By Charles M Blow, New York Times Op-Ed, March 16/17, 2012
[....] This case has reignited a furor about vigilante justice, racial-profiling and equitable treatment under the law, and it has stirred the pot of racial strife.
As the father of two black teenage boys, this case hits close to home. This is the fear that seizes me whenever my boys are out in the world: that a man with a gun and an itchy finger will find them “suspicious.” That passions may run hot and blood run cold. That it might all end with a hole in their chest and hole in my heart. That the law might prove insufficient to salve my loss.
That is the burden of black boys in America and the people that love them: running the risk of being descended upon in the dark and caught in the cross-hairs of someone who crosses the line [....]
For detailed coverage see:
Ta-Nehisi Coates' blog @ The Atlantic, for his posts on it dated March 13 through today, March 19; his titles, in chronological order: