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Racism and George Zimmerman

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Thomas Sowell reflects on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case in a piece in National Review Online.  It's short and worth the read, mostly for its reminder of the astonishingly dishonest editing that NBC undertook to attempt to portray Zimmerman as a racist. The edit itself is described here.

Sowell's last three paragraphs particularly drew my attention:

Let us talk sense, like adults. Nothing that is done to George Zimmerman -- justly or unjustly -- will unlynch a single black man who was tortured and killed in the Jim Crow South for a crime he didn't commit.

Letting hoodlums get away with hoodlumism today does not undo a single injustice of the past. It is not even a favor to the hoodlums, for many of whom this is just the first step on a path that leads to the penitentiary, and maybe to the execution chamber.

Winston Churchill said, "If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." He wasn't talking about racial issues, but what he said applies especially where race is involved.



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