Smiley: ‘Color Will Get You Killed’

by Eliana Johnson

PBS host Tavis Smiley was among the commentators who expressed disappointment and anger at the not-guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial. “You can stand your ground unless you’re a black man,” Smiley said Sunday

He faulted the country for a general failure to recognize the dangers African Americans face by virtue of their skin color. “Color will get you killed,” he said “and every time we have one of these cases — and I believe in looking at a case-by-case situation — but here’s the problem, every time we have this issue, somebody can always explain away why this person got off, why this person was not found guilty, and what we have is a bunch of dead black men.”

A jury late Saturday night found Zimmerman not guilty of both second-degree murder and manslaughter; he admitted to shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012.

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