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While everyone is awaiting the outcome of the Zimmerman trial, what happens to society after the verdict is delivered? While justice is the motivation of many on both sides, media sensationalism and emotion surrounding the case have shrouded out very important, intricate details since that fateful night.
Since Martin’s death in 2012, no state has ratified a new “Stand Your Ground Law”, which has left supporters of Martin and defenders of Zimmerman both scratching their heads at its circumstantial application. This is a powerful statement overlooked by the media. Also, it has shown that mere individuals can still raise awareness of injustice even in a time where most seem apathetic to current events.
However, this situation and case have also lifted the rug and exposed the remaining, lingering associations that Americans seem to have with race. It’s an obsessive following and a reminder that much of the country OF ALL COLORS has yet to move beyond ignorance, and that others feel justified to use that same ignorance at perceived wrongs or retribution. Whatever the outcome, people should use this trial as a referendum of themselves and their preconceived notions, judgments, and hopefully as a catalyst to move outside of their comfort zones, and to hold people in power accountable for any injustice that goes overlooked.
As MLK Jr. once said, “…the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be? Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?”