Posts Tagged ‘trayvon martin’

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Zimmerman found Not Guilty

July 14, 2013

I really don’t know what to say at a time like this. I am- This is… Anger and sadness are blocking me from forming coherent thoughts.

It’s times like this that I really miss Hunter S. Thompson. And I’ll tell you why. Because separated from all of his vices (and there were a lot of them), he always had a knack for getting at The Truth, and he’d tell it to you in the most blunt terms possible.

I wish… that I could channel even a tenth of his writing talent so I could put into words what I’m feeling right now.

Because there is a barely seventeen year old kid lying dead in the ground, and the man who admitted shooting him gets to go home tonight a free man. The jury of six decided that a twenty-eight year old man who left his vehicle to follow someone, not only had the right to use deadly force but was justified in doing so.

You know, in America, we’re told from a very young age that we have to respect trial by jury. That everyone has the right to have a group of red-blooded, God-fearing Americans hear both sides of a case and that Justice will be done. Most of the time, the way that gets interpreted is that the jury can do no wrong, and that juries are made up of infallible, omniscient superbeings.

The fatal flaw with that theory, of course, is that once someone is on a jury they’re still as mortal as they ever were.

Moreso, probably, if they’re sequestered. Nothing will drain the life from your very bones faster than an extended stay away from home and loved ones.

I’ve started wandering off topic; the point I’m getting at is that juries can, and have been shown to, make mistakes. Rodney King, O.J. Simpson, Casey Anthony.

It’s about forty-five minutes later now than when I started writing, and it doesn’t feel like I’ve said much at all. But I’ll leave you with a quote from HST: “The time has come to get deeply into Football. It is the only thing we have left that ain’t fixed.”

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