The jury has rendered their verdict. Trayvon's parents said they accept the verdict, and there has been no black riots (much to the disappointment of some). George Zimmerman will walk free and will get his gun back. Life goes on.
Most thoughtful writers understand that, given the judge's instructions, the jury had little choice but to acquit Zimmerman. And this, of course, troubles a lot of people who care about justice and equality.
George Zimmerman proved you can profile an innocent black kid in your neighborhood, chase him and, if he fights back, ultimately shoot and kill him and walk free. There are so many things that Zimmerman could have done better and this wouldn't have happened. He could have been unarmed as the neighborhood watch organization requires, but instead he was armed. He should have stayed in his vehicle and waited for the cops as he was told, but he ignored the request. He could have, at some point, identified himself as a member of the neighborhood watch and asked Trayvon if everything was okay. But he didn't identify himself. And instead of shooting Trayvon in the heart he could have possibly fired a warning shot to let Trayvon know he was serious. Zimmerman did none of these common sense things that would have saved Trayvon's life, and no one seems inclined to make George pay for taking an innocent life. George is now a hero in the eyes of the ethnic cleansers and will likely end up on Fox News as an expert on how to stand your ground.
I'm pissed. Of course I'm pissed. I married into an African American family and I see the toll the haters and the bigots take on their lives. But the racists and bigots only comprise a small percentage of the white population. What hurts just as much is the reaction of the majority of the remaining whites: Eh...
I was going to write more, but realize others have done a much better job. First up is Charles Pierce who can pen rants that almost sing, so check him out (remember this was written in the heat of the first moments after the verdict).
A much more reasoned and thoughtful column was penned by Ta-Nehisi Coates. After studying the applicable law and the judge's instructions, he admits the jury came to the correct verdict, but that was because this is exactly what the law's authors intended. Jut because a man is acquitted doesn't mean justice was served. Here's a sample:
The injustice inherent in the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman was not authored by a jury given a weak case. The jury's performance may be the least disturbing aspect of this entire affair. The injustice was authored by a country which has taken as its policy, for the lions share of its history, to erect a pariah class. The killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman is not an error in programming. It is the correct result of forces we set in motion years ago and have done very little to arrest.
One need only look the criminalization of Martin across the country. Perhaps you have been lucky enough to not receive the above "portrait" of Trayvon Martin and its accompanying text. The portrait is actually of a 32-year old man. Perhaps you were lucky enough to not see the Trayvon Martin imagery used for target practice (by law enforcement, no less.) Perhaps you did not see the iPhone games. Or maybe you missed the theory presently being floated by Zimmerman's family that Martin was a gun-runner and drug-dealer in training, that texts and tweets he sent mark him as a criminal in waiting. Or the theory floated that the mere donning of a hoodie marks you a thug, leaving one wondering why this guy is a criminal and this one is not.
We still have a race problem in this country. Those who deny it are part of the problem. Millions of white Americans have no daily contact with African Americans at all. They seem more than happy to accept the poisonous Fox News propaganda that a majority of African Americans are lazy, violent, dishonest, sullen, hate whites, and vote for Democrats because the Democrats buy their votes with food stamps and welfare checks. People who believe this are asses.