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A Rough Guide to Life in the United States of Zimmermanm, the US of Z

In the US of Z the law allows people to hunt each other, and feel no remorse for killing someone.

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In the US of Z, having rap music too loud for the guy who drives up beside you in the parking lot is an even worse offense than walking home in the rain with Skittles and iced tea while black.

In the US of Z, WWB - Walking While Black - is risky behavior that sensible people avoid. So is SITBSWB - Sitting in the Back Seat While Black.

"Healing Dialogue" for the Zimmermans Starts with "Blacks Are Bad"

In the US of Z, your older brother can go on TV (CNN) and trash talk your victim and pretend he's starting a healing dialogue and the news people will just nod.

In the US of Z your brother's behavior doesn't seem so odd because your father, the retired Virginia magistrate decided to publish an e-book right before your trial started, with the title: "Florida v. Zimmerman - Uncovering the Malicious Prosecution of My Son George."

In the US of Z, Judge Zimmerman makes clear, among other things, that in his view the "True Racists" in the US of Z are all African-American. And the judge names names, including: the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP, the Black Chamber of Commerce, the United Negro College Fund, and Trayvon Martin's undertaker.

In the US of Z, someone puts up a "Kill Zimmerman" page on Facebook that gets more than 7,000 "likes" in just a few hours, gets reported by an unknown number of people, and doesn't get taken down right away.

In the US of Z, perhaps counterintuitively till you think about it, the Zimmerman verdict, like the O.J. verdict, went to the money side.

In the US of Z there is little appreciation of the dark irony that the Zimmerman verdict was delivered in Seminole County.

William M. Boardman has over 40 years experience in theatre, radio, TV, print journalism, and non-fiction, including 20 years in the Vermont judiciary. He has received honors from Writers Guild of America, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Vermont Life magazine, and an Emmy Award nomination from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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