Tag: George Zimmerman

Trayvon Martin’s case opens festering wounds in Chicago

Trayvon Martin’s case opens festering wounds in Chicago
One week to the day that George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the death of Trayvon Martin, I was watching a film with clear parallels to Martin’s story. “Fruitvale Station” is a dramatized version of the shooting death of Oscar Grant by a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit cop on New Year’s... Read more »

Chicago rallies for Trayvon Martin and social justice

Chicago rallies for Trayvon Martin and social justice
A week after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, hundreds of people turned out Saturday afternoon in Chicago to protest the verdict. The plaza in front of the Dirksen Federal Building resonated with shouts for justice for Martin, with marchers holding signs and wearing various shirts donning Martin’s face... Read more »

Post verdict: Marching for Trayvon Martin, slamming criminal justice system

After three weeks of highly sensationalized television coverage and two days of deliberation by a jury with only one person of color, the trial of George Zimmerman, charged in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin came to a close on Saturday night. The verdict: not guilty.  Less than two hours after the verdict was announced,... Read more »

Was it racism? Our top 10 head-scratchers of 2012

Right after televising Gabby Douglas' gold medal victory in the summer Olympics, NBC aired a commercial featuring <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFBHjgpIq7I">a monkey gymnast taking gold on the rings.</a> The <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2183284/Gabby-Douglas-NBC-forced-apologise-ad-features-monkey-doing-gymnastics-right-AFTER-victory.html">network later apologized</a>, citing poor timing and explaining, "No offense was intended."
Every year, we at The Chicago Reporter compile a list of stories we call “head scratchers.” Those incidents that make you scratch your head and think:  “How, in this day and age, can this happen?” It’s probably no surprise that the presidential election makes several appearances in this year’s top 10 list, as well as... Read more »

Race and poverty roundup: George Zimmerman charged; subprime lending is back; Derrick Smith indicted

What’s moving in the world of race and poverty, on Chicago Muckrakers weekly.  The announcement that George Zimmerman will be charged with second degree murder was welcomed by advocates who felt that letting Zimmerman go free, despite there being little question that he had shot Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, was a travesty of justice. Rep. Derrick... Read more »

Race and poverty roundup: Trayvon Martin, 'Hoodies and Hijabs' rallies, IL Senate blocks Crete detention center, and more...,

What’s moving in the world of race and poverty, on Chicago Muckrakers weekly. The killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has set off a debate on race, hoodies, lobbyists, guns, and “Stand Your Ground” legislation around the country, one that has culminated in four seperate rallies in Trayvon’s honor in the past week in... Read more »

Barber Shop Show recap: Can George Zimmerman be brought to justice? What would that justice look like?

Whether the killer of  Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, should be brought to justice has been a mostly uncontested position since the case broke into the national spotlight nearly two weeks ago. But what would true justice really look like? And can what many believe is a deeply flawed criminal justice system serve justice... Read more »

Friday's Barbershop Show: Will Trayvon Martin launch new racial justice movement?

The death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot by a leader of a neighborhood watch group, almost went down in history as another black youth fatally shot, with a killer never brought to justice. But the heartbreaking details of the case – the 17-year-old Florida teenager was holding only a pack of skittles and... Read more »