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Given Florida history verdict not unexpected

Henry E. Josten Old Saybrook

Publication: The Day

Published 07/25/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 07/24/2013 05:12 PM

Was anyone really surprised that a mostly white jury found a white-complexioned Hispanic man not guilty in the shooting and killing of an unarmed 17-year old black boy just walking home from a convenience store in Florida?

It wasn't all that many years ago that I recall seeing signs in front of many restaurants in the South, including Florida, that proudly proclaimed, "We don't serve (n-word)."

The signs are gone now but the mindset sadly remains with too many southerners; a mindset that suggests in the eyes of many African-Americans are still second-class citizens.

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