From VOA Learning English, this is "In The News."
Americans continue to react to the decision in the murder trial of George Zimmerman. Last week, a jury in the southern state of Florida found that he was not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The unarmed teenager was killed last year in a struggle with the defendant. At the time, George Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer in his community in Florida. Trayvon Martin, an African American, was walking to the home of his father's girlfriend at the time of the killing.
George Zimmerman is a white Hispanic man. He called police to report Trayvon Martin as a suspicious person in the neighborhood. He followed the teenager, although police told him not to. The two fought. Mr. Zimmerman says he acted in self-defense after he was attacked by the young man.
Under Florida law, people can use deadly force to fight back if they feel their lives are in danger.
Soon after the six woman jury reached its decision on Saturday, people used social media and public protests to express their opinion about the verdict.
"No justice. No peace. Trayvon! Justice for Trayvon!"
Many protests have been held across the United States since the trial. Hundreds of people demonstrated in Chicago, Illinois.
They expressed opposition to what activist Dickey Gaines says was a predetermined verdict -- one reached before the trial.
"Because there was a lot of people across this country that was in favor of George Zimmerman being acquitted by virtue of them donating money to his defense, so that was a clear indication early on people was in support of him being acquitted in this case."
Casey David Cole Senior was one such supporter. He spoke to reporters near the Sanford, Florida courthouse, where the trial took place.
"I'm here to express my opinion. I believe that George Zimmerman is an innocent man."
For Chicago protester Bryan Burroughs, the case is clear in his mind.
"Trayvon Martin was guilty of nothing but being black in a mostly white neighborhood."
Activist Dickey Gaines says the ruling has not changed his belief that George Zimmerman targeted the teenager because he was black.
"He focused on Trayvon because of Trayvon's skin color."
Hans von Spakovsky works for the Heritage Foundation research group here in Washington. He says the legal action against Mr.Zimmerman should end now.
"If the Justice Department continues to pursue this case when, one, he's been found innocent and, two, we know there's no racial animus which is necessary for a civil rights violation, that once again makes it look like politics is driving the prosecution, not justice."
Racial inequality in the United States goes back centuries. The issue of slavery was a major reason for the nation's civil war in the 1860s. But discrimination continued after black slaves were freed. And racial tensions still exist.
Greg Carr is chairman of Afro-American Studies at Howard University, a historically black college here in Washington.
"One thing that's tangible that can come out of this verdict is a renewed commitment to addressing people, and not looking to the courts -- not looking to the law to somehow regulate or change people's hearts and minds."
Mr. Carr warns that if a civil rights case were brought against George Zimmerman and lost, it would increase the distrust of many people. But if such a case were won, he says, Americans would look to the courts, not within themselves, for racial healing.
And that's "In The News" from VOA Learning English. I'm Steve Ember.
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2.suspicious adj. 感觉可疑的；不信任的
Many suspicious glances were darted at him.
3.deadly adj. 致命的，致死的
Chinese civilization is one of the oldest in the world.
4.verdict n. 结论；裁定
The judge voiced her satisfaction that the jury had reached a verdict.
5.acquitt v. 开释;释放
I will manage the business somehow.
1.Under Florida law, people can use deadly force to fight back if they feel their lives are in danger.
The people are in danger; we must help them off.
2.Because there was a lot of people across this country that was in favor of George Zimmerman being acquitted by virtue of them donating money to his defense.
in favor of赞成[支持]（某人或某事物）
The new development turned the scales in favor of that school.
3.Trayvon Martin was guilty of nothing but being black in a mostly white neighborhood.
anything but，nothing but，all but，none but
anything but(=not at all,by no means,never)表示“决不，根本不”
nothing but(=only)表示“只不过，除了……以外什么也没有” 。
all but(=almost,nearly)表示“几乎，差一点” 。
none but(=no one except)表示“只有；除……外谁也不” 。
4.But if such a case were won, he says, Americans would look to the courts, not within themselves, for racial healing.
I look to my parents when I need help.
美国人继续对乔治·齐默曼(George Zimmerman)谋杀案的审判决定作出反应。上周，南部佛罗里达州陪审团决定，他枪杀17岁男子特雷沃恩·马丁(Trayvon Martin)无罪 。
去年，这名手无寸铁的少年跟被告打斗期间被杀害。当时，乔治·齐默曼(George Zimmerman)在佛罗里达一个社区担任巡查员志愿者 。特雷沃恩·马丁(Trayvon Martin)是一名非裔美国人，被杀害时正在步行前往父亲未婚妻家的途中 。
乔治·齐默曼(George Zimmerman)是一名西班牙裔白人。他报警称在社区发现特雷沃恩·马丁(Trayvon Martin)非常可疑 。他追踪了这名青少年，尽管警察告诉他不要这样做 。两人打斗起来 。齐默曼称自己在受到这名年轻人的袭击之后作出自卫行为 。
自审判以来，美国各地举行了许多抗议活动。数百人在伊利诺伊州的芝加哥举行了示威游行 。他们表达了反对意见，就如活动积极分子Dickey Gaines所说，这是预先决定的判决——在审判之前就已经做出了决定 。“因为全国各地许多人支持齐默曼宣判无罪，他们捐款赞助辩护过程，
Casey David Cole Senior是支持者之一。他在审判进行的佛罗里达州桑福德法庭附近接受了记者的采访 。
“我来这里是为了表达自己的看法。我相信乔治·齐默曼(George Zimmerman)是无辜的 。”
活动积极分子Dickey Gaines表示，该判决丝毫没有改变他的看法。他相信因为这名青少年是黑人而受到乔治·齐默曼的故意针对 。
Hans von Spakovsky在华盛顿传统基金会研究小组工作。他表示，对乔治·齐默曼(George Zimmerman)的诉讼应该结束了 。
美国的种族不平等可以追溯到几百年前。奴隶制度是1860年美国内战的主要原因 。但是黑人奴隶获得自由后，种族歧视仍然继续 。种族之间的紧张关系仍然存在 。
Carr警告称，如果对乔治·齐默曼(George Zimmerman)进行民权案件审判并且败诉，会增加许多人的不信任感。但是如果获胜，美国人就会期待法庭，而不是期待自己的内心来调节种族纷争 。
以上就是今天的美国之音学英语时事新闻节目。我是Steve Ember 。