July 25, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 14

Column on Zimmerman trial had a good take on modern stereotypes

Letters to the Editor

Thank you for your well-balanced column on the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case. I agree that there are many facets to this case, which include “stereotyping,” which we as Americans (along with most humans) practice. Zimmerman no doubt stereotyped Martin on the night of Feb. 26, in Florida, which resulted in Trayvon Martin’s unfortunate death.

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That stereotyping was involved in this incident is probably a given, but I think one should consider the “vigilante mentality” that was influencing Zimmerman that night as he carried a concealed weapon on his “block watch” rounds and...

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