On Martin-Zimmerman case, choices have consequences

August 26, 2013 

Katherine McDonald's Aug. 18 letter says that racial assumptions are clearly wrong, then makes her own -- that if Trayvon Martin had been a white male in a hoodie, George Zimmerman "would not have taken a second look," that "we should not be claiming and assuming things about other people," and a real whopper, that Zimmerman believed his gun made him a man.

Do burglaries in your neighborhood unsettle you? Is a crime watch a good idea? Whom would you look for? If the burglars had been Asian, would you search for Scandinavians? Isn't an accurate description of miscreants more effective than a bad one or none at all?

Trayvon was repeatedly described as "a child." When you see someone several inches taller than you, do you assume he's a child?

If someone is bigger than you, has pinned you down on a sidewalk, has punched you, broken your nose, and then started slamming your head into the concrete, how many times would you have to let him do that to sufficiently respect and honor his age and ethnicity, before defending yourself? Twenty? Fifteen? Ten? By that time you might well be unconscious, or even dead, and he under arrest.

Trayvon had been close to home, but from the ugly name he called Zimmerman (on the phone with his friend Rachel), he was spoiling for a fight. As some parents teach their children, if you pick a fight, you get a fight ... not always on your own terms.

Choices have consequences. Sadly for their families, some choices are lethal.

Rosalie Rosenfeld


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