How do we explain Trayvon to our children?

A jury has spoken, yes. But when it comes to the socio-historical impact of this case, it is insufficient to limit one's mental scope to this alone.

When a person with a firearm decides to detain you, it's more than an inconvenience — it takes up your time, it abuses your civil rights, AND, it puts you in jeopardy of something going terribly, terribly wrong. Those who delight in the fact that this happens frequently to people of color are clinging to a false sense of superiority that belongs to another century. If you love America, love its people, all of them. If you love America, love its ideals, including equal justice under law. Racial profiling denies our fellow Americans of equal justice under law.

However well the lawyers argued the case, however fairly the media dramatized and advertised it, we must come to terms with the simple fact that a child is dead because of how he was misperceived. Can the trial, and its verdict, help America learn to change our perceptions of African American men? Can it change what we see? For how many generations will African American families need to explain to their children what this man contemplates explaining to his nephew?

Comments above were in response to comments on the Coffee Party Facebook page, and remarks this morning by President Obama. 

The Middle Ground takes on the George Zimmerman verdict on Coffee Party Radio:

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Read Michael Charney's blog about the verdict then listen to us discuss the case for the first time LIVE on Coffee Party Radio.

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commented 2013-07-20 11:11:32 -0400 · Flag
Enlightening and depressing at the same time.

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