Links and comments about Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin

19 Jul white privilege and claiming “I am Trayvon Martin.” story on “How to fight racial bias when it’s silent and subtle” with a link to a study on how to reduce implicit bias What worked, at least temporarily, Banaji said, was providing volunteers with “counterstereotypical” messages. Abstract:Many methods for reducing implicit prejudice have been identified, but little is known about their relative effectiveness. We held a research contest to experimentally compare interventions for reducing implicit racial preferences. Teams submitted eighteen interventions that were tested an average of 2.22 times each in three studies (total N = 11,868), with rules for retaining or revising interventions between studies. Half of the interventions were effective at reducing implicit preferences for Whites compared to Blacks, particularly ones that provided experience with counterstereotypical exemplars, used evaluative conditioning methods, and provided strategies to override biases. The other half of the interventions were ineffective, particularly ones that engaged participants with others’ perspectives, asked participants to consider egalitarian values, or induced a positive emotion. The most potent interventions were ones that invoked high self-involvement or linked Black people with positivity and White people with negativity. No intervention consistently reduced explicit racial preferences. Furthermore, intervention effectiveness only weakly extended to implicit preferences for Asians and Hispanics.

“Racial profiling in L.A.: The numbers don’t lie” from LA Times 2008 police behavior

PBS Frontline did a special on the Stand your Ground law

Blog with posts of people reflecting on their personal relationship to the GZ-TM case.

Jordan Davis case:

A white man named Michael Dunn shot and killed an unarmed black teenager named Jordan Davis in Florida last year after a brief dispute. The prosecutor overseeing the case is Florida state attorney Angela Corey. Dunn, who will be tried for murder, claims the shooting was in self-defense. Sound familiar?

Now that the state’s nationally televised and notorious self-defense case has ended with the acquittal of defendant George Zimmerman, a next potentially high-profile test of the state’s criminal-justice system may come when Dunn goes on trial for first-degree murder this September. And while Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground gun law <> wasn’t invoked during the trial (although it did factor into the jury’s decision, according to one juror)*, it may be tested in the Dunn case.

The killing took place in November 2012, while Dunn was parked at a gas station convenience store, waiting for his girlfriend to emerge from inside. Four teenagers, including 17-year-old Davis, were parked* next to Dunn’s car in an SUV. After an argument over the teens’ loud music, Dunn fired on the boys from his car, killing Davis. Dunn claims <>he opened fire only after one of the teens threatened his life, brandished a gun, and started to exit the SUV. Later he told police that he had “never been so scared” in his life.

On civil charges:

Attorney General Eric Holder (AP Photo/John Raoux)

In an unusual move, the Justice Department announced Wednesday that it is
collecting feedback from Americans for its investigation into whether to
file civil rights charges against George

Justice officials said the move comes “because of interest in this
matter.” People can e-mail if they have thoughts
on how the department should proceed.

It’s not clear how much bearing the feedback will have on the decision,
which Justice officials have said will be made by “experienced federal

“Unfortunately, the Department will not be able to respond to all messages
received,” the department said in a statement.

Justice is currently reviewing the case to see whether it could bring civil
rights charges against Zimmerman, who over the weekend was found not guilty
of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of teenager Trayvon
Martin. Experts doubt that such charges are warranted under the law. Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s not racial: Crenshaw on Zimmerman Verdict

on youtube

Published on Jul 22, 2013

Law professor Kimberle Williams Crenshaw speak out about the verdict in the George Zimmerman case and the limits of the law. “Just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean it’s not racial,” says Crenshaw, who directs the African American Policy Forum. The forum is holding a webinar 7/23/13: “Standing Our Ground for Trayvon Martin” More information at


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