George Zimmerman and the Long History of Selling “Souvenirs”
by Shawn Leigh Alexander
George Zimmerman’s decision to sell, as he describes, “the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin” is just another link in the long chain of America’s historical obsession with selling and owning memorabilia connected with the murder of African Americans.
Remember Way Back When White Men Killed Black Men to "Defend" White Women? (Hint: We're Talking About 2013)
by Crystal R. Sanders
The justifications of the killers of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis draw upon the dark, bloody history of the fear of black men and white women.
African American Voters Need to Channel Their Power in State Elections
by Rawn James, Jr.
Last month Americans marked the sixty-fifth anniversary of President Harry S. Truman’s signing Executive Order 9981 to desegregate America’s armed forces. African Americans had fought in every American war, including the Revolutionary War, but had done so in segregated units, often relegated to menial labor tasks. By the time President Truman issued Executive Order 9981, eliminating segregation and racial discrimination in the armed forces had become the single most important national issue to African American voters. Their cause was national in both scope and purpose.
Black People Have a Duty to Bear Witness to Racial Violence
by Kidada E. Williams
As the people who have testified about this recent violence in court, on television, or on social media make clear, African Americans take racial violence personally, and with good reason.
How George Zimmerman is Different from '80s Subway Vigilante Bernhard Goetz
by Jim Sleeper
The day I stopped a mugging.
SOURCE: The Root
Peniel E. Joseph: Trayvon, Race and American Democracy
Peniel E. Joseph is founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and a professor of history at Tufts University. He is also the Caperton Fellow for the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. He is the author of Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama. His biography of Stokely Carmichael will be published next year by Basic Books. He can be reached online at penielejoseph.com. Follow him on Twitter.
SOURCE: Religion Dispatches
Anthea Butler: The Zimmerman Acquittal -- America’s Racist God
Anthea Butler is a Contributing Editor to Religion Dispatches. Her forthcoming book, "The Gospel According To Sarah: How Sarah Palin and her Tea Party Angels are Galvanizing the Religious Right" will be out in 2012.The not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case has me thinking a lot about a book I first encountered in seminary, Is God a White Racist?, by the Rev. Dr. Bill Jones. As a budding seminary student, it took me by surprise. Now, as a wiser, older professor looking at the needless death of Trayvon Martin, I have to say: I get it.God ain’t good all of the time. In fact, sometimes, God is not for us. As a black woman in a nation that has taken too many pains to remind me that I am not a white man, and am not capable of taking care of my reproductive rights, or my voting rights, I know that this American god ain’t my god. As a matter of fact, I think he’s a white racist god with a problem. More importantly, he is carrying a gun and stalking young black men.
Professor Anthea Butler calls God a 'white racist' in blog about Zimmerman trial
The not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case has me thinking a lot about a book I first encountered in seminary, Is God a White Racist?, by the Rev. Dr. Bill Jones. As a budding seminary student, it took me by surprise. Now, as a wiser, older professor looking at the needless death of Trayvon Martin, I have to say: I get it.God ain’t good all of the time. In fact, sometimes, God is not for us. As a black woman in a nation that has taken too many pains to remind me that I am not a white man, and am not capable of taking care of my reproductive rights, or my voting rights, I know that this American god ain’t my god. As a matter of fact, I think he’s a white racist god with a problem. More importantly, he is carrying a gun and stalking young black men.
If Only Trayvon Had Freedom Papers
by Stephanie Jones-Rogers
Trayvon Martin needed a slave pass.
Trayvon Martin the Latest Victim of America's Fear of Black Men
by Elaine F. Parsons
Today, as under Reconstruction, the idea that fear justifies violence is as dangerous one.
Sanford, Fla., Threatened to Lynch Jackie Robinson
by Peter Dreier
Neither of the Robinsons would ever forget their Florida ordeal.
Women Played Critical Role in George Zimmerman Decision
by Brenda E. Stevenson
It has only been in the last fifty years or so that women have gained such significant presence as lawyers, prosecutors, and jurists. It will become increasingly important, therefore, that we understand the kinds of histories and socializations of females in our society that they bring into the courtroom, that weighs in when they consider the evidence, victims and defendants before them.
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