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I asked some of my Facebook friends about their opinion to the Trayvon Martin verdict

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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.  

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 for example: the James Holmes or Jodi Arias trials? Why was this particular trail something you found interesting?

With my job, it's hard not to follow breaking news stories such as James Holmes shooting up a theater or Jodi Arias killing her boyfriend but I can relate to this particular case because I am black and I have a step-son, cousins, nephews, and friends who could have easily been in Trayvon's shoes. Why? Because they are young, black men that may even dress like Trayvon would, i.e. wear a hoodie. Also, some of them are not perfect by any means, but do they still deserve the right to walk home at night while wearing a hoodie, and not be looked at as a suspect? HELL YES THEY DO AND SO DID TRAYVON.

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?

If the people who witnessed what happened at the trial can't make a conscious decision to change their actions and way of thinking, then honestly all the volunteering in the world won't do a damn thing. So, I'll answer this question with a quote from the movie "Notorious". "If you want to change the world, we first have to change ourselves". That's how I plan to raise awareness, by working on me and my actions.

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Hiram, Georgia  

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African American

  Have you followed the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman Case? If so, are you surprised by the verdict? Why or why not?

I am a RN. I am African American. I have followed the case from the beginning and signed the petition to at least get him investigated. I am unfortunately not surprised by the verdict. I do not believe that he racially profiled Trayvon but I do believe he criminally profiled Trayvon and based his decision on the fact that there had been break ins that has involved young African Americans and he thought he was going to have justice for his neighborhood. He just should have followed the instructions given to him by the 911 operator. I wasn't surprised on how the jury voted because of how GZ was portrayed. The fact is that had he not got out of his car and followed Trayvon there would never have been a fight and he wouldn't have felt the need to use deadly force. Our country is in turmoil right now over race issues and stereotyping that should not still exist in 2013

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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 for example: the James Holmes or Jodi Arias trials?

I do not know Trayvon or George Zimmerman personally. I have no ties to this case. I followed the Jodi Arias trials and thought what she did was despicable and uncalled for. She deserved the punishment that she received. This case was an interest just because of the fact that George Zimmerman could have avoided this altogether if he had not taken matters into his own hands. This mattered to me more because I am a mother and I have a young son and this could have easily happened to him if he were Trayvon's age.

Will you volunteer your time to raise awareness over what you feel is an injustice in relation to the outcome of this trial?

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