The best responses, I think, didn't focus on the jury--though there seem to be some issues there as well--but looked at the problems with the law in the case. Florida law did not require the court to even acknowledge or address the fact that George Zimmerman ignored police instructions and created the conflict. Black observers were not wrong to note that this case was about a man stalking and killing a young, unarmed black male--and that the state of Florida said that was ok. Zimmerman didn't have to prove that his life was actually in danger, merely that he felt threatened.
Eugene Robinson had one of the better posts on this, where he noted that while everyone talked about Zimmerman's right to self-protection, for some reason Martin had no such right. Further, he and many have noted how this case suggests that young black males simply don't count that much. I am reminded that capital cases are biased terribly on race--not so much the perpetrator--especially dealing with the race of the victim. Another dead black boy simply doesn't matter that much, and that makes me terribly sad.
Speaking of that, it is time again to reread To Kill A Mockingbird, but first this excellent essay by Ta-nehisi Coates on the Fear of a Black President.
In other news, the state of Texas continues their war on women by pushing through a draconian law banning abortions after 20 weeks, and effectively shutting down most clinics in the state. I can't help but wonder if the right wing crazies have not overplayed their hand and miss that they are winning battles, but possibly losing the war. Overnight, they made a national figure of Senator Wendy Davis, who is attractive, smart, and eloquent--only one of which Rick Perry brings to the table.
Then, we read that North Carolina Republicans pushed through a bill that gives lie to any notion that these people respect hard work or the middle class. This law would cut taxes on the richest, while raising taxes on the bottom 80%. Add this to the federal farm bill that gave agri-business subsidies while ignoring food stamps all together (also cutting environmental protection, btw). Even conservative Rod Dreher sees this for what it is--cruel and horrible policies from a party that should know better.
The Republican Party is throwing corporate welfare at farmers, but telling people who are so poor they qualify for government aid to feed themselves that they are not a priority. As a matter of basic politics, the Republicans have lost their minds. This is Mitt Romney’s 47 percent remark all over again.I remain stunned that my friends and family continue to vote for these sociopaths who do not, beyond minor superficial words, reflect their values.