If the case didn't cause conversation between everyone in this country, I'd be shocked. The problem is too many people are joining the conversation, or having the conversation, without knowing a single fact about the case. It outrages me, especially since I was one of the insanely ignorant people that had George Zimmerman convicted as a murderer, just because I believed the tainted propaganda that the media shoved down our throats back in 2012. I had no intention of watching this trial. I happened to be on vacation during the trial, and my family was visiting from New Jersey, and they had been following the trial. So, with nothing but rainy days and not much else to do, I watched. I am really glad I did because it didn't take but one or two witnesses to see that an innocent man was being railroaded for the sake of politics.
What has this country come to? All you have to do is look out the reaction after the O.J. trial to this disgrace going on now to know that the racial divide in this country will never get any better until people are held accountable for their own actions. Did I agree with the O.J. verdict? Hell no, but there was a lot of shady things going on with that trial, so I can certainly see why the jury had to do what they did. And, well, O.J. is where he belongs after all, anyway. Karma. But us white people, we were mad for a few days. But then we got on with our lives, to the things that actually mattered. Hopefully the rest of the evidence that was destroyed and held back in the Zimmerman case will come to light someday soon, so that all of these idiots who painted Trayvon Martin as a saint, a martyr, can eat their words.
-- Kim Schulz, Florida; Caucasian
Zimmerman was wrong, but what about our neighbors?
[Boima Freeman posted to his Facebook page after the verdict, "If you want to protest the Zimmerman verdict, pull ur pants up, go to school, respect ur elders, stop killing each other."]
Some of my friends have called me and said, "How can you say that?" Friends of mine who always want to blame the white man. What's pissing me off is the fact that we don't get upset when our neighbor gets hurt, but we care when a celebrity gets hurt. We're doing it to ourselves. We're not treating every individual as Trayvon. What about that girl who performed in Obama's inauguration? Or the baby who was shot to death in Chicago while her dad changed her diaper? Who's marching for her? Or the next person who gets shot in that location? Why isn't Al Sharpton or Jessie Jackson marching every day until the violence is resolved? It came up at a family reunion. The reunion dinner was Saturday night, the same night we got the verdict. There was a gentleman outside so upset he could cry. "How could they find him not guilty?" I simply explained to him that is the law. If this was our village in Africa, as soon as Zimmerman said he killed him, he would have been mobbed and beaten. That's why we live in America.
-- Boima Freeman, St. Paul, Minnesota; originally from Liberia; African-American
There are no heroes here
From what I understand, Trayvon Martin was a scumbag, not the sweet, innocent boy his family and friends have tried to make him out to be. He was a drug user who decided to dress like a criminal and sneak around in the middle of the night. As for George Zimmerman, he's just a giant MMA-wannabe, who probably beats his wife, that tried to be a hero and get recognition by shooting what he thought was a dangerous person. Trayvon's death was his own fault. He didn't stop to tell Zimmerman who he was and that he wasn't trying to do anything wrong. He tried to run away as if he was a criminal. I'm not saying that I agree with what Zimmerman did, he's not the good guy. I'm just saying that Trayvon wasn't the good guy, either. I agree with the verdict from the trial. Zimmerman didn't murder anyone, he just tried to do what he thought was right. That is what I tried to tell my friends, but they seem to be like everyone else in the nation. They think that since Zimmerman shot a black kid that he's racist. That's just not the case.
-- Mark Haldi; Race unknown
'It just makes me scared'
I'm an East Coast, left-of-center, 54-year-old white woman and I'm not talking. Unless you believe that Trayvon was an innocent child victimized by a vicious white murderer, you can't have a public conversation about this trial without being labeled a racist.
I won't even e-mail you from my real e-mail account. I'm in hiding. I'm not even as brave as Juror B37 who speaks in shadows. She and I watched every minute of that trial and came to the same conclusion. American jurisprudence worked during this trial. It may not in others, but in this one, it did. Saying this out loud does not make me a racist. It just makes me scared.
-- "Julie"; Caucasian