I’ve stayed out of this one from the night of verdict onwards.
I worked for Seton Hall University as a temp at the time and took the bus, which went from the University through Irvington, Union and finally to Roselle Park, NJ.
I watched the verdict at work and on my way in the long walk to the bus stop in the evening (I think there was snow on the ground even though it was October – or it was very cold), I was passed by various black men, some individuals and some in groups, cheering about the verdict, looking happily for my agreement, which I gave, uncertain as I didn’t have any strong opinions either way, but as the trial didn’t directly affect me either way, if they’re happy? I’m happy and I took the hard back pats and high fives sent my way.
Back in Roselle Park, I around people who complained about the verdict to which I shrugged my shoulders in a non-committal fashion.