First, a pre-emptive fuck-you to anyone tempted to comment "get over it, the jury's decided," etc. President Obama was quite right to urge calm and to point out that the jury has spoken. Our flawed system has had its say, true, but that doesn't mean the issues swirling around the Trayvon Martin case stop on a dime and need to be swept under the rug. This case is going to reverberate for years to come—as well it should.
Even as gay rights makes strides forward, black issues have been dealt serious blows, first from the Supreme Court, and now from the not-so-Supreme Florida courts.
Juror B37—coward, reveal yourself—says she'd be comfortable having George Zimmerman on her neighborhood watch, reveals that "all but probably one" of the jurors believed the screams on the tape were that of Zimmerman and not Martin and, surprise!, has signed a book deal. (Oops, someone musta told her it would be unforgivably tasteless to profit from her hand in sending Zimmerman out to kill again.)
Most disgustingly, she says of Zimmerman:
"He just didn't stop at the limitations he should have stopped at."
So, uh, why not manslaughter then? Those six white ladies were never going to convict a white guy of shooting a black teenager.
Zimmerman will get his murder weapon back as a keepsake. He should probably auction it off to a right-winger with lots of $$$ to help pay the forthcoming civil verdict in favor of Trayvon's parents. (P.S. I'm against our system allowing for a criminal and civil trial for the same crime, but I won't shed any tears if Zimmerman loses a civil suit.)
Zimmerman's idiotic brother, Robert, who really should not be talking to the media under any circumstances anyway, has seen fit to do a victory lap, during which he made this humdinger of an assertion: Trayvon Martin wasn't helpless and unarmed after all, because:
"He used the sidewalk against my brother's head."
So basically everyone is armed because we have hands, which can be deadly weapons, and a sidewalk or wall or other hard surface.
Rachel Jeantel, the key prosecution witness, attacked Zimmerman for not testifying, tweeting:
"If you were a real man, you would have stood on the stage and said what happened."
I wonder if Florida has a law on the books that says non-blacks can shoot blacks who question their manhood?
The "Zimmerman mindset" has to be found guilty:
"It is the Zimmerman mindset that must be found guilty—far more than the man himself. It is a mindset that views black men and boys as nothing but a threat, good for nothing, up to no good no matter who they are or what they are doing. It is the Zimmerman mindset that has birthed a penal system unprecedented in world history, and relegated millions to a permanent undercaste."
The Zimmerman mindset is everywhere in the excuses made by those supporting Zimmerman, especially those claiming that Trayvon Martin was a thug, wasn't as "innocent" as the media made him out to be and forwarding fake photos of what he "really" looked like at the time of his killing.