Black Conservatives Comment on
Not Guilty Verdict in Zimmerman Case
Washington, D.C. – George Zimmerman, who faced
charges of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter in the 2012 death of
Trayvon Martin, was found not guilty tonight by a six-person jury of
his peers in Sanford, Florida. Members of the Project 21 black
leadership network are commenting on the verdict:
Christopher Arps: “Six women, some of them mother’s
themselves, found George Zimmerman not guilty of second degree
murder and manslaughter in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Although Mr. Zimmerman was acquitted, there are no winners in this
tragic case. A teenager is deceased and a young man’s family is
mourning. George Zimmerman will never have a normal life again. I
call for all sides to respect the verdict reached by a jury of Mr.
Zimmerman’s peers and honor Trayvon’s memory by letting peace
prevail in the streets.” -Arps is a managing partner of a digital
media and political consulting firm and a co-founder of the black
political networking website Move-On-Up.org.
Derryck Green: “To celebrate justice rendered in this case is
not an admission or an articulation that Trayvon Martin deserved
what happened to him that fateful night in February of 2012. As most
will acknowledge, it’s a sad and unfortunate thing that Martin lost
his life and that his parents had to bury their son. The jury ruled
– considering the evidence presented – rightly in my opinion. George
Zimmerman is innocent of the filed charges against him. Despite the
considerable emotion surrounding this case, justice has been served.
It is not ‘justice for Trayvon.’ Nor it is ‘justice for George.’ It
is simply justice.” -Green, a student, has a M.A. in Theological
Studies and is currently pursuing his doctorate in ministry.
Coby Dillard: “The justice system did what it is supposed to
do – get to the bottom of what happened. Agree or not, our system
works. George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, by his own admission.
He has to live with that, and I believe God will judge him for that
action. But the jury decided that action did not rise to the level
of manslaughter or murder. I accept and respect that. We all should,
whether or not we agree with it.” -Dillard is a founder of the
Hampton Roads Tea Party in southern Virginia, a regular columnist
for the Norfolk Virginian Pilot and a Navy veteran.
Demetrius Minor: “George Zimmerman has been found not guilty.
Regardless of how people feel about it, we must still show love and
have compassion one for another.” -Minor, a former White House
intern, is an evangelist and motivational speaker.
Project 21 was formed in 1992 when the riots following the verdict
in the Rodney King case revealed a need to highlight the diversity
of opinion within the black community.
For over 20 years, the volunteer members of the Project 21 black
leadership network have provided
conservative and free-market perspectives that, until that time,
were largely unknown or ignored by the establishment media.
During the course of the Zimmerman trial, which was heard in the
Seminole County (Florida) Circuit Court, Project 21 members provided
commentary and continue to be available
for interviews about the case and the issues surrounding it. Project
21 regularly issued press releases featuring quotes from its members
on the breaking news about the trial and the controversies
Travelers, for more information, detour to Project
21, a leading voice of black conservatives since 1992, is sponsored
by the National Center for Public Policy Research