The minute jurors revealed their decision that George Zimmerman was not guilty on all charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin, a firestorm of comments and criticism spread on social media.
People from all walks of life, including celebrities, politicians, and athletes, weighed in Saturday evening after a six-woman jury spent more than 15 hours deliberating and reached an innocent verdict on counts of second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Jose Vargas, the journalist who has become famous for speaking out on the term “illegal immigrant,” wrote that Martin’s death “and Zimmerman acquittal is not Black v. White issue. It’s Black, White, Asian, Latino issue–an American tragedy.”
Another Latino, blogger Efrain Nieves, piped in on Twitter too, saying now he’s “afraid to send my teenage son to the store by himself in fear of him being killed by some racist!”
Geraldo Rivera, who last year wrote in a controversial column for Fox News Latino that “his hoodie killed Trayvon Martin as surely as George Zimmerman did,” did not shy away from commenting on the verdict.
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