Zimmerman Walks: Black Life Not Valued

When the jury announced its not guilty verdict, court-watchers took a clear message about race in America.

A demonstration surrounding George Zimmerman's trial (Getty Images)

(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: