When ‘Religious Liberty’ Was Used to Justify Racism Instead of Homophobia.
Update: See Karanja Gaçuça's Color of Change director Rashad Robinson: Negative images of black men becoming ‘dangerous.’
Even as well-wishers marked the sad occasion (of the second anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin), another family is still in mourning over the shooting death of yet another black youth, Ricardo Sanes, who was shot and found lying face down in the grass in West Orlando on January 16th 2014.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Sanes’ killer has argued self-defense, citing the youth’s hoodie and sagging pants as a factor in his suspicion of and subsequent pursuit and shooting of Sanes.
Following the shooting death of yet another 17-year-old black boy, Jordan Davis at the hands of Michael Dunn, Colorofchange.org, an advocacy organization, launched a campaign titled “Black lives matter” to highlight these cases. The murder trial of Dunn recently concluded with a hung jury over the charge of first degree murder, although he was convicted on three lesser charges of attempted murder and shooting at a vehicle.
"Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, decided late Wednesday to veto the bill, which would have given business owners the right to refuse service to gays, lesbians and other people," writes Fernanda Santos. "Her action came amid mounting pressure from Arizona business leaders, who said the bill would be a financial disaster for the state and would harm its reputation."
Without hate, Republicans have very little holding them together as a political party.
From state governments to small shopping malls, to a kid walking home from the store hate blinds and destroys.
FreeThought calls it the Tea Party Effect: "The conservative base is so driven by anger and bitterness that it will embrace virtually anyone who spews venom at their political enemies. The stronger the rhetoric — Nazis! Communists! Muslims! — the more loudly they cheer. It’s the politics of resentment over rationality."