The Trayvon Martin Tragedy

COMMENTARY: Concealed handguns a form of white social control
by Mark Pinsky – July 15, 2013

Racism remains a dark, durable — and seemingly intractable — element of the American personality. Predictably, the trial of George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin was a national racial Rorschach test. (read more)

George Zimmerman: The Trial He Should Have Had  
by Mark Pinsky – July 21, 2013

Years ago as a freelance writer, I made a specialty of covering trials involving racial justice and capital punishment in the South, as well as less political but more sensational defendants like serial killer Ted Bundy and Green Beret Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald. Ultimately, despite the excitement and high profile exposure in major newspapers and broadcast outlets, the beat wore me out emotionally, so I gravitated to writing about religion. (read more)

Trayvon Martin Case - Mark Pinsky in back row
Mark Pinsky in back row attending Trayvon Martin Trial

Mark Pinsky covering Trayvon Martin Trial:


Blog: Justice For Trayvon Martin: Where Are Our White Faith Leaders?

SANFORD, FLORIDA — In the halcyon days of the 1960s civil rights movement, no march, protest or demonstration in the South was complete without white ministers, priests and rabbis prominently in the ranks, linking arms with their African American brothers and sisters. Each was acting — as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once described himself — as a “drum major for justice.” Of course, in that era, most of the white clergy were from up North. (read more)

US Race Row

Edward talks to Mark Pinsky in Florida about why white clergy have been seemingly reluctant to get involved in the case of Trayvon Martin. (From 12:20 min. — 16:00 min.) [listen now]

My Take: Where’s white church outrage over Trayvon Martin?
by Mark I. Pinsky, Special to CNN

Orlando, Florida (CNN) — In the classic Sherlock Holmes story “The Silver Blaze,” the key clue turns out to be a watchdog that didn’t bark when it should have. In the aftermath of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, not far from here, the mystifying missing element so far has been white outrage, especially on the part of central Florida’s religious leaders. (read more)

Justice and Trayvon Martin: Where Were White Liberals? – by Mark I. Pinsky

Wednesday’s decision by Florida Special Prosecutor Angela Corey to charge George Zimmerman with second-degree murder in connection with February’s fatal shooting ofTrayvon Martin, an unarmed African American teenager, raises numerous troubling questions. Among the least considered, but perhaps most vexing: In the quest for justice in this case, where were progressive and other well-meaning white people? (read more)