Violence After Outrageous Zimmerman Verdict Is Surprisingly ... Absent (VIDEO)

Zimmerman VerdictGeorge Zimmerman has been acquitted of any wrongdoing in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Across the country, protesters expressed their outrage with the Florida jury who let a man walk after shooting an unarmed child who was holding just a pack of Skittles and some iced tea. Though most protests have been peaceful, the ones in Los Angeles and Oakland did become violent. Police had to restrain the LA protesters by shooting bean bag rounds at the crowd.

I am surprised there hasn't been more violence. In 1992, after a similar verdict in the severe beating of Rodney King at the hands of the LAPD, riots broke out that practically destroyed parts of Los Angeles. For the most part, the protests in Boston, New York, and other cities have been peaceful.

But who could blame anyone for being violently angry? President Obama spoke up about the verdict and said:

I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken.

He is right. But he is also wrong. Sometimes "justice" is a joke and sometimes innocent people die because of insane, archaic laws and systemic racism. It may be legally correct to let Zimmerman off the hook for murder, but morally, it's reprehensible. Morally, Zimmerman should have at least been convicted of manslaughter and now he can just go home.

In fact, he can even get his gun back. His lawyer says he needs it "more than ever." It's an outrage. And while violence is hardly the answer and it certainly will fix nothing, it's hard to blame anyone for feeling violent and angry when the system has failed them -- and all of us -- so spectacularly.

Martin was a child who was stereotyped and targeted because of the color of his skin. He is dead because Zimmerman was prejudiced against him due to the color of his skin. Those who don't believe it would say we can't know that for sure. They might say he would have reacted the same way to a white person in a hoodie, but anyone with a brain knows that's a lie. Zimmerman assumed the worst about Trayvon Martin. He stalked Martin and started the fight. He may not have intended to kill him that night, but without his profiling, Trayvon would still be alive.

Hopefully Trayvon's parents will file a civil suit and make sure Zimmerman never has a penny to his name for the rest of his life. None of it will bring back Trayvon, but at least he will "pay."

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Do you think the protests are justified?


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miche... micheledo

Ugh!!! He was NOT stereotyped and targeted because of the color of his skin!!!!! Listen to the 911 call, read the transcript!!!!! Zimmermand was ASKED!Is he white, hispanic, black?" Zimmerman said, I THINK, black.

That does not sound like someone targeted for his skin color. Stop stirring up racial tension. Enough!!!

Chana... Chanandler.Bong

Protesting is one thing; encouraging violence is another. You are way out of line for saying the violence should have been worse. I completely get why people are protesting, and people need to realize that racism is still very much present in our society. But violence is never the answer. Ever.

nonmember avatar Katie

Did you even follow the trial Sasha? Apparently not! Trayvon was the only racially motivated person here according to his GF(the prosecuters witness). I think him saying "I'll teach that cracker a lesson" speaks volumes! Also, just because someone is unarmed does not mean they can not be extremely dangerous. You should pretty embarrassed of this article(if you can even call it that)!

Kings... KingsleysMommy

There were no riots because people know there is more "Big Brother" out there now than in '92. You will be videotaped, you will be caught, you will be arrested, you will go to court, and if you're black, you will go to jail. True story. When you let the lion in your living room, you can't be mad when he eats your kids. Uncontrolled population of people who have ruined our country financially, is what is wrong with America. God forbid white people defend themselves!!! BTW...Zimmerman is Hispanic, NOT white!!

bills... billsfan1104

I dot get it. You did not watch the trial, nor read the transcripts. You just took whatever tr media told you and ran with it. If anyone dies from these violent protests, I am going to blame you and your race pimps friends for ANY deaths during the riots. I am also going to blame you for the vandalism. Those people who have businesses had nothing to do with this case. They don't deserve to have their property destroyed because of a verdict in another state.

Damn it, I want to cuss you out and call you nasty names, but I can't.

bills... billsfan1104

You and the race baiters wanted Zimmerman to be arrested and tried. And guess what, you got your wish. And the parents said that they will accept the verdict. And from what I understand in Florida, if you are found not guilty in a court of law, you can't be sued.

When are you going to be outraged with all the black on black crime happening? What about their justice??

nonmember avatar Leigh

Really???!! Come on. Awful article on your part. There are a lot of things I want to say but won't. I can't believe this crap was allowed on here.

bills... billsfan1104

Another thing, I hope you and Cafemom get in trouble for inciting violence. How dare you wish that there be violent protests. Damn it Sahsha

SKDMo... SKDMom1020

What billsfan said!

momofcfk momofcfk

First off you all say racial....Hello doesn't anyone see we are all the same race. The human race...he was black and Zimmerman went after him because of the color of his skin. You can tell me over and over that he didn't but he did. He is an over zealous asshole who killed a KID! Doesn't matter if he was convicted or not someone will take justice into their own hands. As for the writer...Hello people it is called THE STIR.....they are suppose to stir up shit.

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