A question and an observation, about the aftermath of the case:
How come the protests in the US against the verdict were so small (if the media is to be believed, and except in Chicago, it seems)?
I went on a protest yday that started outside the US Embassy in London (fuck that building is like something out of Ghostbusters). Turnout was okay given the weather and the time elapsed since the verdict/its slide down the UK news agenda - what was so fucked up was the reaction of bystanders. Some were exhibiting the usual irritation with the disruption to their consumerism, or just blank incomprehension, both of which I can deal with. But a very substantial minority had looks of wry amusement/contempt, which I have never seen before in reaction to a protest, and can only conclude was racialised, given that proportion-wise the demo was made up of considerably more black people than other protest I've been on, plus of course the details of the case itself. Just a sickening experience.