Michael Baisden, On Getting Attention To Marissa Alexander Case
Syndicated radio host and author says new show segment will focus on injustices
Michael Baisden is savvy enough to know to strike while the iron is hot.
For weeks, the experienced radio personality and author joined a host of public figures calling for justice in the Trayvon Martin tragedy. On Wednesday, Baisden turned his attention to the “Stand Your Ground” case of Marissa Alexander.
The battered Florida woman shot at her abusive husband in self-defense and found herself facing three felony charges, even though no one was injured in the incident. Alexander did not get the benefit of the controversial law that shielded Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, from jail and murder charges for more than a month.
“On the surface, it seems absolutely ridiculous,” Baisden told Loop 21, in a Wednesday phone interview. “I’m trying to find out if there’s something that I don’t know, other than the facts of the case.”
In 2010, Alexander found herself in a violent confrontation with her second husband, according to a blog pleading her case. A jury found her guilty of three charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, for shooting a warning shot near her threatening husband and his two small children. She sits in jail, facing a possible 20-year prison sentence. A pre-sentencing hearing is scheduled for next week.
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On Tuesday, Baisden reached out to Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network to partner on advocacy in the Alexander case. Baisden also launched a new Wednesday segment on his national radio show, titled “State of Emergency,” during which he interviewed Marissa’s first husband, Lincoln Alexander. He is helping to publicize his ex-wife's case.
“I wanted to make sure we could focus on injustice and I think this is a great case to start with,” Baisden said.
The syndicated radio host is no stranger to political activism. In 2007, Baisden and Sharpton led demonstrations in response to the Jena 6 case, which drew thousands to a march in Louisiana.
Baisden says he pays little attention to those criticizing the frequency with which folks like him use their platform to seek attention, particularly when its with cases like Alexander’s and Martin’s.
“The most important thing that I’ve learned, and I’m sure many of us have learned, is that activism is nonstop,” Baisden said. “You don’t get active and then go home. You find one issue, you tackle it, and then you brush yourself off and find another one.”