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What does the Zimmerman verdict mean for race relations in the US?

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Demonstrators angry at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin protest on the 10 Freeway stopping traffic in Los Angeles, California July 14, 2013. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

For the last two days, the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial has sparked a range of emotions across the country. Late Saturday, a jury comprised of six women found Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

The 2005 Stand Your Ground law in Florida allows anyone to use lethal force against a perceived deadly threat. The prosecution had to prove that Zimmerman had "ill-will" or "hatred" towards Martin in order to convince the jury of his guilt.

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Multiple source have weighed in on the decision and what it means about our legal system and what this case says — and doesn't say — about race relations in this country.

For more on this we're joined by Jody Armour, a law professor at USC and author of "Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America."

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