UPDATE: Here is the finished video: BLUNT VIDEO: Not Guilty– The George Zimmerman Verdict
Last night I couldn't stop crying after the George Zimmerman verdict was announced. I was dumbstruck, saddened, outraged, heartbroken, angry, confused, discouraged, defiant, troubled, and pained, but I was not surprised.
And please, dear Twitter followers, I don't mean to sound scoldy, but I'm very post-verdict cranky, so I'm going to ask that some of you resist asking me why I'm surprised every time I write a post expressing an opinion. One can be disturbed, agitated, angry, or bummed out without being surprised. One can even be shocked, but not surprised. So can we please-with-sugar-on-top stop asking, "Why are you surprised?" I rarely am. Thank you. Appreciate it muchly.
I am producing a new Blunt video, and I am asking you to send me your reaction, in 30 seconds or less (yes, I empathize and really do know it's difficult to keep it that short, but I can't make a 2 hour video that nobody will have the patience to watch) to what happened last night.
Even if you cry, send me your tears. Even if you yell, send me your screams. Even if you swear, send me your feelings. Even if you're dumbstruck, send me your silence.
But at least you have the ability to do any and all of those things. Trayvon does not.
Melissa Harris-Perry reacted shortly after the not-guilty verdict last night. Please watch the entire video, it's short:
What if George Zimmerman had been black? We sort of know that answer, right?
Because Melissa Alexander, an African-American woman in Florida who shot a ceiling-- let's be very clear-- she shot a warning shot into the ceiling when her admittedly abusive husband who had physically abused her on multiple occasions, and was threatening her at that moment, as he was walking toward her, she shot into the ceiling.
And she got 20 years in jail in Florida. 20 years for shooting a ceiling.
George Zimmerman is free tonight and we know without any doubt that he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. So i think we know the answer to what would happen had George Zimmerman been African-American.
George Zimmerman also gets his gun back now.
Please send your videos, of you speaking to the camera, or of your voice as the camera is focused on something else, to BLUNT @ ThePoliticalCarnival dot net.
Please don't be shy or reticent, be vocal. Please email me your video file within the next day or two if you can. Thank you.