The jury has spoken. America has spoken. More importantly God has spoken. However nothing can replace the life of Trayvon Martin.
George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the court of law. But his soul is held under stringent review from the most high, while his image is damaged with the public eternally. We have heard his side of the story and have accepted the fact he was trained as a witness in criminal justice.
The jury could not refute his testimony because it is what you can prove, not what you know. The only vestiges we have of Martin's story are faint echoes through trilingual Rachel Jeantel's testimony. The rest of the witnesses had merely circumstantial speculations. The best justice system in the world could not prove he was a murderer.
But it can prove he doesn't need to be a neighborhood watch captain or aspiring cop anymore. Thus the court of public opinion evinces that he will be looked at unfavorably by society. Zimmerman profiled Martin to be a menace, now he himself may be viewed as a monster for the rest of his life. Above all, Zimmerman must be content with committing a sin that can now be handled by the most high
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He also faces another facet of the justice system, a civil rights investigation, and the high probability of a civil suit for the Martin family's suffering. On the other hand, we must not hold Zimmerman in disesteem no matter how we feel ,since we are all sinners.
The thee people who wrote most of the book that 90 percent of Americans follow as their holy scripture were killers. We will never know for a fact if Zimmerman acted in self-defense or criminality since we don't have telepathy.
We must not also forget both Martin and Zimmerman profiled each other with profanity. We know Zimmerman overreacted, showed irresponsibility with a firearm, and disobeyed police dispatch. So we must take steps as good citizens to prevent incidents like this from happening again. Therefore these two men have raised public awareness, progressed the intellectual debate on race, and challenged the people to forgive.
I would encourage Gov. Nikki Haley to give a certificate to each county sheriff's office that holds a seminar at each community center to teach safety awareness in their communities. This would give residents infallible knowledge on how to protect their homes. Still, we know Martin is in a better place and Zimmerman will not be emotionally free for awhile. America will forgive but won't forget.
Cooper, of Summerville, is a senior at the University of South Carolina majoring in history.