Emily Bazelon over at Slate nails it when she says that although Zimmerman’s not guilty, Florida sure is. It’s pretty infuriating that he didn’t have to break any laws to do what he did. Also, note that she refers to a legal system, not a justice system.
Salon‘s Mary Elizabeth Williams puts the ruling in context in this piece about “America’s summer of hate.” Years from now, historians might find the statement is a bit hyperbolic to describe the same season in which DOMA was struck down. Still, it’s hard to disagree with her that the balance of stories this summer have so far centered on hate and prejudice, rather than love and acceptance.
Finally, check out The Daily Show‘s take on the ruling for some “not funny like in a ha-ha way” humor and analysis:
Now, I recognize that there are many other excellent stories and videos out there about the case, the trial, the verdict, racism and much more, but I’m just one person. So tell me in the comments: If people could only take in three stories on the Martin/Zimmerman trial, what would you have them read, hear or watch?
– Emily Long