In today's Fizz, we floated the idea that if Martin had been the one who shot Zimmerman, the verdict may have gone against Martin.
Lots of reporting out there shows that's the case. In a special edition of On Other Blogs Today, here's some posts about that along with some other analysis of this weekend's verdict in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case.
From Think Progress: On three "Stand Your Ground" cases, with races reversed, the verdict went the other way.
From Socialogical Images: Stand Your Ground laws increase likelihood of "justifiable homicide" rulings—but only when the victim is black, and the killer is white.
From a New Yorker must-read: "The most damning element here is not that George Zimmerman was found not guilty: it’s the bitter knowledge that Trayvon Martin was found guilty. … We can understand the verdict to mean validation for the idea that the actions Zimmerman took that night were those of a reasonable man, that the conclusions he drew were sound, and that a black teen-ager can be considered armed any time he is walking down a paved street."
From Gawker: The Zimmerman trial taught young black men what they already know.
From Slate: The history of "Stand Your Ground" in Florida; why the same prosecutor who lost in Zimmerman case successfully convicted a black domestic violence victim under the law.
Images from rallies around the country reacting to the verdict.
And the Root says, by failing to mention race in his statement, Obama failed black America:
Anyone who thought the acquittal of George Zimmerman would easily be the most disappointing thing Americans would hear this weekend was quickly proven wrong. There were countless offensive reactions to the verdict, most notably gleeful celebration (which I refuse to dignify by giving the sources of said celebratory reactions the benefit of additional readers and page views through links in this column). But the most offensive reaction of them all came from a surprising source: President Obama.