The Post-racial President's Profiling

What would it have taken for the jury that acquitted George Zimmerman to find him guilty? Well, try this on for size: imagine that instead of emerging from his encounter with Trayvon Martin bloodied with a broken nose, he didn't have a scratch on him. Imagine he had also admitted he confronted Martin with gun drawn and hadn't actually been attacked - but had shot Martin simply because the teen was running at him. Lastly, imagine Zimmerman was built like a brick outhouse, had trained in a few martial arts and even competed in martial-arts tournaments. Is it conceivable there could have been an acquittal? Luckily for Zimmerman, the above was not his scenario. But those were the facts in the case of another man who shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old. And there was an acquittal. The case was however, different in two apparently significant ways: the teenager was white and the shooter was black. The man's name is Roderick Scott, and he shot teen Christopher Cervini in 2009 in...(Read Full Article)