To Thee I Will Sing: No Justice, No Peace.

Dear Friends and Readers, I want to thank you for reading my blog over the past year. I started it in late Oct/November 2013 and I am quickly approaching 1,000 readers. I didn’t really know how many people would follow me so I am startled by the number of “my followers” and ¬†every time I…

Suspicious behaviors are tainted by our perceptions of “race” and gender stereotypes

Suspicious behaviors are often understood within situations and contexts. For example, George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin in part because environmental contextual cues shaped his belief of suspicious behavior.  Trayvon, a young African American teenager, wearing a hood may have seemed out of place in a mostly White gated community.  His behavior was viewed by Zimmerman within…