Monday, July 15, 2013
I wasn’t there.
I’m not a lawyer so my opinion is just that – an opinion.
There’s a good article HERE that addresses the limitations of our legal system and the laws that made this verdict possible.
Like many, I am not satisfied by the outcome of George Zimmerman’s trial. But since the entire case came down to whether or not Zimmerman acted in self defense, it appears that the jury rendered the only verdict possible.
If this were a story I was writing, it would be a tragedy. It would be about a man who, because he had a gun and fancied himself in a position of authority, put himself into a situation where things quickly spiraled out of control.
It would be about a teenager, guilty of nothing more than Walking While Black, whose anger at being accosted by a self-important, wannabe cop, led him to go on the offensive rather than shuffling and grinning, “Ain’t doin’ nothin’, boss,” and allowing himself to be pushed around because of his race.
It would be a story about how the man with the gun escaped a prison sentence but was doomed to spend the rest of his life looking over his shoulder, feeling the same sort of fear that Trayvon Martin must have felt as that car continued to follow him down the dark streets. . .