Phillips, MS ’76, reflects on Zimmerman verdict

July 18, 2013

Excerpts from Phillips’ blog post for WBUR’s Cognescenti:

With the jury’s verdict of “not guilty” in the George Zimmerman case, I felt as if I’d stepped back in time to the ’50s and ’60s, when all-white juries refused to convict the white perpetrators of crimes against black people.

Now, as we approach the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic March on Washington, it seems appropriate to ask what verdict he would pass on America today. Undoubtedly, blacks have made important progress in the last 50 years, including the historic election of the country’s first black president. By and large, though, I’m certain Dr. King would be distressed by the disparities that still exist between black Americans and white Americans.

Read the Cognoscenti post.