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Letter: Comments don’t show racism


The Columbian has printed several articles and letters about Judge Darvin Zimmerman’s live mic conversation with Court Commissioner Abbie Bartlett. Comments Zimmerman made have been criticized as racist or racially biased by judges, lawyers, politicians and others.

I didn’t see anything obviously racist in the excerpts of Zimmerman’s comments that were quoted in the articles. I wondered if racism was seen too readily. With this in mind, I read the transcript of the conversation published by The Columbian on March 16. I still don’t see anything clearly showing racial bias.

It seems possible that Zimmerman would have made the same type of criticisms of white people in similar circumstances.

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