Understandably, the George Zimmerman trial received a lot of national attention. As a result, the national conversation quickly became focused on issues of racism, southern identity, and the long-term effects of the acquittal of the accused.
As we are quickly learning in the information age, things are not always as they are presented.
Floatingsheep recently compiled statistical data around the trial, drawing interesting conclusions.
The lifespan of these events in our emotional and internet world is short.
All it took was a good night’s rest before everybody jumped back to their normal twitter behaviors, much to the chagrin of Anthony Weiner and a handful of others involved in current events that are not even worth our time.
The South is not as racist as you perceive.
Looking at the density of #JusticeForTrayvon tweets across a map of the United States across a two-week period, it doesn’t appear anybody west of the Mississippi perceived an injustice throughout the trial (with the exception of California, which I will attribute to the still salient shooting of Oscar Grant instead of assuming liberal bias.)
Tweeting for Trayvon [via FloatingSheep]