With the Zimmerman trial now over and with Zimmerman having been found not guilty, what happens next? I may sound naive to many people who will be reading this, but my feelings are as follows:
It is certainly a very tragic thing that happened to that young man Trayvon Martin and it certainly was something that should not have happened. The fact of the matter is that no one knows what was on Mr. Zimmerman's mind as he was scuffling with Trayvon. Having your head banged into the ground does have the potential of maybe one more bang knocking you out, so according to the law Mr. Zimmerman did have the legal right to defend himself using whatever means of protection he could muster. We all have to put ourselves in Mr. Zimmerman's place with someone on top of us and having our head banged into the concrete below us and try to reach our own conclusion as to what levels we would go to prevent ourselves from suffering bodily harm or death.
Going beyond the verdict and moving forward, what I would love to see may never happen, but I would love to see Mr. Zimmerman and the family of Trayvon Martin reach out to each other in a gesture of a personal expression of sorrow on the part of Mr. Zimmerman and an expression of forgiveness from the Martins.
Mr. Zimmerman has already expressed this publicly but I believe such a personal meeting between the two can be a tremendous catalyst toward closure and also in reducing the tension that is still prevalent regarding this situation. I realize this could seem very difficult to the Martin family and I hope that if they cannot bring themselves to do this, that it is not the possibility of going after Mr. Zimmerman for money as the driving force of any decision.
If Mr. Zimmerman is found not guilty in the legal proceedings, why should he be liable in civil proceedings? At that point it becomes all money and not at all the moral and social aspects of the tragedy which I think will re-energize the tragic part of this situation instead of trying to quell the emotions and attitudes that may continue to keep stirring the pot of racial undertones which I hope the results of the criminal trial will be able to put to rest.
Mr. Zimmerman has been found not guilty in our judicial system and all reasonable people can conclude that Mr. Zimmerman did not, rightfully or wrongfully, get involved in this matter with the intent to shoot and kill Trayvon.
Trayvon is gone and cannot be brought back, but his unfortunate death can do a lot to affirm the validity of our legal system, and even more important, Zimmerman and the Martins getting together can do a world of good in showing how division, hostility, suspicion and possibly hate can be overcome by showing respect for the law and acceptance of the outcome of a process where both sides had equal opportunities to present their facts to a jury who did their duty with obvious due diligence and the results, although not satisfactory to everyone, were arrived at honestly and based on the facts as were presented to them.
The Martins must also understand the possible role Trayvon had in the confrontation, which I do not see as a sign of disloyalty to him, and that the final result was an explosion of circumstances that went out of control to a final result that I do not believe either party saw coming when the confrontations began. This tragedy should be used to improve race relations and not as a tool of revenge and the fostering of hate and distrust. If this can be a result, it will serve as the best memorial that can ever be dedicated to the young man whose life was cut so short.
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