It’s been 40 days since Trayvon Martin was shot and died in Sanford, Florida (it’s rather weird to think about the fact that Trayvon has been dead the same number of days that Lent lasts). And if the recent polls by Gallup and the Pew Research Center are to be believed, African Americans and Caucasians view this situation in vastly different ways.
So this begs the question…in the United States, is it even possible to talk about race anymore? Aren’t most African Americans and Caucasians living in two separate countries that makes communication across this divide more divisive than productive?
Now I don’t need comments that the issue of race in the U.S. is more than black and white. I know that. But if this country can’t talk about the most enduring race issue (aside from Native American and Caucasian) in a productive way, then will it ever be able to talk about any other race relations.