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There was always a silent amalgamation of fear and wonder for my skin, which I became used to. White people were usually shocked that I was wherever they were. This was especially true when I occupied the same space that insinuated we were equals; their faces were beyond their control in asking, “How did you make it here?”


Stories to Watch: 2/27/13.

A statue of civil rights hero Rosa Parks is installed in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall, the first African-American woman ever to be honored there. “This is kind of a super woman in a way in Clark Kent’s clothing,” said sculptor Eugene Daub. “She’s this courageous warrior for racial injustice and yet she sits quietly in mid-century dress and is looking, for all intents and purposes, as an average American citizen.” That this happened on the very day the Supreme Court considers striking down the Voting Rights Act should be lost on no one. The right may believe the civil rights era is over, but the wiser among us know that the fight for civil rights is never over. There’s still a long way to go and what’s been gained must be defended, because — as the Supreme Court is currently reminding us — what’s been gained can be lost.

In the case involving the aforementioned Voting Rights Act, Chief Justice John Roberts asks the dumbest question ever. Of course, I’m being hyperbolic. It was actually the second-dumbest question ever.

House Republicans quietly cave on renewing and expanding the Violence Against Women Act. This whole War on Women thing is really going very badly for them, as much as they refuse to stop fighting it. Of course, there are still VAWA holdouts. You’ll be shocked to learn they’re all Republican and all men.

A hilarious item from Right Wing Watch: “Sarah Palin writes that ‘the feds are stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest’ after we go into default… and then calls on politicians to ‘stop the hysterics.’” I’m almost going to miss her. Almost.

A last ditch effort from the White House to avoid sequester.

The latest brilliant wingnut idea: force every citizen to join a militia to fight against gun control. Somehow this is about liberty. Can’t really see how, though.

The Milwaukee police chief (not to be confused with the insane Milwaukee County Sheriff) schools Lindsey Graham on background checks and leaves the senator looking like the grandstanding jackass he is.

The AP reports that a Dept. Homeland Security official has resigned in protest over the release of low-priority immigration detainees. This report is wrong. The guy announced his retirement weeks ago and he’s not leaving until the end of April. Still, expect the uncorrected version of the story to run rampant through the rightwing blogosphere.

Did the GOP just lose any hope of wining an Iowa Senate seat currently held by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin? At the very least, their odds just took a hit. From another perspective, the biggest loser here may be Karl Rove.

Gun regulation isn’t about theories or concepts or kneejerk ideological principles, gun regulation is about people — as a poignant moment in a Senate hearing reminds us.

It’s official, Mitch McConnell is completely gutless. Senate GOP leadership are said to be considering a bill that would avert sequester by requiring the White House to list $85 billion in spending cuts of the president’s choosing. In other words, after demanding spending cuts since the day Obama arrived in town, McConnell doesn’t want to take responsibility for those cuts, because he knows they’d be deeply unpopular, no matter what they were. Don’t expect Pres. Obama to fall on his sword for Republicans. If you don’t have the guts to own the cuts you demand, stop demanding them.

It’s been one year since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.

Finally, Sen. Jeff Sessions goes to ridiculous lengths to cook up an absurd lie about Obamacare. Oddly, the lie is to no one’s advantage. It’s pointless.

[photo via Reuters]


Rest In Peace, Trayvon Benjamin Martin

(February 5, 1995 - February 26, 2012)

Rest in peace, dear young man.

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One year ago today, Trayvon Martin was killed. Please share.


Read what’s happened in the Trayvon Martin case since you stopped paying attention.

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Three distinct yet entwined themes are twisted in my thoughts this morning. The first thread is Newtown and the immense sadness and outpouring of grief for those lost in our latest national tragedy and shame. The second is the stark reality that every day some young black or brown child will die mourned by only a few, and not as part of a national paroxysm of grief and outrage, but simply missed by family and school friends. They will be, however, equally dead. The third is about fear, and in many ways it is the thread that ties in the other two.  

Chris Smith

Armed citizens would not be able to automatically cite “stand your ground” protections if they provoke or pursue their assailants following confrontations, under a measure filed Wednesday by the Senate Democratic leader.

Responding to the death earlier this year of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old who was shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer, Minority Leader Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, introduced a bill (SB 136) that would also allow law enforcement officers to arrest suspects who invoke the state’s controversial stand-your-ground law under questionable circumstances.

“These common-sense changes are not about taking away gun rights from Floridians,” Smith said in a statement. “It’s about stemming the culture of violence in our society by putting responsibility for the consequences back into the hands of gun users, and anyone who deploys deadly force under stand-your-ground.”

Existing law prohibits authorities from arresting stand-your-ground defendants unless there is probable cause to believe their actions were unlawful. The law is also unclear, Smith says, on whether someone can invoke the stand-your-ground law when they pursue their assailant.

Smith’s bill, which is likely to face an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Legislature, would require the state to set up a database to investigate the use of stand-your-ground defenses, which have come under increased scrutiny following Martin’s death.

"Whenever a black kid gets shot …… none of these gun nuts and Second Amendment freaks ever say, “He should have been armed.”

Ever notice that?”



A Florida judge on Tuesday denied a request from accused murderer George Zimmerman to let him remove his GPS monitoring device and travel freely in the state pending his trial next June in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman, 29, has been confined to Seminole County under a $1 million bond since July, when a judge concluded that he had presented false information about his assets and was a flight risk.

Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, who is charged with perjury for allegedly lying to the judge about the couple’s finances, live in hiding and “in fear of violence,” according to a 74-page motion filed by his lawyer, Mark O’Mara.

READ ON: Florida judge keeps GPS monitor on Trayvon Martin’s killer


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Truly disgusting.




Bust out your scrapbook because you could soon be in possession of the autograph of George Zimmerman, the man who shot down teenager Trayvon Martin for being black and carrying his Skittles. Jesus. Well, you might as well buy two because one day they might be collector’s items.IN HELL.

Zimmerman announced the desperate grasp for cash onhis website, stating that his defense fund — which at one point had over $140,000 — is now down to under 15k. Defending a murderer is costly work! Oh wait, no,according to Miami New Times, it’s way shadier than all that:

The accused murderer landed in seriously hot water over the defense fund in April, when a judge first learned of its existence during a bond hearing. By then, Zimmerman had already burned through $36,000 — much of which was raised after a sympathetic hearing on Sean Hannity’s Fox News Show — to pay off credit cards and cell phone bills.

The judge ordered Zimmerman taken off house arrest and held on $1 million bond; his wife also faced perjury charges.

Now, Zimmerman promises the fund will be “independently managed,” and that the cash will go first to his living expenses, then to his defense costs, with only any leftover money going to his lawyers.

I totally believe him. Absolutely.

Best part about this whole thing is that when you buy the autograph make a donation, they’ll mail it to you in an unmarked envelope. You know, like child porn.

There are not words.

i’m just mad that people are going to line up to buy that shit

White Privilege is being able to profit off the murder of a young black boy

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This is just heartbreaking. As if “stand your ground” wasn’t bad enough.

Hoskins and three other employees of Raynell Industries, a green technology firm, were attending a lunch at Reynolds’ home near Ward, Arkansas. According to Ben Crump, a lawyer for Hoskins’ mother and his widow, the family was told that at some point during the lunch, Reynolds allegedly produced a 44 Magnum Desert Eagle pistol, pointed it at Hoskins, and pulled the trigger, fatally wounding his young employee in the jaw.

“For whatever reason, he pointed the gun at the only African-American guy at the table,” Crump told theGrio, adding that two weeks later, Reynolds has still not been arrested.

“Ernest was the only man in his family,” Crump said. “His mother has two daughters, his father died” years earlier.

“In any jurisdiction in the world, even in Arkansas, this should have resulted in arrest,” Crump said.

Hoskins’ widow, Nikkisha, 25, who goes by Nikki is an Army specialist based at Camp Robinson, near Little Rock. She and Hoskins had wed privately in July, and were planning a big wedding ceremony for extended family and friends in December, with a pre-wedding party planned for November 17th.

“Instead, the guests for that wedding party attended a funeral,” Crump said. “And Nikki has got a wedding dress that she’s never gonna get to wear.”

Crump added that the shooting took place just before Veterans Day, “with Nikki serving in the U.S. Army.”

One term more! Broadway and musical theatre performers Sean Smith, David Burnham, Kim Huber, Christina Saffran Ashford, Damon Kirsche, David Engel, Jennifer Shelton, Emma Ashford, Matthew Ashford, Ali B. Olmo, Johnny Pastor, Bubba Dean Rambo, William Martinez, Flora Rubenhold, Takako Gregg, Teri Yates, Mason Keane, and Paula Keane sing from their heart with the lyrics of Don DeMesquita, in a parody of One Day More from “Les Miserables”. For more info and facts, go to



Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin. By Dareece Jordan Walker

Wow. The arm around the shoulder is beautiful.

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