A Florida jury of six women acquitted George Zimmerman on Saturday night in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
I’ve been reluctant to comment on the case while it was being pursued, and it might be because I was raised by lawyers and have enormous respect for the law. It might also be because there was nothing funny about a black kid being gunned down by a white slob for the crime of being a black kid.
My better angels tell me to do nothing and that the system is working, even if I disagree with the verdict. My smarter angels tell me that we need to work on changing the Stand Your Ground (and other ALEC-sponsored) laws that would allow such a cowardly and disgraceful thing to be legal, and we must name the repeal after Trayvon, just as we named hate crime laws after Matthew Shepard. I think it is the best thing we can do to honor and remember Trayvon.