This week in OtherWords, Marc Morial, Donald Kaul, and Terrance Heath weigh in on the acquittal of George Zimmerman — the man who killed Trayvon Martin — while Sam Pizzigati and Jill Richardson discuss why Americans live shorter lives than people in other rich countries.
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- Black Man 101 / Terrance Heath
Why must we now teach our sons to defer to all potential bigots who come their way?
- A Verdict that Condemns the State of Civil Rights in America / Marc Morial
I want to assure Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, as well as millions of their supporters, that this isn’t over.
- Rays of Hope in Egypt / Ahmad Shokr
The army and the restive millions had different grievances when Morsi was ousted on June 30.
- Putting Government Waste on Auto-Pilot / Ryan Alexander
House Republicans snipped SNAP out of the Farm Bill and rubber-stamped farm subsidies in a stealth operation.
- There Ought to Be a Better Law / Donald Kaul
The Trayvon Martin verdict shows that with “Stand Your Ground” laws, it’s your word against theirs and they’re dead.
- What’s Driving America’s Flagging Vital Signs? / Sam Pizzigati
Inequality is behind the nation’s dismal life expectancy rates.
- Eat Well, Walk More, Live Longer / Jill Richardson
Americans die younger than citizens of most other rich countries.
- Exceptionally Mediocre on a Global Scale / Jim Hightower
America became great through deliberate and determined public investments in the common good, not hocus-pocus exceptionalism.
- The Roaring Twenties Are Back / William A. Collins
The U.S. economy is reverting to the bad old days.
- Zimmerman’s Smoking Gun / Khalil Bendib cartoon