Lloyd tells CNN that before accepting the volunteer position, she asked lead defense attorney, Mark O’Mara if Zimmerman was racist.
“He said, ‘No, I wouldn’t work for him if he was.’ ” When asked why that was important, she said, “Being African-American, even if he was a client in need of representation, I don’t know that I would have been able to divorce that. You have to have the proper representation and people who can do that.”
Now, to be honest, I never noticed this young lady and her pigmentation until the verdict was announced last week? Come to find out, the woman you see in this picture is 34- year old Channa Lloyd, a third-year law student in Orlando, Florida who volunteered to assist George Zimmerman’s attorneys throughout the trial. Yes, a black woman was helping to defend Zimmerman’s innocence. I haven’t decided quite yet if I’m offended, however. As a black woman, of course I can’t quite understand how she could sleep at night knowing she was on the side that helped Zimmerman walk free with no punishment at all for shooting Martin. But, at the same time, in a professional sense, I could see her strategy here. For one, she clearly got a lot of TV time for what she did- smart decision Lloyd. And there may come a day in her career as a lawyer where she has to represent someone who she may not necessarily agree with so this case gave her great experience with research and such. Hats off to you, Lloyd. You definitely took a risk and decided to take a different route with your success. One that is less safe and one that many would not have taken. In the end, we’re all just trying to make it. And Lloyd may be bashed in the African-American community for this risk she took for her career for not being supportive of the Martin family as a fellow black woman, but she has truly made history. Whether or not it’s on the right side is for her to decide. Watch her interview with CNN here: http://outfront.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/12/who-is-zimmerman-defense-teams-mystery-intern/