The man who shot unarmed Trayvon Martin is speaking out on the “life altering event” that’s resulted in national outcry and demands for an arrest. George Zimmerman, on his website, is also soliciting funds for his legal defense.
From the USA Today:
On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage. As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life. This website’s sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries.
It has come to my attention that some persons and/or entities have been collecting funds, thinly veiled as my “Defense Fund” or “Legal Fund”. I cannot attest to the validity of these other websites as I have not received any funds collected, intended to support my family and I through this trying, tragic time.
I have created a Paypal account solely linked on this website as I would like to provide an avenue to thank my supporters personally and ensure that any funds provided are used only for living expenses and legal defense, in lieu of my forced inability to maintain employment
. I will also personally, maintain accountability of all funds received. I reassure you, every donation is appreciated.
At the end of the page, he has a quote from Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men do nothing.”
The USA Today article also notes the website has a section that goes into his racial heritage and “the facts” surrounding the case.
When I first heard about this early Monday evening, I thought it was a joke, to be honest. I didn’t think George Zimmerman’s attorneys were this foolish to allow Zimmerman to open himself up to inevitable criticism. However, it appears his attorneys and friends have vouched for the authenticity of the website, so I guess his attorneys are this…flippant about the public image of their client. *shrugs*
Anyway, for Zimmerman to even dwell on how his life has been inconvenienced because of his actions and the subsequent media coverage reeks of privilege. It’s a classic example of how white privilege (yes, I know he’s Hispanic, but you can be Hispanic and identify as being white, black, etc.) operates in the good ol’ U.S. of A.: one person says/does racist thing; person’s actions is criticized; person in question retreats and resorts to assuming the role of victim, thus shifting the focus of the conversation from his racist actions/thoughts/feelings to how his feelings were hurt by overly sensitive people of color looking to blame racism in everything. Zimmerman’s tactics yet another variation in this sad cyclical predicament POCs have to contend with when they take the chance to speak out against racism.
Zimmerman’s statement reflects how he’s ignorant of how deeply rooted racism, whiteness and white privilege are in his mind. His white privilege granted him the authority to harass, follow, confront and shoot Trayvon Martin as his blackness has been equated to evil, criminal activity and something that needs to be policed. His privilege has sheltered him from even experiencing the humiliation and pain of being hunted down and shot just because you fit the bill of a so-called young up-to-no-good black thug, aimlessly roaming a gated, “safe” community just to make trouble.
Notice how Zimmerman, in his letter, failed to mention the pain, suffering, heartache, anger, frustration and helplessness his actions have brought onto the family and friends of Trayvon Martin. Notice how Zimmerman conveniently left out how his decision to racially profile Trayvon Martin’s led to him having to put his life as he knows it on hold and go into hiding. Notice how Zimmerman failed to even feign regret, sorrow and empathy for Martin and his family.
And you want the public to fork over money so you can mount a campaign to discredit Martin and label him a thug who was up to no good?
Zimmerman, you’re not a victim in all this. You have your life, your health, your family and your ability to eventually move on with your life (as it’s highly likely you won’t be charged for your crime). You have the ability to eventually have children, get married, advance your career and possibly live long enough to have grandchildren.
Your actions took all those possibility from an unarmed black teenager you thought looked suspicious because he was wearing a hoodie and you thought looked like he was on drugs and up to no good. Your racist vigilantism took away Trayvon Martin’s ability to graduate high school, go to college, have a career, possibly have children, possibly get married and live long enough to have grandchildren. Your racial profiling–not the intense media scrutiny–brought this situation into light. Your refusal to heed dispatch’s advice and not hunt Trayvon Martin down brought your current life situation into the present–not the intense media scrutiny of your actions.
Furthermore, Zimmerman, that quote by Edmund Burke, is highly inappropriate, suspect and indicative of your refusal/apathy to understand how your racist actions have deeply affected Trayvon Martin’s family and this country. If you really want good to triumph over evil, you need to come forward and tell the truth about what happened when you racially profiled, confronted and shot Trayvon Martin.
What do you think of Zimmerman’s website and his request for help?