To the editor:
There is an old Native American saying: "Never judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins."
This saying is worth keeping in mind as the nation prepares to watch the upcoming trial of George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin. To many black Americans, the death of Trayvon Martin is simply one more instance (like the Emmett Till case in 1955) of white Americans being able to get away with killing black Americans.
Most white Americans, in contrast, have a quite different view of the U.S. judicial system: Historically, people who killed white people, regardless of their race, were usually forcefully and energetically prosecuted. So, as we come closer to Mr. Zimmerman's trial, it is crucial for both black and white America to "walk two moons in the other's moccasins" so as to appreciate and understand the quite different ways that these two communities view the U.S. system of justice.
To fail to do so runs the risk of further racial polarization and bitterness, and possibly even racially-motivated violence.