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

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Where are you from?

New York City

What race do you identify yourself with?

Black - Afro Caribbean

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

Yes. I was not surprised by the verdict because even on the day Zimmerman murdered Martin, he was not arrested. They let him go straight home. That showed me how seriously they would take this issue in Central Florida. Also, I used to live in that area and I know the vigilante culture that is present there. I know that Floridians still see this kid [Trayvon Martin] as a threat to the community and up to no good despite the fact that he was unarmed and just coming back from the store with junk food. I just hope that this case gets moved up to the federal level, that there is a following civil suit, and that states repeal their 'Stand Your Ground' laws. (As it stands, you can approach someone with a weapon and initiate a fight, and if they fight back, you can legally kill them.)

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 normally follow high-profile cases and I do not personally know either party, but I do know people similar to Zimmerman and Martin. I know people that are overzealous vigilantes looking to find a 'criminal' and shoot them (we have a serious cowboy-culture issue here in the U.S.) and often are looking for 'suspicious-looking' people (who often turn out to be minorities that aren't wearing business attire). And I know people that are minorities that are often terrified that people will look at them and assume they are a criminal and that puts them in danger. Even growing up as a minority in relatively wealthy areas on the east coast, I am often afraid if I'm in a neighborhood where I don't look like I belong. I'm more scared for my life walking alone at night in these areas than I am in some of New York's most dangerous neighborhoods. My parents have always told me that I have to be extra careful because I am a minority and that I might get racially profiled by police or vigilantes. I always thought that it was just because they were living in 1980s New York when they were in their 20's, and that things were different now. I only recently realized that the reason I hadn't experienced any of this is because my parents carefully chose our neighborhoods when we lived in Central Florida and North Metro Atlanta. But upon graduating college and moving out, I've been able to see what they were talking about all over the country. I travel a lot and I'm very careful of where I go. I don't leave my car in rural areas or places where I don't see other visible minorities. For me, the verdict of this case means that I have to continue to be scared, because anyone that intends to profile and attack a person that doesn't look like they belong will know that they can continue to intimidate people with impunity. How can I be sure that I won't get profiled/followed/attacked/killed next time I am walking down the street in a hoodie?

  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'm already a natural protester and I attend a lot of protests over variety of issues. On Sunday I went to a protest in New York, and I intend to attend many more. Justice was not served. And the message coming out of Florida seems to be: "It's okay to take the law into your own hands, and if you're wrong and kill someone that's okay; it's better to kill a hundred innocent persons than to let one criminal into our neighborhood"

Say what you will about the responses you read and although I don't share the same views with a few of the people with the answers given above, it is obvious to me that this trial meant more to some than it being just an unarmed black kid getting shot to death by a mixed man in Florida and nobody has a right to tell them otherwise.

 There are those that are slighted by the system and the historical track record of our country has not been fair and it would be sheer ignorance to claim that things are equal today.  But how can we move forward from here in a way that properly honors the memory of Trayvon Martin? 

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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
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to  consider that  this one  is not... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 1:05:31 PM
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