Like 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.
- A detailed timeline on CNN: Trayvon Martin shooting fast facts
- The Washington Post on a law vital to the case: Everything you need to know about ‘stand your ground’ laws
- Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC explains: Breaking down the prosecution’s case
- And Harris-Perry wonders: Can you be motivated by race even if you don’t know it?
- Philip Cohen of The Atlantic on how gender affected the verdict: Who’s afraid of young black men?
- Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic on the paradox at play with this verdict: Trayvon Martin and the Irony of American Justice
- The Guardian on the probability of a successful civil rights case: Hate crime case would be tough to prove, experts say
- The New Yorker on this case in a greater narrative of violence: George Zimmerman, Not Guilty: Blood on the Leaves
- Upworthy on what this case is really about: In Case You Missed It, Here’s What You May Not Realize About the Whole Trayvon Martin Thing
- Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC concludes: After verdict, we must now grapple with its meaning
- A powerful image and provocative question on the cover of the New York Daily News: Emmett Till. Willie Edwards. James Chaney. Michael Dold. Michael Griffith. Yusef Hawkins. James Byrd Jr. Trayvon Martin. When will it end?
Articles on other recent “Stand Your Ground” cases and their outcomes:
- The New York Times: John White convicted for shooting teenager
- CNN: Shame of mandatory minimums shows in Marissa Alexander case
And TED Talks about some of the many issues surrounding this case: