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Zimmerman’s ‘Not Guilty verdict’ unnecessarily prompts concerns for violence

An OP-ED by Yohuru Williams, Ph.D., associate professor of African American History at Fairfield: “The decision in the trial of George Zimmerman for the killing of 17-year-old Florida teen Trayvon Martin has generated concerns about the potential for violence because the jury’s not guilty verdict. The discussion itself seems a bit odd when one considers the overwhelmingly peaceful nature of the demonstrations that have accompanied the case from the very beginning. After the fatal shooting of Martin over a year ago for instance, rallies in his name were nonviolent, focusing attention instead on the problems of gun violence, racial prejudice, and the judicial process…”

Published in the Hartford Guardian on 7/14/13

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