One thing that enraged those who opposed the George Zimmerman “not guilty” verdict was the jury’s apparent inability to connect with Trayvon Martin and his family.
When asked if she felt sorry for Trayvon, juror B37, the first to speak out, said she felt sorry for both Trayvon and George. One is dead. One has a life ahead of him.
What Fruitvale Station does eloquently is show that Oscar Grant, even though he’d been incarcerated and possessed a violent streak, was a loved human being. Although his life seemed to matter little to the BART cop who shot him, the jurors who sentenced the shooter to 2 years, or the probation officers who released that patrolman 11 months later, his life did matter.
Just as Trayvon Martin’s parents have tried to tell the world, there’s more to the lives of Trayvon and Oscar than just being victims of gun violence, arguably at the wrong place at the wrong time.
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