“The Irony of American Justice”
I have seen nothing within the actual case presented by the prosecution that would allow for a stable and unvacillating belief that George Zimmerman was guilty.
That conclusion should not offer you security or comfort. It should not leave you secure in the wisdom of our laws. On the contrary, it should greatly trouble you. But if you are simply focusing on what happened in the court-room, then you have been head-faked by history and bought into a idea of fairness which can not possibly exist.
The injustice inherent in the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman was not authored by 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 lionshare 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.
Maybe you have read too many words about George Zimmerman’s acquittal by now, and maybe all those words don’t really feel like they’re registering or helping or doing much of anything, but if you would like to take in a sensible legal breakdown of the case that also deals with the emotional gut-punch you might be feeling today, I would recommend reading Ta-Nehisi Coates over at The Atlantic. Elsewhere: For George Zimmerman, “the system worked.”