Few people in this world deserve more respect than Dr. Ben S. Carson, but even he can be wrong on occasion ("Why boycotting Florida would hurt everybody in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict," Commentary, Aug. 1). It is mystifying to me why Dr. Carson is ignoring the fact that George Zimmerman was viciously attacked — and reacted as anyone would in the same circumstances, self-defense being a primary human instinct. Why does Dr. Carson leave this completely out of the equation?
Government money was used to stir up racial animosity and generate an appalling and dangerous tsunami of hatred against an individual conscientiously dong his job as a neighborhood watchman.
Dr. Carson is right that our individual experiences shape our opinions, but they cannot cancel objective truth or the consequences of ignoring it.
ELIZABETH WARD NOTTRODT
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