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Opinion Sampler: Mourn Trayvon, Celebrate Malala ...

Published July 16, 2013 12:24 pm

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The death of Trayvon Martin leaves many people feeling sad and helpless.

The survival of Malala Yousafzai should help us feel better.

— Pakistan's heroic Malala Yousafzai pleads for millions of girls — Toronto Star EditorialMalala Yousafzai was hailed as "the most courageous girl in the world" at the United Nations on Friday, but she wasn't having any of it. With wisdom and grace beyond her years, she counted herself but one of a legion of young women in Pakistan and around the world who are boldly asserting their right to education and equality in the face of discrimination, poverty, terror, even death. ...

— Malala has message for her Taliban attackers — Tulsa World EditorialOn her 16th birthday, in a speech at the United Nations, Malala Yousafzai had a message for those who attempted to kill her last year: She doesn't seek revenge. ...

— Malala's clarion call — Daily Star (Dhaka, Bangladesh) EditorialMalala Yousafzai's spirited defence of education for women at the United Nations on Friday is a boost in the arm for those who wish to see the world become a more civilized and therefore more sophisticated place for its inhabitants. ...

— Malala's book — Jakarta Post (Indonesia) Editorial... Malala's message will remain relevant through generations to come. The Muslim girl is a source of inspiration for not only Pakistani children and girls but also the world population. It will come as no surprise, therefore, if she wins the Noble Peace Prize this year, the youngest ever in the world.

Hmmm. Not much about Malala's speech from American editorialists. Too busy with the sad news, I guess.

— The lessons learned from Zimmerman trial — Deseret News EditorialIf there is a greater cultural message to be gleaned from the much-publicized trial of George Zimmerman it is that young black men will be treated with suspicion in too many parts of America regardless of how innocent they may be. ...

— Zimmerman case requires clear-eyed reflection — Sacramento Bee...There was no evidence presented in court to prove that Zimmerman was motivated by racial animus. Instead, he was shown to be reckless, stupid and, like too many of his fellow Americans, armed and dangerous. ...

— Respect for the George Zimmerman verdict — Chicago Tribune EditorialThe outrage is that there almost wasn't a trial at all over Trayvon Martin's death

— George Zimmerman case exposed a nerve — Arizona Republic EditorialGeorge Zimmerman is not legally culpable for the death of Trayvon Martin. A Florida jury found too much reasonable doubt in conflicting testimony to convict Zimmerman of second-degree murder or manslaughter. Zimmerman may indeed have feared for his life when he pulled the trigger.But he is morally culpable. He provoked the confrontation that led to the death of a 17-year-old. ...

— Zimmerman case has lessons to teach, if Americans are willing to learn — Cleveland Plain Dealer Editorial... Beyond a verdict that cannot be undone lies plenty of ground for fruitful public discussion: the widespread tendency to interpret race and masculinity as a shorthand for danger, the possibility that stand-your-ground laws increase the chances of unnecessarily deadly outcomes, the potential for permissive gun laws to turn fistfights into death matches, etc.The jury's work is done. The rest of America has plenty of deliberating to do.