More details emerge in Trayvon Martin investigation
George Zimmerman, 28, faces second-degree murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, on February 26.
May 18th, 2012
05:46 PM ET

More details emerge in Trayvon Martin investigation

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Trayvon Martin's girlfriend, talking to him on the telephone, heard the teenager saying "get off, get off," in the moments before his cell phone cut off and he was shot dead, according to a recording released Friday of the girl's interview with a prosecutor.

Another witness, however, seems to put Martin on top of George Zimmerman for at least part of the struggle, according to another recording.

"Where I first walked out there, the black guy was on top, and the only reason I can tell that was because the guy that was on the ground under him at that point wrestling was definitely a lighter color," the witness, whose name has not been made public, said in the interview.

Martin was African-American. Zimmerman is a white Hispanic.

Another witness said the heavier of the two appeared to be on top.

"I know after seeing the TV of what's happening, comparing their pictures, I think Zimmerman was definitely on top because of his size," the witness said.

The recordings provide the most detailed look yet into previously reported witness statements detailing the last moments of Martin's life.

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Engage: Oregon bans Native American mascots in public schools
Oregon's board of education voted yesterday to ban American Indian mascots in public schools.
May 18th, 2012
01:12 PM ET

Engage: Oregon bans Native American mascots in public schools

Engage with news and opinions from around the web about under-reported stories from undercovered communities.

Native American mascots banned in Oregon public schools - The South County Spotlight

As Kansas commemorates Brown v. Board of Education, governor apologizes for segregation - Reuters

Florida Division of Election division increases efforts to curb noncitizen voting -The New York Times

How, why America developed a racial categorization system - Slate

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Opinion: Minorities? Try 'people of color'
New Census numbers show the marjority of children under 1 are of color.
May 18th, 2012
08:32 AM ET

Opinion: Minorities? Try 'people of color'

Editor’s Note: Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and the publisher of Colorlines.com

By Rinku Sen, Special to CNN

(CNN) –With the news that, for the first time in U.S. history, the majority of American babies are not white, it should put to rest use of the term “minorities” as a reference to America’s black, Latino, Asian and Native American residents.

Nearly 30 years ago, I learned to think of myself as a person of color, and that shift changed my view of myself and my relationship to the people around me.

It is time for the entire nation, and our media in particular, to make the same move.