The killing of Trayvon Martin is raising serious questions about how young Black men are supposed to act. That is an issue William and Valerie Bell know all too well. Police shot and killed their son, Sean, and wounded two others, outside a nightclub. Police said they believed at least one of the men had a gun, but no gun was found. The officers fired 50 shots in just a few seconds. The three officers were tried and acquitted.. but later lost their jobs. William and Valerie Bell joined the panel to discuss this issue.
As many as 85-percent of Americans say they are not prejudiced, even though study after study shows otherwise. Not that people are good or bad, just that whether we acknowledge it or not, whether we even sense it or not, race registers. We make assumptions based on it, whether we realize it or not. Is racial bias built into the justice system as a number of studies suggest? I asked my legal panel, including defense attorney Mark Geragos, Robert Hirschhorn, who was a jury consultant to the Zimmeran defense team, and legal analysts and former federal prosecutors Sunny Hostin and Jeffrey Toobin.
The George Zimmerman verdict started a new conversation about race in America. Sometimes racism is blatant and easy to spot. But all too often, bias is hidden in plain sight. It's an issue I discussed with BET's Michaela Angela Davis, David Webb, co-founder of Tea Party 365, and Andre Perry, founding Dean of Urban Education at Davenport University.
At the AC360 "Race and Justice" town hall, Charles Blow, Geoffrey Canada, Sunny Hostin and Anna Deavere Smith discussed the difficulty of explaining the Trayvon Martin case to children.
Anderson Cooper asks Florida prosecutor Angela Corey why there were no African-Americans on the Zimmerman jury.
Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump reacts to juror B37's comments that race was not a factor in their verdict.
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