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Blog — Racial Bias

Ken Frazier, CEO of Merck, speaks out against the death penalty

In this video, Kenneth C. Frazier, President and CEO of Merck, speaks at the American Law Institute's 90th Annual Meeting about his role as a death penalty lawyer and the flaws in the judicial system as it relates to capital punishment. Read More navigateright

What the Trayvon Martin Killing and the George Zimmerman Verdict Mean for Criminal Justice Reform

What the Trayvon Martin Killing and the George Zimmerman Verdict Mean for Criminal Justice Reform

The great tragedy of Trayvon Martin’s killing must be our galvanizing event to inspire us to fix our criminal justice system. We owe it to Trayvon and all the millions of Black, Brown, low-income and under-educated men and women, boys and girls, caught up in this system that has been unjust for far too long. Read More navigateright

Trusting Law Enforcement After the Trayvon Tragedy

Trusting Law Enforcement After the Trayvon Tragedy

Trayvon’s is a story that far too many African American men experience daily. This case, and the countless others that haven't received the same attention, remind us of the crisis of racial profiling where millions of Black and brown people in America--particularly Black boys and men--are often automatically judged as suspicious or dangerous. These young men are growing up in a world where they feel unsafe proceeding with certain everyday activities such as returning home from an errand, driving, or hanging out with friends because of stereotyping and over-criminalization by our criminal justice. Read More navigateright

Trayvon Martin & the Death Penalty:  Criminalization of the Black Community

Trayvon Martin & the Death Penalty:  Criminalization of the Black Community

Does Trayvon Martin have anything to do with race and the death penalty? Some may think the senseless killing of an unarmed Black teenager is completely unrelated to the racial discrimination in our capital punishment system. But nothing could be further from the truth.  Read More navigateright

When profiling is “reasonable,” injustice becomes excusable

Earlier this week the prominent Catholic theologian and social activist, Fr. Bryan Massingale, wrote a provocative blog post on the U.S. Catholic web site about the Trayvon Martin case, commenting that when we accept profiling as reasonable, then Trayvon Martin becomes, "a sacrifice at the alter of white fear." Read More navigateright

From Trayvon to Racial Disparities in the Death Penalty

From Trayvon to Racial Disparities in the Death Penalty

In his remarks during a surprise appearance before the press, President Obama placed the national outrage over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman into the historical context of racial oppression, violence and disenfranchisement, drawing connections to the racial disparities in our criminal justice system overall. Read More navigateright

Race, People of Faith and the Death Penalty

This video, produced by the Odyssey Network, discusses the legacy of racial discrimination in the death penalty and the importance of the faith community’s role in galvanizing public opposition to capital punishment. Read More navigateright

The Death Penalty Failed Experiment

The Death Penalty Failed Experiment

In 1976 the Supreme Court upheld one of the country’s most controversial practices — capital punishment. Since then, over 1,300 Americans have been executed by the state.  Read More navigateright

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