Top 20 Loop 21 Stories of 2012
From Trayvon to Obama's reelection, 2012 was shaped by tragedy and triumph
As we get ready to ring out 2012 and ring in 2013, here's a look back at 20 of the year’s biggest stories on Loop 21. Take a trip down memory lane with us and let us know in the Comments section what, if anything, we missed!
Trayvon Martin – The February slaying of 17-year-old Florida high school junior Trayvon Martin refocused black America’s and the whole nation’s attention on racial profiling, gun laws and fairness in the legal justice system. The teen’s shooter, George Zimmerman, awaits a June trial on a single second-degree murder charge. He has pleaded not guilty and claims he shot Trayvon in self-defense. To see our complete coverage of the case, click here.
Million Hoodie March – As outrage grew over the Sanford (Fla.) Police Department’s failure to arrest Trayvon Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman, protests were staged throughout the nation. Loop 21 had exclusive coverage of the grassroots Million Hoodie March in New York City. To see our coverage, click here.
Marissa Alexander – Following the slaying of Trayvon Martin, attention paid to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law brought Marissa Alexander’s story to national prominence. The mother of three was convicted and sentenced to a minimum 10 years in prison simply for firing a gun in the direction of her abusive ex-husband, who had previously acknowledged abusing Alexander and other women. Alexander believed the Stand Your Ground statue applied to her, as she argued she fired the gun in self-defense. To see our coverage, click here.
Republican Presidential Primary – During the Republican presidential primary season, it became clearer to Americans why the GOP is overwhelmingly white and male. From racially tinged comments about food stamps to controversies over women’s access to contraception, much of the rhetoric until – and arguably after – the party’s nomination of Mitt Romney amounted to side issues that voters didn’t base their votes on. For more on the GOP primary, click here.
Whitney Houston – The “I Will Always Love You” singer’s death this year shocked both the music world and her fans internationally, who witnessed her downward spiral but grew hopeful after a earnest try at a comeback. See our coverage by clicking here.
Penn State Scandal – The Penn State child-rape scandal involving former Littany Lions assistant coach Jerry Sandusky brought down the storied reputation of several big names in the Penn State University community, including late head coach Joe Paterno. Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of child sex abuse charges and is serving a 30- to 60-year prison term. To see our coverage, click here.
Haiti – Since the massive earthquake that leveled many densely populated regions of Haiti, the need for humanitarian aid has been nearly unquenchable. In an exclusive, Loop 21 put boots on the ground during Tropical Storm Isaac. To see the coverage, click here.
Black Unemployment – If there was one thing that many in the black community felt anguish over in 2012 it was the inadequate action by political leaders, including President Barack Obama, to address the disproportionately high unemployment rate for African Americans. Loop 21 tackled the topic at length. Click here to see our coverage.
Obamacare Upheld – In a huge pre-election victory for President Barack Obama, the United States Supreme Court upheld the most controversial elements of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. To see our coverage, click here.
Gabby Douglas Olympic History – History-making gold medalist Gabby Douglas wowed the gymnastics world with an impressive and historic showing at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Along with her groundbreaking athletic achievements, some Americans found her hairstyle more talk-worthy. To see our coverage, click here.
Black Education – Educating black boys is a weak spot for the U.S. public school system. Loop 21 took an in-depth look at how and why public schools and their communities are failing young black men. To see how we saw it, click here.
Democratic National Convention – Amid all the pizzazz during the summer’s Democratic National Convention, the biggest force at the confab was former President Bill Clinton, whose speech gave the Obama campaign momentum that it couldn’t have paid for. And Loop 21 was there! See more. Click here.
Black Immigration – Reform of the nation’s immigration system has always appeared to be a uniquely Hispanic voter issue. Loop 21 explored how immigration is a black issue, too. See our exclusive coverage by clicking here.
President Obama’s First Term – Loop 21 raised more than a few eyebrows this year by asking the question, “What has President Obama done for me lately?” We took an in-depth look at the first term of the nation’s first African American president. Check it out by clicking here.
Domestic Violence – After Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered girlfriend Kasandra Perkins before killing himself, Loop 21 explored the reasons why women stay in abusive relationships and examined the ways lawmakers and the media affect public discourse on domestic violence. To see our coverage, click here.
Presidential Campaign – A very long 2012 presidential campaign sped into primetime with four much-talked-about debates. Loop 21 covered them and many more aspects of the presidential campaign. To see our coverage, click here.
Hurricane Sandy – Just before Halloween, a frightening superstorm tore through much of the Northeast, leaving behind a swath of devastation, especially in New York City and its surrounding suburbs and several New Jersey towns and communities. To see our coverage, click here.
Obama Wins Reelection – President Barack Obama is gearing up for a second term beginning in January thanks to a surge of minority and female voters who weren’t quite sold on giving Republicans the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. To see our coverage, click here.
Sandy Hook Massacre – When a gunman tore through an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., killing 20 schoolchildren and six educators, many around the nation saw the incident as a turning point in the discussion of gun control laws and how the mentally ill are cared for. To see Loop 21’s coverage, click here.
What do you think were the year's biggest stories? Tell us in the Comments! Happy New Year!