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Elderly Chicago Man Arrested for Shooting Burglar

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Chicago homeowners are livid that an 80 year old Chicago man was arrested for shooting a man who tried to break into his home.  ABC News Chicago reports that 19-year-old Anthony Robinson was breaking into the home of 80-year-old Homer Wright Monday morning when Wright shot the intruder. Robinson was hospitalized for a gunshot wound to the leg and charged with felony ...

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George Zimmerman, Son of a Judge, Has Three Closed Arrests

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The Sanford police initially said that one of the reasons they believed George Zimmerman’s version of events was because Zimmerman had a clean record. But according to court records, George Zimmerman was previously arrested for domestic violence, resisting an officer without violence and worst of all, resisting an officer with violence — a  felony charge that could have landed Zimmerman in prison. ...

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The Bullet Next Time: A Letter to My Unborn Black Son

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When confronted by an armed individual, assume that this person is the police. As such, begin by placing your hands behind your head, fingers interlaced. This will assure that in the eventuality that you are shot and executed, there will be minimum opportunity for analysts and pundits to later ponder if you were the aggressor. Keeping your fingers behind your ...

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Former NAACP Leader Accuses Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson of Exploiting Trayvon Martin

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Former NAACP leader C.L. Bryant is accusing Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton of “exploiting” the Trayvon Martin tragedy to “racially divide this country.” “His family should be outraged at the fact that they’re using this child as the bait to inflame racial passions,” Rev. C.L. Bryant said in a Monday interview with The Daily Caller. For those who don’t know, C.L. Bryant became a card carrying right winger long ago. ...

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Obama Campaign’s Hoodie Discount Cancelled After Controversy

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President Obama said if he had a son, he’d look like Trayvon, and then he was summarily trounced by conservatives who said he was injecting race into the conversation, and was more concerned with making a political statement than addressing the issue. Then, Obama’s reelection campaign didn’t help matters when it announced via Twitter that it was putting it’s Obama ...

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Geraldo Rivera Apologizes for Trayvon Martin Comments

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Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera has finally apologized for saying that Trayvon Martin’s hoodie was just as much to blame for his death as George Zimmerman. In a statement, Geraldo wrote: “I have obscured the main point that someone shot and killed an unarmed teenager.” and “I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my ‘very ...

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The Gift That Trayvon Gave All of Us

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There is no perfect thing to say in the wake of a tragedy, particularly one that involves the loss of a young person. Entire etiquette guides are devoted to telling us what not to say when someone is grieving, with "I know how you feel" being at the top of the list. And yet there is something oddly comforting about such clichés, causing many of us cling to them like a life raft during tragedy. Especially when our own grief, shock and anger has render us incapable of forming the words that those most affected by the loss really need to hear. Besides offering the family of Trayvon Martin my sincerest condolences, and letting them know that like much of America they remain in my prayers, I am going to ignore the etiquette guides for a moment to say something else: Regardless of what happens to the case involving their son, his death was not in vain and will ultimately save countless other lives. Months ago I wrote a piece titled, " Is Racism Worse in the Obama Era?" In it I discussed the psychological impact of subtle racism, a subject covered in the book Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness? In the piece I also briefly touched upon my own experiences with subtle racism. (As I, and plenty of friends have learned, what walking down the street in a hoodie is to black men, walking into the wrong store with the wrong skin color is to black women.) The reaction to the piece was fascinating, with some weighing in with their own experiences. Others, however, were livid that in the age of a black president "people like me" would still find something to complain about and my complaint is about discrimination that you can't even see or touch, let alone prove. The fundamental question raised by the column was whether or not subtle racism is actually far worse, and more dangerous, for that very reason. As I noted, in my parents' generation (they both grew up in the segregated South) a store simply hung a sign that said "No Coloreds" allowed. Today a store wouldn't dream of doing that and yet most black people I know, and most black celebrities have a story (often more than one) about being blatantly denied service at a store due to race. In the case of Oprah Winfrey on two separate occasions at two different stores the stores in question locked the doors and claimed to be closed when she attempted to enter. In the case of Condoleezza Rice , a sales clerk questioned whether she could actually afford the jewelry she was eyeing. To those who have never endured such experiences, they may sound like minor indignities. But the Trayvon Martin case illustrates how easily subtle racism -- which usually involves racial profiling -- can escalate from indignity to death. One installment of CNN's "Black in America," hosted by Soledad O'Brien, actually noted that many black parents are so conscientious of such profiling that those with teenage boys often provide them with a prepared speech for interacting with police officers to avoid them becoming another Robbie Tolan , the unarmed Houston teen shot by an officer who mistakenly believed Tolan had stolen the car he was driving. (He hadn't.) O'Brien noted that this unofficial profiling speech is so pervasive within the black community it cuts across class lines. From working class black Americans to A-list celebrities, many of them consider the profiling talk just as important, if not more so, than the birds and bees talk. Trayvon Martin is a powerful reminder of why. Only who knew that we would come to a point where the profiling "talk" would have to be revised by parents to not only include police officers, but any man who may see you as a so-called threat because of the color of your skin. (On that note, some critics have blamed Martin's attire for his death. See my reply and others, here and here .) Which brings me back to the legacy of Trayvon Martin. Much like Emmett Till's racially charged murder in 1955 at the age of fourteen forced our country to finally confront the brutality of Jim Crow as more than just a "Southern problem" but a national shame, my hope is that Trayvon's death will spark long overdue outrage and ultimately, a movement against, the subtle racism known as profiling that has risen in Jim Crow's wake. The fact that so many people of diverse political persuasions have condemned his killing gives me hope. I pray that this, and the lives he may ultimately help save, give his family peace. It is cliché to say in times of tragedy, "I know some good will come from this," but in this case I believe it to be true. I have to. We all do. Keli Goff is the author of The GQ Candidate and a Contributing Editor for Loop21.com where this post originally appeared.

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Zimmerman’s Lawyer Cancels on MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell

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After the pitiful day Zimmerman’s friend John Oliver had trying to defend the indefensible, it should come as no surprise to anyone that Zimmerman’s lawyer canceled his appearance on Lawrence O’Donnell’s ‘Last Word’. What did come as a surprise, however, is that the interview did not end once Zimmerman’s attorney, Craig Sonner, was a no show. O’Donnell interrogated an empty ...

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Zimmerman Called Trayvon Martin a ‘Goon’, a Term of Endearment, and Not a ‘Coon’, Says Friend

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John Oliver, a friend of George Zimmerman, went on ‘Hardball’ to defend the actions Zimmerman took on the night he fatally shot Trayvon Martin. During the interview, Chris Matthew asked Oliver  if he was surprised that Zimmerman used a racial slur when he called Trayvon a ‘coon’. Oliver replied, “I spoke with my teenage daughter yesterday and the word in question, ...

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Video of Critically Ill Woman Being Ignored at Hospital, Arrested for Trespassing, and Dying in Jail

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She yelled from a wheelchair at St. Mary’s Health Center security personnel and Richmond Heights police officers that her legs hurt so badly she couldn’t stand. She had already been to two other hospitals that week in September, complaining of leg pain after spraining her ankle. This time, she refused to leave. A police officer arrested Brown for trespassing. He ...

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