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July 30, 2013
I am appalled though not surprised to see your liberal socialist rag continue to fan the flames of controversy and racial tension by publishing an inflammatory and overly opinionated letter, such as the one in Saturday's "Your Turn" column by Maj. Gen. Leo Williams in which he arrogantly proclaims George Zimmerman to be guilty of murder and describes the incident as a "new lynching" ( "From lynchings to 'Stand Your Ground' killing," July 25)....
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
With the parents of Michael Brown in his congregation, the pastor of a North Baltimore AME church announced an initiative Sunday aimed at educating people about what they can and cannot do - and perhaps more importantly, should and should not do - when stopped by police. "We're bringing the whole community to arm them, not with weapons, but with information," said Jamal-Harrison Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple Church, "so that they'll know what to do when I'm stopped by a police officer; when I am accosted what can I say, and what are my rights.
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NEWS
July 15, 2013
The trial of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin failed in every way. It failed to bring forth anything resembling objective truth about what happened the night Mr. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, decided Mr. Martin looked suspicious and took the law into his hands. It failed to bring anything like closure to a nation that had been horrified by the senseless death of a young man who had done nothing wrong. And it failed most spectacularly to provide any measure of justice.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
Breaking with his past reluctance to tailor policies to specific racial groups, President Barack Obama on Thursday launched a federal program aimed at improving the economic and educational status of young black and Hispanic men. The initiative, which does not require congressional approval, would direct $200 million in foundation money toward programs intended to close the racial achievement gap in schools and reduce the disproportionate unemployment...
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July 22, 2013
Now that the George Zimmerman trial is history, I'd like to make a couple of comments. The entire episode was a horrible tragedy: a young man needlessly lost his life, a mother lost her son. While Mr. Zimmerman was found not guilty of criminal charges, one fact remains: he killed a man, and that is something he will have to live with for the rest of his life. Now I have a question for Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid et. al.: Why is it that the only snuffed out young lives that matter to you are the ones taken by someone with a different skin color?
NEWS
July 23, 2013
What many blacks and liberals will never publicly acknowledge is that Trayvon Martin's death was a consequence of his own criminal conduct ("'Life has got to be of some value,'" July 21). For a multitude of reasons, people make other people angry every day. Yet no one has the right to physically assault someone simply because that someone has said or done something to make him angry. The prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial referred to Mr. Martin as a "child," as if he were seven instead of 17 years old. The national media repeatedly referred to him as an "unarmed teenager," as if a well-built 17-year-old could not possibly harm someone with his fists or by pounding his head onto a concrete sidewalk.
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By Carrie Wells and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
Hundreds of protesters marched through downtown Baltimore on Monday evening to express outrage over the Trayvon Martin case but also to use the teen as a symbol of systemic issues facing the black community in the city and around the country. Several hundred protesters gathered in McKeldin Square next to the Inner Harbor before marching seven blocks to City Hall, shutting down streets during rush-hour traffic. It was the second day of protests in Baltimore after a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in Martin's death after a trial that captured national attention.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Andy Harris, Maryland's sole Republican representative in Congress, is receiving attention for comments he made on WMAL radio Tuesday about last week's verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman. "We're hung up on this one case where this one fellow was in fact found not guilty by a jury," Harris said during the interview. "That's the way the American law system works. Get over it. " Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida, fatally shot Trayvon Martin last year in a case that captured national attention.
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July 22, 2013
In the U.S. we are immersed in a culture of fear, especially since the attacks of Sept. 11. The government's bottom line of all policy is national security. As citizens we are to report seemingly peculiar behavior and scary looking individuals. We lock everything that is possible to lock, including our auto tires. Our houses and yards are fortresses. There are "no-trespassing" signs and lights, alarms, gated communities and vigilante patrols everywhere. We distrust anyone who doesn't dress or look like us. Everything and everyone is suspect.
NEWS
July 16, 2013
Anyone insisting that either George Zimmerman or Trayvon Martin is innocent is wrong ("Martin verdict stirs debate," July 15). Let's start with Mr. Zimmerman carrying a gun. Just because you have a license to carry doesn't mean you should, because you might just end up killing some unarmed guy over a misunderstanding. And don't talk about wild dogs, Mr. Zimmerman was in a truck. If there was a wild dog out, he could've run it over. He wanted the gun because he liked the feeling. And Mr. Martin could have gotten home easily.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2013
After Del. Jolene Ivey told a Baltimore crowd she hopes to be Maryland's first African-American female lieutenant governor, she discussed what it means to be a fair-skinned black woman whose racial heritage is often questioned. Ivey, 51, is the daughter of a white woman who was raised by her black father and stepmother. She said her racial heritage was the "No.1 issue" when she launched her first political campaign in 2006 - repeatedly being asked by voters to "clarify" her racial identity.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2013
The resignation of NAACP President Benjamin Jealous left the nation's most influential advocacy group for equality in search of a new leader at a particularly sensitive time in U.S. race relations, setting off a debate Monday about his potential successor. Jealous announced over the weekend that he will step down in December, sparking a flurry of analysis about his legacy and who could sustain his efforts to expand the group's reach, social media savvy and financial growth. The transition comes as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, headquartered in Baltimore, is working to blunt the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June to invalidate a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Emotions, meanwhile, are still smoldering from last year's shooting death of Trayvon Martin — a case that Jealous repeatedly sought to highlight as an example of injustice against African-Americans.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | August 29, 2013
I have nothing to say about the murder of Christopher Lane. Except this: The killing of this Australian man, allegedly by a group of boys who were bored and could think of nothing better to do, suggests chilling amorality and a sociopathic estrangement from the sacredness of life. The fact that these teenagers were able to get their hands on a gun with which to shoot the 22-year-old student in the back on Aug. 16 as he was jogging in the small Oklahoma town of Duncan leaves me embarrassed for my country -- and thankful I am not the one who has to explain to his country how such a thing can happen.
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By Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2013
A Baltimore County lawmaker said Thursday that he plans to introduce legislation in the General Assembly that would bring to Maryland the “stand your ground” legal doctrine that became a central part of the debate over Florida's Trayvon Martin case. Critics of the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case contend Florida's “stand your ground” law may have helped escalate the conflict when George Zimmerman came across Trayvon, an unarmed 17-year-old African American, while Zimmerman was patrolling his neighborhood.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2013
If Councilman Nick Mosby has his way, Baltimore government would boycott Florida-based businesses in protest to the state's stand-your-ground law after George Zimmerman's acquittal. Mosby intends to file a resolution on Monday to encourage city agencies and investment boards to avoid doing business with companies in the Sunshine State. He hopes that would pressure the legislature there to rethink a law that allows individuals to use lethal force, if necessary, to defend themselves in public places.
NEWS
August 5, 2013
In recent years it has become popular to mock the concept of neighborhood watch. Last summer's Ben Stiller comedy, "The Watch," followed four inept suburban crime watchers as they attempted to save their neighborhood from an alien invasion. The showdown takes place, appropriately enough considering their affluent surroundings, underneath the local Costco. If that wasn't bad enough, George Zimmerman was a local neighborhood watch coordinator and was known to Sanford, Fla. police for his frequent calls reporting suspicious individuals.
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By Leonard Pitts | May 6, 2012
I don't care about George Zimmerman's MySpace page. Granted, it was gratifying to read recently in The Miami Herald about his crude animus toward Mexicans ("soft a-- wannabe thugs") and his reference to a former girlfriend as an "ex-hoe. " Given the way white supremacists and other Zimmerman supporters have exaggerated and manufactured evidence to paint Mr. Zimmerman's unarmed 17-year-old victim, Trayvon Martin, as a thug who somehow deserved shooting, this unflattering portrait offers the same satisfaction one feels any time the goose is basted with sauce that was prepared for the gander.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2012
Baltimore's top cop warned Tuesday against "race-baiting" amid rising tensions across the nation, citing the Trayvon Martin case and cautioning that a video generating outrage on the Internet of a tourist being beaten and stripped in downtown Baltimore does not appear to depict a hate crime. Police CommissionerFrederick H. Bealefeld III, appearing on WBAL's "The C4 Show," said the attack on a 31-year-old white man from Arlington, Va., appears to be nothing beyond "drunken opportunistic criminality.
NEWS
August 1, 2013
Does anyone besides me get irritated at the hypocrisy and race-baiting that is made worse by articles like the one penned by Auset Marion Lewis ("A river of tears for all the Trayvons," July 16)? It belonged in a bad romance novel instead of a theoretically legitimate paper, except the subject was tragic and the interpretation absurd and spurious. I can see her just happen to be walking into a Starbucks that just happened to be playing refrains from Jimmy Cliff, which would make her cry as she reflected on the terrible plight of African-Americans in America at the same time she worries about her hoodied nephew.
NEWS
August 1, 2013
I really identify with the contributor who compared the George Zimmerman verdict to the lynchings of the past ( "The new lynching," July 27). The "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida and other states enables people carrying a gun to be the judge, jury and executioner of anyone who appears to threaten them and to do so "legally. " In the Trayvon Martin case, President Barack Obama got to the heart of the matter when he asked if Trayvon had been of age and carried a gun, would he have been able to "stand his ground" and shoot Mr. Zimmerman if he felt threatened by this one who was following him?
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