Bishop T.D. Jakes, senior pastor of The Potter’s House mega-church in Dallas, participated in Thursday’sprogram at the National Association of Black Journalists’ convention in Kissimmee. Afterward, in an exclusive interview with Orlando Sentinel religion and minority affairs reporter Jeff Kunerth, Jakes spoke about race, religion and politics, and where they intersect.
Q: What does the reaction to the George Zimmerman verdict tell you about race relations in America?
A: What it really shows us is there is still a great deal of work to be done in the criminal-justice system to embrace and protect all American citizens. It also shows us how important it is that we have diversity of selection of juries to make sure we have incorporated a true representation of diversity that exists within the American community.
Q: What do you think of the ‘stand your ground’ law?
A: I think the Trayvon Martin case showed us there may be some situations in which the verbiage and the language restricts us from responding to our highest sense of morality. I would hope all of us would use it as an opportunity to examine all the various laws to broaden them for circumstances we didn’t anticipate when we developed the law.
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