Zimmerman Verdict: 5 Confused Reactions

Everyone weighed in. Not everyone -- even those who meant well -- made sense.

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If you want to put pressure on a black politician, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is your guy.

5. This calls for a national dialogue on race.

This is perhaps the most sincere and the emptiest of the reactions, often said with about the same level of intention as "Yeah, we should do lunch." 

Really, though, what does it even mean? "Race" is pretty broad as a topic. It's fascinating. We talk about it all the time! There's a whole conference on it. But "race" doesn't describe what happened here. It's not specific enough. Race isn't racism. Race isn't racial profiling. Race isn't a kid getting killed because he was black, or making sure that it doesn't happen again.

Plus, "national dialogue" suggests that everyone gets to weigh in and everyone's opinion, no matter how uninformed or harmful, is equally valid. I disagree. In fact, it's clearer than ever that some people just need to listen.

Jenée Desmond-Harris is The Root's staff writer and White House correspondent. Follow her on Twitter.

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