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The Thin Line Between Justice and Peace
Jul 15, 2013 | News Archive

Check out Stephanie Renee's latest blog post!

The Zimmerman verdict, and the ever-waning patience of Blacks in America.

Late on Saturday night, the world learned of the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder (or manslaughter) of Trayvon Martin. The words: NOT GUILTY. Their sound echoed in the disbelief-filled cries of people across the country who had maintained hope, against the backdrop of shoddy legal work and subjective burden of proof, that some form of balance would be reached on behalf of a family and nation in mourning. This, even after those of us who sometimes confuse cynicism for realism, had many doubts of a verdict that would somehow restore Black America's shaky faith. That 6 women would find the killing of a teenager out just after dark for a snack could be legally wrong, especially when the morality and righteousness of Zimmerman's actions were always deeply troubling. That they might see Trayvon's face in those of their own children, family, community. That the killing of a defenseless boy by an armed man deserves punishment, regardless of the ethnicity of either party.

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