Deindividuation and the Zimmerman Trial
As you watch, read, or listen to the coming reactions to the Zimmerman trial please take the time to be awake and aware of the underlying psychology you are witnessing. Look behind the media and the personalities. Look behind your own self identification (race, religion, beliefs) and emotions to the underlying reasons for your emotions and your beliefs about the event.
The path to truth is understanding the self. Without the knowledge of ourselves we are prey for manipulation. We are being played. We have been systematically deindividualized.
Theories of deindividuation propose that it is a psychological state of decreased self-evaluation and decreased evaluation apprehension causing antinormative and disinhibited behavior. Deindividuation theory seeks to provide an explanation for a variety of antinormative collective behavior, such as violent crowds, lynch mobs, etc. Deindividuation theory has also been applied to genocide  and been posited as an explanation for antinormative behavior online and in computer-mediated communications.