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Kenneth Rose, Digital Diplomat at Montclair State University in his blog “An Athlete’s Plea to Society” quotes Professor/Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey: “Most social media users would rather be followers than to express their views. Leadership brings scrutiny – thus social media opens ways to new leadership.” So athletes, be that leader, inspire followers to express their views, & build social leaders for the future.
http://diplomatartist.com/an-athletes-plea-to-society/

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 ImageUN HUMAN RIGHTS: DENMARK FAILS TO ADDRESS RACIST ATTACKS, By Ambassador Mo

“…enough elements warranted a thorough investigation by public authorities into the possible racist nature of the attack against the family,” UN Human Rights Committee stated in its decision. It concluded that Denmark failed to investigate the racist nature of a 2004 attack on an Iraqi family, and called on the Government to review its policy & procedures. –More–
http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/blog_post/un-human-rights-denmark-fails-to-address-racist-attack/50578

Blog Report: WHY UN SCRUTINY FOR TRAYVON MARTIN CASE? By Ambassador Mo
“As High Commissioner for Human Rights, I call for an immediate investigation. Justice must be done for the victim. It’s not just this individual case. It calls into question the delivery of justice in all situations like this,” UN’s Navi Pillay offered in urging full investigation by US Authorities, local and national, of the killing of Trayvon Martin. –More–
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PROTEST MARCH WITH MY FINGERS, By Ambassador Mo
Would Gandhi do Social Media rather than Civil Disobedience? Protest still happens on the streets, see “Occupy Wall Street.” Increasingly it is online though. Most of us saw how it catalyzed and organized Arab Spring protests. That got the people, particularly the young to show up on the streets in a mass physical manifestation of dissent. –More–
http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/films/blog_post/protest-march-with-my-fingers/49489Image

President Obama statement  “Trayvon Martin could be my son” is cited by some including Newt Gingrich as a reference to the commonality of skin color between the young teen killed and Barack Obama. I’m Caucasian, but I at least heard the statement in the context of our shared humanity as well as American identity. The killing of Trayvon Martin may have been influenced by race/stereotyping, but empathy for the dead teen and his family is the impetus, not race. Similarly, concern regarding regressive racism, profiling, gun laws and failure in the rule of law are considerations for all Americans.

When Gingrich accused Barack Obama of injecting race into the Trayvon Martin case and thus reading into the President’s statement a racial affinity, it was more of reflection on Newt’s own frame of reference, color-coded perspective. Or, perhaps it was just an appeal to those who will first see the case in color-coded perspective. There is a large segment of the population that will see more threat and thus potential culprit via skin color, dress and/or other cultural/religious reference. The comment of some including Geraldo Rivera that “hoodie” may be to blame for perhaps misperception and shooting provides some rationalization and legitimization of profiling whether implicitly undertaken by institutions and/or persons.

Undoubtedly many African-Americans see this in racial terms as potentially their children and they being targeted and/or unfairly stereotyped treated. History and Trayvon Martin teaches us this is a real concern. As an American and having Muslim name/identity, I may also feel more vulnerable in today’s environment of defacto profiling. However, Trayvon Martin  case represents a failure of the Rule of Law that is a danger to all Americans and their families even if a gun not pointed directly at you. It fundamentally undermines the narrative of America, fairness, pluralism as well as commitment to rule of law that underpins success of our democracy, society and economic progress.

Trayvon Martin could have been our child, any one of us. His life represents all of us. His killing and lack of appropriate response by police/law enforcement is indicative of something broadly wrong and threat to all of us.

See our Blog for Film Report – “Will Trayvon Martin Case End-Up Before the UN?” – http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/films/blog_post/will-trayvon-martin-come-before-un/48182

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Blog Report: WILL TRAYVON MARTIN COME BEFORE UN? By Ambassador Mo
It is more likely than not, especially if US Authorities fail to provide remedy. The UN Human Rights Council regularly now conducts broad range of human rights considerations for all 193 Member States. The killing of Trayvon Martin would be evidence of US to protect its citizens – in this instance from unlawful use of force and especially if race, religion, or gender was basis for crime.  –More–
http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/films/blog_post/will-jayvon-martin-come-before-un/48182