Less than week removed from the divisive verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, much of the nation continues to feel the aftershocks.
From intense debates regarding value of Stand Your Ground laws to worried mothers of boys who “look like Trayvon [Martin],” opinions are wide-ranging and all encompassing. As the conversation continues, this evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomes Reverend Liz Walker, Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, and Raymond Santana, the man falsely accused in the 1989 Central Park Five case.
When the topic turns to race and racial profiling, Reverend Walker calls for everyone to take personal responsibility:
"We have to get to know our kids and we have to raise their sense of worth,” says the reverend of the Roxbury Presbyterian Church in Boston.
Concerned by society's tendency to label certain youths as trouble-making “thugs” simply based upon their appearance, Walker also expressed concern regarding Reverend Peterson’s side of the argument, accusing him of “denigrating” the self-worth of black Americans.
But the founder and President of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, and outspoken critic of “black leadership” on the liberal left, has other thoughts.
Denouncing the media, the NAACP, and President Barack Obama for exploiting Trayvon Martin’s death as a means to “divide and conquer” the war on racism, Petersen would rather help young people understand and combat the realities of racial profiling practices in America. In speaking with Piers Morgan, Petersen maintains that America’s problem with racism will only be overcome when “white Americans overcome their fear of being called racist.”
Santana, meanwhile, prefers more pragmatic measures:
“I speak at numerous high schools, I speak at numerous colleges, and I talk to a lot of kids about what racial profiling is, about how to conduct themselves with the police. I tell them my story so that we can be an example. So that they don’t become another Central Park Five.”
Watch the clip for more of the debate with Rev. Walker, Rev. Peterson, and Santana, then tune in tonight at 9 for the full episode of "Piers Morgan Live."
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