for writing this - I think you have put into words what many, I hope, feel. At the same time, whether it's stop-and-frisk or stand-your-ground or fire first-question later, we seem to have a cultural mindset among some about boys and men of color that begins with a negative frame. It's disturbing and each of the cases - Martin - Davis- Lopez - seem to be moving us farther down a slippery slope in which common sense and good judgement are not operative. I blame it on an incivility that permeates media, lack of cross-cultural face-to-face connectivity, isolation within communities, fears embedded in a dominant white culture, and handy weaponry that makes bad judgement and lack of common sense easily acted upon. No parent should have to fear when their son(s) are out that they might lose their lives in what seems like random acts of violence but which are likely not as random as they seem. No parent should go to bed at night thinking that the color of their son's skin increases the odds that he will be killed or hurt because of his color. We should be better than this. All of us.