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Martin was not ‘profiled’

Published 10:33pm Wednesday, July 17, 2013

To the editor:

I read the article “Verdict called ‘tragedy’” and something struck me.

Bishop Wallace Johnson was quoted as saying, “It’s heartbreaking. Trayvon had just as much right to be in that area as George Zimmerman. I just feel like the kid was racially profiled.”

If the good bishop would really listen to and read the text of Zimmerman’s non-emergency call that night, he might realize that Zimmerman did not know what skin color Trayvon Martin was and did not take notice until asked to by dispatch. How is that racially profiling?

Here is the pertinent part of the call, which can be heard and read at www.txantimedia.com/?p=1042:

Dispatcher: OK. And this guy, is he white, black or Hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black.

Now tell me how I’m wrong.

I’m so sick and tired of seeing my fellow Americans fall for a media narrative that was crafted to inflame racial tensions and distract us from the bigger issues like Benghazi, Fast & Furious, the IRS targeting of groups and individuals who oppose the president and the NSA spying on all of us.

Lorraine Yuriar

Suffolk

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