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Activists in New York on July 14 protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

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Activists in New York on July 14 protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

Re: Respect verdict, Obama urges (July 15). Having watched the George Ziimmerman trial, I agree with many American observers that justice has been denied the family of Trayvon Martin. Strangely enough, Martin has been found guilty of his own death.

At the outset, how could five white women on a jury panel of six find a white man guilty of killing a black teenager in the gun-crazy state of Florida? The whole U.S. justice system is skewed in favour of white people. The laws were written by white people and enforced by white people. The bias is embodied in the system.

Even without slavery and segregation, white supremacy is still the underlying guiding principle of the law in Florida.

Dark-skinned Canadian visitors to Florida, and especially to the city of Sanford, should beware. You might be the next Trayvon Martin.

WILLIAM J. HUTTON

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 16, 2013 A6

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