NYU Black Renaissance Noire Fall 2013 - Page 60

Re?ections in Real-Time— The Sad Saga of Trayvon Martin and the Lessons from the Trial of George Zimmerman By WALLACE FORD The murder of Trayvon Martin, the trial of his killer, George Zimmerman and the resulting acquittal are the elements of a uniquely American tale that has been told over and over. And if history tells us anything, this story will be told again and again. There are four elements to this tale and I have written three of them in real time—The Incident—The Expectation of Justice—The Evaporation of Justice—The Aftermath. The Incident This element is not written in real time because at the time of Trayvon Martin’s murder there were n