I THINK I'M IN A UNIQUE POSITION TO COMMENT ON THE GEORGE ZIMMERMAN ACQUITTAL----BECAUSE I HAVE FACED A VERY SIMILAR SITUATION------AND SURVIVED.
I was in my late thirties---traveling the Eastern US alone --living in my tiny black ford falcon van. Late one night I found myself near the exact spot where George Washington crossed the Delaware. Despite the hour, I wanted to visit the spot. So I drove into the park and was about to get out.
From out of nowhere a cop car raced up and an armed officer got out and began yelling at me: WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING?
MY ANGER SURGED----(I WILL NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO TALK TO ME IN THAT TONE.) IN A GREAT FURY, I GOT OUT OF MY TRUCK AND WENT AT THE OFFICER YELLING: "GODDAMMIT I'M HERE TO VISIT THE CROSSING SPOT AND NOBODY CAN GET AWAY WITH TALKING TO ME THAT WAY". And in my fury I walked menacingly toward the officer. He pulled his gun and said to me "Whoa there son---you're about to get killed."
That sobered me and I stopped! But continued to rage at him for his manners.
To my utter amazement---HE APOLOGIZED. Said that I had spoiled a drug stakeout. Said that I could file a complaint with his captain if I wished.
I calmed down and began to realize how close I had just come to getting shot. MY ANGER HAD NEARLY GOT ME KILLED.
Do you see the similarities to the Trayvon Martin /George Zimmerman case. Trayvon no doubt felt the rage of being unfairly targeted----AND THEN CHARGED AND ATTACKED ZIMMERMAN. He was not as lucky as I ---his anger did in fact get him killed.
That is why I think the verdict of not guilty was fair. Whatever bad judgments and actions Zimmerman made CANNOT JUSTIFY TRAYVON'S ATTACK.
Oppressed people everywhere are obliged to intelligently deal with their anger or pay a terrible price. Trayvon Martin chose the path of violence and paid with his life.