I didn't know a verdict had been reached in the George Zimmerman murder case until I got home fairly late Saturday night. I must admit, I was wrong about this one. I actually thought six rational Americans would look at the facts and hold a person accountable for taking another's life without provocation. Apparently, America hasn't come nearly as far as we think we have. George Zimmerman was found not guilty.
Two words come to mind when contemplating this gross injustice; skin privilege. George Zimmerman, wannabe cop, vigilante, spun a story of self defense out of whole cloth and a jury believed him. One can't fathom what Tracey Martin and Sabrina Fulton are felling right now. There will certainly be a civil case, and maybe even the feds can be talked into bringing a civil rights violation charge.
Neither is good enough. George Zimmerman should have been found guilty by a jury of his peers.
There will be recriminations. Blame will be placed on the prosecution, that they didn't bring a strong enough case, that they didn't rebut the fanciful renderings of what happened to Trayvon Martin that February night last year. People will forget how long it took for George Zimmerman to be arrested and charged with a crime. That by itself spoke volumes.
It must be said that America had an opportunity to turn a corner, one just as important as the one turned when Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. That jury, and the nation, had the chance to put right, in a small way, the years upon years when black life was considered cheap and inferior.
This verdict was that opportunity missed, and missed badly. The sad part is this. The justice system in a gun happy state has spoken, and we are left wondering what went wrong. George Zimmerman is free to enjoy the rest of his life, while Trayvon Martin is gone, gone at a time most American kids think about proms and graduations.
The travesty is unspeakable.
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