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    The Verdict on Black Life


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     DesireG learned of the Zimmerman verdict while with her family at her parents' home. She says she was surprised by the intensity of her reaction and stayed up until 5 a.m. 'musing over it.' Her friends, black and white, encouraged her to share her feelings in this video, and she says it is their 'love and acceptance that gives me hope.'
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    I wasn't surprised by the Zimmerman verdict. What I was surprised by was my reaction to it. The level of hurt I felt definitely surprised me. The verdict confirmed to me that my life, my black life is of very little value in my own country. In my own country I am barely human. I thought I had prepared myself enough for how painful it would feel to hear the "Not Guilty" verdict because it's not like I don't know the truth.

    The ugly truth being that as a black person, especially a dark skin black person, my life is not equal in value to a white person's life. My humanity is still a caricature in the public square of my own country. I am barely human.

    The truth is I don't think this can change because the American legal system has deep flaws in it. Deep flaws that are there by design. How does one legislate truth, courage or love? Especially when the "legal" system does all it can to undermine every single one of those values.

    Lately, America does not seem fond of truth, courage or love, not at home or aboard and that verdict on July 13th proved it.
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