March 27, 2012 1:16 AM

Commentary: Race and privilege must be considered in Trayvon Martin's death

I’m here to explain why George Zimmerman is white. This seems necessary given the confusion and anger with which some readers responded to my use of that word last week in this space to describe the man who shot an unarmed black teenager named Trayvon Martin to death last month in Sanford, Fla. One person wrote: “Mr. Zimmerman was Hispanic not White plez do your homework before writing your column!!!!”

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