For those still reeling from the Zimmerman verdict (and that should be all of us), here are some commentaries. Headline: no one agrees with it, apart from a Fox commentator who fudges around his bigotry and at the same time defends Zimmerman. But we're getting used to ignoring them.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, the Atlantic: Trayvon Martin and the irony of American justice:
"When you have a society that takes at its founding the hatred and degradation of a people, when that society inscribes that degradation in its most hallowed document, and continues to inscribe hatred in its laws and policies, it is fantastic to believe that its citizens will derive no ill messaging. It is painful to say this: Trayvon Martin is not a miscarriage of American justice, but American justice itself. This is not our system malfunctioning. It is our system working as intended. To expect our juries, our schools, our police to single-handedly correct for this, is to look at the final play in the final minute of the final quarter and wonder why we couldn't come back from twenty-four down."
Cynthia Tucker, theGrio: 'Reasonable doubt' for Zimmerman, but rarely for black defendants:
"But reasonable doubt is an elastic standard, and it seems to work in favor of whites much more often than it does blacks. It is hard to imagine that a black 'neighborhood watch volunteer' who pursued and killed a white kid under the same circumstances would have walked away a free man. The prosecution was limited by shoddy police work in the crucial hours after Martin died, by a stand-your-ground law that invites violence and, critically, by the fact that Martin could not give his version of events. Zimmerman took care of that. But black men and women have been convicted with much less to work with."[Rest, commentisfree.]
Also, this: Another Trayvon Martin Is Killed Every 28 Hours in This Country (alternet, and democracynow): A racist mindset infects our criminal justice system, our schools, and our politics in ways that have had disastrous consequences. [...] Michelle Alexander recently wrote, "It is the Zimmerman mindset that must be found guilty—far more than the man himself. It is a mindset that views black men and boys as nothing but a threat, good for nothing, up to no good no matter who they are or what they are doing. It is the Zimmerman mindset that has birthed a penal system unprecedented in world history, and relegated millions to a permanent undercaste."
- Trayvon Martin And The Irony Of American Justice - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic (theatlantic.com)
- Trayvon Martin and American Justice (noahsprojectblog.wordpress.com)
- On The Killing Of Trayvon Martin By George Zimmerman - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic (theatlantic.com)