2013-07-24 19:27:10

Justice Beyond 'Stand Your Ground'

 (The Root) -- When it comes to post-verdict activism against racist policies, don't forget school discipline.

School-discipline policies that disparately impact black students played no obvious role in unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin's death, or in the national outrage that followed George Zimmerman's acquittal.

But in the activism surrounding a case that even President Obama has suggested presents an opportunity to contemplate the "challenges that exist for African-American boys," dismantling what's known as the "school-to-prison pipeline" could be just as relevant a focus as Florida's widely disparaged "Stand your ground" law.

Indeed, "Stand your ground" -- not specifically used by Zimmerman's defense, but included in the jury instructions in his second-degree-murder case -- has been the primary subject of "Justice for Travyon" demonstrations around the country. But the Dream Defenders -- a group of young activists who spent the weekend protesting at the Florida State Capitol, demanding that Gov. Rick Scott convene a special legislative session to address the circumstances they say led to Trayvon's death -- have much more than just the controversial self-defense law on their list of issues that lead to unacceptable racial inequality. Read more here.

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