George Zimmerman, the killer of Florida teen Trayvon Martin who was acquitted of murder, put on his "bad idea jeans" and decided to go visit the factory where the gun he killed Martin with was made and pose for photos. Zimmerman's attorney, who is likely not a soulless person without remorse, admitted this was not a good look on Zimmerman's part.
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I read Kathleen Parker, and I don't typically agree with the conservative columnist but usually I find her articles well-written and measured. But her most recent column, where she all but calls President Obama a race-baiter for saying if he had a son he'd look like slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin was, by far, the most offensive and misguided column I'd read about race relations in America by a mainstream columnist in years. Dripping with obtuseness, Parker alludes that racial profiling is all about just not dressing appropriately and that there would "riots" if white teens killed a black man akin to the Chris Lane murder (in which one of the killers actually was a white teen).
In my latest post for The Root, I tackle the -- not guilty of murder, but definitely a killer -- George Zimmerman, and what his life will be like now that he's a walking, breathing, infamous person no one wants around. Will he disappear like Casey Anthony or go golfing like O. J.? Right now he's busy randomly getting pulled over in Texas, so it could still go either way.
In fact, there will be four covers. One featuring slain teen Trayvon Martin's family -- Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin and Jahvaris Fulton, and three others featuring various celebrities and their sons in gray hooded sweatshirts. The celebrity covers include actor Boris Kodjoe and his son; Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade and his two sons; and director Spike Lee and his son.
The September issue is a big deal in the magazine world because of the emphasis put on new fall fashion. Magazines like Vogue or Essence and others will go for big, splashy fashion or celebrity-based covers, and pages upon pages of fall fashion, but Ebony has gone the other route with a special issue on how to save black boys from senseless violence.
Check out the other covers after the jump.
Wednesday The Snob returned to the Beauty Shop segment of NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin. It was all about Zimmerman verdict aftermath. (I'm amazed any of us still had anything left to talk about!) But a good show was had with myself, Bridget Johnson of PJ Media and my friend Keli Goff, political correspondent for The Root.
Check it out.
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 ...
Watching the trial I knew there was a chance for not guilty.
Wednesday, the prosecution in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin presented their star witness -- the last person to speak to Martin before he was killed by George Zimmerman. Her name was Rachel Jeantel. She was 19, she talked low, she was nervous and she was very raw and unpolished in her delivery of her testimony. She had no poker face. She didn't want to be there and she was obviously still hurting over the murder of her friend.
And while some people on Twitter focused on this, some other's spent their time calling her "Precious."
Sigh ... This is going to be a loooong trial.