Race Not Addressed in Zimmerman Trial

Little use of the "r" word in a trial where it matters.

George Zimmerman in court (Gary W. Green/pool/Getty Images)

In a New York Times article, writer Lizette Alvarez reveals how, even with race being a significant factor in the amount of exposure the Zimmerman trial has received, it has been the elephant in the courtroom that no one wants to acknowledge.

For African-Americans here and across the country, the killing of Mr. Martin, 17, black and unarmed, was resonant with a back story steeped in layers of American history and the abiding conviction that justice serves only some of the people ...

Yet inside a Seminole County courtroom, with the prosecution’s case against Mr. Zimmerman now over, race only occasionally punctuated the proceedings. The judge made it clear that statements about race would be sharply limited and the term “racial profiling” not allowed. What is more, overtly bringing up race might not have helped the prosecution.

As the trial begins to wrap up, it will be interesting to see how heavy-handed the prosecution and defense will be in playing the race card. 

Read more at the New York Times.

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Jozen Cummings is the author and creator of the popular relationship blog Until I Get Married, which is currently in development for a television series with Warner Bros. He also hosts a weekly podcast with WNYC about Empire called Empire Afterparty, is a contributor at VerySmartBrothas.com and works at Twitter as an editorial curator. Follow him on Twitter

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