By Kenneth Fernandez
It’s nearly impossible to find someone who doesn’t have a strong opinion on the guilt or innocence of George Zimmerman, the white Florida neighborhood watch volunteer just acquitted in the 2012 death of a Skittles-packing black teenager.
Reaction was immediate from those who believed the jury got it wrong. You had NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous describing his “outraged and heartbroken” emotions, adding that “we are called to act.” The Rev. Al Sharpton, no stranger to controversial stories involving race, labeled the verdict a “slap in the face to the American people.”
Fernandez is an assistant professor of political science at Elon University and director of the Elon University Poll.