Where Do We Go From Here? Trayvon Martin’s Supporters React to Verdict
God blessed Me & Sybrina with Tray and even in his death I know my baby proud of the FIGHT we along with all of you put up for him GOD BLESS— Tracy Martin (@BTraymartin9) July 14, 2013
Thanks to everyone who are with us and who will be with us si we together can make sure that this doesn't happen again— Tracy Martin (@BTraymartin9) July 14, 2013
Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY— Tracy Martin (@BTraymartin9) July 14, 2013
This morning (and for the forseeable future), the country remains fixed on what the acquittal means for what’s often called “a post-racial America”—spurring heated debates about race, gun control, and our judicial system, to name just a few.
While the decision may have brought Florida’s case to a close, it’s done nothing to unify opinions about it.
Even among those who believe in the righteousness of the verdict, there are divides; those who find that the jury’s decision accurately reflected what the evidence presented—not necessarily what actually occurred on the night Martin was shot—and others who are adamant that Zimmerman, under the law and in practice, acted in self-defense.
But those who are outraged by the decision are raising their voices, publicly demonstrating and pressuring the Department of Justice to bring federal charges against Zimmerman.
Here are just a few of those reactions.
"Zimmerman verdict means a black teenager can be considered armed whenever he is walking down the street" http://t.co/qh1TTuKmv2— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) July 14, 2013
CNN BREAKING NEWS: Don't be black in Florida. Don't be a woman in Texas. Don't be poor in America. #nojustice— Chris Rock (@chrisrockoz) July 14, 2013
"Racism is not merely a simplistic hatred. It is, more often, broad sympathy toward some and broader skepticism toward others." TNC— Monica Potts (@MonicaBPotts) July 14, 2013
"For Trayvon to rest in peace, we must all be peaceful." -- Trayon Martin family attorney Ben Crump— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) July 14, 2013
LET'S SAY IT AGAIN RT @jsmooth995 The fundamental danger of an acquittal is not more riots, it is more George ZImmermans.— Samhita Mukhopadhyay (@TheSamhita) July 14, 2013
@TamaraLush Trayvon,u are w/us. I just askd my son NEVER2 walk alone again.I cried & he held me. He promised me he wouldn't. Freedom is dead— TrialNut (@Herappleness) July 14, 2013
"If you are silent about your pain, they'll kill you and say you enjoyed it." - Zora Neale Hurston #TrayvonMartin— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) July 13, 2013
Listen twitter, I'm not looking for bullshit legalistic equivocations. If the law was right in zimmerman's case, the law was wrong.— Monica Potts (@MonicaBPotts) July 14, 2013
"Only in America can a dead black boy go on trial for his own murder." - Syreeta McFadden (via morosky) http://t.co/1XQS4nHXsQ— PC Williams (@pc_williams) July 14, 2013
NAACP: “We are not done demanding justice for Trayvon Martin.” http://t.co/UmHNSGZ0VQ— The Nation (@thenation) July 14, 2013
Demonstrations sprung up in cities from San Francisco to Washington D.C. The latter in particular carried on through much of the night and into today. Many more are expected throughout the coming weeks.
Demonstrators in SF have taken to Mission St at 24th and are marching toward 16th. pic.twitter.com/rhMsw6Gr6A— The_News_DIVA (@The_News_DIVA) July 14, 2013
Keeping its word, the NAACP put up a petition asking the Department of Justice to federally prosecute Zimmerman for violating Martin’s civil rights. Within hours of last night’s verdict, the petition exceeded over 100,000 signatures.
Where do you stand on the verdict? Let us know in the Comments.