April 3, 2012 6:57 AM

Commentary: How Sanford, Fla., mismanaged a crisis

Hundreds of protesters marched here on Saturday, waving signs, shouting epithets, making demands, threatening the city with economic ruin. As they heaped ever more derision on Sanford, locals sank deeper into a bewildered despair, wondering how their picturesque town had been transformed these last few weeks into an icon of racism. Somehow, in the national imagination, Sanford, 2012, mutated into Selma, 1965.

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