In and of itself, the killing of Trayvon Martin probably did not cause the national anger and race-based social unrest we are currently witnessing. The recent indiscriminate hate killings of several blacks by two white men in Tulsa, Okla., are much more troubling.
Nonetheless, the manner that Sanford, Fla., police mishandled the killing of Trayvon Martin was the event that sparked public outrage and protests against continuing racial bias in our justice system.
It is common knowledge that practices in our justice system reflect the values of our society. Although improving, our culture is still one in which darker skinned persons are undervalued and discriminated against relative to those with lighter skin complexions.
If Trayvon had been a white kid and Zimmerman had been black, history predicts there would have been an immediate arrest, charges filed or worse. Historical facts do not lie.
The disproportionate numbers of prison inmates with darker skin are clear evidence of ongoing racial bias. Thus, protesters are right to publically and lawfully express their indignation about its continuation. "Liberty and justice for all" are American principles yet to be realized by all. Protesting for equal justice for Trayvon Martin as well as George Zimmerman is an effort to hold true to these principles.
DALLAS BARNES, Pasco