I heard Judge Frank Cuthbertson speak at the forum at Shiloh Baptist Church held in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict.
Cuthbertson had the courage to speak the truth about racial bias in our justice system, even though he knew that some would attempt to turn his words against him.
One letter writer did just that (TNT, 7-23), saying that Cuthbertson’s presentation was biased and “beneath his office.” I doubt that anyone who was present would agree.
Cuthbertson eloquently described historical and ongoing racial bias, inequality and profiling that permeate our society and corrode our justice system. The killing of Trayvon Martin and acquittal of George Zimmerman brought this truth to center stage for all of us.
Under this system, white folks enjoy privileges that most of us aren’t even aware of, while African Americans have endured decades of injustice and frustration.
Despite the progress brought through the civil rights movement, we are still far from a nation of equal justice under law. Thanks to Cuthbertson and the others who organized and spoke at the forum for inspiring us to work for real justice. We need to take this tragedy and make it into an opportunity to move forward again.