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Trayvon Martin case hits heart of societal struggle

By Rosalind Harris

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 17, 2013

~~<p>My daughter sent me this quote that someone shared online regarding the George Zimmerman verdict: &quot;A system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect.&quot;</p>
<p>As I, like many others, process the verdict from the Zimmerman trial, I found this quote quite compelling for the way in which it effectively links the historical suppression of African-American human and civil rights to current patterns of suppression. And within this context, it illuminates the means and practices by which young lives such as Trayvon Martin's are systematically devalued in our country.</p>
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My daughter sent me this quote that someone shared online regarding the George Zimmerman verdict: "A system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect."

As I, like many others, process the verdict from the Zimmerman trial, I found this quote quite compelling for the way in which it effectively links the historical suppression of African-American human and civil rights to current patterns of suppression. And within this context, it illuminates the means and practices by which young lives such as Trayvon Martin's are systematically devalued in our country. Login for more...



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