Racial Stereotyping: How Dangerous Is It for Young Black Men?
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A month after the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Florida, unarmed black teenager Kendrec McDade was killed by police bullets in Pasadena. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson showed up to make a connection. The officers are back on duty, but an investigation is still going on. We have an update. Also, since Ralph's closed its grocery store in South Los Angeles, residents make do once a week in a liquor store parking lot. We hear about "Fresh Fridays."
On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Saturday's "Not Guilty" verdict in the George Zimmerman trial produced angry protests in several cities over the weekend, including Los Angeles. What did the trial reveal about Florida law and racial justice in the United States?
Banner image: Family members of college student Kendrec McDade, who was shot by Pasadena police, speak at a rally in support of slain teenager Trayvon Martin in Los Angeles, California, April 26, 2012. Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
Racial Stereotyping: How Dangerous Is It for Young Black Men? ()
Local reaction is focused not just on the Rodney King riots 21 years ago, but on a more recent incident. Just a month after the Trayvon Martin killing, Kendrec McDade was shot to death on the streets of Pasadena. He, too, was an unarmed, black teenager, killed because police thought he had a gun.
- Brian Charles: Daily Breeze, @JBrianCharles
- Caree Harper: attorney, @AttyCareeHarper
- Jody Armour: USC, @NiggaTheory
- Kai M. Green: Black Youth Project, @Kai_MG
South LA Gets Three Hours of Fresh Produce ()
Three weeks ago, Ralph's closed its grocery store at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue in South Los Angeles. For many residents, the only convenient source of food was fast food outlets. Now, once a week at least, there's a way to eat healthfully. KCRW producer Anna Scott has the story on "Fresh Fridays."
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