Attorney General Eric Holder called for doing away with “stand your ground” self-defense laws, telling the NAACP the statutes “sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods” and allow “violent situations to escalate in public.”

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“The Zimmerman Acquittal”: Is America’s God Racist And Carrying A Gun Stalking Young Black Men?

The not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case has me thinking a lot about a book I first encountered in seminary, Is God a White Racist?, by the Rev. Dr. Bill Jones. As a budding seminary student, it took me by surprise. Now, as a wiser, older professor looking at the needless death of Trayvon Martin, I have to say: I get it.

God ain’t good all of the time. In fact, sometimes, God is not for us. As a black woman in a nation that has taken too many pains to remind me that I am not a white man, and am not capable of taking care of my reproductive rights, or my voting rights, I know that this American god ain’t my god. As a matter of fact, I think he’s a white racist god with a problem. More importantly, he is carrying a gun and…

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How to Get a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


Today Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston will become the 2,502nd celebrity to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, joining icons like Steven Spielberg, Audrey Hepburn, and Frank Sinatra on what has become, since its launch in 1960, a who’s-who’s of who’s made it in American entertainment. But unlike, say, the Oscars or the Emmys, the standards for inclusion are kept under tight wraps. So what, exactly, does it take to get one of these coveted pink terrazzo marble stars? TIME got the scoop from the newest member of the star selection committee: America’s Funniest Home Videos creator Vin Di Bona, and Ana Martinez, the Walk of Fame’s Vice President of Media Relations and Producer.

1. Produce something iconic.

In theory, anyone can apply for a star—all it takes is mailing an application and a fee to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. But submissions won’t even be considered if the…

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Romney Lost

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Republicans are still discussing why Romney lost the recent election. He lost, not because he didn’t receive more votes from his base, he lost because he received fewer votes period. End of story. Republicans claim that Romney received the majority of the votes cast by real Americans. Perhaps he did if you define real Americans as those who voted for Romney. That’s a really circular argument if I have ever heard one. Rather than reforming the party, the GOP are currently trying to find ways of increasing the number of real Americans who vote and decreasing the number of votes by other Americans.

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WATCH: Puppy Eats Watermelon Chunks


Summer workdays are a challenge for everyone. The weekends are great: Days are long, the weather is nice and there’s always something fun to do even if it’s just watching the clouds roll by in the sky. Then comes the work week, and you find yourself facing a computer screen in a cubicle with nothing but a Garfield comic, office coffee and the gentle whir of the copy machine to keep you company. It feels like an eternity until your early dismissal on Summer Friday when you can rush outside, apply sunblock and go frolic in the great outdoors again.

Luckily the internet is here to help. Make your Tuesday much more manageable by taking a break with this video of an undeniably adorable fluffy little Pomchi (Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix) puppy munching on a watermelon. Get your RDA of cuteness in one easy serving.

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Micky Mouse: “Get me the f@ck out of Florida!” (See, he’s black!)


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“Black boys denied the right to be young”


Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson
Opinion Writer

Justice failed Trayvon Martin the night he was killed. We should be appalled and outraged, but perhaps not surprised, that it failed him again Saturday night, with a verdict setting his killer free.

Our society considers young black men to be dangerous, interchangeable, expendable, guilty until proven innocent. This is the conversation about race that we desperately need to have — but probably, as in the past, will try our best to avoid.

George Zimmerman’s acquittal was set in motion on Feb. 26, 2012, before Martin’s body was cold. When Sanford, Fla., police arrived on the scene, they encountered a grown man who acknowledged killing an unarmed 17-year-old boy. They did not arrest the man or test him for drug or alcohol use. They conducted a less-than-energetic search for forensic evidence. They hardly bothered to look for witnesses.

Only a national outcry forced authorities to investigate the killing seriously. Even after six weeks, evidence was found to justify arresting Zimmerman, charging him with second-degree murder and putting him on trial. But the chance of dispassionately and definitively establishing what happened that night was probably lost. The only complete narrative of what transpired was Zimmerman’s.


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“Eric Holder promises “compassion” and “truth” in Zimmerman case”


By Stephanie Condon


Attorney General Eric Holder promised that the Justice Department “will continue to act in a manner that is consistent with the facts and the law” as it considers whether to pursue criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin.

“We are determined to meet division and confusion with understanding and compassion – and also with truth,” Holder said Monday in Washington, D.C., at the national convention for the African-American sorority Delta Sigma Theta. “We are resolved, as you are, to combat violence involving or directed at young people, to prevent future tragedies and to deal with the underlying attitudes, mistaken beliefs and stereotypes that serve as the basis for these too common incidents.”

After a Florida jury on Saturday found Zimmerman not guilty of state charges, civil rights groups have called for the Justice Department to weigh in on the case. The department is reviewing evidence and considering whether to take action. Zimmerman, while serving as a neighborhood watch volunteer last year in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., shot the 17-year-old Martin, who was unarmed.

Holder called Martin’s death “tragic” and “unnecessary.”


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