Sunday, July 14, 2013

A Stunning Acquittal

The acquittal of George Zimmerman on both murder and manslaughter charges is absolutely stunning. Zimmerman was told by a police dispatcher not to follow Trayvon Martin, 17, who was doing nothing more than walking home and owed no one an explanation of his presence. Instead of following the dispatcher's counsel, Zimmerman left his vehicle armed with a gun and chased and confronted Martin, who had to be fearful of–and ready to defend himself against–a strange man following him. In the ensuing altercation, Zimmerman shot Martin, who was armed with Skittles and iced tea and who committed the offense of wearing a hoodie.

Zimmerman‘s profanity-laced statement to the dispatcher, “Punks… They always get away,” certainly demonstrated hostility toward, and racial profiling of, Martin. One can only wonder what the verdict would have been had an older, armed black man shot an unarmed white teen who was walking home. Once again, black parents have been given reason to fear for the lives of their children.

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