When George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, teenage pedestrian returning home one rainy February evening from a neighborhood convenience store, the NRA went mute. Neither NRA officials nor the pro-gun wing of the Republican Party argued that had Trayvon Martin been armed, he would be alive today.
Robin D.G. Kelley goes on to explain that the justice system did not fail in the Zimmerman case, rather it functioned precisely as it was designed to–against black people
There are several LIFE photosets dedicated to the Freedom 7 postflight party at the Cocoa Beach Holiday Inn. Tucked into one of those sets, and probably taken around the same time, are photos of Scoot Carpenter babysitting the kids of astronauts and other space workers at the motel’s pool.