George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida. I thought I’d do a quick write-up and get some thoughts jotted down, much of which I’ve already Tweeted, but I thought I’d bring those sentiments together here…

As a friend said to me afterwards, sometimes justice and the law do not go hand-in-hand. I understand within the legal parameters of Floridian law that the jurors had no choice but to find Zimmerman not guilty because the prosecution had not proved beyond a reasonable doubt that he was guilty.

However, legally, “not guilty” means he’s cleared of any wrongdoing in the death of Trayvon Martin. That does not feel like justice served at all. Not to say nothing of morality.

I find it terribly maddening that Zimmerman is and will forever be the only person that knows what actually happened that night. Nothing to be happy about here at all. Tragic and sad situation all around.

Undeniably, there is a race component in all of this and I’d suggest reading this little article I came across. Hard to understand what’s it like “being black in America” when you’re immersed in white privilege. Many things they go through, like the anecdote discussed in the linked article, I would never have to deal with; it would simply never come up. Yet, they do and much of that struggle goes unrecognized because it’s 2013 and we’re supposed to be passed race, right…


I’m sure I’ll have much more to say on this when time permits.


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