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Trayvon and Brandon: Why does society care about one black death but not thousands of others?

Trayvon and Brandon: Why does society care about one black death but not thousands of others?

The George Zimmerman verdict continues to reverberate across the nation, and the nation is coming to terms with the purported notion that we live in post-racial society. I didn't know Trayvon Martin. But nearly a month after the Florida teen was killed, in February 2012, someone I did know, a young 23-year-old black man named Brandon Simms, was murdered in McCulloh Homes in Baltimore's Upton community. In all probability, other young black men killed him. Brandon had reportedly been involved in the drug trade in his past, but he had turned his life around and was working and earning money legitimately. In October 2011, he approached me to work on my project, "You're...

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