Jonathan Jackson

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The Trayvon Martin Killing and the Myth of Black-on-Black Crime

Crime is driven by proximity and opportunity, writes Jamelle Bouie—which is why 86 percent of white victims were killed by white offenders.<p>Last week, …

Fear of a Black President

As a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with America’s original sin, slavery. But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely. In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of …

Trayvon Martin and the Irony of American Justice

This is not our system malfunctioning. It is our system working as intended.<p>In trying to assess the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, two seemingly conflicting truths emerge for me. The first is that based on the case presented by the state, and based on Florida law, George Zimmerman …

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Senior Editor At The Atlantic, Discusses Obama's Reluctance To Talk About Race (VIDEO)

In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin verdict, Ta-Nehisi Coates' interview with The Huffington Post at the Aspen Ideas festival last month is strangely prescient.<p>"Racism has, in a real way, decreased in this country," Coates, a senior editor at the Atlantic, told HuffPost's Ahmed Shihab-Eldin. …

How Stand Your Ground Relates To George Zimmerman

There's a counter-intuitive notion taking hold out there that the George Zimmerman's case had nothing to do with Stand Your Ground. This argument is most explicitly made by Jacob Sullum in a column entitled, "Sorry, The George Zimmerman Case Still Has Nothing To Do With Stand Your Ground." Here's …