When I heard that Juror 37B in the Zimmerman (Trayvon Martin) case signed a deal to pen a book, I cringed. She went on to say that “race didn’t play a role in their discussion.” Because they were sequestered, she also didn’t understand the racial tension mounting throughout the trial. In fact, she didn’t think there was any.
Stop shaking your head in disgust.
This could happen to anyone of us.
It all boils down to the woman’s perspective. Obviously, she isn’t an African-American woman or else she would’ve known that of course the black community would be outraged by the verdict. It goes back to the fact that sometimes we are so steeped in our own lives that we fail to step back and see the reality of the situation. This woman, whom I’m assuming is white, has never had someone follow her for no reason or been pulled over by a cop because of the color of her skin. Therefore, she didn’t stop to think that African-American’s face that type of discrimination every day and that they were hoping for once they would see justice from the criminal system. In their eyes, their community was failed again by a system that is suppose to protect them. In their eyes, it was an open and shut case. There was no other verdict that would’ve been acceptable.
This incident occurred while I was reading Harlan Coben’s Gone for Good. A well written book full of twists, turns, and a surprise ending. Juror 37B and this book made me realize that how we see people or situations can color our perspective incorrectly, setting us up for disappointment. I’ve seen it several times in my life and I’m going to assume so have you. Therefore, I’m going to put my neck out there and say, give juror 37B a break.
I’d love to hear if you agree or disagree with me.