Trayvon Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton (L), and their attorney Benjamin Crump, center, stand as the selected jury enters the courtroom for swearing in, during George Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court June 20, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images)

From Black Voices:

The verdict is in. And it is disturbing. We can argue all day about whether or not the prosecution made its case, or whether the defense distorted the facts. But for me the issue is the fact that race and racial stereotyping is at the very core of this case.

And truth be told, it is what decided the outcome of this case. The juror who has spoken out, quickly got a book deal, and then recanted the book deal, has all but confirmed what many Black Americans have long suspected about how race and stereotypes can influence juries in America.

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