Patricia Williams, James L. Dohr Professor at Columbia University Law School, offered this cogent analysis of the killing of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman in The Guardian.
Zimmerman’s exoneration may be compared to the sad condition of Marissa Alexander, the Florida mother who “stood her ground” by firing a warning shot into the ceiling to deter her husband from physically abusing her—and was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.
As the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream Speech” approaches, it is sobering to contemplate the possibility that the freedom interracial families enjoy merely to exist may not be matched by the freedom of African-Americans to flourish and build lives without fear.
Is the safety of our children really to be limited by the notion that we may only enjoy–as an old friend of mine ironically put it recently–“one right at a time?”
- The killing of Trayvon Martin is a return to business as usual | Patricia Williams (guardian.co.uk)
- Trayvon Martin, another of so many black men killed in my lifetime | Alice Walker (guardian.co.uk)
- White Racist Confesses: ‘I Killed Trayvon Martin’ [ESSAY] (newsone.com)
- Trayvon Martin And The Irony Of American Justice – Ta-Nehisi Coates – The Atlantic (theatlantic.com)
- Geraldo: Female jurors ‘would have shot and killed Trayvon’ before Zimmerman (washingtontimes.com)
- Zimmerman Trial Update (wnyc.org)
- Juror says ‘no way’ they could convict George Zimmerman of killing Trayvon Martin (metro.co.uk)
- George Zimmerman’s family getting death threats (nydailynews.com)
- Open Essay: White Racist Confesses: ‘I Killed Trayvon Martin’ (eurweb.com)