All posts in tag: Trayvon Martin

john powell Trayvon Martin: A fair trial in the face of segregation?

Much has been written and discussed concerning George Zimmerman and the killing of Trayvon Martin.  Not enough has been done, and there is some doubt that much will be done.  Some even argue that nothing should be done.  I believe there is a pressing need not only to continue the … More >

Stephen Menendian It’s not George Zimmerman, it’s the system

Like many Americans, I was deeply – viscerally – disappointed in the Florida jury’s verdict to acquit George Zimmerman. While I can understand how a jury might have at least a sliver of reasonable doubt about Zimmerman’s guilt, since the only other eyewitness to the fight is dead, I am … More >

Gibor Basri On the Zimmerman verdict and a personal encounter in Florida

Some of you know me as a professor of astrophysics, and more of you know me as UC Berkeley’s Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion. Since my photo goes with the blog, you also know that I’m older (over 60) with short grey hair, and black. I am motivated to … More >

Jonathan Simon Race and reasonable doubt: Notes from the Sanford, Fla. verdict

The official media narrative is in.  The acquittal of wanna-bee neighborhood guardian George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin reflects the impenetrable wall that the law and the trial judge set up between the narrow legal questions of culpability and the broad social issues that had animated passions … More >

Jonathan Simon Gated nightmares

It has all the feel of a Twilight Zone episode, only in a setting that is unmistakably contemporary.  The nightmare is framed by this setting, a house in a gated community.  It could be a very posh house, like the one where Oscar Pistorious lived and admits he shot to … More >

Jonathan Simon Whose public safety? Trayvon Martin and Neighborhood Watch

The killing of teenager Trayvon Martin earlier this month, in Sanford Florida, has inflamed classic concerns about racism and criminal justice (especially in the South) as well as well as criticism of Florida’s “stand your ground law”; a gun rights law that has expanded the circumstances under which self defense … More >

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