An interesting discussion took place on our recent post about George Zimmerman’s acquittal. Of course, the conversation about the case is on-going, with journalists, bloggers, celebrities (I’m in the middle of this article by Questlove), and everyone everywhere weighing in. Since the verdict, I’ve only been reading more disturbing things about the case, and the potential bias of Angela Corey, Florida attorney general for the prosecution of George Zimmerman. Now, Trayvon Martin’s parents (Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin) are speaking out for the first time since their son’s killer was acquitted. A lot of people are pissed that Matt Lauer of the Today Show seemed really unsympathetic to the parents– kind of asking them if they can understand how Zimmerman was acquitted, and asking (repeatedly) if they could forgive/understand Zimmerman’s predicament. Yeah. No. And WTF? I also got annoyed when Matt Lauer brought up the few protests in Trayvon’s name that have ended in violence– as opposed to celebrating the many, many non-violent acts that took place. Whatever. Props to Trayvon’s parents for remaining so calm, cool, and collected; I don’t even understand how they can form coherent sentences with such great loss and disappointment.
My favorite part is when Trayvon’s mom says that the verdict sends a very powerful message to young boys and men of color: You can’t walk fast and you can’t walk slow. #Truth