Celebrities—the actor Jamie Foxx, the former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, members of the Miami Heat—were photographed wearing hoodies.
When Representative Bobby Rush of Chicago took to the House floor to denounce racial profiling, he was removed from the chamber after donning a hoodie mid-speech.
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But it would be wrong to attribute the burgeoning support for Zimmerman to the blunders of Spike Lee or an NBC producer.
Before President Obama spoke, the death of Trayvon Martin was generally regarded as a national tragedy.
In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of integration.
President Barack Obama is best captured in his comments on the death of Trayvon Martin, and the ensuing fray.Obama’s two autobiographies are deeply concerned with race, and in front of black audiences he is apt to cite important but obscure political figures such as George Henry White, who served from 1897 to 1901 and was the last African American congressman to be elected from the South until 1970.But with just a few notable exceptions, the president had, for the first three years of his presidency, strenuously avoided talk of race.And yet, when Trayvon Martin died, talk Obama did: When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids, and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together—federal, state, and local—to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened …But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and that we’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened. The Daily Caller, a conservative Web site, broadcast all of Martin’s tweets, the most loutish of which revealed him to have committed the unpardonable sin of speaking like a 17-year-old boy.Obama is not simply America’s first black president—he is the first president who could credibly teach a black-studies class.