Trayvon Martin, 17, shot dead for "just walking around, looking about." Gunman George Zimmerman, 28, a volunteer community watch captain, was “fixated on crime and focused on young, black males," neighbours say. He had called police 46 times since Jan. 1, 2011. Twenty one days since the fatal shooting, there have been no arrests or charges.
The crux: Racism isn't merely using "the N-word" or wearing blackface; it is the systemic and institutionalized treatment -- in the streets, in the workplace, in the legal justice system -- of racial minorities, like Troy Davis, like Trayvon Martin, like the countless people before and after them. America is nowhere close to being "post-racial."