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On July 14, a jury of six white women acquitted the former neighborhood watch caption for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, and the non-guily verdict sparked thousands of protests and conversations about self-defense laws and the politics of race in this country.
While some critics argue that the case was all about race, other’s believe that statues such as Florida’s Stand Your Ground law are to blame. However, everyone seems to agree that Americans have reached a boiling point in dealing with this issue.
Take a look at five theories as to why Zimmerman was acquitted of Martin’s murder below.