I'll keep this short:
-- Mr. Zimmerman and Mr. Martin had a violent confrontation.
-- It appeared at first blush that Mr. Zimmerman was justified in killing Mr. Martin, so the police and prosecutors didn't file charges.
-- Race baiters decided to take the case and run with it.
-- The mainstream media and the Obama administration for their own reasons pressed the issue. The prosecutor and police chief who refused to file charges were both FIRED.
-- Once that happened, a trial became an absolute necessity in order to establish the truth.
-- Many of us remained silent until trial as this is clearly a case of a "jury issue." We left it to the jury to determine the truth.
-- The truth came out at the trial. Mr. Martin, by bashing Mr. Zimmerman's head into the concrete, put Mr. Zimmerman into a position where he needed to preserve his life.
-- Mr. Zimmerman shot Mr. Martin. Mr. Martin died.
-- The jury duly concluded that Mr. Zimmerman was not guilty of murder OR of manslaughter.
-- Mr. Zimmerman therefore REMAINS presumed innocent of murder and manslaughter.
-- It is possible Mr. Zimmerman will still face Federal charges in this matter. I expect he will do exactly that.
-- The losers of the trial include a large number of people threatening (on social media or elsewhere) to riot.
-- This would be a bad thing and I hope they remain threats only.
-- While Mr. Zimmerman was found not guilty, this is not a reason to rejoice. His judgment in the matter is still questionable, and there is a young man probably unnecessarily deceased as a result.
-- WE MUST NOT GLOAT. Justice has been done, but many disagree.
-- To believe Mr. Zimmerman acted properly is not racist.
-- To believe Mr. Martin was unfairly shot is not unreasonable.
It is hoped that people behave themselves.
I will say this, however: I myself once had my head bashed on concrete the same way Mr. Zimmerman did. I remember it vividly. I do not blame Mr. Zimmerman for doing what he did to stop it.
God have mercy on us.