I'm still a bit numb to fully organize my thoughts in reaction to the verdict in Florida v. Zimmerman, but the following points were the first ones to come to my mind:
- Court cases -- whether criminal or civil -- aren't decided on the basis of what's believed or felt; they're decided on what can be proven
- race was merely a subtext to this tragedy
- George Zimmerman claimed self-defense, not 'stand your ground'
- 'profiling', when done by an individual, is legal, commonplace, and a normative human behavior
- society's cynics, nihilists, and demagogues see Zimmerman's acquittal as their cue to promote their personal agendas at the cost of trivializing Trayvon Martin's life and killing.