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The Root: Claiming Self-Defense? You Better Be White

Wrote a story for The Root today. Like to here it? Here it goes? In light of the Zimmerman verdict an old study from 2012 is getting new attention. That survey shows that black people who claim self-defense have a negative chance of winning the case -- no matter who gets killed. But white people, well ... let's just say it's more of fair shot, especially if that shot is at a black person, where the killings are 354 percent more likely to be ruled as justified in states with "Stand Your Ground" laws. The study said it couldn't account for bias, but ... ahem ... that sure looks like some amazing white privilege to me. Where can I get some of that? Can you buy it at the store? No? Disappointing ...

Read the full story on The Root here.


Zimmerman's Trial for the Killing of Trayvon Martin Starts Today

Trayvon MartinChannel your rage/annoyance/desire for justice appropriately.

From the WaPo's Jonathan Capehart:

Seminole County Circuit Judge Debra Nelson has given the prosecution and the defense reason to feel cautiously optimistic about their chances with the jury. Nelson ruled last month that the defense is not allowed to mention Trayvon’s social media communications, his school suspension and drug use in their opening statement. Not that any of that information justifies Zimmerman’s actions that rainy evening on Feb. 26, 2012.

No joke. I'll be talking about the trial on Arise America this week via Skype. More details to come on what days I'll be chatting about Twitter and social media's response to the trial.


Trayvon Martin Investigation-By-Media Devolves Into Victim Blaming

Predictably, the tragic shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin has turned into another round of "What did the victim do to cause his own death?" instead of "Why is George Zimmerman acting as a vigilante, sentencing a kid he stalked to death because of possibly winding up on the losing end of a fist fight Zimmerman instigated?"

It's disappointing, but ... alas, not surprising.

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