I know, I know you are probably thinking, “not another Zimmerman blog, why are we still talking about him?” Well, he keeps giving us something to talk about.
George Zimmerman, the man who admitted to shooting and killing 17 year old Trayvon Martin and was found innocent of murder is exploiting his new fame. Not only has he tried to participate in a celebrity boxing match (which was thankfully cancelled), he also recently appeared at a gun show in Florida to meet his “fans”. Yep he has fans. George even attempted to participate in a ‘celebrity boxing match’. This is a man, mind you, who felt obligated to use a firearm to defend himself against a 17 year old after what was most likely an a fist fight.
Just let that sink in.
My first thought to the recent developments were “When did George Zimmerman become a celebrity?” But by definition a celebrity is a famous person. The case and his trial was broadcasted and televised nationally. So technically George Zimmerman is a celebrity.
And my second thought was “why was he being celebrated?”
Why do you think Georgie challenged Kanye West? Think about it. Kanye West is a black man who cut off Taylor Swift at the MTV awards, who publicly announced that George Bush hates black people. Kanye is a “bad guy” in America right now. Believe it or not, there are people who want to see Kanye get slapped around just as badly as someone would like the same to happen to Zimmerman. No matter the outcome, it is a win-win situation for George Zimmerman. The same with rapper DMX. DMX is a hip hop legend. But he has well documented run ins with the law. of drug abuse, adultery, and financial situation on national television. DMX is also perceived as a bad guy in the media.
George Zimmerman challenged the two men above yet did not accept and barely acknowledged rapper The Game’s offer whose stature stands at 6’5″. And that’s because of Trayvon. The Game previously stated, “I would not be boxing for me. I’d be boxing for the legacy of Trayvon Martin and for his family.” The Game has a tattoo of Trayvon on his body. Boxing against the rapper defeats Zimmerman’s purpose. Zimmerman is trying re-brand his name. He wanted the fight to have nothing to do with Trayvon. Zimmerman is burdened. He is trying to disconnect himself from Trayvon. He does not want his name or face connected to Trayvon Martin. He wants us to forget Trayvon Martin whenever we see his face. He no longer wants to be seen as a murderer or a villian.
But I will remember. Yes, George Zimmerman apologized. Yes, I forgive him. Yes, I believe that no sin is greater than the other. I understand he is human and we all makes mistakes. But every action has a consequence. As Trayvon rests peacefully Zimmerman is chained to Trayvon’s name by his own guilt. Just like Emmitt Till, or Medgar Evers, Trayvon’s death will not be in vain because it exposed the flaws of the judicial system. We learned in Florida and pretty much all around the country that it’s not what happens, it’s what you can prove in court. He exposed the not so dirty little secret in our society (especially within the black community) and that is the continued existence of racial profiling. His death exposed society’s ignorance to the federal and state’s laws. 22 states in the United States have a variation of the “stand your ground law”, including the state of Mississippi.
We are too focused on hating this man. It’s time for us to know how to defend ourselves, not just physically but judicially. Zimmerman has made his mark in American and more importantly, African American History. Trayvon’s death shook up my community and hopefully this country. I will never forget that. I do hope that Zimmerman can find peace because living life entrapped by guilt is unbearable. However, he holds the key to his own freedom: the truth. I won’t let Trayvon’s death be in vain. I forgive him but I won’t forget what happened.
Nice try, Zimmerman.
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