Residents wonder what's next after weeks of racial tension before
the arrest of a neighborhood watch volunteer who killed teen Trayvon
By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2012, 5:23 p.m.
SANFORD, Fla. — When the Rev. Al
Sharptonled a rally of thousands here last month, he told city leaders
that they "risked going down as the Selma or Birmingham of the 21st
century" unless George Zimmerman was arrested.
On Thursday, with Zimmerman behind bars, many here were wondering when they would get their reputation back.
"There's not all this racialism,
like everyone's saying," said Beth Rollf, who is white and owns
downtown's Taste of Thyme Cafe. "There are no riots. People need to know
Sanford for what it is: a quaint, artsy town with a lot to offer."
Whether Sanford will be scrubbed from the list of American cities with
an ignominious racial past was just one of the unresolved issues
reverberating the day after Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer,
turned himself in to authorities, charged with second-degree murder in
the slaying of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. READ MORE