While George Zimmerman was on trial for the death and murder of Trayvon Martin, I couldn’t help but to wonder about the only minority on the jury. How was she feeling? What were her thoughts? After the jury found George Zimmerman “not guilty” I was outraged like everyone else who was slapped with the ugly reality that racism is alive and well. After hearing Juror B37 remarks, I came to the conclusion that the entire jury were clearly out of their minds, but it wasn’t long before 4 out the 6 jurors distanced themselves from Juror B37 and her absurd remarks. *sigh of relief* Okay, the ladies didn’t entirely agree with Juror B37, but why is George Zimmerman a free man? I needed some answers, but I never thought I’d hear this:
George Zimmerman got away with murder.
These were the words spoken by Juror B37, the only minority on the jury. Going by the name of “Maddy”, Juror B29 recently did an interview with Robin Roberts revealing her thoughts about the case. Maddy believes Zimmerman is guilty, but the law couldn’t prove it. She went on to say he got away with murder, but can’t get away from God.
Where do I start? Of course I have no idea how it feels to be the only minority on the jury of a high profile case embedded in racism. The Trayvon Martin case is indeed the Emmett Till case of our time. As the jury, no one asked to be dragged into this trial, but had no choice except to answer the call of duty. It’s easy to say what we would’ve done if we were in her shoes, but as a woman of color I know for a fact the case wouldn’t have ended so quickly had that been me. Juror B29 says Zimmerman got away with murder, but can’t get away from God. He wouldn’t have gotten away with murder so easy, if you didn’t let him. Why didn’t you hold out? The jury only deliberated for 15 hours. Yes it’s true, Zimmerman can’t get away from God, but what if God put you on the jury for a reason? What if you had a responsibility and failed to help bring justice? Your explanations are a day late and a dollar short. It’s a little too late mam. Hearts all across the nation have been broken, but the outcome of the Zimmerman trial seems to be what we needed to wake us up and and bind us together again. We will continue to fight for justice, and as for you Juror B37, there’s only one line I kept hearing in my head whenever I thought about you:
I was rooting for you, we were all rooting for you.