Child Experts: What to Say About Verdict

Child therapists say the verdict creates an opportunity to talk to our sons about history.

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The judicial system is complex and verdicts do not necessarily reflect the moral consensus on any given issue. One of the jurors in the Zimmerman murder trial -- Juror B37 -- initially wanted to write a book about her experiences (she's not anymore), and in a dated statement released by her former literary agent, she referenced the dissonance she experienced during the trial as she weighed the evidence, writing that "despite one's personal viewpoints, it is [important] to follow the letter of the law."

Some of her peer jurors released a statement distancing themselves from some of the statements Juror B37 made to the media, which demonstrates the diversity that exists among white people, a diversity of opinion with which young black males should be familiar, experts say.

"Look around you -- not all white people are like [Zimmerman]," Chavis said a parent might tell their son.

Because verdicts are decided by ordinary people from different walks of life, and people interpret the law and circumstances differently, Carothers said it is important to let your son know that the verdict is not a mandate on the issue.  

"We don't know if the verdict would be different if the jury was more diverse," Carothers said.

Experts say parents should avail themselves to their black sons on a continual basis to pick apart different current events that lend themselves to discussions about race, safety and more importantly, cultivating a healthy perception of one's own self.

Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is an editorial fellow at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a nonscripted Web show that examines culture. Follow her on Twitter.

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