Because the Miami Herald did a major feature on the case Sunday, I’ve become interested in the case of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black Florida youth shot dead by a would-be neighborhood watch captain. Martin was carrying nothing more dangerous than a bag of Skittles back from a convenience store. No one has been charged. The question arises, naturally, if his race played a role in the shooting and whether police would have been so slow to charge a black man who gunned down a 17-year-old white youth.
Here’s a Mother Jones explainer on the case.
Also, and this was moving, was a column by the New York Times’ Charles Blow. He’s a black man with teen sons who says the case underscores his own fears about the dangers young black men face on account of racial attitudes, perceptions about crime and the rest.