“There will be a great deal said about what the verdict in this trial means, but most fundamentally we should understand that it means validation for the idea that the actions George Zimmerman took that night are rational, the conclusions he drew are sound and that a black teenager can be considered armed anytime he is walking down a paved street. The decision the six jurors reached Saturday evening will inspire anger, frustration, and despair, but little surprise, and this is the most deeply saddening aspect of this entire affair. From the outset— throughout the forty-four days it took for there to be an arrest, and then in the sixteen months it took to for this case to come to trial—there was a nagging suspicion that it would culminate in disappointment. Call this historical profiling.
The perspective is a strange, terrible echo of the words Zimmerman uttered that rainy night in central Florida: they always get away.”