Fred Grimm’s July 21 commentary, Boycott that Other Florida, is way off target and oversimplified. First, the propagators of the Stand Your Ground (SYG) law aren’t just from North Florida, but the entire conservative Republican Senate and House plus the governor. When SYG was passed I predicted that it would be a get-out-of-jail-free card. What I didn’t envision was the perverse way it reverses self-defense.
Where do we start with the problems and issues in this situation? If we are going to have a serious discussion about racial issues in our community we need a forum that will not degenerate into name calling and talking past each other. It also needs to be a forum in which discussion and subsequent action can be sustained. I suggest the faith communities of Miami-Dade County as an appropriate focus for that discussion.
Terry Edwards, Miami