(The Root) — Shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday night, a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, in what was perhaps the most racially charged case in recent memory. “This is the reason you need to make sure juries are balanced more by race,” Joy-Ann Reid said in commentary following the verdict on MSNBC. Although that topic was scarcely mentioned in the courtroom, she wasn’t alone in thinking about it. On Twitter, court-watchers — shocked and disappointed by the verdict — contemplated what the verdict meant for the value of black life in America. Read some of the reactions here:
— Corey Dade (@CoreyDade) July 14, 2013
Pro tip: If you want to kill someone in America and avoid jail time, make sure to kill a young black man.
— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) July 14, 2013
Good job, Mr. Prosecutor. I’m sure that overreaching in your charges had nothing to do with this verdict.
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) July 14, 2013
Agreed. He’s guilty as sin… RT @AKRNHSNC: what a disgrace, I hope he never has a moment’s peace for the rest of his life.
— Shonda Rhymes (@drgoddess) July 14, 2013
I don’t cry often, but…
— shayla writes (@ShaylaDPierce) July 14, 2013
Only White life is protected in America
— Jasiri X (@jasiri_x) July 14, 2013
Now you all know what a black child’s life is worth in America.
— ProfB (@AntheaButler) July 14, 2013
what will we say to all the young brothers?