Monday, July 15, 2013
My Thoughts on the George Zimmerman Verdict
at 11:58 AM
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I was not surprised at the verdict of the George Zimmerman case. I think many people could see it coming. The state of Florida had to prove as a standard of their law that George Zimmerman DID NOT feel FEAR to win their case. A burden to prove that is overwhelmingly difficult to accomplish. I can respect the jury's decision on this element.
However, as a citizen of the United States of America, I am absolutely appalled that George Zimmerman was not held accountable for all the lies he has told in his many interviews.
Furthermore, he racially profiled Trayvon Martin.
Please know George Zimmerman was not held accountable for lying or for his racist profiling when he was tried for self-defense and I am deeply disturbed this, because if we had the truth, we'd see a very different story.
It seems like today we can lie openly in a court of law. We can racially profile another person and take the life of another if we feel fear--regardless if we brought on that fear ourselves. And then if we kill the only witness who knows what the truth is, we can walk away free as a bird. It causes me great sadness and I feel for people who will continue to be racially profiled. It's wrong: Plain and simple.
I pray and hope that the Department of Justice files a federal case against George Zimmerman. Sign the petition here.
On that note, an Eyes for Lies reader posted a comment written by her brother on my Facebook page yesterday and I thought the comment was brilliant. It's incredibly ironic what will become of George Zimmerman after what he did...
Dear George Zimmerman,There is more irony to this story. George Zimmerman is afraid a citizen will come after him now--he's afraid for his life. Does HE not realize that he fought for the right of another person to chase him down, profile him, scare him and then pull a gun on him and kill him in self-defense? Because that is exactly what he did.Disqus comments are off for this post.
For the rest of your life you are now going to feel what its like to be a black man in America.
You will feel people stare at you. Judging you for what you think are unfair reasons. You will lose out on getting jobs for something you feel is outside of your control. You will believe yourself to be an upstanding citizen and wonder why people choose to not see that.
People will cross the street when they see you coming. They will call you hurtful names. It will drive you so insane some days that you'll want to scream at the top of your lungs. But you will have to wake up the next day, put on firm look and push through life.
I bet you never thought that by shooting a black male you'd end up inheriting all of his struggles.
Enjoy your "freedom."
A black male who could've been Trayvon Martin
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