Justice Beyond ‘Stand Your Ground’

When it comes to post-verdict activism against racist policies, don't forget school discipline.

Trayvon Martin supporters rally in Oakland, Calif. (Josh Edelson/Getty Images)

The group’s specific legislative priorities include the elimination of zero-tolerance policies and police officers from Florida schools — or, short of that, agreed-upon standards for officers’ conduct.

Agnew say the current, Trayvon Martin-inspired attention to racial inequality’s effect on young people makes this just the time to push for these fixes.

“In the end, I think right now the direction of the conversation around youth and how to create a better environment for youth is leaning toward school-to-prison pipeline,” he said. “There’s the most opportunity there to build a far-reaching agenda that really moves us forward.”

Jenée Desmond-Harris is The Root’s staff writer and White House correspondent. Follow her on Twitter.

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