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  Have you followed the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman Case? If so, are you surprised by the verdict? 

I have been following the Martin/Zimmerman case and I was shocked by the verdict. I can see how/why the jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder, but I don't understand why they failed to convict him on a lesser charge of manslaughter. I am aware of Florida's stand your ground law and that Zimmerman maintained shooting Trayvon was an act of self-defense, nonetheless, that still doesn't make sense to me based on certain aspects of the case. He was told by the police not to follow him and he continued to do so instead of allowing law enforcement to do their job. He was an armed man following an unarmed kid, what was he defending himself from? Zimmerman's intentions may have been good; however, he still shot and killed an unarmed, innocent kid. I feel for both families, my thoughts and prayers are with both, but my heart is a little heavier with the verdict of this trail.

  Did you know Trayvon Martin or do you know George Zimmerman personally? Do you have any ties to the case? If not, do you follow other trials?  Why was this particular trail something you found interesting?

I do not know either party personally, nor do I have any ties to the case. However, I do pay attention to current events, national news, and I like to look at cases from a social scientist point of view. I found this trail interesting because it emphasizes the way our society has taught us to social profile.

  Will you volunteer your time to raise awareness over what you feel is an injustice in relation to the outcome of this trial? Why or why not?

Yes, I would like to volunteer my time to raise awareness; not only to this case, but to other cases that highlight social constructs we have created that can have a negative effect on our lives. I will be attending a party affiliated gala next weekend to discuss options of unity and ways to better our society.

If you can think of anything to add feel free to do so.

We are all human beings. A crime is a crime. A mistake is a mistake. Everyone should be held accountable for their actions. I still have faith in humanity, but the verdict of the trail illustrates to me that we have a long way to go.  

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  Where are you from?

Rome, Ga.      

What race do you identify yourself with?

African American             

Have you followed the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman Case? If so, are you surprised by the verdict? 

 I didn't watch the entire trial but I knew about the case. I was initially surprised because I honestly thought that a juror of mothers would be able to relate to a mother who lost her son simply because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But after the fact, I realized that if Fla. found Casey Anthony innocent than why not do the same for Zimmerman. The laws in that state need to be reviewed and changed or else more cases like this will continue to occur.  

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