Trayvon Martin

image by Brian Blanco/European Pressphoto Agency, via The New York Times

Today’s Sunday Links will be all about the fallout that occurred following George Zimmerman shooting and killing Trayvon Martin last year. The jury acquitted Zimmerman on July 13, 2013, a year and a half later. Below, you’ll find links to various news articles, videos of the trial, etc.

CNN’s summary of the case.

The New York Times’ coverage of yesterday’s verdict.

PBS discusses the racial bias of “Stand Your Ground” laws.

And here, as a contrast to the Zimmerman/Martin case, is the story of a Floridian woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing warning shots into the wall.

Think about it: We’re told over and over that if Zimmerman was afraid of Martin, according to Florida law, he had the right to put a bullet in the chamber of his concealed handgun, get out of his car after being told not to by the 911 dispatcher and follow and confront Martin and shoot him to death.

At the same time, we are told that Martin, who had far greater reason to fear Zimmerman, practically and for reasons of American history, did not have the right to confront his stalker, stand his ground and defend himself, including by using his fists. We are told that this was entirely unjustified and by doing so, Martin justified his own execution.

Miller Francis, CNN

Finally, please consider signing this petition by the NAACP to open a civil rights case against George Zimmerman.

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