Sent today to GLAA's listserve:
Greetings from the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C.
The peaceful, multiracial crowds that protested the verdict in the killing of Trayvon Martin offer a hopeful sign that some Americans are heeding the better angels of their nature. But the message the verdict sends to our children—that there are two standards of justice in this country—is poisonous and reminds all of us who work for equality that we must rededicate ourselves to the difficult work of coalition building.
George Zimmerman is but the latest in a long line of people, many of them real cops, who have killed unarmed black men and boys. See this item from The Root:
Profiling is a real and terrifying reality for many Americans—as I certainly don't need to tell our transgender sisters. It will not end without a challenge or without our cooperation.
My own commentary, "Seeing Trayvon," is now online at Metro Weekly:
Our society's discussion of the issues highlighted by this case must go beyond consideration of further indictments or lawsuits against Mr. Zimmerman (analysis of which I will leave to others). We must ask how meaningful or secure our legal rights can be amid the legal sanctioning of vigilante justice.
Instead of Trayvon, the innocent victim of this unpunished crime could have been one of the students I advise, or my own fiancé. As long as prejudice and privilege cause some people to be treated as automatic suspects who can be killed with impunity, justice is a mirage. An increasingly unhinged gun culture is put in service of social division to perpetuate minority rule. The same right wing that demonizes LGBT people also devalues and disenfranchises black people, Muslims, and immigrants, and works relentlessly to control women's wombs.