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July 18, 2013 at 7:34 PM

The aftermath of George Zimmerman’s trial

The lesson of the acquittal

Ajahna Diah, 8, of Atlanta, writes the name of Trayvon Martin in chalk on the ground during a protest at West End Park the day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of Martin. [AP Photo/David Goldman.]

Ajahna Diah, 8, of Atlanta, writes the name of Trayvon Martin in chalk on the ground during a protest at West End Park the day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of Martin. [AP Photo/David Goldman.]

So, you think the next step is “repeal of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.” [“Editorial: The next step after the Trayvon Martin case,” Opinion, July 16.]

You’re wrong. That law was never part of George Zimmerman’s defense.

The next step is to insist to black kids wearing hoodies that they go nowhere near gated communities or the like without assuming that some not-black “sentry” will follow them. The “sentry” will be armed and he will shoot to kill.

The not-black guy will win. That is the lesson of the George Zimmerman acquittal.

Roger Carlstrom, Yakima

A modern-day lynching

This case was simple. George Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon Martin, stalked him and murdered him in cold blood. The “not guilty” verdict is an outrage. [“Florida verdict a ‘wake-up call,’” NW Thursday, July 18.]

This trial was not about murder versus self-defense. It was about whether the Trayvon Martins of the world had the right to live, or whether the George Zimmermans of the world would have the right to kill people like him with impunity. The system gave its answer, putting a target on the backs of a whole generation.

Those telling us to accept this verdict are telling us to accept a modern-day lynching. Accepting this verdict means accepting police murder and mass incarceration of black and Latino youth.

All this is unacceptable.

A massive response has begun around the country, with black people expressing their righteous anger, joined with people of other nationalities. This needs to be built on, and many more need to join.

Enough with this system’s savage oppression of black people and its open season on black and Latino youth. It is a system that we are dealing with, not just racist laws. People need to build up the strength to get rid of this system.

Emma Kaplan, Seattle

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