Trayvon Martin

The State of Things
12:02 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

George Zimmerman And Celebrity Boxing: A Bread And Circus Affair?

George Zimmerman
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An expert panel discuss the upcoming pay-per-view celeberty boxing match

  

George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin but was acquitted, is signed up to fight in a pay-per-view celebrity boxing match. The most likely opponent for the March 1st match-up is rapper DMX. The proposed fight has elicited an array of responses, from proponents asking DMX to avenge Martin’s death to people pleading with DMX not to participate. In many ways the fight resembles the activities of ancient Rome, where gladiators would fight for their lives in a public arena and the spectacle distracted the masses from other concerns.

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Trayvon Martin's Killing Reverberates In North Carolina

Photos from the Million Hoodies Union Square protest against Trayvon Martin's shooting death in Sanford, Florida.
Credit David Shankbone

On Saturday, July 13, George Zimmerman was pronounced not guilty of second degree murder for the killing of Trayvon Martin. The jury acquitted him on the grounds of self-defense. What does self-defense mean in a case like this?

Before the trial began, Judge Deborah Nelson forbade use of the term “racial profiling” in the courtroom. How does race play into the criminal justice system? 

Host Frank Stasio speaks with a panel of experts to discuss these questions and what the Trayvon Martin case in Florida means for us in North Carolina. His guests are:

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State of Things
10:39 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Taking a Lesson from Emmett Till

More than a half century before 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida, another black teenager named Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi. “Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till” tells his story, with actor Mike Wiley playing all 36 roles in film.

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