Late Saturday night, George Zimmerman was found not guilty by a six-person jury for the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
Immediately, social media erupted with Tweets and FB posts of injustice from Martin’s supporters and a restored faith in the legal system from Zimmerman’s. The case brought Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law to the forefront of discussion and the trial has dominated the cable news airwaves, igniting racial tensions in the United States for the last few weeks.
The loss of gay youths Matthew Shepard to murder and Tyler Clementi to suicide sparked large-scale conversations within the community, but it seems as if people have already stopped talking about Mark Carson, the 32-year-old gay black man who was shot and killed in New York’s West Village less than two months ago.
Some of Trayvon Martin’s supporters see the Zimmerman trial verdict as a symptom of a larger scale issue of the devaluing of black life in American society.
Are the social problems underscored by the death of Trayvon Martin and the trial of George Zimmerman relevant to our community? What say you?