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Understanding George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting of Trayvon Martin: Further reading

Posted by: Tedstaff

Trayvon-Martin-2Like so many people in the United States, we were shocked by George Zimmerman’s acquittal this weekend in the shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin, above. And, like so many others, we can’t stop reading about it, to try to understand the complexities of this verdict — wrapped around issues of race, gender, gun ownership and violence. Below, further reading on this tragic case.

Articles on other recent “Stand Your Ground” cases and their outcomes:

And TED Talks about some of the many issues surrounding this case:

Comments (16)

  • Ian Goddard commented on Jul 19 2013

    A quote from Martin Luther King Jr.

    “Do you know that Negroes are 10 percent of the population of St. Louis and are responsible for 58% of its crimes? We’ve got to face that. And we’ve got to do something about our moral standards,” King once told a black congregation. “We know that there are many things wrong in the white world, but there are many things wrong in the black world, too. We can’t keep on blaming the white man. There are things we must do for ourselves.”

    From a profile of King that appeared in a 1961 issue of Harper’s Magazine

  • Jat Golden commented on Jul 18 2013

    I would like to put this thought out there, it was indeed a sad day to see Zimmerman not being held accountable for his decision making. But I believe that the focus should be turned on the State of Florida, if they would have only charged Zimmerman with Manslaughter and presented their case, I know for a fact Zimmerman would have had to explain his decisions and the world would know what happened. We are only left with one side of the story, some scars, and a young man who is no longer with us. I know the law is put into place to protect but not like this…we all lose. When will the pain end?

    • Jose Nicoya commented on Jul 19 2013

      Zimmerman was help accountable for his actions. He stood trial! Six women (mothers) found him not guilty – end of story. Why is that so hard to understand? It will be a sad day when our right to self defense is also taken away, like so many other rights which have already been taken away in the good ole USA.

  • commented on Jul 18 2013

    Reblogged this on queer ocean.

  • commented on Jul 18 2013

    Reblogged this on Backyard Books NZ.

  • William Parchman commented on Jul 18 2013

    On the 911 call Zimmerman said, “Shit he is running”. Martin’s body was only 70 yards from the townhouse in which he orginally departed. Martin was trying to run back to the townhouse to get away from Zimmerman. Once Martin began to run from Zimmerman there was only one way for Zimmerman and Martin to have a confrontation. Zimmerman ran/chased Martin. If he didnt chase Martin.. Martin would have made it to the Townhouse without confrontation. Zimmerman, also stated he was tired of these punks getting away. Well Trayvon didnt get away. My question is this, “How can you beleive that Trayvon picked a fight with Zimmerman if he was attempting to run away. No one knows exactly what happened that night. But Travon did run. Those words came directly out of Zimmerman’s mouth. Zimmerman’s explaination as to why he got out of the car (to see a street sign) makes no sense. I view street signs in travel from my car everyday. What did Zimmerman expect to happen when he caught a stranger in the dark after a chase? A polite conversation? Trayvon was not carrying stolen goods. He didnt witness Trayvon stealing a purse. He chased this kid down based on the fact that he “Looked suspicious”. Can you not see the paranoia in that? He instigated this entire situation. He is responsible for the loss of this kids life. MAN SLAUGHTER

  • Jose Nicoya commented on Jul 17 2013

    Leaving race out of it let’s just phrase what happened: A punk picked a fight with man who had a gun, the punk lost the fight. The jury spoke, justice was done.

  • Casey Middleman commented on Jul 17 2013

    Can’t we just call this a loss for the prison industrial complex? Can we also stop saying not guilty and say not convicted? Most of us know in our hearts that if Georgie was a cop he would have had the training and expertise to plant a gun and drugs on Treyvon. Maybe not a gun because they wouldn’t get federal money for the gun arrest. He would also still be alive and under the care of the prison industrial complex and none of us would know it ever happened, just his parents and friends acting all angry and stuff.

  • Ian Goddard commented on Jul 17 2013

    The very people who should be standing against rioting and lynching for racial reasons are now the ones condemning and crying for the “lynching” of George Zimmerman. This is a modern version of Mississippi Burning!

    At a time when the USA has a black President, and the majority of the administration is also African American, our Attorney General launches a witch hunt, calling on citizens to report Zimmerman’s possible past indiscretions!

    The ‘main-stream media’ is flooded with stories and questions about “Stand your ground” laws – when this issue never featured in any part of the trial. This was a case of self defense – Holder’s assertions that victims should flee when faced with danger is stupid when the truth is that Martin had a full FOUR minutes to leave the scene. He chose instead to attack “the creepy ass cracker” – as described by his girl friend Rachel Jeantel on the phone with him.

    So called media icons denigrate Florida as a ‘red-neck’ state. Florida has a larger population of democrats than most other southern states. Zimmerman is categorized as a ‘white Hispanic!’ Does this make Obama a ‘white African American?

    For Shame America!

    TED is well advised to avoid this issue – keep your personal prejudices to yourselves!

    • Casey Middleman commented on Jul 17 2013

      It seams that our current civil rights leader lack the power and charisma of MLK. Instead of encouraging non violence and progress. They seam to speak with contemptuous and incite full tongues. Lets all hope that all groups can end violence and stop being driven by a self pity campaign. It takes a tremendous amount of pride and self respect to abandon self pity, those who are worth their salt will do so.

  • Derek S commented on Jul 16 2013

    I like to think I’m able to understand something as basic as a jury trial without assistance, including from TED staff. I won’t bother reading the stories you linked to because I’ve read enough to assume that most are based on anything but the facts of the case as presented at trial. That seems to be the norm.

    This was never a complicated story. A man was violently assaulted and defended himself. The media created a villain for their own purposes (even to the point of doctoring evidence), the state of Florida maliciously prosecuted him for political purposes, the usual race hustlers took full and disgusting advantage of it for their own gain as they always do and now two lives are ruined. How much more destruction needs to happen?

    Stick to technology, entertainment and design. That’s what you do best and that’s why I’m here. The blather about this case is just white noise to me.

  • commented on Jul 16 2013

    Reblogged this on High School Edumacation and commented:
    I hate how so many people have such adamant opinions without doing proper research,

  • Ian Goddard commented on Jul 16 2013

    TED is treading on dangerous ground. If TED becomes a mouthpiece for dissidents, whether political or social, you risk loosing many of your supporters. I am a TED advocate, teacher and, I’d like to think an evangelist. The outcome of a legal process in a state of the USA is the law. You advocate overturning this, and I’ll assure you that what goes around, comes around. Current affairs are not the domain of Technology, Entertainment & Design. I agree wholeheartedly with Tify Ndanoboi – post follows.

  • Tify Ndanoboi commented on Jul 16 2013

    The implications of this post and your statement of shock, is a very dangerous one.

    It implies that you don’t trust the jury system, you don’t trust them to make a fair and reasonable decision given all the evidence in front of them, and when they do, you don’t respect their decision.

    Those implications lead to kangaroo courts, decisions by the state on one’s guilt or innocence depending on what way the political wind is blowing that week.

    We have jury trials to take the very emotion out of the case, and I for one am glad we do, and whatever they decide, innocent or guilt, it’s best not to second guess them, as one was not there in the jury room and was not privy to the process.

    Probably what’s more frightening is the way now people let their emotions get the better of them, irrespective of the law, the facts, or ones duty under the law regarding those facts, nor being in all aspect part of the jury and the responsibility that entails.

    As we’ve clearly seen in this and many other trials before it they have become ‘entertainment’ for the masses.

    As long as that unfortunate trend continues, we’ll see further statements like the above, which does not bode well for the future of justice, for neither victim or charged.

  • commented on Jul 15 2013

    This is a highly questionable post. Shame on you TED staff.

  • commented on Jul 15 2013

    Reblogged this on dariancase.