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10/11/2013 03:38 pm ET | Updated Oct 11, 2013

Does Race-Related Fear Affect Your Life? (VIDEO)

As more and more reports of fatal shootings keep happening, questions surrounding laws like Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground Law are being questioned as the nation grapples with issues of gun violence and its intersection with fear.

Although the Trayvon Martin case originally catapulted the self-defense law into the spotlight, several instances since the teen's death have sparked controversy and conversation about the fear of African American men.

In September, a North Carolina police officer shot former football player Jonathan Ferrell 10 times leaving his parents and the local NAACP chapter questioning whether race played a role in the shooting. Last week, Georgia police fatally shot Jack Lamar Roberson, a 43-year-old father of two, who allegedly advanced toward them with two items he was using as weapons. However, Roberson's family said he was in need of help and wasn't threatening in any way.

Huff Post Live hosted a conversation about race-related fear and how it affects society both through legislation and civilian interaction.

Check out the conversation in the video above and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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