Questions and Outrage George Zimmerman’s Acquittal Left Me With
While Americans waited on the final verdict in the George Zimmerman vs. Trayvon Martin case, the public, as well as every media outlet, frivolously played jury in what’s decisively gone down as the most controversial trial of our generation. For two weeks we watched as Zimmerman’s defense team painted a seventeen year old Trayvon Martin as the aggressor, the cause of his own murder, a problem child, if you will; while George Zimmerman suddenly became victim at the hands of his own gun.
Many believed that Zimmerman would at least walk away with manslaughter, and more believed he’d get away with no blood on his hands, but even as we talked the inevitable into existence it didn’t soften the blow as the verdict read “not guilty” on all counts. Not only was it a heavy weight to bear watching as a smile flashed contently across Zimmerman’s face as he whispered a menacing “thank you” to his defense team, it was even harder to properly contain my anger and defeat around the fact that this case has been so clearly racial.
Race is a sensitive topic in America, and rightfully so, it’s hard to address a problem that we’ve let fester in our society. Post-Civil Rights America has embodied this false progression and perception that racism has been annihilated from our society, when it has been so ingrained into the system, just as evident as ever before.
Yes, Zimmerman may have had a fair trial with a justice system that acted accordingly, “innocent until proven guilty,” but all of his actions prove otherwise. What myself and many Americans will never understand is what possessed this individual on that rainy February night to play deaf to the 911 dispatcher and take law enforcement into his own hands? What grave threat did Trayvon Martin impose on society carrying nothing but a bag of skittles and a bottle of iced tea? What intention did he truly have as he exited his car prepared with a gun strapped around his waist band? What opportunity was Martin given after running from what he thought was danger only be approached by it?
I’ve directed these questions to numerous family members, friends, and others, but still I’m still bereft of answers. While far too many have attempted to deflect the fact that this case is totally racial, there is an undeniable stigma against black men in particular that so many cannot shy away from. It’s that same stigma Zimmerman attached to a hooded Trayvon Martin armed with an Arizona Iced Tea and Skittles before he shot and murdered him.
To watch as Zimmerman walks away clean of all charges will continue to be the most unsettling sight of our generation’s young history. The only thing we can do is to not greet evil with evil, but address our problems and make those rightful changes within our own communities.
– The first thing all of us can do as a nation is to please sign the NAACP Petition here. (https://donate.naacp.org/page/s/doj-civil-rights-petition?source=zimmermannotguiltypetitionrotator&utm_medium=Rotator&utm_source=NAACP&utm_campaign=zimmermannotguiltypetitionrotator) Help urge the Department of Justice to open a Civil Rights suit against the case of George Zimmerman
– Help support the Martin Family raise awareness to civil rights and justice, donate here http://justicetm.org/donations/
– Talk to a community member or leader about how you can take part in exercising your rights and raise awareness in your city.