Quote chancegirl: After hearing the juror who has come forward I am even more upset by the verdict. If it was so confusing for them, as she said, then they should have asked more questions. Her interview left me with more questions than answers. People are in denial about racism and it breaks my heart. How ironic that there is so much in the media with big brother, tray owns case and the fruitvale station movie opening. I am going to see it but read that it's really hard to watch.
First, let me say again that this is a tragedy, and both families will never be the same. It didn't have to end this way...with the death of a person. Trayvon Martin was a person first imho.
I saw a bit of that interview (if it's the same one we're talking about) on Dr Drew On Call on HLN, but I didn't see the whole interview. When she was asked about TM's girlfriend, she said that she felt sorry for her, that it looked like she didn't want to be there, and she didn't understand a lot of what she was saying. I didn't get to see her on direct cross, but I heard her on cross, and I know she seemed put-off by the defense attorneys. I also didn't understand why the defense seemed, in my opinion, to attack her credibility because of her education background. My grandmother never went to school, but she was sharp as a tack until the dementia set in before her death... Did I miss something? Was there a reason why, to me at least, they attempted to devalue her because of her education? Was there something about a letter? I know they asked about what language she spoke and so on. I understood what she was saying on cross, although a lot of what she said was "yes sir" and "no sir". What was so dificult when she was testifying? I'm really asking because I really don't know. And if that jurror didn't understand what she was saying, couldn't she have sent a note to the judge for some sort of clarification? The way she said it sounded a bit snooty to me, but it's just my opinion.
I also couldn't really make heads or tails of what Dr Bowe(?) was saying for the prosecution about the gs and soot and all that stuff. I remember they had to try and keep him on track a couple of times. I did understand DeMayo(sp?), though. And their witnesses appeared to do more for the defense than the prosecution, but that's just my opinion as an outsider. Was that why they added lesser charges that he could be found guilty of in the end? Again, I don't know; I'm just asking.
My nieces were visiting on the weekend, and I refered to GZ as white, because that's what I'd been hearing all over the media. (For those who don't know, I'm sightless). Anyway, the first thing my nieces said to me when they saw GZ was that he looked brown and not white.
I'm of East Indian descent and my late husband was half Irish half Norwegian(sp?) and from Providence RI.
I guess I have mixed feelings about the verdict. I know GZ is alive, but Trayvon will never be able to be "alive" again. GZ will also not have pece. On one hand, I feel happy about that because I do feel like he racially profiled TM, but TM also sort of made an assumption about GZ because he told his girlfriend something about a fat cracker following him or something like that. Not sure whether that's profiling or a stereotype. My take is that perhaps the state felt that their witnesses was stronger before trial, and realized that they may not have been as strong as they thought. I dunno....sorry for the long-winded post...