It's not often I go and get 'all serious' on a topic on the PhilCast. But I'll start the show today going down that very road regarding the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.
The latest police report seems to paint a different picture from what so many people in this country chose to support as their 'take' on what happened.
This story has sparked national debate, and much of it seems to be based on the perception that this sad fatal shooting came about as the result of a gun-toting racist who profiled an innocent black kid.
Was it really self-defense?
Was the victim just an innocent kid walking home from the store clutching candy?
Now there's a credible witness who saw the thing happen quoted in the police report. It is a report that, to me anyway, shows how this whole thing could have been....should have been....avoided.
I'm going to have a chat about this story, race relations and how that plays into this story this afternoon with Eugene Kane of the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel.
Eugene has been writing about this topic for a long time. I respect his work and look forward to his take on all this...in part because he's a black man and I'm a white man and we bring a lifetime of different experiences to the table that shape our perspectives on stories like this.