The Trayvon Verdict — Race Was the Elephant in the Courtroom

In the real world, it was apparent that race was the key to George Zimmerman’s snap judgment that Trayvon Martin was up to no good, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist E.R. Shipp writes exclusively for WhoWhatWhy. Yet racism was the elephant in the courtroom as the prosecutor “tiptoed –past those thorns.” With a case hampered by slow-footed policing and an overaggressive charge, the state’s failure seemed inevitable. And with no moral resolution to the troubling case, Americans are left with fresh hollow echoes of “No justice, no peace!”