Trayvon Martin


“How did a kid armed with Skittles and an iced tea get gunned down by an overeager neighborhood watch captain? And why didn’t police detain shooter George Zimmerman?” Mother Jones reports.

Ta-Nehisi Coates has had ongoing coverage. “This investigation wasn’t one. It was a sham, an homage to the bad old days of Southern justice.”

Evidence that “this investigation wasn’t one”: the phone call between Martin and his girlfriend just before the killing.

There will be a Justice Department and Florida Grand Jury investigation.

Change.Org and ColorofChange have initiated petitions demanding justice and accountability.

The Daily Kos and others are calling on the public to send skittles to the Sanford Police Department in protest.

The Grio looks at the relationship between the NRA, Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, and the mind-boggling fact that Zimmerman remains free.

“That is the burden of black boys in America and the people that love them: running the risk of being descended upon in the dark and caught in the cross-hairs of someone who crosses the line.” Charles M. Blow at The New York Times.

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →