Walk in a black person's shoes

July 23, 2013 

President Obama on Trayvon Martin: Could have been me, says "stand your ground laws" might be reviewed.

Obama made a public comment about the verdict in the Trayvon Martin shooting death and described what it's like to be a black man in America.

Probably, a lot of people of non-color have not been subjected or exposed to racial bias, prejudice, racism, segregation or the old Jim Crow laws. It's difficult to understand or relate to if it never happened to you. But, it's very much alive if somewhat hidden. It's like an old Negro saying or song:"If you white, you right; if you brown, stick around; if you black, get back."

Some people believe the race card is used to get by or cause trouble. Maybe, in some cases. Who knows, until it happens to you. It's one of those subjects you try to avoid. But, it has to be dealt with regardless of what color or nationality if it actually exists.

There are probably some black, white and foreign racists. They don't publicize racism, they just promote it.

Is Martin's shooting death the beginning or the end? Why? How many more? Who will be next?

Reviewing, changing laws helps. But if you are dead, does it really matter? That's no closure for Trayvon Martin's parents.

Pauline McCottrell

East St. Louis

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