Photos: Trayvon Martin Hometown Rally

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6 Responses to Photos: Trayvon Martin Hometown Rally

  1. Trayvon’s mom: ‘He was a praying teenager’

  2. Keith Boykin ‏ @keithboykin

    Why was Zimmerman’s father, a former magistrate, present for re-enactment the next day?

  3. The Roots of Racial Profiling
    Why are police targeting minorities for traffic stops?

    It is early in the morning, and the well-dressed young African-American man driving his Ford Explorer on I-75 sees the blue lights of the Georgia State Patrol car behind him. The officer pulls behind the sport utility vehicle and the young man’s heart begins to sink.

    He is on his way to Atlanta for a job interview. The stop, ostensibly for speeding, should not take long, he reasons, as the highway patrol officer walks cautiously toward the Explorer. But instead of simply asking for a driver’s license and writing a speeding ticket, the trooper calls for backup. Another trooper soon arrives, his blue lights flashing as well.

    The young man is told to leave his vehicle, as the troopers announce their intention to search it. “Hey, where did you get the money for something like this?” one trooper asks mockingly while he starts the process of going through every inch of the Explorer. Soon, an officer pulls off an inside door panel. More dismantling of the vehicle follows. They say they are looking for drugs, but in the end find nothing. After ticketing the driver for speeding, the two officers casually drive off. Sitting in his now-trashed SUV, the young man weeps in his anger and humiliation.

    Unmotivated searches like this are daily occurrences on our nation’s highways, and blacks and white liberals have been decrying the situation for several years. Many conservatives, on the other hand, dismiss such complaints as the exaggerations of hypersensitive minorities. Or they say that if traffic cops do in fact pull over and search the vehicles of African Americans disproportionately, then such “racial profiling” is an unfortunate but necessary component of modern crime fighting.

    The incident described above should give pause to those who think that racial profiling is simply a bogus issue cooked up by black leaders such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to use as another publicity tool. One of us teaches in an MBA program that enrolls a fairly large number of African Americans, and the story comes from one of our students. Indeed, during class discussions, all of the black men and many of the black women told stories of having their late-model cars pulled over and searched for drugs.


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