Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Juror B37. Holy Smokes !

Did you see or hear that interview with her on CNN? Seems very clear that she makes no effort to be informed about the world at all, and that she carries around a set of racial assumptions, let us say, and is utterly and totally unconscious about them. She thinks Zimmerman's--get this--"heart was in the right place." She thinks this would have gone down the same way no matter what color anybody was. Including, as she put it, "Spanish." Spanish?

What's more incredible than her proud ignorance is that the prosecution didn't strike her in the first place, as Dahlia Lithwick wrote in Slate. She kept bragging--bragging--that she doesn't pay any attention to the world. That she worries about her life and that's it. That she doesn't trust the media, which no one does, but she doesn't even read a thing, not one thing. That "you never get all the information." That last point should have been the clincher.

She's apparently not completely hopeless. Someone talked some sense to her, and she seems to have had enough sense to cancel the grubby book deal she made over Trayvon Martin's grave just the day before. The best thing that can happen to this woman is that some local interfaith working group reaches out to her and tries to awaken in her a small flicker of curiosity about the world beyond the parrots and dogs and lizards to which she pledged her devotion and persuade her that people, even different kinds of people, have something to offer the world too.


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