How Much Is A Black Life Worth? Today It Seems To Be Worth A Murder Charge In One Case

Theodore Parker, that 19th century Unitarian minister that you hear about sometimes, said in 1853:

I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience.  And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.

45 days my brothers and sisters. 45 days. 45 days of not understanding why for the family of a child who was killed 100 yards from home. 45 days to wait for some semblance of justice.

One hour ago Angela Corey, Special Prosecutor in the case of Trayvon Martin, filed 2nd-degree murder charges against George Zimmerman.

So we have an answer—at least for today—about how much a young black man’s life is worth. Today it’s worth a murder charge.  



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