George Zimmerman Trial - Is 'Stand Your Ground' Racist?
George Zimmerman's upcoming trial for second degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin has reignited discussions of "Stand your ground" laws, as well as the overlapping topics of race, class, prejudice and the American criminal justice system. Was Zimmerman justified in "profiling" Trayvon Martin? Does racism drive public policy decisions leading to "Stand your ground" laws and "stop and frisk" police policies, or is racism just a contributing factor to the way the laws are applied? As products of our society, do we all "drink the Kool-Aid" of race-based prejudice? Do rappers who glorify drugs, crime and the thug lifestyle perpetuate these attitudes or do they provide an insight for mainstream American on the realities of life for poor, inner-city black youth?
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