Keep Calm: Thoughts on the Aftermath of the Zimmerman Verdict

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“To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.”–James Baldwin

As the trial of George Zimmerman came to an end, I began to hear a troubling refrain, keepcalm“keep calm.” In anticipation of a “not guilty” verdict, those who might be upset by the verdict were implicitly and explicitly asked to abstain from violence.

Perhaps, it is understandable that authorities in Sanford, Florida, where both the shooting and the trial took place, feared the reaction of the crowd outside the courthouse. The Sanford police chief and the Seminole County sheriff made a joint appearance and issued a statement. Sheriff Don Eslinger declared, “We will not tolerate anyone who uses this verdict as an excuse to violate the law.”

However, the pleas for calm were not only from Seminole County. The Kansas City Star (Missouri) reported that both the mayor and the police…

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