September 8, 2013 |
NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, who has led the nation's oldest civil rights organization for the last five years, announced Sunday that he would step down in December. Jealous, whose term as president and chief executive of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People concludes Dec. 31, said in a statement released by the NAACP that he would pursue opportunities in higher education and spend more time with his family. "I am proud to leave the association financially sound, sustainable, focused and more powerful than ever," Jealous said.
September 6, 2013 |
After George Zimmerman's acquittal on the charge of murdering Trayvon Martin, CNN's Piers Morgan asked Rachel Jeantel, Martin's friend, about something she had said on the witness stand. Jeantel had testified that Martin had told her over the phone that “the nigga is behind me” -- a reference to Zimmerman. Jeantel told Martin that there was a difference between “nigga” -- a slang term she said could be applied to a male of any race -- and the “N-word” that ends with an R. Jeantel explained that the distinction dated back to the year 2000, when “they changed it around.” But here's the problem.
September 5, 2013 |
After standing by her man, Shellie Zimmerman is striking out on her own: She has filed divorce from her husband, George Zimmerman, her attorney told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. The pair have had trouble staying out of the headlines following George Zimmerman's July acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin. He's since reportedly visited the factory that made the gun he used to shoot Martin and has been pulled over twice for speeding, most recently Tuesday in Lake Mary, Fla. Last week, Shellie Zimmerman, 26, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor perjury for lying to a judge about the strength of the couple's finances as the judge was setting bail for George Zimmerman.
August 28, 2013
SANFORD, Fla. - George Zimmerman's wife pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing after her husband's arrest. She was sentenced to a year's probation and 100 hours of community service. Shellie Zimmerman, 26, had been charged with felony perjury after she lied about the couple's assets during a bail hearing following her husband's arrest for the fatal 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted last month of second-degree murder.
August 25, 2013 |
In the name of Trayvon Martin, just Americans must rise up and stop this monstrous domestic brutality motivated by bias and bigotry, justified by fear, a vigilante violence that has claimed too many lives to count: Like 19-year-old Michael Donald, kidnapped at random and beaten to death in Mobile, Alabama, on March 20th 1981, courtesy of the Ku Klux Klan. Like 20-year-old, mentally disabled Melvin Eugene Hair who succumbed to a carotid chokehold by a Tampa, Florida police officer on February 20th 1987.
August 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Martin Luther King III, son of the slain civil rights leader, called on tens of thousands gathered on the National Mall on Saturday to carry forth his father's vision into the future. "This is not the time for nostalgic commemoration," King said at a rally marking the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. "This is not the time for self-congratulatory celebration .... The fight must continue," King said from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where his father delivered his landmark “I Have a Dream” speech.
August 24, 2013 |
Once again a crime has become a flash-point in the ongoing examination of the role of race and age in contemporary American society. The victim this time was Delbert Belton, an 88-year-old World War II veteran who police say was beaten to death by two teenagers as he sat in his car outside an Eagles Lodge in Spokane, Wash. On Thursday, news of Belton's death the day before had reached a few corners of the Internet. By Friday, the tragedy had struck a national chord. Drudge Report carried the the story at the top of its page.
August 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Deborah Miles was just 16 when her father brought her to the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago to see the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speak at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. "My father said it was like the arms of Lincoln's statue were embracing" King, Miles said. "You knew this was history in the making. " Half a century later, Miles was among tens of thousands of people who came to the National Mall once again to hear leaders and activists speak from the steps of the memorial.
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August 23, 2013 |
Marsha Jones Shoushtari went back to work on Tuesday, two weeks after her youngest child, her only son, died after being shot on Crenshaw Boulevard. But she can't escape the unfinished business that homicides entail. On Tuesday, police visited her office to return her son's cellphone, the "effects" of an 18-year-old. On Wednesday, she and husband Manochehr visited the cemetery to arrange for their son's burial; the coroner had just released the body. Interactive map and database: The Homicide Report Through it all, some part of her is trying to believe this might not be real.
August 22, 2013 |
Christopher Lane was Australian. But his death in Oklahoma -- allegedly at the hands of three "bored" teenagers -- has become entangled in uncomfortable conversations and innuendo about race in the U.S. And nothing about the debate, of course, has been simple. Take one announcement issued Thursday: A Los Angeles commentator and radio host urged civil rights leaders to condemn the shooting of Lane, a white man, after it was revealed that one of the suspects, who is black, had previously tweeted that he hated white people.