Cross posted at Working Man Radio. Please recommend this diary.
Could Zimmerman be acquitted? Absolutely. The evidence of marihuana use is a sterling example of what can go wrong. Of course the simple solution would be for the state to produce a rebuttal expert to testify that marihuana makes you LESS aggressive. But the state would have to undermine decades of drug war propaganda, something they may not want to do.
So the defense may have a free hand to use the marihuana evidence anyway they want to, and those who fear a travesty in this case may see their worst fears realized.
In 1993, Rodney King's neigbors rioted, and the haters in this case are already predicting as much. In these days of twitter and facebook, we may hope that such a counterproductive backlash does not occur.
But something needs to be done -- something more effective than the usual, ineffective protest march.
I actually came up with an idea, which lo and behold has an historical precedent. It was called the "March Against Fear." In 1966, it was led by James Meredith, the first African-American admitted to the University of Mississippi. He started by himself, walking through Mississippi, but by the end hundreds had joined him.
The version I propose would take place in the most exclusive, wealthiest sections of every city in Florida, simultaneously on the same day. The idea is to simply dress up in a hoodie, create a big banner that says "We Are Trayvon," and walk en masse where you're "not supposed to be." One place in particular would be Palm Beach, right by Rush Limbaugh's house.
Make sure the effort is well publicized, and I guarantee the wealthy power structure will take notice. They might even prevail on their Republican legislators to repeal the more egregious portions of the Stand Your Ground law.
Below is a video discussing the idea.
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