Have you ever heard of Roderick Scott? Me either. Well, back in 2009 Mr. Scott, a black man, awoke to the sound of 3 teenage boys breaking into a car. He went upstairs, got his gun, and confronted the boys. Two of the boys ran away, the other, Christopher Cervini a 17 year old white teenager, rushed at him. In fear of his life, Scott shot Cervini twice killing him. Prosecutors charged him with 2nd degree murder, a charge that was later dropped, and manslaughter. Scott was found not guilty of manslaughter by a jury of his peers.

There wasn’t a media circus, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson weren’t on the scene, NAACP didn’t demand a civil rights trial, there were no riots or demonstrations. There are many similarities and some differences between the cases. Regardless of your feelings about the Zimmerman or Scott verdict, if you are like me and have never heard of this case, you must ask yourself why?

Check out the article about the Scott case here http://rochester.ynn.com/content/top_stories/490926/jury-finds-roderick-scott-not-guilty/


2 thoughts on “The Black George Zimmerman?

  1. You never heard of it because they were breaking into a car that was close enough to his house that it woke him up. I am sure they found the other two boys and they verified what happened. He didn’t follow them around a neighborhood get into a fight some how and shoot the boy after he got beat up. I don’t think that the Zimmerman case needed the publicity that it got, but it did deserve to be examined throughly by a court of law.

    • Thanks for the comments Tiffany. I agree that both of the cases deserved examination by the court of law. And there were some notable differences in the cases. The Scott case wasn’t provocative enough for the media to cover. The Zimmerman case, on the other hand, was ripe with controversy; controversy that sells.

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