Some attributed the results to racism. Others thought that a complicated legal system led to the verdict. Some had no theory, only sadness.
It was virtually impossible, however, to find a prominent person in America who thought this was a good outcome. Check out what celebrities from Michael Moore to Al Sharpton and from Ice Cube to Gabrielle Union had to say about Zimmerman and Martin.
“Speechless…but not surprised. #TrayvonMartin”
“Had a gun-toting Trayvon Martin stalked an unarmed George Zimmerman, and then shot him to death… DO I EVEN NEED TO COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE?”
“The Trayvon Martin verdict doesn’t surprise me. Stanford, FL never wanted Zimmerman arrested. Now he’s free to kill another child.”
“Help! What’s the proper procedure when you’re followed by a random armed nutbag returning home from getting candy & iced tea?”
“Not surprised. But distraught. Saw ‘Fruitvale Station’ tonight. How ironic to come home to this verdict.”
“Stalking and shooting unarmed teenagers because you’re a paranoid racist! AMIRIGHTGUYS?! YEAH!#F***YouGeorgeZimmermanDieInAFire”
Wheaton followed that with another tweet:
“Actually, don’t die in a fire, George Zimmerman. Live your whole miserable life knowing you killed an innocent child for nothing.”
“What this all will amount to in the end…that’s for history for decide #ZimmermanTrial”
“Saturday night, 10pm. 86% humidity and 80 degrees. Everyone’s had a few. This is NOT good.”
“Prayers for the parents of Trayvon Martin. I cannot imagine their pain. Stay Encouraged #NoJustice
“The most appropriate thing I can think of to say right now, is a prayer for Trayvon Martin and his family.”
Yvette Nicole Brown
“For me this has always been about a young boy murdered for walking home. No matter his race. Stand your ground is a horrible law.”
“RIP Trayvon Martin.”
Patrick J. Adams
“We are sorry Trayvon. You deserved more. You deserved better.”
“Florida injustice dept: I now understand why OJ moved to your state… #shocked my heart bleeds for the family of #trayvonmartin”
“Prayers to the Martin family. #TrayvonMartin will forever live in the heart of @thefyfl!!”
“My heart is heavy…for all who knew and loved #TrayvonMartin. His life mattered. This is shameful.”
Al Sharpton had a long response
“The acquittal of George Zimmerman is a slap in the face to the American people but it is only the first round in the pursuit of justice. We intend to ask the Department of Justice to move forward as they did in the Rodney King case and we will closely monitor the civil case against Mr. Zimmerman. I will convene an emergency call with preachers tonight to discuss next steps and I intend to head to Florida in the next few days.”
While Jim Gaffigan had a short one.
And finally, Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy, posted his response via Twitter as well.
- “God blessed Me & Sybrina with Tray and even in his death I know my baby proud of the FIGHT we along with all of you put up for him GOD BLESS”
- “Thanks to everyone who are with us and who will be with us si we together can make sure that this doesn’t happen again”
- “Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY”