On the Sunday morning broadcast of MSNBC's "Up" with host Steve Kornacki, guest Mychal Denzel Smith said George Zimmerman's defense team "literally invoked the same justification for the killing of Trayvon Martin that you would during lynching."
Smith, a "social commentator" and occasional contributor to The Nation magazine, noted the Zimmerman defense showed a picture of his white female neighbor to the all women jury, as well as a photo of a shirtless Trayvon Martin, hoping to scare them into believing Zimmerman was "protecting, not just himself, but white womanhood from this vicious, black thug."
MYCHAL DENZEL SMITH: They had no respect for Trayvon Martin to begin with. The thing that disgusted me, the jury was made up of six women, five white women -- the defense literally invoked the same justification for the killing of Trayvon Martin that you would during lynching.
They showed a picture of George Zimmermanâ€™s white woman neighbor and showed her as the picture of fear and said, 'this is what the neighborhood was up against,' and put a picture of Trayvon Martin with his shirt off, you know, looking like the most thugged-out version of Trayvon Martin that you could get, and basically said George Zimmerman was protecting, not just himself, but white womanhood, his neighborhood from this vicious, black thug.