In the News: Stand Your Ground, FAMU and Junior Seau
Author:Jean Marie Brown
May 2, 2012
Portrayals of people of color are fairly stereotypical: victims or perpetrators of crimes, athletes and celebrities. The mainstream homepages do offer a few surprises, though, such as Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men discussing his son’s autism.
Crime coverage . . .
Marissa Alexander lost a “stand your ground” defense because Florida courts say the mother of three hadn’t exhausted all options for protection against abuse. This is on HuffPost as well as on Loop21.
Celebrity and politics . . .
On HuffPost, Shawn Stockman talks about his son’s autism.
. . . Vice President Biden’s Cinco de Mayo celebration makes news.
. . . The Daily Beast reports that Usher and Rick Ross are among recording artists with releases scheduled for this summer .
. . . Slate links to The Root’s retrospective on “The Cosby Show.”
Athletes . . .
There’s plenty of coverage regarding the apparent suicide of Junior Seau:
- The Daily Beast: Sudden Suicide of NFL Great Junior Seau Baffles Fans
- Slate: Junior Seau Dead
. . . And, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ symbolic drafting of Eric LeGrand, who is paralyzed, is noted.
Another point of view . . .
The ethnic sites provide another perspective with a look at the limbo that undocumented students live in after high school graduation, a discussion of when blackface can work and a report on cyber bullying among teen-age girls. Here are those highlights, and a few others:
Mario Wire looks at the displacement of undocumented students after high school, and efforts to pass the Dream ACT . . .Cuba is considering easing travel restrictions
. . . Cornel West thinks the President is a disaster, but that’s better than his assessment of Mitt Romney as a catastrophe. The post on Loop21 comes from HuffPost but didn’t make its homepage.
. . . Cyber bullying is blamed for a fight between teen girls at a Chicago public school.
. . . There’s still discussion of Condoleezza Rice in the VP sweepstakes.
. . . Finally, the “gymwrap” is supposed to preserve black women’s hair when they work out.
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