Tag: trayvon martin

Betrayed by the criminal ‘injustice’ system

| February 28, 2014

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist  It all seems so familiar, doesn’t it? A black man, or woman, or child is murdered by a white person—and America’s criminal justice system compounds the tragedy. How deep is that particular well of American racial injustice now? How many names of innocents are on that list of sorrow? […]

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Knockout punch for George Zimmerman

Knockout punch for George Zimmerman

| February 27, 2014

Had he not massacred Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman would be an average white man holding down a mediocre job, living under the radar, and aspiring for a law enforcement job.

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A retrograde Supreme Court

| August 13, 2013

By Lee A. Daniels—No matter how much some commentators try to spin the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman as an example that the legal system worked properly, the freeing of Trayvon Martin’s killer actually underscores multiple bitter truths. One is that for black Americans, “the law” has more often been predator than protector.

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Blacks are the ‘other’ Americans

| August 8, 2013

Zimmerman acquittal reveals lack of respect for basic, legal rights By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA Columnist I was told a story the other night. Apparently on the evening of the Zimmerman acquittal, in a bar in South Carolina, a group of white patrons were talking. Some of them, upon hearing the news, shouted “Free at […]

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Black clergy stand ground against Zimmerman verdict

Black clergy stand ground against Zimmerman verdict

| August 7, 2013

Just as they did during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, recent demonstrations in more than 100 cities around the nation to protest the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman on charges that he murdered 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, many ministers were in the forefront of protests at federal buildings in their communities.

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Prayer instead of protests for Zimmerman trial: Pastors leading weekly vigil at Sanford Church

| July 10, 2013

Driving up to the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center in Sanford, no one would know a case that garnered international attention was going on. One lone Seminole County resident held a sign in the fenced-off protest zone on Tuesday as the trial of George Zimmerman was taking place inside the courthouse. On Feb. 26, 2012, Zimmerman fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a gated community in Sanford. Zimmerman is claiming self-defense in the shooting.

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Trayvon Martin case shouldn’t be race-based

Trayvon Martin case shouldn’t be race-based

| July 2, 2013

Here’s the scenario: I’m in a nightclub I frequent regularly and I see I guy whose look I don’t like. Mind you, this guy is with other people doing other things and I haven’t seen him do anything untoward as of yet—I just don’t like his look. I tell the bouncer at the club that I see this guy who just doesn’t look right to me. The bouncer, who is somewhat acquainted with me, tells me, “Thanks for letting me know. I’ll go check it out.” I say, “Let me!” The bouncer says, “I got this. Just give me a minute.” I don’t listen.

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