Re-nigging on the promises; President Obama on civil rights

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Lots of underground news this weekend:

Re-nigging on the promises: #Justice4Trayvon

  • Three weeks ago, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin got caught on the wrong end of “walking while black” when over-zealous Neighborhood Watch member George Zimmerman shot him dead;
  • Zimmerman has still not been arrested or questioned in connection with the murder;
  • The article investigates the racial overtones in this particular incident.

Although I’m not convinced that President Obama’s statement against Amendment One in North Carolina was the best idea, mostly because he opposed it on the grounds of equal marriage for gays and lesbians and that’s not what the amendment is about, it may be a sign of what’s to come for America:

President Obama comes out against ballot measure targeting same sex couples in North Carolina

  • President Obama came out against North Carolina’s Amendment One slated for the May ballot;
  • The article claims this statement signals Obama’s continuing evolution on his views of marriage equality;
  • “He might not have the power to make marriage equality the law of the land with the snap of his fingers, but you can be damn sure that supporting it would provoke a furious reaction from Republicans similar to the birth control debate, strengthening the hands of the right-wing Republicans like Rick Santorums and putting the G.O.P.’s anti-gay bigotry on full display for all to see.”

Maybe he was just getting into the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations a bit early?:

Kony 2012 director is detained and hospitalized

  • Jason Russell, who directed and starred in the Kony 2012 video, was detained Thursday by the San Diego police for masturbating in public and vandalizing cars;
  • According to his PR lackey, Russell “was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition. He is now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better.”
  • Best comment goes to Tom: “come on … seriously?”

Last but not least, if you’re up for a long read, this piece from the New Yorker provides an in-depth look at the suicide of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi and the subsequent guilty verdict against his roommate Dharun Ravi just this week:

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