After Saturday’s verdict on the Trayvon Martin case, acqutting George Zimmerman of all charges, a riot erupted over social media, as followers of the case sounded off on their disbelief. George Zimmerman somehow got off using the “Stand Your Ground” law, but Florida woman whose husband was abusing her got 20 years for firing a warning shot at him, in order to protect herself and her children. The jury ruled that she wasn’t standing her ground or acting in self-defense, but a man targeting an unarmed boy was.
This is America today, and anyone who believes that a half-black president means we’re post-race should look no further than this case. We have a lot of work left to do.
From Cornel West to Miley Cyrus, users tweeted messages of frustration, anger and hope. If we want to make America a better place for young black men everywhere, the future Trayvon Martins of the world, we can start by speaking out against inequality. As Martin Luther King once wrote, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” and you can start speaking out by signing this petition to demand that George Zimmerman be brought to trial on a civil rights case.
When the justice system fails us, we must work to fix the system — together.
“Only in America can a dead black boy go on trial for his own murder.” – Syreeta McFadden
— Lance Bangs (@lancebangs) July 14, 2013
Had a gun-toting Trayvon Martin stalked an unarmed George Zimmerman, and then shot him to death… DO I EVEN NEED TO COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE?
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) July 14, 2013
The fundamental danger of an acquittal is not more riots, it is more George ZImmermans.
— jay smooth (@jsmooth995) July 13, 2013
— Joe Macare (@exileinflyville) July 15, 2013
bell hooks says a great thing pic.twitter.com/C2zp6QTUGa
— JH (@JWilliamJames) July 14, 2013
If #TrayvonMartin had wrestled that gun away from Zimmerman and killed him, would he be free and protected under “self defense?” Hell2theNo!
— Official Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) March 21, 2012
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) March 20, 2012
Then the truth comes out. Exhibit A: They didn’t play the whole 911 call yesterday. The shooter of Trayvon Martin said “f***ing c**ns.” — Michael Moore (@MMFlint) March 20, 2012
As angry and hurt and confused as we all are, Trayvon’s family is feeling a million times worse. Let us continue to pray for them.
— Shaheem Reid (@ShaheemReid) July 14, 2013
This is America waddya expect? The only thing u aren’t allowed to kill in an instant is a fetus. Hey Zim, find another hobby now that u won — Bill Maher (@billmaher) July 14, 2013
My heart is with trayvon martins family tonight,so my focus on them. No one else really matters — Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) July 14, 2013
Dear Son, I love you and there is no shame in running away from creepy ass crackers. #nojustice
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) July 14, 2013
So the police tell you to do something you ignore them somebody ends up dead . Isn’t that in itself a crime.
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) July 14, 2013
Racism is alive and in control in America. — Freddie Gibbs (@FreddieGibbs) July 14, 2013
Musicians: if you are scared of speaking out against racism because you might get tagged as being “too political”. Grow the fuck up — Sam Duckworth (@forgetcape) July 14, 2013
I am optimistic I am cynical Im angry Im in pain I am motivated Im confused Im scared I am sick of racism & want to do something about it
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) July 14, 2013
It was amazing to see all those pro-life supporters at the Zimmerman trial standing up for Trayvon Martin, wasnt it?
— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) July 14, 2013
Next time you hear someone ask “Why do you have to be “black?” why can’t you just be American?” remember this moment.
— Elon James White (@elonjames) July 14, 2013
— Cornel West (@CornelWest) July 12, 2013
This is not “only” about race. This is about laws that allow racist acts to go unpunished. We must change laws that promote injustice — Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) July 14, 2013
And our taxes paid for that trial. We just paid to see a murderer walk free after killing an innocent unarmed little boy. #GodBlessAmerica
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) July 14, 2013
Well that proves a dog has more value than a 17 yr old boys life Vick got 2 yrs and Zimmerman got acquitted #standwhatground
— SCARFACE (@BrotherMob) July 14, 2013
The Trayvon Martin verdict doesn’t surprise me. Stanford, FL never wanted Zimmerman arrested. Now he’s free to kill another child.
— Ice Cube (@icecube) July 14, 2013
The difference between life and the movies is that a script has to make sense, and life doesn’t. — Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) July 14, 2013
The police state of Amerikkka — Judnick/Nikki (@Judnikki) July 15, 2013
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 14, 2013
— Dul Machin (@dullyM) July 14, 2013
Racism isn’t just hate. It’s inequity for everybody, defies all humanity. The death of a kid is a global defeat. I pray for Martin’s family
— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) July 14, 2013
Justice will be served slowly. There’s no greater pain than losing the ability to look in the mirror. #GUILT
— MC Lyte (@mclyte) July 14, 2013
— Richard Parker (@ThisIsWaro) July 14, 2013
— NAACP (@NAACP) July 14, 2013