Today's guest blog post is by Dr. Steven Gregory, Professor of Anthropology and African-American Studies at Columbia University:
All black males are criminals.
Trayvon Martin is a black male.
Trayvon Martin is a criminal.
This flawed syllogism rests at the crux of the Zimmerman trial. It was at the heart of the defense team’s case, the reasoning of at least one juror (B-37), and the public pronouncements of many Americans who believe that the acquittal of George Zimmerman was just.