David Simon, one of the most respected writers on television, has made his feelings clear regarding last Saturday's George Zimmerman verdict:
He's disgusted by it.
The man behind HBO's The Wire and Treme said on his blog that he's "ashamed to call himself an American" after a jury found Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin.
"You can stand your ground if you're white, and you can use a gun to do it," Simon wrote. "But if you stand your ground with your fists and you're black, you're dead."
Simon worked as a crime reporter in Baltimore for 12 years and The Wire was just ranked the number-one show in television history by Entertainment Weekly.
He went on to say Zimmerman's actions were "racially motivated" and that Florida's Stand Your Ground law is a slippery slope.
"The law has changed - and the culture of legal self-defense is changing - in a revolutionary fashion. There will be more of these cases now. Not less."
In conclusion, Simon wrote:
Behold, the lewd, pornographic embrace of two great American pathologies: Race and guns, both of which have conspired not only to take the life of a teenager, but to make that killing entirely permissible.
I can't look an African-American parent in the eye for thinking about what they must tell their sons about what can happen to them on the streets of their country.
Tonight, anyone who truly understands what justice is and what it requires of a society is ashamed to call himself an American.
Where do you stand on the George Zimmerman verdict? Did the jury get it right?