From the Miami Herald:
George Zimmerman was acquitted Saturday in the shooting death of Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin after a wrenching five-week trial that provoked a national discussion around the thorny issues of race, profiling, self-defense laws and gun control.
The neighborhood watch captain who fatally shot Trayvon in the heart during a violent struggle 17 months ago, smiled slightly after a court clerk read the verdict aloud in Seminole County courtroom 5D with Zimmerman’s family present. Trayvon Martin’s parents were not in the courtroom.
I’ve avoided writing about the trial because it was a media circus with all the sideshows included and I couldn’t possibly think of anything to say that would help.
As for the case itself and the issues of self-defense, racial profiling, and the symbolism that goes along with it, it’s a lot like theatre: an action that represents more than the characters and plot but tells us a lot about ourselves and our society. And each one of us takes something different away when the play is over.
Feel free to do so in the comments.