Jim Loewen Jim Loewen blog brought to you by History News Network. Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:37:54 +0000 Zend_Feed_Writer 2.1.3 (http://framework.zend.com) http://historynewsnetwork.org/blog/author/11 editor@hnn.us (History News Network) History News Network Acknowledging History to Right a Wrong Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:37:54 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153600 http://hnn.us/blog/153600 Jim Loewen Jim Loewen 0 Lincoln's Second Inaugural on Its 150th Birthday Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:37:54 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153597 http://hnn.us/blog/153597 Jim Loewen Jim Loewen 0 How 20th Century: Going to the Library to Get a Book Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:37:54 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153582 http://hnn.us/blog/153582 Jim Loewen Jim Loewen 0 Windshield Pockmarks and Police Behavior Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:37:54 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153563 http://hnn.us/blog/153563 Jim Loewen Jim Loewen 0 How Two Historians Responded to Racism in Mississippi Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:37:54 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153548 http://hnn.us/blog/153548 Jim Loewen Jim Loewen 0 Here We Go Again: Tests for the Common Core May Be Unfair to Some and Boring To All Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:37:54 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153543 http://hnn.us/blog/153543 Jim Loewen Jim Loewen 0 The Pentagon's Commemorating the Vietnam War. So Should We. Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:37:54 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153517 http://hnn.us/blog/153517 Jim Loewen Jim Loewen 0 More Bad History About Gay Marriage Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:37:54 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153512 http://hnn.us/blog/153512 Jim Loewen Jim Loewen 0 This is What Flip-Flopping on States' Rights Looks Like Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:37:54 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153511 http://hnn.us/blog/153511 Jim Loewen Jim Loewen 0 Let Our Seniors Go Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:37:54 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153506 http://hnn.us/blog/153506 Jim Loewen Jim Loewen 0 I Don’t Like It, So It Must Be Art Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:37:54 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153463 http://hnn.us/blog/153463 Jim Loewen Jim Loewen 0 The CIA Has a Museum? Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:37:54 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153419 http://hnn.us/blog/153419 Jim Loewen Jim Loewen 0 Here's What's Wrong with the Nixon Library and Museum Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:37:54 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153356 http://hnn.us/blog/153356 Jim Loewen Jim Loewen 0 Scalping Columbus Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:37:54 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153349 http://hnn.us/blog/153349 Jim Loewen Jim Loewen 0 Revising the SAT To Make It Even Worse Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:37:54 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153327 http://hnn.us/blog/153327 Jim Loewen Jim Loewen 0 History of Sundown Suburbs Threatens the Existence of Diverse Suburbs ]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:37:54 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153283 http://hnn.us/blog/153283 Jim Loewen Jim Loewen 0 The History of Composting in America ]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:37:54 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153202 http://hnn.us/blog/153202 Jim Loewen Jim Loewen 0 "'Confronting' Mitch Daniels at Purdue"
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Credit: Wiki Commons.

After the Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter for killing Trayvon Martin, everyone had an opinion about the verdict. Many people sought my opinion, including a major radio station in Jamaica and Al Jazeera. I knew that my own knowledge about the killing was no more than that of most of my listeners or readers. Hence I could not add to their knowledge base. I could only give them my opinion about the matter. So it would be about me and my opinion. What's the point of that?

I had expected the jury to find Zimmerman guilty of involuntary manslaughter. In my mind, I had compared his action to the fairly notorious 2011 case of Harmony Stair, a 33-year-old woman from Blacksburg, Virginia who was 7½ months pregnant. Stair had been making jello shots for a party and sampled her product. (Jello shots are small servings of jello made with vodka or grain alcohol.) She then drove drunk, causing a crash that fatally injured her fetus. Like Zimmerman, she was charged with manslaughter for his (her child's) death. Unlike Zimmerman, she was not charged with second-degree murder.

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