Dan Fitzgerald: Race wasn’t a factor

July 25, 2013 

Race wasn’t a factor

A July 21 “Point of View” piece, “Ignoring race a mistake,” attempted to argue that Florida, and subsequently the jurors in the George Zimmerman trial, erred by not taking into account the racial element present in this case.

According to the author, if the jurors properly considered how race affected the encounter, which led to Travon Martin’s death, they would have been more accurately able to discern who was the initial aggressor and then perhaps would have avoided this “miscarriage of justice.”

Almost 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King dreamed of a day when “my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

My question is, who is closer to that dream: The jurors who decided race was not a determining factor in the case or those who come along afterward, lamenting that race was not a significant consideration?

Dan Fitzgerald

Raleigh

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