Zimmerman Juror Delivered Whole Lotta Dumb Last Night

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Here are the most sweeping and absurdly naive conclusions that an anonymous member of the Zimmerman jury delivered last night to Anderson Cooper:

1) Race had nothing to do with Zimmerman stopping, then killing Trayvon Martin.
2) Zimmerman is merely guilty of using bad judgment.
3) Zimmerman was right to carry his gun while on patrol, "because everyone in America has that right."
4) Zimmerman told the truth..."basically."

5) Even if Martin hadn't reached for Zimmerman's gun..."it wouldn't have made a difference."
6) Zimmerman was "over-eager to help people... I'd want Zimmerman on my neighborhood watch."
6) Zimmerman did not racially profile Martin. "If it had been a Spanish, white, Asian...if they'd come into the same situation, George would have acted the same way."
7) None of the jurors thought race played a role.

If this juror, who appears to be a white suburban woman, speaks for the jury as a whole, then this must have been the stupidest jury in the history of American misjustice. If this is how the jury thought, we need to blow up the entire juridical paradigm and go back to playing with fire in caves.

Or maybe we don't need to go that far nationwide -- just in Florida.

Let's review the facts, of which there are few of: a black boy is dead after getting into some sort of scuffle with a white man who shot him. Even after all the evidence we don't know who started this scuffle. We don't know who was winning it beyond testimony saying Martin "was on top of" Zimmerman.

We also don't know whether Martin "reached" for Zimmerman's gun, as Zimmerman claimed -- considering that Martin had no reason to know Zimmerman a) had a gun, or b) where Zimmerman kept his gun.

What we have left is a race issue. (Traditionally, journalists don't disclose race because it normally doesn't matter. But in this case, it does. No matter what this juror thinks.)

Consider this white woman. At one time or another, she must have put herself inside Zimmerman's shoes. She's not a racist, she likely thought. And she would have been wary of Trayvon Martin as well, she perhaps surmised. So race couldn't possibly have played a role, rolls in the conclusion.

Except that conclusion is cataclysmically wrong. Even if Zimmerman wasn't a racist, he still racially profiled Martin. The two aren't mutually exclusive.

Race did play a role. And to ignore that fact is the worst manifestation of confirmation bias: This juror didn't want to believe that race was important, so she fits all the facts into that small frame of thinking.

And then! Then she says she wants George Zimmerman on her neighborhood watch.

Lady, please. Just stop.

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24 comments
smdrpepper
smdrpepper

Zimmerman was fulfilling his wanna be cop fantasy and he figured the black kid HAD to be up to something.  It had everything to do with race.  And this juror shows just how stupid people really are there.  She was prosecuting MARTIN, not Zimmerman, for his crime of walking home at night while being black.

von62653
von62653

Can't blame the jury. They can only work with the evidence and criteria given them. The racism started when Z got out of the car when cops told him not to. And Rick Scott is also to blame for allowing the  'stand your ground' law to  remain in place.

YoYo
YoYo

I can not believe this story.  its just stupid logic.

I agree with this juror, if Zimmerman would have seen ANYONE walking around at NIGHT in the Rain, with a hoodie on, (hiding their face), and having something in their waist, they would have been suspect.

 When you have a lot of burglaries, the goal is to stop that.    

Was TM profiled, sure, he fit the profile of a criminal.    nothing to do with his race, it was his BEHAVIOR that created this.  



the Media only uses race when its not a black person.  -be honest here. 


Eric Meyer
Eric Meyer

By all the comments here it seems that New Times is rite about the "major portion"!!

signals
signals

The jurors are dumber than a bag of hammers. The civil rights case should include the jurors and the Sanford police. The police took Zimmerman's word regarding self defense and did a toxicology test on Trayvon, treating him as a criminal. Charges were brought against Zimmerman only after the police were forced to do the right thing.

Shawn Weaver
Shawn Weaver

Its time for some new people at newtimes ..

Chuck Strigl
Chuck Strigl

Who ever wrote this is a clown...... The evidence is why Zimmerman is free... Nothing to do with race!!

bucketprofile
bucketprofile

Hella Racist ! .... The juror too .... who are you watching for in the neighborhood ? .... who is it that you dont want walking around ? ... who looks suspicious ? ... the trial in the streets gave the verdict long before Zimmerman showed up to court... we know we know

James Craig
James Craig

Black is not the "major" population.MSNBC,CNN,CBS,NBC,they must mean "major" media

Anthony Djuren
Anthony Djuren

The FBI examined the evidence and also states that race did not play a factor......so did the prosecution team......so did the judge........and the jury..... I guess all those people are wrong.

Rich Stroes
Rich Stroes

I^^^ the Race baiting portion. .. These writers have no real journalist talent. . They have no choice but ti report this way

Jeremy Jensen
Jeremy Jensen

The portion that watches NBC,CNN,MSNBC,CBS, and HLN thinking they are bias and not just saying their opinions and blatant lies

John Fischer
John Fischer

Major portion? .... By which poll are you basing this assumption?

Jeremy Jensen
Jeremy Jensen

If you didn't start with calling a Hispanic person white, if you didn't have NBC edited the tape to make him sound racist, if you take Nancy grace out of the picture with her not understanding " get here soon" and race bating with her twist on it. If you took all of MSNBC out of the story since they have one of the biggest racists of all time on that channel. And you go by uninfluenced facts. You end up that race had NOTHING to do with case since per the tape " he looks black" so George didn't even know what color he was to start.. Could have been Hispanic.. Remember it was night and raining

Mike Treanor
Mike Treanor

They delivered a verdict based on the evidence... She was VERY clear on that point.

Eric Meyer
Eric Meyer

I'm guessing the writer of this article is black. When u say "major portion of the population" u mean black people!

New Times Broward Palm Beach
New Times Broward Palm Beach

It's not just news outlets, Jeremy. A major portion of the population is skeptical (if not convinced otherwise) as well.

Jeremy Jensen
Jeremy Jensen

race was not a factor. If it wasn't for all these news outlets that are tring to push it was is the problem. Stop it already let him rip and stop trying ti make something out of nothing..

signals
signals

@Anthony Djuren yes

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

@Mike Treanor And she went out of her way to get on the jury so that her lawyer husband could get a book and movie deal out of it.

YoYo
YoYo

@New Times Broward Palm Beach Where the hell do you think they get thier misInformed news.


-how many times will I read Zimmerman was told to not follow  zimmerman BEFORE he got out of the truck. we everyone knows that was well after he left his vehicle? 



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