The nationally watched trial of George Zimmerman over the tragic death of Trayvon Martin should be a wakeup call to all of us to make a greater effort to establish friendships with people of other racial backgrounds. Familiarity can breed contempt, but more often, it nurtures tolerance, understanding and acceptance, which lessens fear.
As a former high school and inter-collegiate athlete, I had this wonderful, interracial bonding opportunity and it was mind- and heart-expanding.
Pleasant, interracial associations help all of us become better neighbors and create safer neighborhoods, and ultimately a more wholesome nation and peaceful world.
TIMOTHY HUME BEHRENDT
Cold Brook, Herkimer County