We reflect upon the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin, a verdict which was handed down a year ago this week. With: Edward Wyckoff Williams, Contributing Editor at The Root and Political Contributor and Special Correspondent with AlJazeera America; and Dr. Raymond Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.
We begin our week with a national news roundtable on the Michael Dunn verdict and more, with Dr. Tara Bynum, assistant professor in the Department of English at Towson University; Imara Jones, economic justice contributor to Colorlines; and Marta Mossburg, Visiting Fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute and syndicated columnist.
We begin our show Monday morning with a look at a number of current stories that reflect upon issues of race, justice, and our culture. Topics include: the case of Renisha McBride, the 19-year old Michigan woman who was fatally shot in the face by a homeowner after her car broke down and she walked onto his porch seeking help; the case of Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who fired a warning shot into the air to ward off her abusive husband and is now awaiting a new trial while serving a 20-year sentence; and the game of “knockout,” which is played by attacking an innocent pedestrian in an attempt to knock him or her unconscious with one punch. Our guests include:
Jamilah King, News Editor at Colorlines.com;
Nicole Glass-Brice, Deputy Director of the Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore;
Victoria Law, photographer, author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women and Editor of the zine Tenacious: Writings from Women in Prison;
and Dr. Raymond Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.
We begin a series of commentaries on the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict. We are joined by Mychal Denzel Smith, blogger at TheNation.com and Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute, who wrote recently wrote a piece called Our Lives on the Linein which he asked “how long are we supposed to remain calm when the laws we are called on to respect are an open assault on our humanity?”
We’re also joined by Dr.Lester Spence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Center for Emerging Media Scholar in Residence.
We turn our focus to the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. Joining us for this conversation will be John Nichols, writer for The Nation magazine; Danielle Belton, editor-at-large of Clutch Magazine Online; Jacob Sullum, Reason.com; and Horace Cooper, writer and legal commentator.
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