To the Editor:
Regarding the Martin- Zimmerman verdict:
Red and yellow, black and white, we’re all precious in His sight.
The verse from this song about how God loves us all, brings to mind where we are in terms of the pecking order of race in this country.
It also causes us to think about the “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida, which was sponsored by Rep. Dennis Baxley.
Tavis Smiley of PBS argued with a Fox News personality that all black people should be armed under the “Stand Your Ground” law.
Really? Well, what choice do we have?
I am also the mother of one black boy and two black grandsons. My son is all black. One grandson is half Hispanic, and the other one is half white.
They each may identify with their white, brown or black side. I don’t know. But this reminds us that psychologically, that is where we are in this society.
Red and yellow, black and white may be all precious in God’s sight, but psychologically, covertly or overtly, there is a pecking order. And black is still at the bottom to a segment of America.
If Trayvon Martin were my son, I would have advised him to keep walking, especially since he is black and Mr. Zimmerman appeared to be white or brown.
Why? Because of the “Stand Your Ground” law and the pecking order in America — and because it is a matter of life and death.
Claudia L. Brown, Ph.D.