The trial of George Zimmerman will go down as one of the most controversial cases in the last decade. And no matter your view of the outcome, we cannot refute this as a tragic moment.
Zimmerman, regardless of intent or necessity, ended a teenager’s life. And Trayvon Martin’s family and loved ones wishe he were still with them today.
While I feel no sympathy for Zimmerman, who seems to find his actions justifiable, I believe we should not react with hatred or violence toward him or anyone else we disagree with. This mindset bears no resolution; it resurrects no bodies and only incites more misunderstanding.
And while no one can truly ascertain if Zimmerman’s actions that night were motivated by racial prejudice or if race significantly affected the trial, race definitely has a place in our discussion of the case.
The media has been rightly accused of divisively portraying Zimmerman as a white man killing a black teenager(instead of a multiracial American of white and Peruvian descent). Some acknowledged this, but there were still clearly chosen sides.