I, for one, am tired of all of the vitriol directed at President Obama. I voted for him, but that doesn’t mean I approve of everything he says or does. However, I do believe he deserves respect, simply because he is the duly elected president of the United States. In a recent letter, Mac McFarland states in reference to the Zimmerman case that “I abhor the demeaning of their verdicts, especially when our president intimates with his sanctimonious drivel that the jury’s verdict is somehow improper.”

McFarland must not have read Obama’s statement released immediately after the verdict: “We are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken.” In his speech on July 19, the president stated, “The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their arguments. The juries were properly instructed that in a case such as this reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. And once the jury has spoken, that’s how our system works.” In no way does that imply the verdict was improper.

What Obama did address, and to which I believe McFarland refers, is what it is like to grow up in America as a black man. Many Americans think racial discrimination is a thing of the past and consider any discussion of racial experience as “divisive racial discrimination efforts.” I suspect most of those people are white.

Kasia Wilson