The Nation magazine argued the case Sunday that white supremacy is to blame for the acquittal of George Zimmerman.
“Watching Zimmerman in the defense seat, his sister in the courtroom, and his mother on the stand, one can’t deny the skin color that informs their experience,” Ms. Bogado writes. “They are not white. Yet Zimmerman’s apparent ideology — one that is suspicious of black men in his neighborhood … — is one that adheres to white supremacy.”
Ms. Bogado, who mainly writes about racial injustice and immigration for The Nation, self-described as “the flagship of the left,” also argued white supremacy played a role in the defense’s cross-examination of star witness Rachel Jeantel.
“Questioning the young woman as if she was taking a Jim Crow–era literacy test,” she wrote. “A defense that, during closing, cited slave-owning rapist Thomas Jefferson, played an animation for the jury based on erroneous assumptions, made racially coded accusations about Trayvon Martin emerging ‘out of the darkness,’ and had the audacity to compare the case of the killing of an unarmed black teenager to siblings arguing over which one stole a cookie.”
“When Zimmerman was acquitted today … it’s because he abides by the logic of white supremacy, and was supported by a defense team — and a swath of society — that supports the lingering idea that some black men must occasionally be killed with impunity in order to keep society-at-large safe.”
Ms. Bogado concluded by saying many people will undoubtedly take to the streets, “and with good reason.”