George Zimmerman

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Tired of having to explain ourselves

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Tired of having to explain ourselves

For barbecuing.

For selling bottled water.

For napping in a dorm.

For mowing a lawn.

For smoking.

Perhaps you recognize the list. If not, be advised that it represents a few of the slew of recent high-profile episodes in which police have been called out on black people for reasons so trivial, nonsensical and stupid as to defy belief.

These incidents, many captured in cellphone video, have resulted in anger, ridicule, occasional job loss for the instigators and, in one case, corporate sensitivity training. They have also provided a window, for those who need it, into the challenge of breathing, existing, minding your own business, just trying to go...

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