Portland’s second rally and march for Justice for Trayvon Martin in one week took place this weekend. His killer, George Zimmerman, walks free due to racist ‘stand your ground’ laws that have been proven to punish black people while excusing the crimes of whites. Again, good people of moral conscience gathered in a beloved park to speak about bigotry, about brutality, and about American injustice.
It’s been a sad week. Some of the media commentary has been honest about the systemic racism in our nation and its judicial system. However, a good deal of broadcast messaging has actually pleaded sympathy for the murderer. On FOX News, Zimmerman’s own brother warned in a statement of horrific irony that “there are factions, there are…people” who would “take the law into their own hands”, becoming “vigilantes” in seeking revenge on Zimmerman. The Daily Show eviscerated the brother’s racist hypocrisy.
In what can only be a sickening publicity stunt, a store in Florida grabbed headlines by proudly offering to arm the acquitted killer with a brand new gun – free of charge, of course. After hearing Zimmerman could not have back the actual Kel-Tec PF-9mm semi-automatic pistol he used to shoot seventeen year old Trayvon Martin through his chest, Pompano Pats, a motorcycle and gun shop (because those two things go together like Peanut butter and Jelly in Florida) released a statement, “Upon receiving confirmation that he is well within his legal rights to concealed carry, our company would like to offer Mr. Zimmerman a free firearm. We currently have the same model in stock.” Every asshole has at least one friend. Often more. While researching this story, I found an article with an online pole showing a staggering 82% of some 30,000 responders agreed Zimmerman was right to be acquitted for murdering the unarmed teenager.