Today a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder. It is widely argued that Florida’s stand your ground statute, which was considered by the defense, and which Zimmerman previously studied in a criminal litigation course, was at play. The statute allows people to use proportionate force in the face of an attack without first trying to […]
Tag: race and politics
The Supreme Court struck down a fundamental civil rights section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, this past Tuesday, June 25. Section 4 determines which states must gain federal permission before they alter any of their voting laws. It was specifically created to protect the voting right’s of African- Americans in the South. The passing of the […]
What’s a person? It seems like it should be obvious who is a person and who is not. Show a five year old some pictures: a white baby, an African American woman, a document of incorporation, a couple of magnified cells, a dog – and ask her to identify the people among them. She’d probably […]
The course of my life changed when I met Mrs. C. She has quite possibly been one of the most influential forces in my life. Mrs. C served as an example for me and for countless women and men across the country, simply because she spent the sum of her life working to be and […]
Over the past decade, Jeff Cruz has worked has worked on campaigns in more than a dozen states and has served as a policy advisor to Members of Congress and as an associate director in the White House.
Leticia Miranda is the associate director of the Economic and Employment Policy Project at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. The Economic and Employment Policy Project provides NCLR’s perspective on employment, energy, retirement, and poverty policy at the federal level.
Charles Ellison has a show on Sirius XM, “The New School” that focuses on the hot political topics of the week. He is also the Washington Correspondent for the Philadelphia Tribune. He discusses the current power shifts in the house and senate as well as the chances of a Republican takeover of the majority and […]
Dr. Charles Ogletreee talks about his new book, ” Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr” and how the criminal justice system unfairly discriminates not only against African Americans and Latinos, but also Muslims and other people of color. He also addresses how some current laws are actually promoting racial profiling in […]