Race Ethnicity & Culture


Sat July 20, 2013
The Two-Way

'Justice For Trayvon' Rallies Held In Numerous Cities

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 6:01 pm

Protesters in support of Trayvon Martin march across the Brooklyn Bridge after attending a rally organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton on Sunday in New York City.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

(This story last updated at 3:00 p.m. EDT)

Hundreds of people across the country attended "Justice For Trayvon" rallies calling for civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the wake of his acquittal a week ago in the fatal shooting of black teen Trayvon Martin.

The Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network organized the events following last Saturday's verdict in Sanford, Fla., in which six jurors accepted Zimmerman's claim of self-defense during a scuffle with Martin in February 2012.

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Sat July 20, 2013

Obama Breaks His Silence On Trayvon Martin Verdict

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 2:48 pm

"Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago," President Obama told the press Friday.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

President Obama broke his silence on the Trayvon Martin shooting case Friday, speaking publicly for the first time since a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman.

Obama didn't question the jury's not-guilty verdict, but he spoke in unusually personal terms about the history and experiences that shape the way African-Americans in particular see the case.

He spoke frankly about the pain the Trayvon Martin case has left, especially in the African-American community. He said that's a product of a common history that doesn't go away.

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Fri July 19, 2013
Code Switch

Two Tales Of Profiling, From The Highest Offices In The Land

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 7:45 pm

President Obama, left, and Attorney General Eric Holder are silhouetted as they atend the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Capitol Hill on May 15. In recent days, both Holder and now Obama have talked openly about their experiences as black men in America.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP


Fri July 19, 2013
The Two-Way

How President Obama 'Showed His Brother Card'

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:25 pm


Fri July 19, 2013

40 Years Later, A Black-And-White Photo Gets New Life

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 4:38 am

The Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case and the issues of race surrounding it got photographer Joseph Crachiola thinking about a picture he took almost 40 years ago of a group of black and white children playing happily together in the streets of a Detroit suburb. Renee Montagne talks to Crachiola about the photo, which has gone viral since he posted it on Facebook after the Zimmerman verdict.