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Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 3

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In the wake of George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict this past weekend, I wanted to gather a group of parents to discuss the jury decision as well as the larger impact of Trayvon Martin’s murder. I especially wanted to hear from fellow mothers of boys, in hopes of fostering dialogue about how we as mothers can move forward given what happened. I gathered an incredible group of women and over the next couple of days, I welcome you to read our conversation. Part one of our conversation ran on Wednesdaypart two ran yesterday, and this piece is the conclusion.

The participants:

  • Jamila Bey hosts the radio program, “The Sex Politics And Religion Hour: SPAR with Jamila.” The show can be heard in NYC, DC, Miami and Chicago and online. Find her on Twitter.
  • Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser is a writer living in Western Massachusetts. Find her on Twitter.
  • Carolyn Edgar is a lawyer, writer and single mother of two who publishes the blog CarolynEdgar.com. Her work has been featured in a variety of outlets, including Huffington Post and CNN.com. Follow her on Twitter.
  • Denene Millner is a New York Times-bestselling author of 21 books and the founder and editor of MyBrownBaby.com, a blog that measures the intersection parenting and race.
  • Shay Stewart-Bouley is a non-profit administrator, freelance columnist who writes on issues relating to diversity for the Portland Phoenix, and blogger at BlackGirlInMaine.com where she muses on race, motherhood and middle age.

Read on, after the jump: Keep reading »

Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 2

Racial Politics
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Racial politics in America need a good, hard look. Read More »
Rachel Jeantel Speaks Out
Rachel Jeantel on CNN witness for Trayvon Martin murder
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... you can take in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict. Read More »
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In the wake of George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict this past weekend, I wanted to gather a group of parents to discuss the jury decision as well as the larger impact of Trayvon Martin’s murder. I especially wanted to hear from fellow mothers of boys, in hopes of fostering dialogue about how we as mothers can move forward given what happened. I gathered an incredible group of women and over the next couple of days, I welcome you to read our conversation. Part one of our conversation ran yesterday and the conclusion will run tomorrow.

The participants:

  • Jamila Bey hosts the radio program, “The Sex Politics And Religion Hour: SPAR with Jamila.” The show can be heard in NYC, DC, Miami and Chicago and online. Find her on Twitter.
  • Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser is a writer living in Western Massachusetts. Find her on Twitter.
  • Carolyn Edgar is a lawyer, writer and single mother of two who publishes the blog CarolynEdgar.com. Her work has been featured in a variety of outlets, including Huffington Post and CNN.com. Follow her on Twitter.
  • Denene Millner is a New York Times-bestselling author of 21 books and the founder and editor of MyBrownBaby.com, a blog that measures the intersection parenting and race.
  • Shay Stewart-Bouley is a non-profit administrator, freelance columnist who writes on issues relating to diversity for the Portland Phoenix, and blogger at BlackGirlInMaine.com where she muses on race, motherhood and middle age.

Read on, after the jump: Keep reading »

Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 1

Racial Politics
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Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 1

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict this past weekend, I wanted to gather a group of parents to discuss the jury decision as well as the larger impact of Trayvon Martin’s murder. I especially wanted to hear from fellow mothers of boys, in hopes of fostering dialogue about how we as mothers can move forward given what happened. I gathered an incredible group of women and over the next couple of days, I welcome you to read our conversation.

The participants:

  • Jamila Bey hosts the radio program, “The Sex Politics And Religion Hour: SPAR with Jamila.” The show can be heard in NYC, DC, Miami and Chicago and online. Find her on Twitter.
  • Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser is a writer living in Western Massachusetts. Find her on Twitter.
  • Carolyn Edgar is a lawyer, writer and single mother of two who publishes the blog CarolynEdgar.com. Her work has been featured in a variety of outlets, including Huffington Post and CNN.com. Follow her on Twitter.
  • Denene Millner is a New York Times-bestselling author of 21 books and the founder and editor of MyBrownBaby.com, a blog that measures the intersection parenting and race.
  • Shay Stewart-Bouley is a non-profit administrator, freelance columnist who writes on issues relating to diversity for the Portland Phoenix, and blogger at BlackGirlInMaine.com where she muses on race, motherhood and middle age.

Read on, after the jump: Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Mourning The Death Of Trayvon Martin & Reevaluating Racial Politics In America

8 Positive Actions
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... you can take in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict. Read More »
Juror B37 Reacts
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Juror B37 thinks George Zimmerman's "heart was in the right place." Read More »
This Is Shameful
This Is What's Shameful
Amelia's response to the Trayvon Martin verdict. Read More »
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As I sit in my living room, the familiar sound of rotating blades of a helicopter whoosh above me. I can hear them, hovering. They’re following the Oakland protestors who have taken to the streets outraged by the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman. “No justice, no peace,” they shout as they embark on a mile-long march for justice. This custom is a byproduct Oakland’s long legacy of dissent. To outsiders signs that say “Fuck The Police” seem entirely unrelated to the trial, but the relationship between the department of justice and local law enforcement is one that Oaklanders understand very well.

Like Oakland, the rest of the country is in mourning. People everywhere are trying to reconcile how no one is being held accountable for the untimely death of a teenage boy. We’ve taken to the streets, the Internet, to church and community, but one thing that social media has made apparent is that we’re mourning for very different reasons.

For many, we mourn because this case crystallizes how the legal system does not provide equal protection of the laws for everyone. Some mourn because the not guilty verdict means Martin’s parents will not be vindicated in their son’s death. Others mourn because another young boy of color was robbed of his life and it could have just as easily been their son. And of course, some don’t mourn at all — the death of a black boy is insignificant to their life. Keep reading »

Rachel Jeantel Remembers Trayvon Martin On “Piers Morgan Live”

Not Guilty
George Zimmerman found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin. Read More »
This Is Shameful
This Is What's Shameful
Amelia's response to the Trayvon Martin verdict. Read More »
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... you can take in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict. Read More »
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Rachel Jeantel on CNN witness for Trayvon Martin murder
"Disappointed, Upset, Angry"

Last night, Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon Martin’s friend who was on the phone with him during the deadly confrontation with George Zimmerman, appeared on CNN with Piers Morgan to discuss Zimmerman’s hugely controversial acquittal. When asked if she believed — as the jury apparently did — that Zimmerman acted in self-defense by shooting the 17-year-old unarmed teen, Jeantel responded, “BS. Just BS.” [CNN]

The Days After: Reacting To The Trayvon Martin & George Zimmerman Verdict

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George Zimmerman found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin. Read More »
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President Obama responds to the death of an innocent black teen. Read More »
This Is Shameful
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Amelia's response to the Trayvon Martin verdict. Read More »
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On Saturday night, a jury in Florida found George Zimmerman, the man who killed 17-year-old unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.

In the past couple of days, the country has been deeply polarized and emotionally affected by the verdict. I will leave the editorializing to others; as far as The Frisky goes, Amelia pretty much wrote what I also feel.  Here I have gathered news updates as well as op-ed about the verdict.

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Jourdan Dunn Isn’t Even Mad The She Was Cut From Dior’s Show Over Her Boobs

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You know the fashion industry is in a bad place when a model doesn’t mind being cut from a runway show for the size of her boobs because she’s usually dropped from shows for her race. Yesterday, Jourdan Dunn tweeted that she had been cut from the Christian Dior Couture show in Paris that took place today. She was obviously annoyed, but laughed it off, understanding that the expectations of the modeling industry are ridiculous. Her next tweet, however, explained why she was so easygoing about the unfairness with which she was treated. She said,

“I’m normally told I’m cancelled because I’m ‘coloured’ so being cancelled because off my  boobs is minor.” Keep reading »

Racist, Sexist Daily Mail Writer Liz Jones Says Rihanna “Invites Rape” In Her Scandalous Outfits

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  • Granted, the UK’s Daily Mail (aka the Daily Fail) is not the place you go to read nuanced, tasteful analysis, but writing that Rihanna “surely invites rape [and] disrespect” by wearing provocative clothes is a new low. Writer Liz Jones also said it’s “fair” to “berate female stars” more than young male ones because “young women are far more impressionable than young men.” No citation for that ‘fact,’ of course! Jones additionally bopped Rihanna for her “fake hair” and “false nails” and for trying to portray herself “as ‘real,’ as ‘street.’” Oh STFU, lady! [Daily Mail UK]
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi really does not give a shit what Rep. Michele Bachmann thinks about today’s Supreme Court DOMA ruling. [TPM TV]
  • Jane Austen’s face might oust Charles Darwin on the British 10 pound bank note. [TIME]
  • Texas Republican Louie Gohmert told a conservative podcast he thinks sex education for youngsters is useless and we should “let the kids be innocent.” You know, innocent until they get pregnant! [Roll Call] Keep reading »

Yet Another Example of Paula Deen’s Racism: She Allegedly Paid African-Americans In Booze, Not Money

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“Paula and Bubba just gave us beer and alcohol and I don’t even drink.  It was insulting and unfair.  I was like, ‘Pay me! She knew I had just gotten married.  I had a baby on the way.  I needed the money and I was the only one to step up and complain over it because half of the kitchen just needed their jobs.  I was fired over it in the end because I’m not afraid to speak my mind.”

––Oh, Paula, Paula, Paula. This is the new claim made by an African-American oyster cook that was employed at one of Paula Deen’s restaurants from 2008 to 2010. He claims that Deen threatened to fire her employees if they did not work overtime at the parties she held at her Savannah, Georgia, mansion. It’s been a (rightfully!) rough week for Deen, who last week publicly apologized for racist comments and lost her show at the Food Network. Stay tuned for more dodgy stories coming out. [Radar Online]

UPDATE: A Questionable School Dress Code Bans Afro-Puffs

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UPDATE, 4:45p.m.: Via Jezebel, Horizon Science Academy has posted an apology on their web site and said it will “correct the information” in its dress code, as well as send out an updated version. [HorizonLorain.org]

School dress codes are generally a great thing for kids. The mission statement of the new dress code at The Horizon Science Academy in Lorain, Ohio is a very promising one; the goal is to decrease the pressure on students to fit in with their clothing. It diminishes socioeconomic differences between students and creates a sense of unity at school. All good ideas, but this dress code in particular has a very strange and racist stipulation: it inexplicably bans afro-puffs and small twisted braids. Keep reading »

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