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Florida Lawmakers Will Review ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

Florida lawmakers have reportedly agreed to review the state’s dangerous Stand Your Ground laws.

Their decisions comes after widespread outcry from community members, celebrities, and political figures; and most notably after weeks of protests from the amazing Dream Defenders.

From Raw Story:

The announcement on Friday by Will Weatherford, the speaker of Florida’s House of Representatives, marked the biggest concession yet by the state’s Republican leaders to protesters’ demands for a top-to-bottom review of the law, which allows people in fear of serious injury to use deadly force to defend themselves rather than retreat.

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Robin & Blues

Dear Robin #Thicke,

Let me begin by congratulating you for having the song of the summer. “Blurred Lines.” Despite the many problems with the lyrics and accompanying video, “Blurred Lines” is a bona fide (Hello, Jon B.) hit. It’s catchy, it exhibits deft use of a sample and your falsetto. It’s being used to sell and publicize everything. Most importantly, it sons “Suit and Tie.”

It’s also the number one song in the country, which is a euphemistic way of saying that white people are watching. That means, of course, that you are at a bit of a crossroads in your career. You’ve gone from being the shaggy-haired bike riding dude singing over a sample of Disco Beethoven to a slick-haired suit-(sans tie)-wearing headliner at the grown and sexy radio station’s annual concert, to being the soundtrack to drunk white girls dancing all up on each other in the club. I’m really happy for you #Thicke, but let me finish.

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Michigan College Issues Apology After President Called Minority Students “Dark Ones”

The President of a small liberal arts college in Michigan has issued an apology after making racially offensive remarks earlier in the week.

Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn referred to minority students as “dark ones” during a subcommittee hearing regarding the adoption of Common Core State Standards.

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Court Rules Officer Who Killed Oscar Grant Can Be Sued

The officer who shot and killed Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day 2009 may face a lawsuit.

Attempts by former BART officer Johannes Mehserle to claim police immunity were unanimously rejected by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Charlie Rangel Says Tea Partiers are Like “White Crackers” Who Opposed Civil Rights

In a recent interview, Rep. Charlie Rangel spoke at length about the Tea Party, comparing them to segregationists in the Jim Crow south.

And he used “white crackers” to describe them.

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T.I. Says If Trayvon Was His Son George Zimmerman Would Be Dead

Rapper T.I. sounded off on the George Zimmerman verdict in a recent interview.

T.I. took his hat off to the poise and class with which Trayvon Martin’s parents have carried themselves through this ordeal.

Because according to T.I., if it had been his son George Zimmerman would be dead.

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Black Unemployment Falls to Year Low of 12.6%

Although it rose in June to 13.7%, the black unemployment rate fell in July to 12.6%, a low for the year:

U.S. employers added 162,000 jobs in July, the fewest since March. The gains were enough to lower the unemployment rate to a 4½ -year low of 7.4 percent, a good sign in an otherwise lackluster report.

The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment fell from 7.6 percent in June as more Americans found jobs.

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If Our Freedom is Criminal, We Must Change the Laws

Original artwork by Taijhet Nyobi

 By Kai M. Green

I remember the night Troy Davis was lynched. I remember the anxiety I felt — the sadness and the worry. And then I remember thinking that I had no right to feel so much. I imagined what Davis and his family must have felt and I wanted to respect and honor that.

Just before the lynching, I went for a jog around my neighborhood in South Los Angeles. I remember running, sprinting, trying to rid myself of all that “so much” that I felt.

I was running towards a freedom of my mind, spirit and body. But my stride was halted when a police car crept up beside me.

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Everything You Need to Know About Trayvon’s Law

A great article in Ebony Magazine delves into the much-talked about Trayvon’s Law; legislation proposed and currently being fought for by the NAACP, the Dream Defenders, and many others.

The law is an impressively comprehensive attempt to protect black and brown youth from the kind of racism and vigilantism that has destroyed and/or claimed the lives of so many of us.

It includes:

  • The Repeal of Stand Your Ground laws
  • An end to racial profiling
  • A mandate for law enforcement data collection on homicide cases involving people of color

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Smithsonian Museum Expresses Interest in Displaying Trayvon Martin’s Hoodie

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has expressed interest in acquiring and displaying the hoodie Trayvon Martin was wearing when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.

Lonnie Bunch – the museum’s director, says the hoodie’s symbolic nature elicits larger questions about race in America.

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