trayvon martin race
Elegies have been written for these families, their lost children. But I am writing an elegy for fairness, for what their deaths mean, because they mean more than funerals. They mean more than black veils and sad songs. Their deaths mean our death, a collective slow withering of the soul.
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) banded together for a second time to announce companion versions of the End Racial Profiling Act of 2013, legislation they had previously pushed in 2011 and that appeared before Congress in 2001, 2004 and 2007 as well.
"Ultimately, Trayvon is one of too many individuals across the country who have been victimized by a perception of criminality
While noting that "race is a part of everything" and that "racism still exists," Walsh urged to divert the country's focus
How many more Trayvon Martins have to occur to mobilize us to national action? Unless we have the courage and the grace to publicly confront the issue of race in America, it will remain the sword of Damocles hanging over our country for the 21st century and beyond.
Unless you've been hiding under a rock, chances are you've at least heard of Trayvon Martin. But the issues at play are so much more diverse and run so much deeper than many people realize. Below are a few poems that confront some of the issues I find relevant to Martin's death.
Last month Brooke Harris' eighth-grade class asked her about the "kid who was killed over some skittles." She seized the opportunity to bring her students' lived experiences into the classroom. And that's when things got weird.
"Whatever happens, however, it is clear that the case struck a highly responsive chord with blacks across the country, and
Is the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin under disputed circumstances part of the "promised land" of which Dr. King only got a glimpse as he looked over from his "mountain top"? Is the wanton gun violence perpetrated by blacks principally against other blacks in several of our major urban communities throughout the United States also part of what Dr. King saw from his mountain top? Most important of all, other than appropriately protesting the killing of Trayvon Martin, what are we, in real time, doing about materially changing the landscape of gun violence that may or may not have been visible from Dr. King's mountain top?
As we approach April 4, the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, it is precisely this sort of locally
Trayvon Martin's killing should serve as a wake up call for the nation -- and the same leaders that showed up for Trayvon's family should also stand up for young African American and Latino males who lose their lives to senseless acts of violence everyday.