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Quote of the moment: A reader to 'those who are angry' over Trayvon Martin

A popular Q&A post last weekend titled "Where race matters in the Trayvon Martin case, and where it doesn't" that examined the complicated role of race in the shooting death of the 17-year-old Florida boy last month drew a long string of comments, as have related posts.

Among them, one stood out in that the writer, who self-identified as African-American, called on others to be angry about circumstances far beyond the shooting. His/her opinions are strictly that, as the known facts of the shooting - an unarmed teen killed, a shooter who has yet to be arrested - have been plenty to make people around the country angry, with nationwide calls for justice online and protests in several cities. But reader Rav points to more. A relevant excerpt:

If those who are angry be mad that more African-American and Hispanics drop out of school!  Be mad at the deaths which happen in our neighborhoods and the silliness of many to embrace "No Snitching!"  Be mad that we only account for 14% of the nation's population but account for almost half of those in prison.


Where race matters in the Trayvon Martin case, and where it doesn't

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At a protest demanding justice for the killing of Trayvon Martin, March 19, 2012

Race has played a major role since the start in the case involving the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old boy who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer last month in Sanford, Florida. The teenager, who was visiting the community with his father, had been on his way back to a family friend's home after a quick trip to a convenience store; the shooter, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, called police and described Trayvon as "real suspicious" before apparently pursuing him.

Many believe the shooting was triggered by racial profiling, especially after the release of a 911 tape earlier this month. Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense, has yet to be arrested. But the racial discussion has grown broader in the last week, after Zimmerman’s father identified his son as Latino to a Florida newspaper.