Florida State Attorney Angela Corey has lost her reelection bid, making her the first incumbent state attorney in modern history to lose a contested election, according to The Florida Times Union. Corey was the attorney who failed to convict George Zimmerman, the man who killed Trayvon Martin. Corey also brought aggravated assault charges against Marissa Alexander for the victimless crime of firing a warning shot into the air to ward off her abusive husband.
One might assume that after someone goes through what they claim was a traumatic, life-changing event, they’d do their best to move past it and get on with their lives. Apparently, auctioning off the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin in 2012, is George Zimmerman’s way of trying to do that.
“What I’ve decided to do is not cower,” he said in an interview with WOFL-TV, according to CNN. “I’m a free American. I can do what I want with my possessions.”
When a jury acquitted George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin in 2013, I had only been 21 years old for a week. In that short time, I already brought in the milestone with friends and family on multiple nights full of good times and laughter. As a matter of fact, when I got the news of the acquittal, I was headed home from the Taste of Chicago with a friend after paying way too much for domestic beers all day.
As reports broke from Florida of George Zimmerman Shooting incident, the timeline reacted to every developing detail. The shock that Zimmerman was in legal trouble again, the complicated annoyance of the minor injuries, and the “urgent” call for empathy. Zimmerman has illustrated the complete farce of the judicial system. From his acquittal for murdering Trayvon Martin in 2012, Zimmerman has modeled the face of 21st Century racism. He benefits from proximity to whiteness and legal absolution and has seemed to consistently flail these privileges. Even his documented hunting of Black boys seems to be stripped from his narrative. Before unpacking further, a full disclaimer: I unapologetically am unconcerned with the well being of George Zimmerman, clearly White Jesus is on his side regardless.
Despite his lack of melanin, have no doubt George Zimmerman is a thug. He’s a thug in the “literally fear inducing criminal” way that gets passed off on Black people for simply breathing in public. He has been arrested for assault, complained on by his neighbors, and the dude that shot him reported Zimmerman for threats just last year. How quickly are Black boys made monsters made dangerous? How quickly are Black children denied childhood? How quickly are Black women dehumanized and discarded? And here, we have a by the book, irrefutable meance to society now playing victim. How many times have Black folks been caricatured as superhuman? George Zimmerman got shot in the face and survived. I know White Supremacy don’t have voodoo, but damn.
For the more kind-hearted among you, the apathetic framing may seem callous. You may genuinely believe that “all lives matter” and that wishing ill on Zimmerman is wrong. Your thinking may consolidate to “why stoop that low?”.
Zero sum games, like binaries and dichotomies, do little service for our society and nothing for justice. Whether serious or not, frustration Zimmerman hasn’t suffered more stems from the fact that he is a living reminder of how justice is a myth for Black folks in the eyes this country. The fact a known aggressor and murderer can wave a gun in traffic without recourse but Tamir can’t play in a park calls for callousness. Whatever fatalistic shade Black folk may be sending Zimmerman’s way, it’s from anger and frustration. Still, whatever vitriol Black folks declare toward Zimmerman (and the Whiteness that protected him) only carries so much power in our society. For Black folk to truly “stoop that low” would require centuries of unquestioned power that pit all others against each other. In a political and cultural system that does not see all lives as valuable, Black folks can more than declare vengeance. Our words unfortunately do not readily translate into laws, ideologies, and safety.
The long and short of it is this; George Zimmerman, even now, is getting more humanized than Trayvon was on that tragic night in 2012. George is getting to play victim despite his history of abuse. Someone (a white dude, thankfully) shot him after Zimmerman waved a gun AT HIM. I can’t tell you how to feel about GZ but unless he has passed in the night, let’s hope we don’t hear any more headlines about him.
Jay Dodd is a writer and performance artist based in Boston, originally from Los Angeles. After recently graduating Tufts University, Jay has organized vigils and protests locally for Black Lives Matter: Boston. When not in the streets, Jay has contributed to Huffington Post and is currently a contributing writer for VSNotebook.com, based in London. Jay Dodd is active on social media celebrating Blackness, interrogating masculinity, and complicating queerness. His poetic and performance work speaks to queer Black masculinity and afrofuturism.
More than a year after Florida neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, one of his biggest supporters is changing his story.
Zimmerman’s former neighbor Frank Taaffe testified before a grand jury earlier this week, and revealed details about the racially-charged conversation he had with a man he believes was George Zimmerman.
It is unlikely that the Justice Department will bring civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The news comes in response to allegations that the killing was racially motivated.
Florida police have confirmed yet another run-in with George Zimmerman.
According to officers, a man called 911 saying Zimmerman threatened to kill him during a road rage incident.
It appears that George Zimmerman isn’t quite ready to give up his “fame” yet.
Despite a highly successful campaign to put a halt to a celebrity fight earlier last month, the former neighborhood watch captain still believes that he is worthy of the spotlight.
On Saturday, various media outlets had reported the news that thousands across the nation had been waiting for--the cancellation of the “celebrity” boxing match between former Florida neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman and rapper DMX.
Since the announcement of the match, protesters have been steadfast in their quest to put an end to the fight, and it appeared that they had been victorious when fight promoter Damn Feldman released the following tweet Saturday afternoon.
A series of petitions have been created in hopes of putting an end to George Zimmerman’s time in the spotlight. The petitions come on the heels of an announcement from the even’t promoters that rapper DMX was selected as Zimmerman’s opponent.
The petitions, started by Los Angeles resident Janet Dickerson and Chicago blogger Rae Kae call for an end to the fight.