This pieces was originally posted on the YWCA USA Blog The racial implications of Trayvon Martin’s death and George Zimmerman’s acquittal are undeniable and are commanding a much-needed response. The public debate thus far has focused on overt racism. I contend, however, that overt racism alone didn’t kill Trayvon Martin. Implicit bias was a key […]
Gender and racial inequality are intertwined in ways the Trayvon Martin case highlighted. Historically, the safety of White women has been used to justify violence against Black men. We must not tolerate it. Justice for Trayvon Martin is a feminist struggle, and White feminists like me must show up in the fight against the murder of young Black men.
The moment I found out about the verdict, the room changed. Temperature, shade, atmosphere. There was a shift in the world and nothing would ever be the same. Except, everything was the same; it was business as usual for the justice system, the mainstream culture and those who defend the status quo. I could remember […]
I wept when the Zimmerman verdict was announced. I sobbed as s a mother weeps when her heart is broken: in loud, uncontrollable, hiccupping hysteria. But let me tell you the truth: I didn’t follow the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman story closely. I couldn’t. You see, I’m the mother of boys. They’re big, threatening, refrigerator-sized boys. […]
Over the past few weeks there has been growing international outrage at the shooting of a young black teenager in Florida by an armed neighborhood watch man. I’m not sure I have much to add to this outrage, because so much has been quite brilliantly written on this by many social media partisans. I’ve done […]