Are we post-racial? No

By Ken Esten Cooke— My son likes to take a five-block walk or ride his bike to the corner store for an apple juice. For him, it’s a way to get out of the house, and as a pre-teen it’s probably a small step in the direction of his own independence.

The events of last week made me consider how such a simple, innocent trip to the store could turn lethal. And I wondered how livid I would be if he were considered suspicious, pursued by a zealous person — well-intentioned or not — and shot dead.

Of course, that’s what Trayvon Martin’s parents dealt with in Sanford, Florida. George Zimmerman was found not guilty, and we Americans now once again bring up questions about race and what is right.

Not everyone can relate to the Martins and how they feel. Deaths of black teenagers are far too common an occurrence in our country, and far too often it is at the hands of a peer. For those of us in mostly white, rural areas, it is easy to feel numb to it.

But we can all ask ourselves, no matter our skin hue, how we would feel if it happened to our son, or daughter, or brother, or cousin, or friend.

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