There’s this systemic problem that prevents fully flowered equality. This is the dualism that compels black moms and dads to teach their boys that American justice, for them, comes with an asterisk. It is the lesson that so many black men try not to believe, even in the face of evidence to the contrary.
Eugene Robinson, a Post opinion writer, wrote:
Our society considers young black men to be dangerous, interchangeable, expendable, guilty until proven innocent. This is the conversation about race that we desperately need to have — but probably, as in the past, will try our best to avoid.
Others have taken to the streets and to social media in response.
We want to know what you think. What, if anything, does this verdict say about race in America? Where does the conversation go from here? Tell us what you think. We will be publishing some of the most thoughtful responses over the next few days.