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July 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Acting in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict

Column hit home

A child holds a sign on the steps of the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., where hundreds gathered July 15, in response to Saturday's acquittal of George Zimmerman. [AP Photo/Danny Johnston.]

A child holds a sign on the steps of the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., where hundreds gathered July 15, in response to Saturday’s acquittal of George Zimmerman. [AP Photo/Danny Johnston.]

As an avid reader of Leonard Pitts’ columns, I haven’t always fully agreed with his statements, but as we often say, this is America, and we’re each entitled to our opinions. [“In wake of Zimmerman verdict: Stop reacting and start pro-acting,” Opinion, July 18.]

In his advice to African Americans, he suggests making a difference by becoming better informed and better organized, joining social justice groups, and becoming better advocates.

I cannot agree with him more.

As a woman of color, with a nephew who is half African American, his advice hit home for me. It should hit home for all people of color and all people with a conscience for equal justice, regardless of color.

Petra Lopez, Seattle

Wrong narrative

I am a multiracial man, which shouldn’t be germane to this conversation if we are respecting the wishes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and yet so often it is.

With such ethnic currency, I would like to say that I second Leonard Pitts Jr.’s assertion in his column that black folks need to “wake the hell up!”

However, I apparently second it for the wrong reasons.

Black people need to take responsibility for their actions, not reflexively view events that negatively affect the black American collective as the product of a calculating white America.

I am sure that they are out there, but I haven’t encountered one black leader who has spoken on the verdict objectively without invoking some type of contextual qualification to this end.

This issue has become yet another piece of lumber in that soap box from which so many shout a dishonest narrative in media, politics and academia.

Unpopular though it may be, I am a “person of color” who wants nothing to do with that narrative and the prevailing dogma that supports it.

Trevor Jackson, Seattle

 

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