Reading Time: 2 minutes The killing of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman triggered a wave of discontent among African-Americans that ultimately became the Black Lives Matter movement. It also sparked debate on Stand Your Ground laws. But has anything changed five years later?
Reading Time: 4 minutes In the real world, it was apparent that race was the key to George Zimmerman’s snap judgment that Trayvon Martin was up to no good, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist E.R. Shipp writes exclusively for WhoWhatWhy. Yet racism was the elephant in the courtroom as the prosecutor “tiptoed –past those thorns.” With a case hampered by slow-footed policing and an overaggressive charge, the state’s failure seemed inevitable. And with no moral resolution to the troubling case, Americans are left with fresh hollow echoes of “No justice, no peace!”
Reading Time: 5 minutes Reformers have had a victory over the corruption-spreading business group ALEC by pivoting off anger from the Trayvon Martin case—but the deeper rot perpetrated by ALEC remains the big issue.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The death of Trayvon Martin is a tragedy. But what do we actually do about it? And what else is getting ignored while we and the media focus all of our attention on one powerfully emotional case after another?