Discussion of the George Zimmerman verdict has been rampant in both the public and private spheres since jurors rendered the divisive decision in mid-July. Zimmerman’s acquittal of all charges in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has sparked conversations on a plethora of sensitive topics, including Stand Your Ground laws, the current status of race relations in the United States, and what it means to live at the precarious identity intersection of being Black and male in a society that asserts itself to be “post-racial” despite ample evidence to the contrary.
Responding to complaints that he is not an American citizen and therefore should not have performed “God Bless America” at the MLB All Star Game, Marc Anthony reminded viewers of the TODAY Show that he is indeed a proud American of Puerto Rican descent, and, to accent his point about “Americaness,” he reminded us that the song he performed was written by Irving Berlin, a Russian Jewish immigrant. This situation is emblematic of the ignorance that always accompanies bigotry, but, more importantly, it leads us into a conversation about who qualifies as a member of the American family, who is a true citizen—who “belongs.”
By Sharon Davies, Executive Director, published in the Columbus Dispatch, It is almost impossible to fathom what constituents were being represented when the House voted to unhitch the nation’s food stamp program (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) from the farm bill, undoing the compromise that has long ensured the passage of both pieces of legislation. … Continue reading »
By Sharon Davies, Executive Director, The Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas defied the expectations of many commentators and pundits who had broadly predicted in the weeks before the decision that the Court would abandon the standards established in Grutter. It did not. If anything, the Court reinforced that precedent by returning the … Continue reading »
By Sharon Davies, The Supreme Court’s decision to review the Sixth Circuit’s decision in the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action case is a bit surprising. On the one hand, it is not unusual for the Court to agree to review a decision that has created a split of opinion between 2 federal circuit courts on the same legal … Continue reading »