The Rhode Island NAACP Reacts To Verdict in Zimmerman Trial

Jul 15, 2013

The president of the Providence chapter of the NAACP says he was saddened, but not entirely shocked, by the George Zimmerman verdict.   The Florida neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted over the weekend in the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen.  The NAACP is calling on the Justice Department to investigate Zimmerman for possible civil rights violations.

Jim Vincent, president of the Providence chapter of the NAACP, struggled to come to terms with the Zimmerman verdict Sunday, is headed to Orlando, Florida for the group’s annual meeting.

“They obviously believed Zimmerman’s testimony even though there was many, many contradictions [sic], too many to count. But they, at the end of the day, I guess believed him and felt he was defending himself and that it was OK to murder this unarmed teenager,” said Vincent.

Vincent said African American  parents now have to explain to their youngsters that they can be killed at any time just for being black.

“There’s a lot of people worried about their kids now, whether or not they’re going to be the victim of a homicide because they look suspicious or people were afraid of them because they’re black or what have you. And that’s a lot of people in this country,” said Vincent.

Vincent predicts Zimmerman will now profit off the case through books and speaking tours.  “It’s just not right,” Vincent lamented.

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