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February 12th, 2014
thesmithian

'…American athletics, in basketball and football, depend on young black men for their bread and butter. Yet, these organizations from the NCAA on up feel no responsibility to create contexts free from racial assault in which these players can play. Not only that, but they demand that black folks “grin and bear it,” when mistreated. White people are not without power in this situation. What might it have looked like for Marcus Smart’s coach to come out not only to testify about Smart being a stand-up guy but also to condemn the grown-ass man who viciously taunted him?'

…That is what support for the players who make your job possible looks like. That is what it means for white folks to confront racism. Marcus Smart is the same age as Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis would have been if they had both reached their 19th birthdays this month. These young men, all born at the end of the 20th century, share at least one major sensibility in common. They did not automatically offer deference in the face of white audacity. They met disrespect with disrespect, which in my estimation is the supreme litmus test for whether America deserves its post-racial bona fides. 

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December 15th, 2013
thesmithian

Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, said they intended to write a book that gives the full picture of their son while tracing their own experience of shock and sorrow.

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November 19th, 2013
thesmithian

'…it may well be that Zimmerman is yet another victim of the nefarious forces of black privilege. That he is helpless against the hordes of hyper-violent blacks, crazed women and the machinations of Eric Holder. That George Zimmerman continuing to live armed is evidence of sane public policy and a polite society.'

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August 28th, 2013
thesmithian
All the entertainers, it is time for us to stand up now and renew this dream.

Jamie Foxx, speaking in Washington DC today. He named

Will Smith, Jay Z, Kerry Washington, Kanye West and others…who should lead a call to action. Diverting from his prepared remarks, Foxx cited the Trayvon Martin case as well as the Newtown massacre as giving him inspiration to speak out.

August 25th, 2013
thesmithian

In a…PSA, audio from 911 calls made on the night of Trayvon Martin’s death are used to protest stand-your-ground…laws…

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August 11th, 2013
thesmithian

"…using classical music to explore innocence is how I connected the Trayvon Martin case…because globally and around the United States, the outrage of young people as well as people who have lived through racism and segregation over the years and have seen this type of thing happen time and time again. It’s personally a deepening, saddening, hardening feeling of hopelessness. So I incorporated that in the last sections of the piece…" —Lula Washington

"…using classical music to explore innocence is how I connected the Trayvon Martin case…because globally and around the United States, the outrage of young people as well as people who have lived through racism and segregation over the years and have seen this type of thing happen time and time again. It’s personally a deepening, saddening, hardening feeling of hopelessness. So I incorporated that in the last sections of the piece…" —Lula Washington

July 26th, 2013
thesmithian

The President’s Trayvon talk, and its generally positive response, represents the narrowing of the gap between the public and private Obama. The caution that grew out of his status as the first black President, which one close aide described to me as “the President’s inability to swing at certain pitches” before being reëlected, made it harder to confront social issues that have engaged him deeply since he was a young man.

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art: painting by Rodney Jackson

July 25th, 2013
thesmithian

"He was being chased. He was being chased and fought back. You know, he may have won, that doesn’t mean he’s a criminal—he won. If you try to attack me and I defend myself, how can I be in the wrong? How is that right? This guy went to get some Skittles and go back and watch the All-Star game. He had plans… he had no intention of robbing anyone’s home…We all know it was wrong. It was wrong. [Zimmerman is] not a professional…A professional law enforcement officer is taught not to profile. This guy’s a novice. This guy’s a f—king mall cop."

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter to Elliott Wilson from Rap Radar

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July 21st, 2013
thesmithian

Both boys…were in unknown territory, visiting family members. Both had purchased candy (Till bought gum, Martin purchased Skittles) before they met their deaths. Both were unarmed. Their killers had easy access to guns. The defendants in both cases depended on voluntary contributions to pay for their legal defenses. Both trials were media circuses. The juries in both cases took little time to acquit the killers Till’s murder in 1955 galvanized the nation and helped catalyze the civil rights movement. Trayvon Martin’s death, and George Zimmerman’s acquittal, have sparked protests around the country. But will these protests coalesce into a sustained movement for racial justice?

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July 21st, 2013
thesmithian

Dinalynn Andrews Potter of Barstow, apparently yelled, “It’s all your fault” before shoving 73-year-old Lester Chambers…Chambers [of the Chambers Brothers] was performing at the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival…when…he dedicated Curtis Mayfield’s hit “People Get Ready” to Trayvon Martin…

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July 21st, 2013
thesmithian

aintnojigga:

Jay-Z wipes sweat (or is it a tear?) from his face at the rally for Trayvon Martin in New York on Saturday.

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