Zimmerman had initially requested a hearing to claim immunity from prosecution under the “Stand Your Ground” law, but this never happened, making the law irrelevant to Saturday’s verdict.
But the torrent of criticism for the law that poured in from all corners of the nation has continued. Stevie Wonder announced Sunday that he would boycott Florida and other “Stand Your Ground” states.
“For those of you who’ve lost in the battle for justice … we can’t bring them back,” he said at a concert in Quebec City. “What we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote … for change and equality for everybody. That’s what I know we can do.”
Stevie Wonder is right. If we are still seeking justice for Trayvon Martin, we may find it by looking beyond George Zimmerman and looking at the host of other issues brought into focus by this tragedy.