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Lets Be Real: The Zimmerman Verdict Strikes a Dischord with Blacks

10:26 PM, Jul 15, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- If you followed the Zimmerman trial you saw reasonable doubt written all over this case, so then why are so many black Americans in particular so offended by a verdict most knew was more than likely? 

I think the answer goes to what racism looks like in the 21st century and for the record its not Paula Deen.  

That sort of thing is a relic thankfully no longer tolerated in polite society. No -- to my mind racism today is a far more insidious and has a lot to do with black folks routinely being denied two basic presumptions that most everyone else can take for granted.  

They are the presumption of competence and the presumption of innocence. It is that second part, that presumption of innocence which cuts to heart of this case, doesn't it? Trayvon Martin, Innocent, but presumed by George Zimmerman to be up to no good, reported to the cops and followed just because he didn't look right. 

Let me tell you, most black people can relate to that and understand how it feels.  Trayvon Martin ended up dead, which is so frightening and hurtful because we know it never would have happened if he'd just been presumed innocent from the start; the same way George Zimmerman was.      

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