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    A sign that racism still permeates our society

    The acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case is a travesty of justice, and it speaks to the fact that racism still permeates American society. Exactly what transpired during the struggle between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin may never been known, but, the opinion of the jury notwithstanding, it seems undeniable that Zimmerman chose to pursue Martin because of the color of his skin and his attire.

    As teenagers, my own two sons (while wearing hoodies) had minor skirmishes with the law. I am convinced that if they had been black, the consequences could have been extreme — jail, physical abuse, or even being shot.

    Instead, because they were white, they were admonished by the police, sent home for parental discipline, and, in one case, required to perform community service. Today they are young adults with good jobs, giving back to society.

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    Don’t young black males deserve the same opportunities?

    Jacqueline Miller

    Cambridge