On the George Zimmerman Verdict

The police dispatcher that George Zimmerman spoke to on the night of February 26th, 2012, told him that the authorities did not need him to follow Trayvon Martin in his car. Not only did he continue anyway, he got out of his car with a gun, accosted Martin, and was ultimately responsible for shooting and killing him. Martin was a minor, guilty of no crime and walking home.

Martin appears to have physically defended himself, and much has been made of this by Zimmerman’s supporters. But so what if Martin did defend himself from Zimmerman, a man who who was not and is not a policeman and who was in fact doing the exact opposite of what the police dispatcher suggested he should do? If that’s an issue, the Tavis Smiley is absolutely right: the notion of “Stand Your Ground” was never meant to and clearly doesn’t apply to black Floridians.

Now Zimmerman has been acquitted and is free. This is an injustice of great magnitude, and should haunt us for a very long time.

  • Erica Hamilton

    Yes, terrible injustice. Just terrible. See also the excerpts on the deposition regarding Marissa Alexander’s “stand your ground” case: http://samuel-warde.com/2013/07/deposition-excepts-from-marissa-alexanders-abusive-husband-before-she-was-sentenced-to-20-years/ , with info on what we can do.

  • Joel St. Julien

    I’m sad that not enough Buddhists practitioners have actually spoken out against this. Thank you for speaking truth into this.

  • John ‘Genryu’

    “This is an injustice of great magnitude, and should haunt us for a very long time.” Well said but be careful. You will be perceived as starting to challenging the idea that you can still be a racist fascist as well as a Buddhist – which of course Americans are told that they can be.