Why George Zimmerman “Got Away With Murder”

Today juror B29, the woman of color, broke her silence and essentially apologized for Zimmerman being acquitted. She say’s “I felt like I let a lot of people down…” and that there was “nothing we could do about it.” She even says that “George Zimmerman got away with murder.” Here is the thing, he didn’t… Continue reading Why George Zimmerman “Got Away With Murder”

George Zimmerman and Me: Understanding Whiteness and White Supremacy

“So long as you think of yourself as white, there is no hope for you”- James Baldwin I went to Northeast Regional for most of my K-8 education, but not all. For third grade and about half of fourth grade I went to Pillsbury Public School. Pillsbury was a completely different world than Northeast Regional,… Continue reading George Zimmerman and Me: Understanding Whiteness and White Supremacy

What Does it Mean to Presume George Zimmerman’s Innocence?

I’ve written quite a bit lately on issues pertaining to the trial of George Zimmerman. Most of the feedback has been positive; however, there has also been quite a bit of push back, most of which sounds something like this: George Zimmerman is innocent until proven guilty. Yes, in this country you are innocent until… Continue reading What Does it Mean to Presume George Zimmerman’s Innocence?

How Colorblindness is going to Acquit George Zimmerman

I think George Zimmerman in going to be acquitted. I think this is going to happen because the court is adhering to a racial ideology known as colorblindness. Colorblindness is the belief that it is possible to not notice a particular individual is not white. Let me be clear, this belief has succeeded in making… Continue reading How Colorblindness is going to Acquit George Zimmerman

Whose America is Celebrated? on liberty and justice for all

Every year the freshman in the school I teach at read Our America. It is the story of two young men growing up in the Ida B. Wells housing projects on the South Side of Chicago. The title is powerful in and of itself; Our America implies there is more than one America. This idea… Continue reading Whose America is Celebrated? on liberty and justice for all

Paula Deen v. George Zimmerman

Racism in this country is not an easy thing to grasp. It has so many variations and manifests in so many complex ways that even attempting to make sense of it can result in a migraine. This is the stage I am at: migraine. Trying to make sense of the last week has proven to… Continue reading Paula Deen v. George Zimmerman