George Zimmerman has been found not guilty of second0degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin, and on Saturday's Up, former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder, a Democrat and the first African-American ever elected to a governor’s office, spoke with Steve Kornacki about the verdict and offered some context based on his own experience.
Wilder said of the tragedy and the outcome. “It's not just a shame on what's happened in Florida," he said. "America can't stand this kind of justice. People around the world will look at us and say, 'What were you talking about when you tell us how to behave?'" read more
Can a 35-year-old man get away with the “youthful indiscretion” of supporting secession? He can if he’s a part of Rand Paul’s version of the Republican Party.
The GOP can argue that it is the party of Lincoln and of racial progressivism, but as long the list of politically active white men who say racist and racially insensitive things keeps growing beyond the old guard comprised of former Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott or Alaska Rep. Don Young to include people much closer to the millennial generation, the party risks irrelevance. read more
Residents of Illinois will soon be allowed to carry concealed guns after legislators overrode Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's veto this week. The law's passage means that all 50 states now allow some form of concealed carry, but after years of horrific gun violence in Chicago, is that a good thing? The panelists on Up with Steve Kornacki, including Rep. Robin Kelly, an Illinois Democrat, discussed what this says about American culture as a whole. read more
Today the show will feature a discussion of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. The guests will include:
Mychal Denzel Smith
Editor’s note: George Zimmerman has sued NBC Universal for defamation. The company strongly denies the allegation.