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

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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? 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.

5.  The Nurse:

  Where are you from?

Hiram, Georgia  

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? 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

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?

I have attended some of the marches and I have and will again volunteer my time to raise awareness over this tragedy that did not have to occur. This is an injustice to not only the African American community but to other racial communities as well. Trayvon was a son he could have been anyone's child no matter what race or nationality. People should not feel as though they can decide to take the law into their own hands and disregard instructions given by law enforcement individuals.

And this nurse ended with "thanks for valuing my opinion" and she actually made me feel glad that I took the time to ask her questions.

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Virtually everyone said that Zimmerman did not rac... by Doc McCoy on Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 7:20:22 PM
I actually agree with you.  I tried to be com... by Mary Lynn Ritch on Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 12:24:23 PM
and didn't find it until the comment section. Sear... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 11:32:50 AM
Another Racist incident!  Oh I am with you Ma... by Bobs Your Uncle on Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 8:25:18 PM
You're not with me on what? I barely inserted my ... by Mary Lynn Ritch on Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 12:20:34 PM
i dont necessarily believe it has anything to do w... by Mary Lynn on Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 10:19:27 PM
none of your passionate friends explained logicall... by Doc McCoy on Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 12:01:34 AM
Because it most likely IS about race. Another reas... by Shireen Parsons on Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 11:22:55 AM
Thanks Shireen! I feel a bit alone here with the ... by Mary Lynn Ritch on Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 12:16:46 PM
It was Trayvon who instead of just walking into hi... by Bill Johnson on Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 11:46:28 PM
I fear that no one's minds are going to be changed... by Doc McCoy on Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 2:21:28 AM
You oughta get out of the house more often Old Man... by Gary Williams on Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 12:54:28 PM
Everything you say regarding how and what TM and G... by Gary Williams on Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 2:11:57 PM
So, in other words, you believe the murderer's sto... by Magginkat on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 11:57:09 AM
ur own racism.  Who have you voted for in pas... by Lester Shepherd on Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 8:05:47 AM
I dont think I am blinded by own racisim and I thi... by Mary Lynn Ritch on Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 12:19:22 PM
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"The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye... by Gary Williams on Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 1:12:02 PM
I have no follow up, just thought it odd.... by Adam Smith on Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 4:04:59 PM
... by Lester Shepherd on Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 7:08:49 PM
to  consider that  this one  is not... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 1:05:31 PM
Absolutely. After observing the strange behavior o... by Gary Williams on Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 4:39:46 AM