The Color of Guilt: The Boy With the Candy and The Man With the Gun

The Color of Guilt: The Boy With the Candy and The Man With the Gun

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Abby Zimet

In the wake of a Gallup poll showing that blacks and whites in this country offer stunningly divergent views of the Trayvon Martin shooting, Charles Blow, in an op-ed piece in the New York Times, explores a longstanding racial divide - famously noticeable, in reverse, in the O.J. Simpson case - and "perception of unequal treatment (that) eats away at the psyche of men and boys of color and...is its own tragedy." Graphics say it all.

"That makes this case simultaneously simple and complex. In the decision not to charge Zimmerman, was the boy with the candy accorded the same presumption of innocence as the man with the gun?...This is the good fight. This is about restoration of faith. Until there is a trial for George Zimmerman, the whole justice system is on trial."

A young activist on white privilege: "I am not Trayvon Martin."

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