Mark Pinsky in back row attending Trayvon Martin Trial
The Trayvon Martin Tragedy
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)
Mark Pinsky covering Trayvon Martin Trial:
- Trayvon Martin Trial: What to Expect – Huffington Post
- Pastors aim to keep peace at Zimmerman trial – CNN Belief Blog
- Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman: Whose Ground to Stand? – Huffington Post
- George Zimmerman’s attorneys are sowing seeds of reasonable doubt – The Guardian
- The Zimmerman Trial: How It Ends – Huffington Post
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)
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)
“The past is never dead,” wrote Mississippian William Faulkner, who knew a thing or two about racial violence. “It’s not even past.”
When The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, known colloquially as “The Lynching Museum,” opened in Montgomery, Alabama, on April 26, 2018, it was universally praised for its simple, symbolic power. Read More
by Mark Pinsky – December 15, 2020 | Forward
In late November, the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida sparked outrage when it opened its current exhibition, “Uprooting Prejudice: Faces of Change.”
The bilingual exhibit, which runs through Jan. 31, consists of 45 large-format, black-and-white photo portraits. Chicago photographer John Noltner, a native of Minnesota, was inspired to take the shots in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing at and around the site where he died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. Read More
The Groveland Four and The Ocoee Massacre
Over the past century and more, white-owned newspapers across the South published racist editorials and reporting that inflamed mobs in cities like Wilmington, North Carolina; Atlanta, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, to go on rampages that cost the lives of hundreds of African Americans. Others incited lynchings, and justified – even congratulated – the mobs that carried them out.
A handful of these newspapers, those with blood on their presses, have written apologies for their historic roles in inciting racist violence. Other papers have folded, too late for apologies. And some are still making up their minds. Read More
Lynchings and Southern Newspapers
Following the Civil War up until the Civil Rights Movement — and beyond — white-owned newspapers across the South served as cheerleaders for white supremacy. Their racist coverage had sometimes fatal consequences for African Americans. Now, some of these papers are accepting responsibility for this coverage and apologizing for it.
We talked to historians, journalists and other experts to determine the impact that these apologies have — if any — and the lessons for today’s journalists.