I came across this image that I think captures well the nature of the American Justice system. Justice is not blind. Racism permeates all aspects of the justice system, from sentencing guidelines (crack vs. rock cocaine) to the death penalty. Putting Trayvon Martin on trial for his own murder is just the latest chapter in the racist application of "justice." Our society treats black manhood as pathology. The notion that a black male could be in fear rather than threaten others seems inconceivable to many like juror B37.
Black women, for their part, can also be pathologized. The jury took only 12 minutes to find Marissa Alexander guilty.