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#HoodiesUp Rally NYC by jerekeys
After George Zimmerman was acquitted for the death of Trayvon Martin, my Facebook feed blew up with opinions about the trail from the ignorant and otherwise. As someone that lost interest in the trial as soon as celebrities got involved, I found the outburst a little obnoxious quite frankly.
But while sifting through the most ignorantly racist and annoying posts from the trial voyeurs and even reading a few aloud to my brother on the way back home from a wedding (in ironically, Florida), I decided I wasn't giving my rabid Facebook friends with an opinion a fair chance and became slighted with how initially annoyed with them I really was. So instead of writing it off to another stupid, high-profile trial cult-like following, I decided to ask a few of my most avid yet more intelligent Facebook Trayvon Martin supporters why they were so passionate about the verdict to figure out what the anger was really all about. I am not including their name in order to protect their privacy. I wanted them to have the opportunity to vent more publicly. .
1. The Nurse
Where are you from?
What race do you identify yourself with?
Have you followed the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman Case? If so, are you surprised by the verdict? Why or why not?
I have followed the trial and I was surprised by the verdict. While I thought the state failed to prove without a reasonable doubt Zimmerman was guilty of second degree murder, I did think that the jury would find him convicted of manslaughter simply because he deliberately disobeyed the instructions given to him by the non emergency dispatch and placed himself in a situation that he ended up losing control of. I felt that the story he told was very inconsistent and being a nurse, the injuries he sustained were not consistent with his statement on how he sustained them. I think that had Zimmerman identified himself as the neighborhood watch leader, the outcome of the situation would have been different. In my opinion, this verdict tells people that it is ok to profile and stalk someone take matters ,into your own hands and if things don't go like you think they will, you can kill the person you think may be doing something with no evidence of wrong doing on their part.
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 high profile trials? Why was this particular trail something you found interesting?