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Prosecutor: No grand jury for Trayvon Martin shooting

Florida State Attorney Angela Corey decided Monday morning not to use a grand jury for the Trayvon Martin case, overturning a decision made by her predecessor, according to The Orlando Sentinel. Corey, who was appointed a special prosecutor for the case, overturned the decision made by Norm Wolfinger last month,…

ABL Talks About Trayvon Martin and ‘The Talk’ on BBC News Radio

This afternoon, I spoke briefly with James Coomarasamy of BBC World Service about the implications of “The Talk,” in the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin and the racialization of his murder, as well as the insidious and casual racism of people like John Derbyshire, and those who would…

Bill Cosby: Zimmerman wouldn’t have approach Trayvon without a gun

Legendary comedian Bill Cosby strongly feels that George Zimmerman would not have fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin if laws didn’t allow neighborhood watchmen to carry guns. In an interview published Saturday in The Washington Times, the 74-year-old Cosby expressed his dismay at the controversial incident that has become a major…

If you ask ‘Why don’t women and minorities read about politics?’, you’re asking the wrong question

The following is an argument for diversity in media. If you think diversity is some sort of bullshit, PC-buzzword-y affirmative-action-in-disguise way to keep the white man down, stop reading here and skip to the comments and complain about how difficult your life is and how the feminazis have ruined society…

Poll: Majority of Republicans want media to STFU about Trayvon

According to a recently released poll, a majority of Republicans and many whites want the media to stop talking about Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Florida teen who was gunned down by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. A Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey found that 56 percent…

‘Slacktivism’ in the age of Occupy: Tuning in, signing up and tuning out

Starting last September, thousands of Americans young and old got up from their sofas and headed to various urban (and semi-urban) centers around the country as part of the Occupy Movement. They slept outdoors, risked arrest, learned twinkle-fingers and got visible to make their voices and displeasure with the current…

ABL Talks About Trayvon Martin on the AlterNet Radio Hour with Joshua Holland

Yesterday, I yammered about the Trayvon Martin case on the AlterNet Radio Hour, hosted by Joshua Holland. Actually, I yammered via Skype on Friday, but the show aired yesterday afternoon on We Act Radio in D.C.  I, of course, streamed it on my iPad while tweeting about it, because it’s the…

Biden: Reconsider gun laws after Trayvon Martin killing

Vice President Joe Biden says that he expects a fresh debate over Florida’s “State Your Ground” law, which is being used to defend neighborhood watchmen George Zimmerman after he killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. “I think the governor of Florida was correct and the president was correct in saying we should…

Bill Kristol: Right wing attacks on Trayvon Martin ‘ridiculous’

Conservative columnist Bill Kristol criticized potential smear campaigns on Trayvon Marton from right-wing websites Sunday morning. Appearing on his usual role as a panel guest on Fox News Sunday, Kristol did accuse the media and activists bringing more attention to the incident as those promoting “demagogugery.” But he then chastised…

Harris-Perry gives white people’s guide to talk Trayvon Martin

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry continued her usual comfort in discussing race issues Saturday morning, providing any Caucasian-American with some steps to overcome any fears talking about Trayvon Martin. The Tulane professor, whose mother is white, was inspired to do her segment after watching Jon Stewart’s reaction to mentioning Martin’s story…

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