Yes. The system failed us black people. A woman in Florida got 20 years for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband, but Zimmerman is a free man.
— Marie Paulroc, Sales Representative, Hyde Park
It just reinforced what I already believe. There’s two sets of rules. There’s never a level playing field. Had the roles been reversed and Trayvon had the gun, do you think they would have found him innocent? Of course not.
— Lovelee Harvey, Plumber, Roxbury
Yes. It’s crazy that in Florida you can pursue someone, kill them and call it self defense. And they didn’t deal with race at all in that case.
— Kahdeem, Student, Dorchester
Yes. Zimmerman was guilty from the start.
— Josh, Student, Roxbury
Yes and no. It shows that we have no rights. It’s like when I grew up — there are two sets of laws, one for white people and one for blacks.
— Douglas Armstrong, Retired, Roxbury
Yes. I don’t think black people can get a fair trial. Zimmerman was a known racist. It’s really sad. We’re going back to the old days, before the Civil Rights Movement.
— Corrine Walker, Teacher, Roslindale