George Zimmerman, the killer of Florida teen Trayvon Martin who was acquitted of murder, put on his "bad idea jeans" and decided to go visit the factory where the gun he killed Martin with was made and pose for photos. Zimmerman's attorney, who is likely not a soulless person without remorse, admitted this was not a good look on Zimmerman's part.
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In my latest post for The Root, I tackle the -- not guilty of murder, but definitely a killer -- George Zimmerman, and what his life will be like now that he's a walking, breathing, infamous person no one wants around. Will he disappear like Casey Anthony or go golfing like O. J.? Right now he's busy randomly getting pulled over in Texas, so it could still go either way.
Wednesday The Snob returned to the Beauty Shop segment of NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin. It was all about Zimmerman verdict aftermath. (I'm amazed any of us still had anything left to talk about!) But a good show was had with myself, Bridget Johnson of PJ Media and my friend Keli Goff, political correspondent for The Root.
Check it out.
Wrote a story for The Root today. Like to here it? Here it goes? In light of the Zimmerman verdict an old study from 2012 is getting new attention. That survey shows that black people who claim self-defense have a negative chance of winning the case -- no matter who gets killed. But white people, well ... let's just say it's more of fair shot, especially if that shot is at a black person, where the killings are 354 percent more likely to be ruled as justified in states with "Stand Your Ground" laws. The study said it couldn't account for bias, but ... ahem ... that sure looks like some amazing white privilege to me. Where can I get some of that? Can you buy it at the store? No? Disappointing ...
Watching the trial I knew there was a chance for not guilty.
Wednesday, the prosecution in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin presented their star witness -- the last person to speak to Martin before he was killed by George Zimmerman. Her name was Rachel Jeantel. She was 19, she talked low, she was nervous and she was very raw and unpolished in her delivery of her testimony. She had no poker face. She didn't want to be there and she was obviously still hurting over the murder of her friend.
And while some people on Twitter focused on this, some other's spent their time calling her "Precious."
Sigh ... This is going to be a loooong trial.
Channel your rage/annoyance/desire for justice appropriately.
Seminole County Circuit Judge Debra Nelson has given the prosecution and the defense reason to feel cautiously optimistic about their chances with the jury. Nelson ruled last month that the defense is not allowed to mention Trayvon’s social media communications, his school suspension and drug use in their opening statement. Not that any of that information justifies Zimmerman’s actions that rainy evening on Feb. 26, 2012.
No joke. I'll be talking about the trial on Arise America this week via Skype. More details to come on what days I'll be chatting about Twitter and social media's response to the trial.
When is it appropriate to speak out? After the world's most bizarre press conference (that I'm still not 100 percent sure wasn't some form of performance art), the attorneys of George Zimmerman quit due to Zimmerman becoming non-responsive, talking to FOX Newser Sean Hannity and creating a web site to correspond with "supporters." But as bone-crazy as all that sounded, I wondered -- when is it appropriate to start flapping your yap about something potentially controversial? Lucky for you, I've broken it down for when to "press send" on an email of doom, when to publish a blog post of destruction and when to call the calvary for your press conference of bomb dropping.