Category: Opinion Written by CNN
Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, the parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin, arrive in Seminole circuit court on the 2nd day of his trial, in Sanford, Fla., June 11. (Photo Joe Burbank/Pool)
by Mark NeJame
(CNN) -- On February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman, a Hispanic Neighborhood Watch volunteer at the Retreat at Twin Lakes housing complex in Sanford, Florida, shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American 17-year-old.
Initially, Zimmerman was not arrested, and no charges were brought against him. Rallies, protests and a media firestorm followed, even eliciting a comment from President Obama that "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."
The Rev. Al Sharpton came to Sanford and admonished residents that they were "risking going down as the Birmingham and Selma of the 21st century" if nothing was done.
Benjamin Crump, one of the attorneys representing Martin's parents and an instrumental advocate for bringing charges against Zimmerman after they were initially declined, maintains that the case is about civil rights.
Whether the killing turns out to have been racially motivated, responded to in self-defense, the act of a resident concerned about the safety of his neighborhood or the act of a trigger-happy cop wannabe, race is an inescapable issue.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 04:54
Category: Opinion Written by Atlanta Daily World
In this Feb. 20, 2013 file photo, former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi leave federal court in Washington. Prosecutors are recommending four years in prison for Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., following his guilty plea this year on criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. The government is also recommending that Jackson be ordered to pay $750,000 in restitution to the campaign, and forfeit $750,000. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 3, along with his wife, Sandra. She pleaded guilty to filing false joint federal income tax returns that knowingly understated the income the couple received. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
by Dion Rabouin
"If one more Black man ends up in the news for flagrantly stealing a stupid amount of money, I'm going to scream," I thought to myself last week.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 02:34
Category: Opinion Written by Daryl Gale
by Daryl Gale
It was a horrific scene, a calamity of such proportion that the ramifications will be felt for years to come. Smoke, rubble, dust and death found its way to Center City Philadelphia, killing six and injuring numerous more.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013 10:30
Category: Opinion Written by George E. Curry
(NNPA)—Women serve in almost every high-powered job in the United States: CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, Senators, university presidents, race car drivers and even astronauts. Yet, there are some male bozos who think women should be treated as inferior beings.
Conservative blogger and Fox contributor Erick Erickson is the latest man to come out of his cave.
Last Updated on Saturday, 08 June 2013 19:47
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