The pertinent questions, it seems, are these: If you are Black and you have a case in front of Judge Darvin Zimmerman, do you have faith in the system? Do you believe you will get a fair shake? Do you think that all citizens are equal in the eyes of the law?
With Clark County being predominantly white, the odds are that you have never had to ponder those questions. Or you have fooled yourself into answering “yes.” Or you have dismissed them because, in your world, “systemic racism” is simply the latest issue de jour for progressives and eventually will give way to other concerns.
Privilege, you see, is comforting and reassuring. It offers the ability to not worry about what goes on behind the scenes and which institutions are stacked against you. For me, it means not having to worry much if my 17-year-old son gets pulled over while driving; many other people don’t have that luxury.
Now, as our community assesses recent comments from Zimmerman, a Clark County District Court judge, it is important to step outside that comfort zone. It is important — even necessary — to stand in the shoes of others.
You probably know the story by now. Zimmerman was seen on a YouTube livestream — unaware it was being broadcast — making comments about Kevin Peterson Jr., a Black man who was shot and killed by Clark County sheriff’s deputies in October.