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Why the Zimmerman verdict matters in SA

Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old boy who walked to a 7-Eleven in Sanford, Florida, for a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea. During what would be his final walk back to his father’s home, he came across neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman who subsequently stalked him. This is believed to have led…

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Trayvon Martin: Fear wears a black man’s face

I wrote this article last year in March in response to the killing of Trayvon Martin. I am republishing it now as a tribute to his parents who not only have to mourn their teenage son, but also deal with the anger outrage and hurt that their son’s killer has been acquitted. Justice for Trayvon…

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Trayvon Martin: It’s about race and a lousy law

Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American teenager, was shot dead in Florida a month ago because of how he looked. Before being killed by a Hispanic self-appointed crime watch volunteer, Martin was described as “suspicious”. George Zimmerman was suspicious due to Martin’s skin colour, his wearing of a hoodie with the hood up (it was raining),…

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