George Zimmerman, the vigilante and self-appointed neighborhood patrol watchman who killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Florida teenager in 2012, now has the audacity to taunt Martin’s parents.
In an interview with The Daily Beast this week, Zimmerman made it clear he has no remorse about shooting the 17-year-old boy to death in Sanford, Florida, and bears outright hostility toward the parents whose son he took away forever.
“They didn’t raise their son right,” Zimmerman said of Martin. “He attacked a complete stranger and attempted to kill him. Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin did everything they could to capitalize on their son’s death.
“She was never a mother figure to him,” Zimmerman said of Sybrina Fulton. “Tracy Martin couldn’t have cared less about their son. He treated him like a dog without a leash.”
Four years after Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, the acquitted killer reportedly sold the gun he used to do it to an undisclosed buyer for $138,900 May 18. Zimmerman must have lost his mind. To me, he is nothing but a cold-blooded killer. For those of you who have forgotten this tragedy, let me refresh your memory.
On Feb. 26, 2012, Zimmerman was following Martin down the street of the Retreat at Twin Lakes community, a gated neighborhood in Florida, and called police to describe Martin as suspicious. The suspicion seemed only based upon the fact that Martin was black, male and wearing a hooded sweatshirt.
Despite a 911 dispatcher saying he did not have to follow the teenager, Zimmerman did so anyway. Sometime later, after Zimmerman ended his call with the police, he and Martin got into an altercation that ended with Zimmerman, the coordinator of a local neighborhood watch, firing a 9 millimeter bullet from his Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol into the teen’s chest.
“It is what was used to save my life from a near-death brutal attack by Trayvon Martin,” Zimmerman said of the gun. “If it was a stick or mace, it’s the one tool I had that prevented Trayvon from killing me.”
Zimmerman was not anywhere near close to death when police arrived. He had a bloody nose and lacerations on the back of his head. He tried to stay out of the public eye after his acquittal in 2013, remaining on the fringes of American society as one of the 21st century’s greatest villains and occasionally stirring the pot of outrage as he attempted to find gainful employment and financial security.
Zimmerman was investigated by the Department of Justice for civil rights violations and lived jobless and homeless for a year after the trial. The same year of his acquittal, Zimmerman’s girlfriend alleged that he had pointed a shotgun at her and started breaking her things. He was charged with felony aggravated assault for the incident, charges his girlfriend later requested to be dropped.
A year later, Zimmerman was involved in a road rage incident with Matthew Apperson, who shot at him on a public street in a separate incident six months later. (Zimmerman was hit in the face by a ricochet.) At the time, Zimmerman was using his infamy to auction off American flag paintings he made on eBay — one even sold for $100,000.
When he wasn’t getting into shootouts or hawking memorabilia online, Zimmerman was calling President Barack Obama an “ignorant baboon” on Twitter and retweeting a photo of Martin’s dead body (caption: “Z-Man is a one-man army”).
When asked if he considers how Martin’s family feels about him requesting $100,000 for the sale of the gun he used to kill their son, Zimmerman called them bad parents.
“Sure, I’m sorry for any parent that has lost a child,” Zimmerman said. “That being said, I also believe it’s their duty to have an internal dialogue to see what they should have done better and what they should have done appropriately.”
That’s it. I’m done. I’m not a mental health professional but May is Mental Health Month. And from the research I’ve done, Zimmerman’s recent actions are prime examples of a mental condition affecting the country at large: a heteropatriarchal, white supremacist societal illness that has been permeating and abstracting the moral conscience of the people United States since its foundation.
Zimmerman is responsible for the senseless killing of Martin, which coincidentally launched several subsequent high-profile police shootings of unarmed black men and children in Ferguson, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angles and elsewhere. This has only emboldened our movement to seek justice where it doesn’t exist yet.
To my friends, Sybrina and Tracy, the parents of Trayvon, don’t let Zimmerman taunts discourage you from being a force for justice. Trayvon had the best parents any youth could have. His death was not in vain. He’s a martyr. The fight for justice will continue.
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