Tag: George Zimmerman

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National

Obama holds Martin Luther King as personal hero

This photo taken Aug. 26, 2013 shows President Barack Obama speaking in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) by Darlene SupervilleAssocated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama was 2 years old and growing up in Hawaii when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Fifty years later, the nation’s first Black president will stand as the most high-profile example of the racial progress King espoused, delivering remarks Wednesday at a nationwide commemoration of the 1963 demonstration for jobs, economic justice and racial equality.

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Opinion

‘Stand Your Ground’ laws not to blame, real problem is racism

ULISH CARTER With the Trayvon Martin case and all the controversy around Florida’s Stand Your Ground law there has been much confusion and misunderstanding of the law, especially in the Black community. First of all neither the defense nor the prosecution used this law in the George Zimmerman trial. However, most experts say that the judge used part of it when giving direction to the jurors, stating that Zimmerman didn’t have to retreat if attacked. I’m still trying to understand this. Why would Zimmerman have to retreat when he was the aggressor? He was following and harassing Martin, not the other way around.

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Opinion

What if Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman were White?

Al Vivian (CNN) — Since George Zimmerman was acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin, everyone has had an opinion about the verdict. I am not about to second-guess the jury’s decision or pass judgment on them. Our judicial system is operating as it was designed. The jurors reached their conclusion based on the evidence placed before them and their interpretation of the law as it was explained. As human beings, we see the world through the lens of our own experiences. Both science and history prove that we all have unconscious biases that impact the decisions we make.

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National

Fla. Gov. demands apology from Jesse Jackson over ‘Selma’ comments

The Reverend Jesse Jackson talks to the news media following a news conference held by the National Bar Association where they addressed what they say are inequalities in the U.S. justice system related to gun violence and African-Americans, July 29, 2013, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday demanded an apology from longtime civil rights activist Jesse Jackson for comparing the state’s struggle with the Trayvon Martin case to the civil rights clashes with police during the 1960s in Selma, Ala.

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National

Trayvon Martin’s mother: Repeal stand-ground law

Sabrina Fulton, mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, center, speaks during a news conference held by the National Bar Association where they addressed what they say are inequalities in the U.S. justice system related to gun violence and African-Americans, Monday, July 29, 2013, in Miami Beach, Fla. Also shown from left to right are Cleopatra Pendleton, Nathaniel Pendleton, John Page, National Bar Association President and Fulton’s attorney Benjamin Crump. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin joined a prominent African-American lawyers organization in vowing Monday to keep the pressure on legislators to repeal or overhaul “stand your ground” self-defense laws.

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Opinion

The righteous anger of justice denied

DARYL GAYLE It’s been more than a week, and the anger still burns. It upsets my stomach, disturbs my sleep, and forces me to spend way too much time thinking about the unthinkable. It has been a weight on my chest all week, squeezing the everyday joys from my life as it squeezes the air from my lungs. It is the righteous anger of justice denied. It is my conscience screaming at me to say something — to lend my voice to the millions who can no longer remain silent in the face of hatred. I cannot ignore that anger, and I cannot deny the purity of its reasons.