As the New York Times reports:
The case was steeped in racial overtones. Mr. Dunn, 47, is white, and the teenagers black. It also drew renewed attention to Florida’s expansive self-defense laws that allow people who say they feel threatened to use lethal force to protect themselves. The trial began six months after the verdict in another high-profile case that focused on race, in which George Zimmerman was acquitted in the fatal shooting of a black teenager, Trayvon Martin.The 12 jurors, who had been sequestered since Feb. 6, consisted of four white men, four white women, two black women, one Hispanic man and one Asian-American woman. Some black leaders expressed disappointment that there were no black men on the jury.
Please read the NYT article linked to above. Fifth period, we will be discussing this in class this week as we prepare for our visit from a judge on Thursday, where we are set to discuss due process, trials, juries, charges, etc. Others, let's get some thinking and commenting going...
You also might check out this mini-doc by Orlando Bagwell ("Eyes on the Prize"), called "When Music Turned Deadly."