Patricia Williams, James L. Dohr Professor at Columbia University Law School, offered this cogent analysis of the killing of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman in The Guardian.

Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford

Trayvon Martin Protest – Sanford (Photo credit: werthmedia)

Zimmerman’s exoneration may be compared to the sad condition of Marissa Alexander, the Florida mother who “stood her ground” by firing a warning shot into the ceiling to deter her husband from physically abusing her—and was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.

As the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream Speech” approaches, it is sobering to contemplate the possibility that the freedom interracial families enjoy merely to exist may not be matched by the freedom of African-Americans to flourish and build lives without fear.

Is the safety of our children really to be limited by the notion that we may only enjoy–as an old friend of mine ironically put it recently–“one right at a time?”

E.S. Tai