No tragedy would have happened if George Zimmerman or Trayvon Martin or both had used their better judgment instead of their prejudices.
The court of public opinion demanded this tragedy be resolved in a court of law, but criminal law is not based on public opinion.
A guilty verdict is based on evidence that must prove guilt — not innocence — beyond a reasonable doubt, and jury members cannot substitute their suspicions or prejudices for a lack of evidence.
The Zimmerman trial is over but still exists in the court of public opinion. Will that court apply its better judgment or its prejudices?
Our prejudices are constantly re-enforced by the bad behavior we observe or perceive in others. This trial proved what can happen when we prejudge others as “crackers” and “criminals.”