Zimmerman case shows racial profiling still a problem in America

July 24, 2013 

This letter is a response to Mr. Steve Stivers' July 20 letter, "A nation of laws ignored those in Zimmerman case." Mr. Stivers stated the George Zimmerman case has the potential of turning our history and traditions upside down and this country was created as one governed by laws, not by men.

All laws were written by men, and whether they are fair and equally justified is another question; however, we as a civilized nation follow those laws just as we did the verdict.

Mr. Stivers also stated that the Zimmerman case was coaxed by the liberal media, racial antagonists and even mentioned the NAACP and the president as cause for making the Zimmerman case "racially motivated."

Here are a few facts that need to be taken into consideration. Trayvon Martin was racially profiled. Mr. Zimmerman was told not to follow Trayvon Martin; however, Mr. Zimmerman being armed, had no fear.

Trayvon would have been alive today to tell the police or the jurors what actually happened that night, like, "I was only walking home with nothing more than a purchase of Skittles and an ice tea."

Now, was there an altercation that night provoked by profiling? Indeed it was, and a dead teen was placed on trial as a result of racial profiling.

Now ask yourself, have you ever been racially profiled to the point that it angered you? Probably not.

Did it anger the judge to the possibility of being accepted as key point in the trial? It probably did not.

Did it anger the six jurors to the point it weighed in their decision? It probably did not.

Did it anger the prosecution or the defense teams? It probably did not.

Does it anger every black or Hispanic male in America? It certainly does.

Does it anger the NAACP or the liberal media? Indeed it does.

And even to the point of being addressed by the president.

Racial profiling is definitely about race and unless you have experienced it, you will have a better understanding why this case is so controversial.

Your letter also required an answer to the question: "What if I was sitting in George Zimmerman's place?" Well, I certainly would have called the police, waited until they arrived and let them handle the incident and not racially profiled every black teenage male in my neighborhood as a criminal and continue to pray racial profiling ceases in America.

Millard M. Surrency

Parrish

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