The Life of Jordan Davis.

Here’s Ta-Nehisi on Jordan Davis’ shooting, and his killer escaping punishment — for now at least:

I wish I had something more to say about the fact that Michael Dunn was not convicted for killing a black boy. Except I said it after George Zimmerman was not convicted of killing a black [...]

The Zimmerman Trial Through an Abolitionist Lens.

George Zimmerman in April 2012.

Dead weight seems to hang in the air as we wait for the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman. My fears and hopes feel hinged on each shallow exhale as I sit at the kitchen table, sifting through articles, nibbling oatmeal, talking heads muted. Like many people I [...]

Your Tuesday Random-Ass Roundup: Yep, We Still Here.

NYC real estate is no joke. So with the Rapture supposed to go down last Saturday, I was scheming on a more spacious new crib from which to ride out the Tribulation. Alas, it looks like I’ll have to wait for October, at least.

In the interim, let’s get caught [...]

To Protect and Serve?

This is so tone-deaf that it almost defies belief:

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A police union has given its Officer of the Year award to the policeman who shot and killed a college football player during a disturbance in the New York City suburbs.

Parents of the student, 20-year-old Danroy Henry Jr., of Easton, [...]

Public vs. Private.

Wilmer Leon III, a political science professor at Howard, disagrees with the Supreme Court’s decision in Snyder v. Phelps, which held that the reprehensible Westboro Baptist Church — the family of “God hates fags” infamy — was within their rights to protest at the funeral of Matthew Snyder, who was killed in a Humvee crash [...]

The Head of the Serpent.

Via Jamilah King at ColorLines, Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi has decided to suspend the sentences of Jamie and Gladys Scott, two women who were sentenced to life in prison for an armed robbery in 1994. Their release is contingent upon Gladys Scott giving a kidney to her sick sister, which she [...]

Your Tuesday Random-Ass Roundup: Steady Cuttin’ Up.

What’s good, everyone? Sorry for the late roundup. I’m subbing for blackink, who just upped and moved to the A and is still getting settled in.

Some stuff to turn over as you go about your day…

It’s kind of a moot point now, but this chart, via Ezra Klein, shows how much folks would [...]

Jigga and the Fourth Amendment.

Two weeks ago, Jay-Z went on Fresh Air with Terry Gross to talk about his new, much-hyped book about his life and music. During the interview, he went into greater detail about the police stop recalled in the second verse of “99 Problems”:

GROSS: So, you know, part of that story is that the [...]