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Right response from Obama on Zimmerman verdict

Right response from Obama on Zimmerman verdict

(The Root) – Though it's compellingly argued and passionately felt, I disagree with the assessment of my colleague at The Root, Keli Goff, that President Barack Obama's statement about (the) George Zimmerman verdict was disappointing or somehow offensive. After all, everyone has a part to play in this tragedy, and Obama's is unlike anyone else's.

While he's the most visible – and powerful – black man in the world, he's also head of government and head of state. And in those dual capacities, he ought to – and has – spoken out in support of Trayvon Martin's family. But it's also his job to represent the American system, with all its attendant flaws.

That's the difference between being a black politician and a president who's also black.

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Twitter examines white privilege

Twitter examines white privilege

Much of the nation is still reeling from the not-guilty verdict handed down to George Zimmerman over the weekend. Though Zimmerman is half Latino, many rightly name white privilege as a factor in his acquittal.

Since the verdict was announced, white Twitterers have used their own stories to illustrate the way white privilege works. Using the tag #WhitePrivilege, they shared encounters they had with police officers when they were young – situations similar to Trayvon's that ended much differently because they were not profiled as Trayvon was.

Hearing the privileged recognize and speak on their privilege imparts a bit of hope that maybe they can reach an audience that the rest of us can't.

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Were they disappointed we didn’t riot?

Were they disappointed that we didn't riot?

That was the sentiment of some who took to Twitter to give their accounts of the peaceful protests against George Zimmerman's acquittal that took place in Oakland, Calif., Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and other cities across the country on Sunday.

While the demonstrations focused on frustration with the verdict, Twitter accounts reflected what was seen as another instance of injustice: inadequate coverage of media coverage of the events, and especially of the accounts of those who said Los Angeles Police were firing rubber bullets at the crowds.

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In Zimmerman case, doing what’s right not just about law

In Zimmerman case, doing what’s right not just about law

Like so many others, I am distraught. It will take many days to sort through my feelings and reactions to the verdict of not guilty in the Trayvon Martin case. Still, some thoughts and lessons are obvious, immediate and, in a sense, imperative.

First, those who delight in the verdict are wrong. There is no winner here. Trayvon Martin is still dead and George Zimmerman still must live with the fact that he killed without reason or cause. Here, the "should have" rules: He should have stayed in the truck.

Those who react to the verdict with despair are wrong. We work hard for justice in this world, but we, being human, are flawed. We will make mistakes. The law is only our best approximation of justice, and the law needs constant revision. But doing what's right is not limited to the law. Sometimes, we must go beyond it.

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  • Written by Donna Brazile/Special to CNN

Oh Really? Rapper Lil Wayne speaks on the George Zimmerman verdict

Oh Really? Rapper Lil Wayne speaks on the George Zimmerman verdict

(YourBlackWorld.com) – The rapper Lil Wayne, the man who probably disappoints me more than any hip-hop artist on the planet, took the time to tweet his thoughts on the recent "not guilty" verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman.

Even Wayne felt compelled to look out into the world to express his concerns about the case, sending this tweet:

"Tampa was amazing but kame bak to my bus and saw da news...ain't s**t change, and I may never get to see it do so. I pray 4my kids & yours," he said.

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African-American students need parent-school partnerships

African-American students need parent-school partnerships

On July 5, Ivory Kaleb Toldson was born. He is my first son and second child. During his birth I relived the joy, wonderment and jitters that I experienced in 2007 when my daughter, Makena, was born.

Like millions of parents, I want the best education for my children. As a black parent, I am cognizant of the persistent racial inequities and biases in the school system. Black children need to be exposed to a curriculum that builds on their strengths, affirms their culture and treats them with dignity and compassion.

Notwithstanding many problems that schools are having educating black children, I am optimistic that black children can succeed in any type of school (public, private or charter) in any environment (urban, suburban or rural). Through my years of research on academic success, I am convinced that the key to educating black children is to have schools build successful partnerships with black parents.

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Spoiling vs nurturing – How to ensure that your child has it all

Spoiling vs nurturing – How to ensure that your child has it all

Babies and young children often serve as the greatest sources of joy in our adult lives.

Maybe that's why we are all guilty at times of going against our better judgment – spending beyond our means or giving in to tearful requests even when we suspect it may not be the right thing to do.

This conflict leads many parents to worry whether they are "spoiling" their child. In common terms, a "spoiled" child is one who is used to getting whatever she wants – and prone to throw temper tantrums when she doesn't.

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