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Growing Up Black in America

Melissa Harris-Perry What does it mean to be a young black male in the United States?

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Jasiri X drops new video demanding justice for Trayvon Martin

Jasiri X drops new video demanding justice for Trayvon Martin

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The First Black President Has Made it Harder to Talk About Race in America

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A few weeks ago, I was standing outside a posh bar on the Lower East Side of Manhattan with my friends of almost two decades. I made an offhanded comment about the ratio of blonde-haired-blue-eyed chicks to brown girls like me. It seemed like a zillion to one. My pals, who are white, didn’t get why I was bringing this ...

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Obama Takes on Race as a Family, Not Political, Issue

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Barack Obama has a reputation for calculation and diffidence — at times well deserved — but on Friday, he again demonstrated his instinctive gift for confronting the ugly, divisive, emotional issues that more squeamish politicians evade. The shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, by a neighborhood watch member in Florida, apparently for nothing more than wearing a hoodie ...

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Newt Gingrich Calls President Obamas Trayvon Remarks “Disgraceful”

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After weeks of criticism, President Barack Obama finally weighed in on the vigilante-style murder of 17 -year-old Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, 28, and GOP hopeful, Newt Gingrich, says that his words were “disgraceful,” reports ABC News. In an appearance on Sean Hannity’s radio show, the Beltway veteran had this to say: “What the president said, in ...

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National Puppies Day and Detroit’s Stray Dog Epidemic

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Not long after moving back to Detroit, I stumbled across my first stray dog. This one was dead – a female pit bull, white, curled on its back. I’d been taking a walk in a depopulated industrial zone. The pit didn’t appear to have been torn up in a dogfight. In fact, she looked so unharmed, I initially stopped cold, ...

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Skittles Responds to Trayvon Martin’s Death

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Skittles candies have become synonymous with Trayvon Martin’s murder since the rainbow candies and ice tea were the only items the teen was carrying at the time of he was shot. Now, Skittles are seen as a symbol of Martin’s death, and are being held up in the air at rallies, and even mailed to Sanford police chief Bill Lee ...

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Trayvon Martin: The Big, Black Elephant in the White House

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Earlier today, I publicly asked the question, “If Trayvon Martin’s mother were white, would she get a phone call from President Obama?” The fact that people were so offended by the question told me that, in their hearts, many people already know the answer to that question. Sanda Fluke was a woman who endured the humiliation of being called a ...

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Stand For Trayvon As If He Were Your Own

Every parent’s worst nightmare is having to bury one of their own children.  Losing a son or daughter is undeniably one of the toughest things a person has to go through — especially if that son or daughter is very young.  But imagine for a second if this death is sudden; if it’s the result of violence; and if you still don’t know what really happened.  To all of the mothers and fathers out there, try to comprehend the pain and agony of watching the killer of your child roam the streets as if nothing happened, and try to understand what it would feel like if the authorities were helping the murderer and not you.  What would you think if your teenager (who never hurt a soul, never committed a crime and was a good student) was drug tested after being shot to death while the shooter was not?  How would you feel if the child that you raised with love, protected through the years and taught to be an upstanding young man was killed on his way home from buying skittles and an iced tea?  Put everything aside, and just for a moment, imagine what it would be like if Trayvon Martin was your son. RELATED: How Occupy Wall Street Co-Opted The Million Hoodie March Trayvon’s Parents Address NYC Marchers When Black Folks Don’t Get The Trayvon Issue, We’ve Got A Problem ‘Million Hoody March’ Organizer Says Trayvon’s Murder ‘Very Personal’ For all our Trayvon Martin coverage, click here . It has been almost a month since that tragic evening when Trayvon’s life was cut short.  And yet, when people still hear of this case and the ridiculous gun laws that allowed George Zimmerman, the accused shooter, to claim self-defense, they are both shocked and outraged — and rightfully so.  Earlier this week, we saw masses gather in New York for a “million hoodies” march to signify the absurdity of the fact that Trayvon may have been perceived as a so-called troublemaker simply because of the way he was dressed.  And on Thursday, we at National Action Network joined leaders, clergy and citizens from around the country at the Fort Mellon Park in Sanford, Fla. to show our united support for Trayvon’s family in their fight for justice.  We demand that Zimmerman be immediately arrested, that a proper investigation take place, that the Sanford police department be held accountable for their shoddy handling of this case and that the “stand your ground” defense laws be re-examined in Florida and elsewhere. Thanks to the continued dedication and strength of Trayvon’s parents, their son’s story has been heard around the world.  And they have vowed to keep pushing forward and keep this painful incident in the news until they achieve success.  We’ve watched people from all walks of life, all races and all backgrounds come out and support Trayvon’s family because they understand the depth and pain of injustice we’ve seen here.  Losing their child was terrible and unbearable enough, but to add insult to injury, the Sanford police department and authorities in Florida have allowed the accused murderer to roam freely, in possession of the same weapon that cut this young boy’s life short. Next week, my own son turns 13.  I often worry about what kind of  world he will live in and what kind of man he will grow up to be. Will he be able to get a good education, will he continue to stay away from bad influences, will he work towards a successful career, will he one day raise a strong family of his own, and will he find health and happiness?  Never in a million years did I think I would be worried about the next time he walks to the store to buy a snack. Trayvon Martin’s family is working to prevent another family from having to go through the horrors of what they’ve experienced.  So anyone who may not understand why they refuse to give up, just imagine if Trayvon were your son. RELATED: How Occupy Wall Street Co-Opted The Million Hoodie March Trayvon’s Parents Address NYC Marchers When Black Folks Don’t Get The Trayvon Issue, We’ve Got A Problem ‘Million Hoody March’ Organizer Says Trayvon’s Murder ‘Very Personal’ For all our Trayvon Martin coverage, click here .

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Trayvon Martin shooting: Black leaders press White House – Joseph Williams – POLITICO.com

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President Barack Obama’s least favorite topic is back. It’s been a month since Trayvon Martin, the black 17-year-old Florida high school student, was shot dead by a neighborhood watchman in an incident that has sparked a national uproar. Now that the issue has exploded into the national press, African-American bloggers, commentators and their allies are calling on Obama to personally ...

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