Trayvon Martin

Looks Like 'Serve and Protect' Doesn't Extend To Toronto's Black Community

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

All I could see was my dad attempting to move past the first officer and that officer not moving, continuing to block the door way and then preceding to hold back my father. I screamed, "Daddy, just wait! Just wait! Don't move any further." I was reminded me of the rash, fatal shooting and tasering of Sammy Yatim and feared that my father could too have suffered a similar fate

With Great Macklemore Comes Great Responsibility

N/A Inc. | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Music
N/A Inc.

At the AMAs, rapper Macklemore spent much of his precious acceptance speech time discussing the injustice behind the Trayvon Martin verdict. Here's a radical idea: if Macklemore is so disgusted by the Trayvon Martin ruling, he should be the one to lead Stevie Wonder's list of artists boycotting Florida until the Stand Your Ground Law is repealed.

Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, Gets Real About Race

HuffPost Canada Music | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Music

Perhaps best known as the cheerfully childlike Troy on the NBC sitcom "Community," Donald Glover has a sideline in hip-hop as Childish Gambino -- or r...

These Costumes Couldn't Be More Offensive

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

A picture of a white man in blackface dressed as Trayvon Martin next to a man dressed as George Zimmerman recently made the rounds online, spurring co...

What Juries Get Wrong and Why They'll Never Deliver True Justice

Diane Francis | Posted 10.05.2013 | Canada
Diane Francis

The acquittal of George Zimmerman, like the O.J. Simpson acquittal years ago, calls into question the validity of the jury system. Perhaps it's time to replace it with panels of legal experts or with a smart computer like Watson, the world champion of chess and Jeopardy.

How the Trayvon Martin Tragedy Would Have Looked in Canada

Anthony Morgan | Posted 09.28.2013 | Canada
Anthony Morgan

Are race relations in Canada so much further advanced than in the US that the Trayvon Martin tragedy would never happen here? I'm not so sure. As troubling as it is to face, the Canadian version of the Zimmerman-Martin horror would actually look something like the following scenario: Zimmerman is a South-Asian or Asian male. Trayvon is an Indigenous teen girl who was simply walking to her home in one of Canada's upper-middle-class suburban neighbourhoods. She is brutalized and dumped on the side of the road afterwards. And the Canadian public doesn't bat an eye.

Obama's Comments About Travyon Martin Crossed the Line

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

When President Obama commented for the second time on the George Zimmerman verdict, he crossed the line. By politicizing the legal procedures, in an apparent effort to potentially obtain a different result, the President runs the risk of perverting America's objective and impartial legal and judicial system.

Not Paying Tribute to Trayvon Martin Doesn't Make You Racist

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

I have to take issue with Rachel Décoste's recent blog, "Racism is Front Page News at the Ottawa Sun," because she unfairly labels the Ottawa Sun's handling of Trayvon Martin's death as racist. In doing so, she trivializes the real issue of racism in our society, and undermines the very cause that she is advocating. There is no evidence that the Ottawa Sun acted in a racist manner and prejudicial manner. And there is no evidence that as a result of such treatment of the Martin matter, the Ottawa Sun is perpetuating inequality in our Canadian society.

After Trayvon Martin

Saidah Baba Talibah | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada Music
Saidah Baba Talibah

We can move past this. It starts with feeling. Feeling what it's like to be Trayvon Martin, who is walking around with a target on his back and acting accordingly by lashing out. Feeling what it's like to be George Zimmerman who felt that he was doing his part by protecting his neighbourhood. We've got to get into the ugly shit and hear each other out.

No Juror Should Ever Get a Book Deal

Justin Beach | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Business
Justin Beach

Recently, juror B37 in the George Zimmerman murder trial got and quickly lost a book deal. What is confusing to me, is that such deals are legal in the first place. A book deal potentially creates both a prejudice and a stake in the outcome of the trial.

Time To Have Another Look At 'Stand Your Ground'?

CP | Pete Yost and Mike Schneider, The Associated Press | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada

Citing concern over the killing of Trayvon Martin in central Florida, Attorney General Eric Holder said stand-your-ground laws, which allow a person w...

Florida Was Complicit in Trayvon Martin's Death

Saeed Selvam | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada
Saeed Selvam

The jury in the Zimmerman trial made a decision that they felt comfortable with, they didn't have to be racist, Florida law protected and provoked their decision. The point is, collective anger and protest needs to be directed against the law, not store windows.

White People: Trayvon Martin's Death Is Not About You

Anne Theriault | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada
Anne Theriault

I got home and found out about George Zimmerman's acquittal. I watched white people make this about them, and then I watched them slowly but surely provide themselves with the tools to forget that this had ever happened. And I watched black people wonder if their kid was next. When people of colour raise their voice, I'm going to do my best to make sure that they get a megaphone, and then I'm going to hightail it to the back of the room and listen.

Americans Threaten To Move To Canada Over Verdict

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada

George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin on Saturday and many Americans immediately took to Twitter to express their outra...

Trayvon Martin and the Red Herring of "Black on Black" Crime

Tarek Fatah | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada
Tarek Fatah

Although I am convinced that the death of Trayvon Martin was not because of his race, and that the jury reached a correct verdict in declaring George Zimmerman "not guilty," I also feel the people raising the issue of "black on black" crime (and saying it is ignored in a way that white on black crime isn't) are being disingenuous. The fact is, "black on black" crime is no more common than "white on white" crime or "Chinese on Chinese" crime. Most murders are intraracial. If Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton annoy me with their contrived despair, so do conservatives like Newt Gingrich with their "What about black on black crime" line.

How the George Zimmerman Trial Went Down

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

The verdict is in and George Zimmerman has been acquitted of the killing of Trayvon Martin. HuffPost blogger Steven Skurka covered the controversial trial from start to finish. Here, for anyone wishing to get a sense of how the case progressed, are Steven's posts.

Protecting Canada's Trayvon Martins

El Jones | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada
El Jones

For those of us who are not American, George Zimmerman's acquittal may give us an added sense of helplessness. While we feel the rage and pain, the fact that the verdict is not in our justice system may leave us feeling that we have no avenue for action. Here are some things Canadians can do.

Racism Isn't Just An American Thing

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Canadians gloss over our bloody history in order to pretend that we're better than the rest of the world, that racism isn't an issue here. It's only not an issue if you're not a person of colour. It's only not an issue if you've never had to watch your children grow up and battle their own skin colour in order to live. It's only not an issue if you're not someone like Trayvon Martin, walking in a neighbourhood where he looked suspicious because he was black.

He's Still Got Problems

CP | Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.13.2013 | Canada

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama urged Americans to respect the decision of jurors on Sunday following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in th...

How Trayvon Martin Won in The Court of Public Opinion

Rachel Décoste | Posted 09.12.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

Trayvon Martin's parents were savvy enough to understand and then challenge their murdered son's standing in the "court of public opinion." The carefully-chosen photos of a fresh-faced Trayvon Martin told an alternate narrative. The pictures of Trayvon on horseback, on a ski hill, and with his doting father humanized the "hoodlum."

Day 14 of the Zimmerman Trial: The Defence Closing and Rebuttal

Steven Skurka | Posted 09.12.2013 | Canada
Steven Skurka

If the jurors are persuaded by the prosecutor's cold image of the George Zimmerman as Lady Macbeth with blood permanently staining his hands, they will find him guilty of manslaughter. If the jurors follow the law relating to self-defence, their verdict will be not guilty.

Day 13 of the Zimmerman Trial: The Prosecution's Closing Argument

Steven Skurka | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada
Steven Skurka

''A teenager is dead. He is dead through no fault of his own. He is dead because another man made assumptions... and unfortunately, because his assumptions were wrong, Trayvon Benjamin Martin no longer walks on this earth.'' This simple statement is the state's most compelling argument for a manslaughter conviction. An innocent teenager died and Zimmerman was his killer as the result of his flawed perceptions and negligent conduct.

Day 12 of the Zimmerman Trial: The Defence Rests

Steven Skurka | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada
Steven Skurka

Trayvon Martin's parents made a gracious public plea for a non-violent response through their lawyer urging everyone ''not to take the law into their own hands.'' The sequestered jury will begin its deliberations on Friday afternoon and a verdict should be reached by the weekend.

Day 11 of the Zimmerman Trial: The Case for the Defence

Steven Skurka | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada
Steven Skurka

The Broward County Sheriff's Office announced that it was working closely with the Sanford Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies to implement "a response plan in anticipation of the verdict." I predict that there will be peaceful protests but not a calamitous reaction to the jury's not guilty verdict.

Day 10 of the Zimmerman Trial: The Case for the Defence

Steven Skurka | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada
Steven Skurka

In a bold and virtually unprecedented move by the defence, Tracy Martin was called to testify. His evidence was preceded by two Sanford police officers, including the lead investigator, who confirmed that in the days following his teenage son's death, Tracy Martin was unable to identify the voice on the 911 call crying for help. Martin contested the officers' testimony stating that ''I never said it wasn't my son's voice.'' He later concluded that it was his son after listening to the call ''as many as 20 times.''