(Community Matters) I’ve stayed quiet on the Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman verdict b/c as imperfect as our jury-based judicial system is, it’s the best I’ve seen offered. I assume jurors take their jobs seriously and they certainly have better information than I do. But, after watching George Zimmerman on Sean Hannity say he regrets nothing that he did, nothing that happened, that he wouldn’t do anything differently . . . that’s just too much.
I’ve written before how some of Austin’s most influential & successful black women have shared with me that they remind their sons to be careful that they must behave better than others if stopped by police, or to avoid suspicion. And, this morning I listened to several black parents on NPR talk about how they fear for their kids, how their kids are held to different standards.
I don’t know if the jurors are right that they believe it was Zimmerman screaming for help over the telephone, or if Trayvon threw the first punch. But, I do know Zimmerman was held to a different standard by the police (probably because his father is a judge) until national attention focused on the case. And, I’m watching him interviewed on Fox News saying he doesn’t regret killing a 17 year old boy who he found simply walking through a neighborhood. Yes, I’m now going on record that there’s been a miscarriage of justice and hoping federal authorities will further review the case.