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Mon Mar 26, 2012, 06:27 PM

In Trayvon Martin’s death, consider race and privilege

By Leonard Pitts Jr.

lpitts@MiamiHerald.com


I’m here to explain why George Zimmerman is white.

This seems necessary given the confusion and anger with which some readers responded to my use of that word last week in this space to describe the man who shot an unarmed black teenager named Trayvon Martin to death last month in Sanford, Fla. One person wrote: “Mr. Zimmerman was Hispanic not White plez do your homework before writing your column!!!!”

But it is they who are wrong. There are two reasons. The short one is this:

“Hispanic” is not a race, but an ethnicity. As the U.S. Census Bureau puts it in its 2010 Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin, “People who identify their origin as Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish may be any race.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/24/2712390/in-trayvon-martins-death-consider.html#storylink=cpy

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Response to Tripper11 (Original post)

Tue May 29, 2012, 04:56 PM

1. Nitpick

Nitpicking aside, this issue is an extension of the Civil War. Some people actually believe that it ended when it "ended." Newsflash: That was just the beginning.

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Response to Tripper11 (Original post)

Mon Sep 17, 2012, 12:12 PM

2. yep

 

after reading that article, you are right on the mark. bravo to you

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