Obama’s Blueprint to Avoid Another Trayvon Tragedy

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  • One: Reduce Racial Profiling in the Justice System
  • Two: Review the Use of Stand Your Ground Laws
  • Three: Reinforce the Value of African-American Boys
  • Four: Do Some Soul-Searching
  • Five: Don't Lose Sight of Progress
  • The President's Plan

Four: Do Some Soul-Searching

There has been talk about should we convene a conversation on race. I haven't seen that be particularly productive when politicians try to organize conversations.  They end up being stilted and politicized, and folks are locked into the positions they already have. On the other hand, in families and churches and workplaces, there's the possibility that people are a little bit more honest, and at least you ask yourself your own questions about, am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can? Am I judging people as much as I can, based on not the color of their skin, but the content of their character? That would, I think, be an appropriate exercise in the wake of this tragedy. (Photo: Marcy Maloy/Getty Images)

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