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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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  • Chris

    I do not follow your logic that because Zimmerman said “He looks black” he did not know Martin’s race. The statement shows Zimmerman thought Martin was black even if he was not sure and may have been acting on that premise. But once again I would not go so far as to make an absolute statement based on such an ambiguous information.

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  • Chris

    All right you are wrong. Making absolute statements when you do not have all of the facts is wrong. Taking part of the information and drawing conclusions is just a bad policy. I admit not to have all of the facts but when Zimmerman volunteered the following out of the blue during the 911 call:

    1:06 (sound of window rolling up?)
    Zimmerman: And he’s a black male.

    A case for racial profiling could be made. But then I do not have all of the facts.

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    • thekytikat

      But my point is, how can it be claimed that Trayvon was Racially profiled, when Zimmerman called the cops BEFORE he knew Trayvon was black? That’s not racial profiling. To racially profile, you see the skin color FIRST, then assume he’s up to no good.

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      • Ted Underhill

        i have to agree with you. not a strong case that zimmerman was profiling based on race. the part that really hurts martin sympathizers, of course, is that martin has been busted in the past in possession of burglary tools in a bag full of ladies’ jewelry.

        that the kid was shot is indeed a tragedy. but the lining up of folks to cry racism over it is laughable.

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