Sorry to be late.

I've been trying to stay current on the Zimmerman trial, and I am reminded daily what it means to lose not only Trayvon Martin, but all the other black men, to vigilante and state violence, rooted in belief of a black criminal archetype. Ordinary folks, lost to the sick imagination of racism.

nancy a heitzeg
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 Americans of the Year: Trayvon

Lost in all the horrible politics surrounding his death is the story of a boy. Before he became yet another flash point in America's painful and never-ending racial drama, Trayvon Martin was just a normal teenager. Here, at last, is the story of what was lost on that February night.

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nancy a heitzeg
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@KayWhitlock hey kay

yes - so unspeakably distressing..it was hard for me to read this post again. But we must

 i can't bring myself to watch the trial but have followed. It is clear to me and many that Zimmerman killed Trayvon in cold blood and then lied many times in multiple ways to attempt to construct  "self-defense" out of thin air

But the jury has to see that. And i have never liked the failure to seek a new venuecomposition -- one in particular was asked to be stricken by the State.The prosecution imho has been less than stellar -- failing to object at critical moments with a  list of witnesses who often are a wash.

And the defense as we knew has played to racist archetypes from the start - trying to cast doubt on on Rachel Jeantel and now DNA.

In the end it will be a question of whether those women come to believe that Zimmerman for all his bad behavior felt in grave fear for his life at the moment he pulled the trigger.

And i have no way of knowing if they can rise above the history and themselves


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