EDITOR'S DESK: Dunn case underscores the need to break down cultural walls

Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 05:59 PM.

And no gun was found.

For a number of people, the case had shades of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, and debates centered on whether the spirit of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law was a factor.

After the jury reached a verdict, Facebook friends weighed in. One of my fellow Spring Hill College alumni, who is black, said, "So, for the sake and safety or our children, (John) and I have decided that we don't move to Florida."

Another friend who lives in the Sunshine State, also black, said, "I wish I didn't live here."

Another, also black, said, "What do I tell my boys as they grow into men?"

Others poured on. That often happens after senseless deaths occur. I believe it's a human's way of controlling an otherwise uncontrollable situation. This column might fit that bill, too. But in the interest of helping, I'll still suggest that people join multicultural organizations, occasionally immerse themselves in other environments, volunteer somewhere to mix with different age groups and understand others from diverse backgrounds.

It's easy to fear what we don't know, and to turn the unknown into a bogeyman. But gigantic, foreboding shadows on the wall could come from nothing but a small sock puppet.

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