Re "Victim in chief is no role for a president" (Viewpoints, Aug. 25): Kathleen Parker misses the point completely in dismissing conversations about race. President Barack Obama's comments were motivated by the events of the Trayvon Martin case, not the killing itself.
First it took public outrage to even hold Martin's killer accountable. Then, after a trial, Martin's killer is found innocent of any wrongdoing. Already the events in the recent killings differ. In both cases the suspects are behind bars. They are sure to go to trial for their actions with no public outcry necessary.
Surely, Parker understands that these kids will not be let free by any jury. It is not individual acts of racial violence that is being questioned. It is institutional racism that is being discussed. Obama questioned how our justice system treated Martin. Let's see how the system treats the accused in the Texas and Washington cases.
-- Craig Harrington, Sacramento