There are numerous versions of what happened, all of them advanced by myriad people with social and political agendas rather than a search for justice, no matter what they claim. But, fear is at the core of the rhetoric. Mistrust and distrust, often fueled by the mass media with their own agendas, may lead some to irrationally believe that entire demographics of people--White, Black, Hispanic, gay, Jew, Muslim--may pose threats to their own safety, leading them to react as if the threats were real rather than imagined.
The reasons no longer matter to Trayvon Martin. The lesson however, should matter to the rest of us.
[Walter Brasch is the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. distinguished service award. His latest book is Before the First Snow ; a major theme of the book looks at issues of racism and bigotry. The book is available from Greeley & Stone Publishers or amazon , in both hardcover and ebook formats.]
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