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    This is from a column today by Charles Blow, who is African American. He contemplates what he can say to his sons in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict.
    As a parent, particularly a parent of black teenage boys, I am left with the question, “Now, what do I tell my boys?”

    We used to say not to run in public because that might be seen as suspicious, like they’d stolen something. But according to Zimmerman, Martin drew his suspicion at least in part because he was walking too slowly.

    So what do I tell my boys now? At what precise pace should a black man walk to avoid suspicion?

    And can they ever stop walking away, or running away, and simply stand their ground? Can they become righteously indignant without being fatally wounded?
    Is there any place safe enough, or any cargo innocent enough, for a black man in this country? Martin was where he was supposed to be — in a gated community — carrying candy and a canned drink.

    The whole system failed Martin. What prevents it from failing my children, or yours?

    I feel that I must tell my boys that, but I can’t. It’s stuck in my throat. It’s an impossibly heartbreaking conversation to have. So, I sit and watch in silence, and occasionally mouth the word, “breathe,” because I keep forgetting to.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/16/op...failed.html?hp

    The system works just fine for me, so I guess I'm not supposed to care. Let's just move on...until the next time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    This is from a column today by Charles Blow, who is African American. He contemplates what he can say to his sons in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict. The system works just fine for me, so I guess I'm not supposed to care. Let's just move on...until the next time.
    Tell them not to double back to beat up a guy

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    Tell them to call the police rather than confronting someone. Black or white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    This is from a column today by Charles Blow, who is African American. He contemplates what he can say to his sons in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/16/op...failed.html?hp

    The system works just fine for me, so I guess I'm not supposed to care. Let's just move on...until the next time.
    I have been impressed by Mr. Blow for some time now.

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    A lot of good that system will do you if you're dead. Tell him to tell his son the same thing my father told me and what I tell mine, don't be out alone walking the streets, especially after dark. Where the hell did you all grow up that this is considered safe behavior for anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparta View Post
    A lot of good that system will do you if you're dead. Tell him to tell his son the same thing my father told me and what I tell mine, don't be out alone walking the streets, especially after dark. Where the hell did you all grow up that this is considered safe behavior for anyone?
    Where I grew up it was safe. We hung out after dark as teens all the time. And I would do the same today in that neighborhood. Besides, it was only about 6:30PM when Martin walked to the store. Sheeesh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    Tell them not to double back to beat up a guy
    Always obey any racist nutter with a gun, because every racist gunman in America will support him, controlled as they are by the NRA. Regard every Republican as a murderous madman, and kill them first, if you can, quietly. They are traitors to the human race, and the world will be better without them.
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    Always obey any racist nutter with a gun, because every racist gunman in America will support him, controlled as they are by the NRA. Regard every Republican as a murderous madman, and kill them first, if you can, quietly. They are traitors to the human race, and the world will be better without them.



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