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Blood money: $10,000 bounty on George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman should be in jail. That he remains free after killing an unarmed Trayvon Martin one month ago today is galling. His liberty makes a mockery of justice when others have gone to prison for less. But the $10,000 bounty being offered by the New Black Panther Party should be an affront to anyone who wants Zimmerman held accountable for using a 9-millimeter handgun to kill a 17-year-old armed with only an iced tea and a bag of Skittles.

“An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,” Mikhail Muhammad said at a Saturday press conference in Sanford, Fla., in which he also called on 10,000 black men to “capture” Zimmerman. “He should be fearful for his life,” Muhammad said, living up to his group’s air of menace as the hate-filled self-appointed protectors of the race. A surefire way to snuff out the genuine soul-searching underway is to have Zimmerman succumb to someone else’s definition of justice.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.


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