WBEZ | Trayvon Martin http://www.wbez.org/tags/trayvon-martin Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Artists turn up volume on gun violence debate http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-07/artists-turn-volume-gun-violence-debate-108080 <p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-703a8a48-eced-3c66-a3fb-e5fa8ca03c3d"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/just%20yell%20at%20monique%20meloche%20gallery.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Just Yell Exhibition, Cheryl Pope, 2013 (James Prinz Photography, courtesy of the artist and moniquemeloche gallery) " />One of the ideas that circulated <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/14/mark-omara-george-zimmerman-black_n_3593337.html">around</a> the recent Trayvon Martin murder trial is that African-Americans only care when white people kill black people.</p><p dir="ltr">Critics have debunked that very notion as both a <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07/15/the-trayvon-martin-killing-and-the-myth-of-black-on-black-crime.html">myth</a> and an oversimplification, one that can obscure the way black communities <em>do</em> rally to respond to neighborhood violence, or how whites <em>do</em> sometimes resort to racist stereotypes in talking about criminality.</p><p dir="ltr">Now another reaction to this idea of black-on-black violence can be found at <a href="http://www.dusablemuseum.org/events/details/kkk-kin-killin-kin-the-arts-as-an-agent-of-change">KKK - Kin Killin&rsquo; Kin</a>, a new exhibition at <a href="http://www.dusablemuseum.org/">The DuSable Museum of African American History</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">The show is by James Pate, an artist based in Dayton, Ohio. He believes blacks may well respond more vocally when white people kill blacks, a response he attributes to a psychological state that is a &ldquo;residue&rdquo; of historical experiences like lynchings: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a sensitivity that to me is unreasonable,&rdquo; said Pate. &ldquo;But I think that&#39;s where it comes from, this imbalance in the uproar.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">But the more provocative aspect of Pate&rsquo;s work may be the way he<em> himself </em>represents black people.</p><p dir="ltr"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/K%2C%202%20Da%20K%2C%202%20Da%20K%2C%20II.jpg" style="float: left; height: 220px; width: 300px;" title="Since 2000, James Pate has been depicting gang members in Ku Klux Klan robes, out of “frustration” with ongoing gun violence. (Photo Andy Snow, courtesy EbonNia Gallery)" />In large charcoal-on-canvas drawings, full of complex layers and details so exacting they almost appear to be 3-D renderings, Pate depicts gun-toting young black men as members of the Ku Klux Klan. Clad in sports jerseys, chains and white hoods, the boys shoot indiscriminately at one another, while bystanders are caught in the crossfire, including a young child on a swing.</p><p dir="ltr">In the wake of Trayvon Martin&rsquo;s killing, to show gang members clad in the robes of white racist vigilantes is a challenge, to say the least. But Pate said he has no choice.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It is difficult for me to react any other way as an artist,&rdquo; said Pate, who&rsquo;s been making these images since 2000. &ldquo;It is extreme to me, so I decided to do something as extreme as I can imagine, within what I &nbsp;do as an artist, stylistically.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Pate said his art stems from conversations in the black community, &ldquo;about how black-on-black violence has replaced the KKK form of terrorism. I decided that to sort of curb my blues, I would illustrate that sentiment and show them going at it and some of the aftermath of these acts.&rdquo;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Your%20History%20II.jpg" style="float: right; height: 218px; width: 300px;" title="Your History II, James Pate, 2007 Civil rights activists as passive observers of contemporary gun violence. (Photo Andy Snow, courtesy EbonNia Gallery)" /></p><p dir="ltr">Pate&rsquo;s images also juxtapose contemporary violence with action from other historical moments. In the foreground of <em>Your History III</em>, two young men drawn in bold relief shoot each other with semi-automatic pistols. On either side of the frame, drawn in fainter tones, there are rows of young men, seated at a restaurant counter, who appear to be witnesses to the shooting.</p><p dir="ltr">Pate said his reference to the lunch counter protests of the Civil Rights Movement poses a question: &ldquo;What in the world happened between that ideal and that mentality, and that sacrifice - and this?&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Pate&rsquo;s images cite other historical figures, from black Union soldiers to Adolf Hitler to Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC. There are even allusions to the crowds who came out to watch lynchings during the height of the Klan&rsquo;s raids, depicted here as passive witnesses to violent acts.</p><p dir="ltr">That passivity comes across as a critique of community indifference or action. But Pate said his work also reflects &ldquo;a frustration that I&#39;m experiencing because I don&#39;t know what to do, and all I do know is that in art I can go there and turn my volume up a bit.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Pate said reaction to the work (which was shown previously in Ohio), ranges from recognition to anger, the latter especially from blacks who feel he&rsquo;s airing dirty laundry. In response, Pate said that laundry was hung out long ago.</p><p dir="ltr">Carol Adams, who heads the DuSable and brought the show to Chicago, agrees.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;If the show offends a little bit, well, we&rsquo;ve been way too polite,&rdquo; Adams said. &ldquo;It is a madness, and it is time to scream.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Local audiences already seem to be paying attention. At the exhibition&rsquo;s entrance, visitors are invited to write the names of deceased friends and family on small manila tags and attach them to stretches of chain-link fence installed for the show. Even before the show opened, museumgoers started filling out the tags - there are already more than a hundred on display.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>&lsquo;KKK - Kin Killin&rsquo; Kin,&rsquo; The DuSable Museum of African American History, through Aug. 3. James Pate will give a gallery talk on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 6:30 - 9 p.m.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.cherylpope.net/HOME.html">Cheryl Pope</a> is another artist turning up the volume around the violence debate in her show <em>Just Yell</em>, which is at the <a href="http://moniquemeloche.com/cheryl-pope-just-yell/">moniquemeloche gallery </a>through Aug. 3.</p><p dir="ltr">The show&rsquo;s name references the first cheerleaders, known as &ldquo;yellers,&rdquo; who in the late 19th century got up in front of crowds and started to call out cheers.</p><p dir="ltr">Both the structure of Pope&rsquo;s show (which is a collaboration with students from public schools across the city) and the works she&rsquo;s created (which include a yearbook, a spirit stick, and a large wall-mounted varsity patch) are efforts to invoke the team mentality and powerful spirit of the yellers.</p><p dir="ltr">But in place of sports cheers, Pope offers what she calls &ldquo;testimonials&rdquo;: the words of students, who, in response to prompts from Pope, wrote about their reactions to violence and what that makes them want to &ldquo;yell.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/remember%20to%20remember.jpg" style="height: 227px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="'Remember to Remember' is a roster of young victims of gun violence in Chicago over an 18 month period. (James Prinz Photography, courtesy of the artist and moniquemeloche gallery)" />Those cries take different forms. In <em>Remember to Remember</em>, Pope has arranged rows of small gold plates engraved with the names of young victims of violence. &nbsp;Mixed in among those names are haikus from students past and present, including one Pope said was written <a href="http://wgntv.com/news/stories/2-teens-shot-1-dies/">by shooting victim Hadiya Pendleton</a> when she was in the third grade. Pope said the poetic phrases (one reads &ldquo;here i am/you thought i was gone/so i love&rdquo;), which are engraved on black plates, function like a visual &ldquo;moment of silence.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The schools don&rsquo;t always have the time or space or means to create opportunities for grieving or processing these losses,&rdquo; said Pope. &ldquo;I wanted students to feel empowered by the way they react so we could have those conversations.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">But like Pate, Pope&rsquo;s exhibition also contains a provocation: The colors scheme she&rsquo;s used across the objects in her show are those of local gang The Latin Kings: gold, black and white. And she represents gang culture in other ways. &nbsp;In <em>Just Yell &lsquo;13: A Guidebook for Yellers</em>, pictures of both victims and gunmen are displayed in tidy, yearbook-like rows.</p><p dir="ltr">Pope said that in researching The Latin Kings, she found remarkable parallels between their &ldquo;philosophy&rdquo; (which is defined by their <a href="http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=latin%20kings">five-point crown</a>) and the ideals of school or team spirit, things like love or respect or community. In other words, gangs promise &ldquo;everything young people are asking for.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I wanted to be mindful and not glorify, but make visible that parallel, or that confused space, which can exist for young people,&rdquo; said Pope. &ldquo;Where gang affiliation can offer the satisfactions of being on the same team, or sharing a goal, or knowing someone has your back.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Despite their different styles, there are remarkable parallels between Pate and Pope.</p><p dir="ltr">Both use inflammatory imagery not just to provoke viewers but to reveal their own emotional connections to the issue of violence (a perspective which partly results from working closely with young people, Pate as an artist-in-residence at public schools, Pope at the <a href="http://jamesrjordan.bgcc.org/">James R. Jordan Boys and Girls Club</a> near the United Center).</p><p dir="ltr">Both are committed to a continuing exploration of violence: Pate has moved into color images and Pope&rsquo;s next project involves how people grieve for their communities.</p><p dir="ltr">But by forcing together supposedly disparate groups - draping gang members in Klan robes or decorating a school spirit stick in gang colors - each artist has created a different space to discuss violence.</p><p dir="ltr">Once you sort through that confusion of images, the space can come across as absence -- something painful and awful and empty. But it also contains potential, as a place from which it might be possible to do or say - or even yell - something new.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>&lsquo;Just Yell&rsquo; is at the moniquemeloche gallery through Aug. 3. On July 27, Pope has invited what she calls &ldquo;game players&rdquo; - those actually on the court rather than yelling from the sidelines - to the show, including aldermen, DCASE Commissioner Michelle Boone and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em>Alison Cuddy is WBEZ&rsquo;s Arts and Culture reporter and co-host of <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-changing-channels/id669715774?mt=2">Changing Channels,</a> a podcast about the future of television. Follow her on<a href="https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy"> Twitter</a>,<a href="https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison?ref=tn_tnmn"> Facebook</a> and<a href="http://instagram.com/cuddyreport"> Instagram</a></em></p></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-07/artists-turn-volume-gun-violence-debate-108080 Chicagoans rally to protest Trayvon Martin verdict http://www.wbez.org/news/chicagoans-rally-protest-trayvon-martin-verdict-108048 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Protesters 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Thousands of demonstrators from across the country &mdash; chanting, praying and even fighting tears &mdash; protested a jury&#39;s decision to clear neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager while the Justice Department considered whether to file criminal civil rights charges.</p><p>Rallies on Sunday were largely peaceful as demonstrators voiced their support for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin&#39;s family and decried Zimmerman&#39;s not guilty verdict as a miscarriage of justice. Police in Los Angeles said they arrested several people early Monday after about 80 protesters gathered in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard and an unlawful assembly was declared. The New York Police Department said it arrested at least a dozen people on disorderly conduct charges during a rally in Times Square.</p><p>The NAACP and protesters called for federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman, who was acquitted Saturday in Martin&#39;s February 2012 shooting death.</p><p>The Justice Department said it is looking into the case to determine whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges now that Zimmerman has been acquitted in the state case. The department opened an investigation into Martin&#39;s death last year but stepped aside to allow the state prosecution to proceed.</p><p>The evidence generated during the federal probe is still being evaluated by the criminal section of the Justice Department&#39;s civil rights division, the FBI and the U.S. attorney&#39;s office for the Middle District of Florida, along with evidence and testimony from the state trial, the Justice Department said.</p><p>Meanwhile, President Barack Obama and religious and civil rights leaders urged calm in hopes of ensuring peaceful demonstrations following a case that became an emotional flash point.</p><p>Sunday&#39;s demonstrations, held in cities from Florida to Wisconsin, attracted anywhere from a few dozen people to a more than a thousand.</p><p>At a march and rally in downtown Chicago attended by about 200 people, some said the verdict was symbolic of lingering racism in the United States. Seventy-three-year-old Maya Miller said the case reminded her of the 1955 slaying of Emmitt Till, a 14-year-old from Chicago who was murdered by a group of white men while visiting Mississippi. Till&#39;s killing galvanized the civil rights movement.</p><p>&quot;Fifty-eight years and nothing&#39;s changed,&quot; Miller said, pausing to join a chant for &quot;Justice for Trayvon, not one more.&quot;</p><p>In New York City, more than a thousand people marched into Times Square on Sunday night, zigzagging through Manhattan&#39;s streets to avoid police lines. Sign-carrying marchers thronged the busy intersection, chanting &quot;Justice for! Trayvon Martin!&quot; as they made their way from Union Square, blocking traffic for more than an hour before moving on.</p><p>In San Francisco and Los Angeles, where an earlier protest was dispersed with beanbag rounds, police closed streets as protesters marched Sunday to condemn Zimmerman&#39;s acquittal.</p><p>Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged protesters to &quot;practice peace&quot; after the rock- and bottle-throwing incident. Later, more than 100 officers in riot gear converged on the crowd and ordered people to disperse. Police said they made seven arrests throughout the day, The Los Angeles Times reported.</p><p>Rand Powdrill, 41, of San Leandro, Calif., said he came to the San Francisco march with about 400 others to &quot;protest the execution of an innocent black teenager.&quot;</p><p>&quot;If our voices can&#39;t be heard, then this is just going to keep going on,&quot; he said.</p><p>Earlier, at Manhattan&#39;s Middle Collegiate Church, many congregants wore hooded sweatshirts &mdash; similar to the one Martin was wearing the night he was shot &mdash; in a show of solidarity. Hoodie-clad Jessica Nacinovich said she could only feel disappointment and sadness over the verdict.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;m sure jurors did what they felt was right in accordance with the law but maybe the law is wrong, maybe society is wrong; there&#39;s a lot that needs fixing,&quot; she said.</p><p>At a youth service in Sanford, Fla., where the trial was held, teens wearing shirts displaying Martin&#39;s picture wiped away tears during a sermon at the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.</p><p>Protesters also gathered in Atlanta, Miami, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., along with a host of other cities.</p><p>In Miami, more than 200 people gathered for a vigil. &quot;You can&#39;t justify murder,&quot; read one poster. Another read &quot;Don&#39;t worry about more riots. Worry about more Zimmermans.&quot;</p><p>Carol Reitner, 76, of Miami, said she heard about the vigil through an announcement at her church Sunday morning. &quot;I was really devastated. It&#39;s really hard to believe that someone can take the life of someone else and walk out of court free,&quot; she said.</p><p>In Philadelphia, about 700 protesters marched from LOVE Park to the Liberty Bell, alternating between chanting Trayvon Martin&#39;s name and &quot;No justice, no peace!&quot;</p><p>&quot;We hope this will begin a movement to end discrimination against young black men,&quot; said Johnathan Cooper, one of the protest&#39;s organizers. &quot;And also to empower black people and get them involved in the system.&quot;</p><p>In Atlanta, a crowd of about 75 protesters chanted and carried signs near Centennial Olympic Park.</p><p>&quot;I came out today because a great deal of injustice has been done and I&#39;m very disappointed at our justice system; I&#39;m just disappointed in America,&quot; said Tabatha Holley, 19, of Atlanta.</p><p>Civil rights leaders, including the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, urged peace in the wake of the verdict. Jackson said the legal system &quot;failed justice,&quot; but violence isn&#39;t the answer.</p><p>But not all the protesters heeded those calls immediately after the verdict.</p><p>In Oakland, Calif., during protests that began late Saturday night, some angry demonstrators broke windows, burned U.S. flags and started street fires. Some marchers also vandalized a police squad car and used spray paint to scrawl anti-police graffiti on roads and Alameda County&#39;s Davidson courthouse.</p></p> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 15:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicagoans-rally-protest-trayvon-martin-verdict-108048 Chicago clergy call for calm after Martin verdict http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-clergy-call-calm-after-martin-verdict-108047 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP13071307248.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>CHICAGO (AP) &mdash; Chicago&#39;s Black clergy are calling for calm in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict.<p>The pleas followed a Florida jury&#39;s decisions to clear former Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman of all charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.</p>Zimmerman claimed he was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed the teen last year at a condominium development.<p>Martin&#39;s death unleashed debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.</p>Some Chicago activists have called for a downtown rally on Sunday, and clergy will hold news conferences to stress nonviolence.<p>Pastor Ira Acree of Chicago&#39;s Greater St. John Bible Church says the community should become a &quot;united voice for peace.&quot; He says it can&#39;t control the verdict but &quot;can control our streets and communities.&quot;</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 11:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-clergy-call-calm-after-martin-verdict-108047 Come see me at Paper Machete tomorrow http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-05/come-see-me-paper-machete-tomorrow-107469 <p><p>Tomorrow I&#39;ll be reading at Christopher Piatt&#39;s <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/2013/05/31/61-lineup-summer-kickoff-edition/">Paper Machete</a>, which is one of the first shows I mention when people ask me about the best readings in Chicago. I&#39;m going to discuss pot and Trayvon Martin. No lie. Aren&#39;t you intrigued? Some come down to the historic Green Mill, get your day drink on and enjoy the show!</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/396306_10150537645499250_1327787318_n.jpg" title="" /></div><p><strong><a href="http://newyork.ucbtheatre.com/shows/view/145">BASSPROV</a><br /><a href="http://www.cdm.depaul.edu/people/pages/facultyinfo.aspx?fid=535">LISA BUSCANI</a><br /><a href="http://www.chrisdoucette.com/comedy/">CHRIS DOUCETTE</a><br />BRAD EINSTEIN<br />CLAIRE MULANEY AND JO SCOTT<br /><a href="http://www.zulkey.com">CLAIRE ZULKEY</a></strong></p><p>Plus cabaret music by <strong>GLAD FANNY</strong> and special musical guests <strong>SOFTWARE GIANT</strong></p><p><em>3 p.m. at the <em>GREEN MILL</em> in Uptown, Free!</em></p></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 13:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-05/come-see-me-paper-machete-tomorrow-107469 Trayvonning: A New Meme that Echoes Old Problems http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/trayvonning-new-meme-echoes-old-problems-101258 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/trayvonphoto.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Dr Lisa Guerrero is an Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University. Dr Guerrero has written extensively on the subject of race and racism.</p><p>She joined Vocalo&#39;s Music Vox host, Jesse Menendez to discuss her latest article, <em>Playing Dead: The Trayvoning Meme &amp; the Mocking of Black Death.</em></p><p>It&#39;s an analysis of the recent Trayvonning meme that places the internet thread in historical context. Plus it looks at new media and it&#39;s potential to &quot;deploy and recycle the same old narratives and tropes, to continue a history of injustices that define the American experience.&quot;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F54299421&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/trayvonning-new-meme-echoes-old-problems-101258 Florida judge sets bail at $1 million for George Zimmerman http://www.wbez.org/news/florida-judge-sets-bail-1-million-george-zimmerman-100660 <p><p>The neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin can be released from jail while he awaits trial on a second-degree murder charge.</p><div><p>A Florida judge on Thursday granted bond for a second time to George Zimmerman. The amount of the bond was not immediately released.</p><p>Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester had revoked Zimmerman&#39;s $150,000 bond last month after prosecutors told the judge Zimmerman and his wife misled the court about how much money they had during an April bond hearing.</p><p>Prosecutors said a website Zimmerman created for his legal defense had raised $135,000 at the time of his first bond hearing. Zimmerman and his wife did not mention the money then, and Shellie Zimmerman even said the couple had limited resources because she was a student and he wasn&#39;t working.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 10:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/florida-judge-sets-bail-1-million-george-zimmerman-100660 Marla Caceres shares lessons she learned from Trayvon Martin http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/marla-caceres-shares-lessons-she-learned-trayvon-martin-97862 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/6899936050_a94a57cbab_z.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 411px; " title="A man with hoodie watches the speakers on the steps of the Historic Capital Building in Tallahassee, Florida at a Rally March for Trayvon Martin (Flickr/Stephen Nakatani)"></div><p>We probably don't have to introduce the story of Trayvon Martin; rarely does one story start so small and get catipulted to a level where the President of the United States feels he must make a comment.</p><p>"If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” President Obama <a href="http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/23/obama-makes-first-comments-on-trayvon-martin-shooting/">said last week</a>. “And I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this.”</p><p>The death of black youth Trayvon Martin in the hands of George Zimmerman hispanic man, has inflamed the nation over the issue of race in the public sphere. But it made hispanic comedian Marla Caceres question the role race plays in her own life. In this story, she recalls not realizing (until recently) that she was in an "interracial marriage with her white husband" and emplores us to not "rush to make Zimmerman any more or less guilty because he's Hispanic." Read an excerpt or listen:</p><p><em>"As soon as it came out that Trayvon Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, is half-Hispanic, the racial undertones of the story shifted. The New York Times came under some criticism for initially describing Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic,” with some people believing that the term “white” in this case is unecessary and might reflect some sort of hidden agenda. Bernie Goldberg, a Fox News analyst, called this description a “charicature of a liberal media.”</em></p><p><em>And then, pundits and regular folks making comments on the Internet alike said things like 'Everybody, relax – this was obviously not a racially motivated crime, because Zimmerman is half-Hispanic, and, as a minority, he is incapable of racism.'</em></p><p><em>This aspect of the Trayvon story speaks to something I've known my whole but I am just getting around to understanding: Race, for Latinos, is a sticky and complicated thing. We're one ethnic group, with a shared language and culture, but there are many different racial identities within that. And the experience of being a white Hispanic in this country, like me, is different than the experience of being a black Hispanic. And, sadly, being part of this diverse minority group, and having friends and family and neighbors of different colors that you share this deep cultural connection with –&nbsp; that doesn't automatically keep you from being a little bit – or, possibly in the case of Zimmerman – a lot racist."</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 p.m., it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.org/thepapermachete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/marla-caceres-shares-lessons-she-learned-trayvon-martin-97862 The essence of the George Zimmerman issue http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2012-03-30/essence-george-zimmerman-issue-97761 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-30/RS5190_AP120314092848-scr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Look at this video:<br><object allowfullscreen="true" allownetworking="all" allowscriptaccess="always" data="http://cdnapi.kaltura.com/index.php/kwidget/wid/0_g6q0hh6g/uiconf_id/6501142" height="350" id="kaltura_player_1333124667" name="kaltura_player_1333124667" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="630"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><param name="allowNetworking" value="all"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="bgcolor" value="#000000"><param name="movie" value="http://cdnapi.kaltura.com/index.php/kwidget/wid/0_g6q0hh6g/uiconf_id/6501142"><param name="flashVars" value="referer=http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/george-zimmerman-police-surveillance-16024475&amp;autoPlay=false"></object>Does this look like a man who was in <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/03/29/george-zimmermans-father-claims-trayvon-martin-beat-his-son-threatened-his-life/">a fight for his life</a>? Does this look like a man with a broken nose? Whose head was repeatedly smashed to the ground?</p><p>I don’t care if George Zimmerman is a racist or not (his being half Peruvian and having black friends does not give him immunity), if he said <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izCPNku_dVY">“coons or goons”</a> on the 911 tape, if he bawled for days after he killed Trayvon Martin (however much he hurts, he’s alive to hurt); I don’t care one whit about Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law (especially when most of <a href="http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/30/dave-kopel-zimmerman-wasnt-the-victim-stand-your-ground-doesnt-apply/%20">the bill’s sponsors say the law doesn’t apply </a>to this case).</p><p>Here’s what I know: Homicide isn’t even in the top ten causes for white males, but it’s the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/men/lcod/index.htm">number one cause of death for black males</a>, ages 15 to 34.</p><p><!--break--></p><p>And here’s what anybody with common sense can hear on the 911 tape and see in this police video: A man who was <a href="http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/326700-full-transcript-zimmerman.html%20">expressly told to stop following Martin by the police</a> and chose to do otherwise (no matter why, no matter his intention), a man without a scratch on him who claimed his life was in danger as a defense/excuse to shoot someone.</p><p>Will someone please arrest this man?</p></p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 16:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2012-03-30/essence-george-zimmerman-issue-97761