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Trayvon Martin – Lessons Learned

Trayvon Martin

There are multiple lessons to be learned from the Trayvon Martin – George Zimmerman trial.

  • In spite of the Supreme Court’s decision on voting rights, it is clear that race continues to play a major role in American society
  • If this crime had happened 20 or 30 years ago, there would not have been a trial. There wouldn’t have been an arrest. So, I guess this is progress.
  • It is important for us to understand what truly happened in Sanford, Florida. If we sit back and look at the role that the police played, the role that our justice system played, it is clear that the life of Trayvon Martin was/is undervalued in our society. A young black man is dead. He was unarmed. He was minding his own business. Somehow, Trayvon Martin became the aggressor and George Zimmerman, the man with the gun, became the victim.
  • Sanford, Florida has a population of around 50,000. Thirty percent of the population of Sanford is Black. How is it that there wasn’t one Black in the jury? Not one. There is a 20% Hispanic population. There was one Hispanic juror. There wasn’t a Black lawyer in the courtroom, nor a minority judge. What are the odds?
  • I find it extremely curious that one of the most-watched trials in years concluded on a Saturday evening, when media scrutiny is probably at its lowest point in the week.
  • For some reason, a lot of people thought, knew, that there was going to be not just a little violence, but a lot of violence in Black neighborhoods if George Zimmerman was found not guilty.
  • I wish that I had something new or insightful to say about this trial and this verdict. I really don’t.
  • I’m hopeful that the progressive movement can come together to elect truly progressive candidates who can change laws and make this a much fairer society.

I really don’t have much more to say.

By |2013-07-16T21:33:10-04:00July 15th, 2013|Legal, Race|9 Comments

What's going on – Evening News Roundup

Saturday Evening News Roundup

  • 100,000 people showed up to see Barack Obama in St. Louis today. That’s a staggering number of people, yet daily tracking polls show the race narrowing over the last few days. This ain’t over until the fat lady has counted all of the ballots.
  • The McCain campaign continues its relentless assault on Barack Obama and the community activist group ACORN. Despite the fact it has been proven that ACORN did not commit voter fraud and that there are virtually no links to the Obama campaign. Let’s face it. Reality has never stopped John McCain and Sarah Palin before. There is a nice, thoughtful editorial in the New York Times covering ACORN.
  • The New York Times has a series of five or six articles titled “The Reckoning”. These articles try to describe how we got in his financial meltdown. As I’ve said before, there is no one culprit. Both Republicans and Democrats can be blamed for being asleep at the wheel. In this latest installment, Peter Goodman takes another look at the Alan Greenspan legacy. Specifically, Goodman examines Alan Greenspan and derivatives. I don’t understand much about derivatives, but when George Soros and Warren Buffett both avoid this investment tool I believe that says something.
  • John McCain mentioned in the last debate that he was proud of his connection with G. Gordon Liddy. Really? Wasn’t Liddy the one who tried to circumvent the Constitution and destroy our government? Wasn’t he, in truth, planning an assassination?
  • Michele Bachmann (a Republican from MN) said some pretty remarkably racist things (crazy) on “Hardball” yesterday…
  • Scrutiny Hooligans, a fabulous local blog, has done the legwork and put together a voter’s guide for Progressives.
  • If you are looking to get involved in the final days of the campaign here in Asheville, North Carolina, there’s no better organization to assist than the Buncombe County Democrats.
  • Barack Obama picked up another major newspaper endorsement today — the Miami Herald.
  • Real Plumbers seem to be backing Barack Obama.
By |2008-10-18T21:16:49-04:00October 18th, 2008|Domestic Issues, Election 2008|Comments Off on What's going on – Evening News Roundup

Chief Justice Rehnquist

Just as it looks that the news from New Orleans is getting better, Justice William Rehnquist dies. This opens a second spot on the high court. He was clearly a man who served his country well. He was dedicated. He worked up until a couple of days ago. He was originally appointed by Reagan then elevated to Chief Justice by Bush (41). I’m deeply saddened by his passing. I’m afraid that Roberts will look like a bleeding heart liberal compared to whomever Bush picks to replace Rehnquist.


Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who quietly advanced the conservative ideology of the Supreme Court under his leadership, died Saturday evening. He was 80.

The justice, diagnosed with thyroid cancer, had a tracheotomy and received chemotherapy and radiation as part of his treatment.

Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Rehnquist had “continued to perform his duties on the Court until a precipitous decline in his health the last couple of days.”

Then with his three children beside him, the justice died at his suburban Virginia home, a court spokeswoman said. (more…)

By |2005-09-04T02:11:20-04:00September 4th, 2005|Domestic Issues, Economy, Supreme court|Comments Off on Chief Justice Rehnquist
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