As I predicted, George Zimmerman was found not guilty for killing Trayvon Martin. Since I am always reluctant to make bold assertions about such things if I wasn’t on the jury and didn’t see all the evidence, I’m not really going to comment much on the verdict itself. But what Michelle Alexander wrote on her Facebook page needs to be repeated far and wide:
If Trayvon Martin had been born white he would be alive today. That has been established beyond all reasonable doubt. If he had been white, he never would have been stalked by Zimmerman, there would have been no fight, no funeral, no trial, no verdict. 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.
It is the entire criminal justice system that should be the target of our anger and activism, not George Zimmerman himself.