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Dave King: Appalled that Gazette would publish this column

To the editor:

I was appalled and saddened by the Gazette’s decision to publish the column “Zimmerman jury delivered correct verdict” on July 17. This conclusion was in no way supported by the author’s disjointed presentation of cherry-picked testimony by the jury in the Zimmerman case, or their irrelevant reference to homicide statistics from Chicago.

The author entirely missed the point.

Regardless whether there was a fight or not, Zimmerman stalked an unarmed black youth who was not involved in a crime and killed him and faced no legal penalty whatsoever.

If this seems familiar, it should. A recent report by the Malcom X Grassroots movement documented 136 instances in 2012 of unarmed African Americans being killed by police, security guards or self-appointed vigilantes. When extrajudicial killings take place in other countries we are quick to condemn them, and justifiably so.

This is a serious issue, and the readership of the Gazette deserve better from the editorial staff than half-baked “logic” from some assistant sports editor who fails to recognize how sanctioning this kind of brutality is an insult to the very principals on which this country was founded.

Dave King

Amherst

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