Juror in Zimmerman’s Trial Says She Was Demeaned and Mocked By Other Jurors
The Daily Beast reports that Maddy, also known as Juror B29, spoke with Lisa Bloom about her experience. They have published an excerpt from Bloom’s just published Suspicion Nation.
Maddy revealed that she was fed up before the trial was over. Being the only minority on the jury, she said that she was sequestered with five White women who didn’t understand her. They demeaned, mocked and trivialized her. She was ready to leave and return home saying, “If they had to put me in jail for going home, then put me in jail.”
Maddy told Lisa Bloom that she isolated herself, mostly staying in her room, away from the other jurors, securing herself from their words and cruel laughter and judgments about her.
During her voir dire, Maddy says that Don West scared the hell out of her. She felt that he was accusing her of lying. “I felt naive and dumb from the beginning,” Maddy said. And her gnawing unease mounted each day the trial went on.
An excerpt from Lisa Bloom’s book;
“To many, Zimmerman appeared to have racially profiled Trayvon and shot and killed him based on the deepest, ugliest stereotypes still embedded in the American psyche: that blacks are criminals, dangerous—“they” get away with their crimes—“they” must be watched, followed—those assholes. Most of black America grasped immediately that a boy was dead from those prejudices.”
“Many African-American commentators spoke about the personal pain they felt in hearing Trayvon lumped in with “these assholes” and “fucking punks”—that recorded language confirming their fears that they were constantly misjudged, stereotyped, suspicious merely for walking while black.”
The book is titled Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat. It is 320 pages and sells for $25.00. I plan on purchasing it.