who carried them, released on a river of blood.

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 READ MORE


Jon Stewart: Time to Update the ‘List of Innocent Things Black People Do That Look Suspicious’

It appears that pointing is now a serious offense in the state of Minnesota.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Shooter Convicted in Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Trial

A jury in Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday convicted Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man, of murdering African-American teenager Jordan Davis.

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An Interview With Noam Chomsky: Japan, America and the Racism Behind War

A young Noam Chomsky was appalled by the “special” hatred the U.S. reserved for the Japanese during WWII; a reason to appreciate the polar vortex arises; meanwhile, privacy is becoming a luxury that few can afford. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE



Does It Matter That the Oscars Are Overwhelmingly White?

The short answer is yes and no.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 23, 2014 ENLARGE



I’m Black, Don’t Shoot Me

Sometimes, when I’m in my car, I crank up the music pretty loud. All you Michael Dunns out there, please don’t shoot me.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE



Protecting ‘Our’ Children in the Wake of the Michael Dunn Verdict

When Florida shooter Michael Dunn heard his verdict Saturday, he may have been shocked to find that he faces at least 60 years in prison for the attempted murder of three young black men.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE



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No Ground For ‘Stand Your Ground’

The law is supposed to solve problems, not create them.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE



Why Was the NSA Tracking Porn Habits?

The latest Edward Snowden leak reveals the National Security Agency was collecting information on online sexual activity to disgrace “radicalizers”; right-winger Dinesh D’Souza tweeted an appallingly racist comment regarding Thanksgiving, Trayvon Martin and President Obama; meanwhile, it appears the bacteria in your gut shapes your brain. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 28, 2013 READ MORE


Zimmerman Thanksgiving









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How Many More Black Boys Have to Die?

Florida has one more chance to deliver justice to the parents of a slain black boy. The state that faced calls for boycott over the acquittal of George Zimmerman is currently holding pretrial hearings in a similar case.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE


Trigger Happy









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Obama Gives Russia the Hand

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Nato Green, Ninotchka Rosca, Phil Yu, Leilani Albano, Laura Carlsen, Bill Boyarsky, and Robert Scheer on racism three ways, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bradley Manning and Obama’s change of heart.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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A Little Bit of Everything

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Nato Green, Ninotchka Rosca, Phil Yu, Leilani Albano, Laura Carlsen, Bill Boyarsky, and Robert Scheer on racism three ways, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bradley Manning and Obama’s change of heart.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE


Republican Neighborhood Watch









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Those Not Standing









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Watch: An Armed George Zimmerman Pulled Over in Texas

The shooter of Trayvon Martin told an officer in Texas that he was armed after being pulled over for speeding Sunday. The whole thing was captured on camera.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Before Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin, There Was Oliver Beasley

Twenty-three years after an L.A. sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a quiet, much-loved veteran, too many people still can’t move beyond their stereotypical view of race.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE


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George Zimmerman ‘Got Away With Murder,’ Juror Says (Video)

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, a member of the jury that acquitted George Zimmerman says the “law couldn’t prove” he was guilty, but that she believes the neighborhood watch captain “got away with murder” in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE



Obama Delivers Major Economic Speech, Congress Hits Historic Low, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Republican Congressman Steve King doubles down on controversial immigration comments he recently made and Anthony Weiner says he won’t drop out of the New York City mayoral race amid a new sexting scandal.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 READ MORE


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The Violence of Organized Forgetting

America has become amnesiac—a country in which forms of historical, political, and moral forgetting are not only willfully practiced but celebrated.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE



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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



Controversial Abortion Law Blocked, ‘The View’ Skewers Ken Cuccinelli, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey speak up about “stand your ground” laws in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin and an embattled aide to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul resigns.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE


Standing My Ground









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Previously Unseen Joseph Heller Story Explores American Racism

A grim tale in which a racist Southern community seeks revenge for the stabbing of a white man, written before the cherished author penned “Catch-22,” is set to be published by the American literary magazine The Strand this week.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE


Cornel West: ‘President Obama Has Very Little Moral Authority’ on Martin Case

Dr. Cornel West, professor at Union Theological Seminary and African-American author and activist, Monday examined the remarks President Obama had made Friday when he compared himself to Trayvon Martin, the black teen gunned down in February.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Self-Defense









Posted on Jul 22, 2013 ENLARGE


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