2 thoughts on “REFLECTION: When profiling is “reasonable,” injustice becomes excusable

  1. Thank you for posting this powerful article. Being white, I feel a need to distance myself from the laws that make all this possible, but saying nothing is not helping. I mourn with all for the loss of Trayvon and all the young black men, and continue to work for peace and justice with Pax Christi Metro New York and Pax Christi USA and Call To Action.

  2. The fact is Trayvon Martin is dead and his race is a principal reason why. Bringing Aquinas into this seems confusing to me since even if you think it’s appropriate to evaluate the events of that evening between a teen and a grown man with a lens meant for nations/institutions, it doesn’t pass muster in terms of 1)this was an exercise of power vs. for a just cause, 2) Zimmerman was not a properly instituted authority of the state (and they implored him to not follow Martin) and 3) right intentions are clearly in question (his quote on the 911 recording about how “these @$$#*%$ they always get away”).

    My experience with Catholic “social justice”, particularly on this issue, comes from the Bishops: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/cultural-diversity/african-american/brothers-and-sisters-to-us.cfm
    I really appreciate Fr. Massingale sharing his perspective and I stand in solidarity with him as we all continue to work to build the City of God.

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