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People took to social media on their feelings towards the Zimmerman case and surrounding details after hearing about the ‘Not Guilty’ verdict of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Not only did it spark a conversation about racial profiling and race-related issues, but also support for the Martin family. Many called to continue to protest the ‘Not Guilty’ verdict of George Zimmerman, while others say that we should educate ourselves more and be aware of our justice system and laws.
Amongst those taking to social media, celebrities and public figures made statements on their feelings regarding the case. Long-time supporter of “Justce for Trayvon,” actor/singer Jamie Foxx took to Twitter July 14, 2013 stating his support for the Martin family.
We also asked the community how they felt about the statement President Obama issued in response to the ‘Not Guilty’ verdict of George Zimmerman.
President Obama’s statement:
“The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”
Social media has been proven to be an effective way to raise one’s voice though, especially with recent news reports stating that Juror B37 received a book deal under the agent Sharlene Martin. Genie Lauren, who uses the twitter handle @MoreAndAgain tweeted out the agent’s contact information to her followers telling them to send emails and to tweet urging her to reconsider the book deal. She also launched a Change.org petition, which asked the agency to drop the book deal with Juror B37, according to reports by Uproxx.com.