Was the Zimmerman case a race crime?

Thomas Bink
Was the Zimmerman case a race crime?

According to one of the jurors who presided over the George Zimmerman murder trial, the case had nothing to do with race and everything to do with a man who feared for his life.

In an interview on CNN, one of the jurors in the case said no one in the jury took race into account when determining that Zimmerman was not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter in the death of African American Trayvon Martin last weekend. Five of the six jurors assigned to the case were white.

"All of us thought race did not play a role," Juror B-37 said. "He had a right to defend himself."

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Popular opinion in the case is that Zimmerman shot Martin because Martin was a black man wearing a hoodie that covered his head and face.

As a result of the verdict, protests have sparked up throughout California. A major freeway in San Francisco was blocked by angry protesters on Monday night, and 13 people were arrested for vandalism and assault in Los Angeles.

It's not the first time that a court decision has divided racial lines in the U.S. In 1992, the acquittal of police officers involved in beating Rodney King caused six days of rioting that resulted in 53 deaths and over a billion dollars in damage. In 2009, cars were burned and hundreds were arrested in Oakland after a white police officer was found guilty of a lesser charge in the death of African-American Oscar Grant.

Race continues to be a dividing force in the U.S., but according to jurors in the Zimmerman case, it was not a factor. So we ask you: Do you think the Zimmerman case was, in fact, a race crime?

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