Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Jason Riley: Race, Politics and the Zimmerman Trial

Mr. Riley is a member of the Journal's editorial board.

George Zimmerman's acquittal of murder charges in a Florida court has been followed by predictable calls for America to have a "national conversation" about this or that aspect of the case. President Obama wants to talk about gun control. Civil-rights leaders want to talk about racial profiling.

Others want to discuss how the American criminal justice system supposedly targets black men. All of which is fine. Just don't expect these conversations to be especially illuminating or honest. Liberals in general, and the black left in particular, like the idea of talking about racial problems, but in practice they typically ignore the most relevant aspects of any such discussion.

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