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Don’t miss Mychal Denzel Smith talking race relations on CSPAN

Among the long list of things racism has completely ruined, I’ll admit that using the word “articulate” as a compliment for black men ranks pretty low in significance. Still, this clip featuring Feministing’s own Mychal Denzel Smith talking race relations on CSPAN alongside Armstrong Williams and host Steve Scully makes me regret the word’s popularity among a certain kind of insidious hater, because, as I think you’ll see, Smith embodies it perfectly. Here he is, putting into words the anger, indignance, and disbelief that so many of us are feeling in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict:

“Looking at the verdict, what happened was, to my mind, a lack of respect for black life. Trayvon Martin was put on trial during what ...

Among the long list of things racism has completely ruined, I’ll admit that using the word “articulate” as a compliment for black men ranks pretty low in significance. Still, this clip featuring Feministing’s own Mychal Denzel Smith talking race ...

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Here’s the full transcript of Obama’s Friday remarks on Trayvon Martin.

Martin’s parents released a statement in response to the President’s speech.

Putting casual racism on trial.

The Crunk Feminist Collective: “Processing ...

Dream Defenders take Florida Capitol, meet with Gov. Scott

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal, the Dream Defenders–a student collective of young people of color–has taken to the Florida Capitol. The group began their occupation on Tuesday, demanding the passage of the Trayvon Martin Act. According to Colorlines, “the bill would address racial profiling, ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws and school-to-prison pipeline issues  — ‘the three pillars that led to George Zimmerman getting away with killing Trayvon Martin,’ said Dream Defender Philip Agnew on a media call.”

Despite Scott’s stated refusal to reverse “Stand Your Ground,” the Governor agreed to meet with protesters after they took over his office. The Dreamers won’t be backing down anytime soon, though: in a ...

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal, the Dream Defenders–a student collective of young people of color–has taken to the Florida Capitol. The group began their occupation on Tuesday, demanding the passage of ...

#BlackTwitter blocks the worst book you’ll never read

You may not be on Twitter as much as some of us, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t point you to the ever so awesome groundswell of hive minded socially conscious action with twerk that is #BlackTwitter. (Yeah, I said it.) And Monday night, the world witnessed Genie Lauren (@moreandagain) galvanize #BlackTwitter to block a book deal for Juror B37 from the George Zimmerman Trial. Lauren searched for the name of the literary agent who was representing Juror B37, tweeted her name to her followers, created a Change.org petition and within hours, the deal was dead.

Boom.

We’re not new to this rodeo. Just weeks before #BlackTwitter clowned Paula Deen so hard after a ...

You may not be on Twitter as much as some of us, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t point you to the ever so awesome groundswell of hive minded socially conscious action with twerk that ...

"we are all Trayvon" with chalf outline

I am not Trayvon Martin

In the immediate aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s murder, the “I am Trayvon Martinmemes proliferated–and have popped up again after the verdict. As a rhetorical move, it can be a powerful one. The image of the Miami Heat posing in their hoodies or the President saying, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon” is a way of lifting way Martin’s story out the particular–holding it up as a symbol of something bigger, tying it to the racial history of our society, and weaving it into our hearts. “I am Trayvon Martin” is a way of saying “This is about us all.”

When white folks adopt that stance, though, it’s…different. I’m ...

In the immediate aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s murder, the “I am Trayvon Martinmemes proliferated–and have popped up again after the verdict. As a rhetorical move, it can be a ...

Photo(s) of the Day: The country stands with Trayvon Martin

Though we’re still heartbroken and enraged by the Trayvon Martin verdict, the huge and widespread protests that sprang up across the country–from Manhattan to Milwaukee to Los Angeles–last night are an inspiring thing to behold. As the sign in the image above says, “This isn’t over.” Check out more photos here and here and here.

And if you haven’t already, read some of the amazing commentary and reflection in yesterday’s roundup.

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Though we’re still heartbroken and enraged by the Trayvon Martin verdict, the huge and widespread protests that sprang up across the country–from Manhattan to Milwaukee to Los Angeles–last night are an inspiring thing to behold. ...

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Weekly Feminist Reader: Hoodies Up

A list of events and rallies across the country.

“Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY.”

The NAACP is calling on the DOJ to file civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

The Trayvon Martin Foundation.

Blood on the leaves.

“Stand your ground” increases racial bias in “justifiable homicide trials.”

White supremacy, meet Black rage.

Open season on Black boys.

The Zimmerman jury told young Black men what they already know.

An open love letter to a Black son.

Some thoughts on mercy.

“The fundamental danger of an acquittal is not more riots, it is more George Zimmermans.”

Mychal 

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”

Today, closing arguments by the prosecution for the Zimmerman trial have begun.

And I’m going to be honest with you, I’m not optimistic about the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial. I’ve watched the proceedings at a comfortable distance for the past two weeks and followed some smart observations from Mychal, Jelani Cobb, and Jonathan Capehart. Prior to the trial’s start, I had an opportunity to discuss some of my reservations with Zerlina on Sirius XM’s “The Urban View.” My principle concerns then, as it is now, are closing arguments and jury instruction.

Real talk: if you ever get a jury summons, do not begrudge the opportunity. If you’re (un)fortunate enough to get ...

Today, closing arguments by the prosecution for the Zimmerman trial have begun.

And I’m going to be honest with you, I’m not optimistic about the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial. I’ve watched the proceedings ...

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