By now, you’ve all heard of George Zimmerman’s problematic website. But seriously…who are his advisors? Everything about the website is odd. From the domain name to the choice of quotes: First this one, included on each page of the website: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing.” And second, this one, on the page titled “My Race”: “The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”
Odd, that this is his first public “appearance”. The site makes just one definitive statement, that it’s there to drum up financial support for a man who was “forced” to leave his home, family, school and ultimately his entire life. Forced? Here’s what. When you kill another person, your life SHOULD be altered. That is called facing the consequences of your actions. This entire story has been a lesson in backwards logic and the victim blaming ideology that has become standard in cases of violence against minorities.
But this Trayvon Martin tragedy has started to devolve into something even more sinister than blaming the victim (or the victim’s clothing, what’s up Geraldo?) and somehow turned into sympathizing with the perpetrator. And this website plays directly into that. It’s not enough to villainize the 17-year-old boy who lost his life, Zimmerman’s supporters couldn’t stop there. Vandalizing Black culture centers and removing the responsibility from George Zimmerman in the most ridiculous ways hasn’t been enough. Now Zimmerman himself is attempting to drum up support in the form of financial donations.
Who exactly is the victim here? The unarmed teenager who lost his life unnecessarily or the trigger-happy gunman who has been forced to leave his home, job and family?