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Zimmerman Is No Victim

The more George Zimmerman’s family and friends speak out, the clearer it becomes just how warped your brainwaves have to be to mesh with their circle. No matter how many new details about Zimmerman’s killing of Trayvon Martin come forth and prove what a crock much of what his claims are, his supporters continue to clamor to this idea that it’s George who is the victim – one of racism at that. The Daily Caller has a letter a Zimmerman family member penned to the NAACP in which they accuse the organization of being racist and endangering the life of George. Evidently, missing irony is a family trait.

In the letter, the family member says to Seminole County, Fla. NAACP president Turner Clayton: “It’s time for you to end the race issue in this matter and call for cooler heads to prevail. If something happens to George as a result of the race furor stirred up by this mischaracterization of George there will be blood on your hands as well as the rest of the racists that have rushed to judgment.”

And if your heart hasn’t started to ache yet: “There has been an unprecedented rush to judge George regardless of the facts. The Black community as a whole has turned their backs and blindly followed the furor stirred up by self-proclaimed leaders of your community. These leaders have rallies and chant horrible things of a person they know nothing about.” Even better is this claim that Zimmerman was one of the “very few” in Sanford, Florida who spoke out publicly about the “beating of the Black homeless man Sherman Ware on December 4, 2010 by the son of a Sanford police officer.”

Hey, Secret Family Member? I see your “spoke out” and raise you a slaughter of an unarmed Black teenager. It’s not just one of George’s kin egging on this “you Blacks are always so racial about racism” mantra, though. The always transparent and consistently covertly racist FOX News had one of its anchors offer a similar sentiment via a poorly conceived comparison of George Zimmerman to Emmett Till.

FOX News contributor Jim Pinkerton said the likes of Roseanne Barr and Spike Lee are “contributing to the creation of a would-be lynch mob.” In response, FOX News Watch host Jon Scott asked, “Isn’t [Lee] inciting the same kind of violence that killed Emmett Till?”

No, fear of Black men and myths about us being brutes stemming from longstanding systematic racism are to blame for that and the stupidity of such a question is one of many reasons why people on the other side find it difficult to entertain any legitimate points Till, Pinkerton, or Secret Zimmerman are trying to make.

George Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon, and judging from his father’s attempt to paint President Obama’s tepid comments as something “angry” and “hateful,” seeing the worst in Black men is a familial pastime. Still, it was a mistake for Spike Lee to incorrectly retweet an address he presumed to be Zimmerman’s. Likewise, the New Black Panther Party’s bounty on George was reprehensible. As understandably angry as people are, let’s not make George a martyr to those who think like him.

The poor choices of a few don’t negate the good work others have done or blind anyone to the fact of just how much race factored into Trayvon’s death and the privilege that has allowed Zimmerman to escape repercussions thus far. The problem many of Zimmerman’s background have is that they’re so used to life within their bubble that they can’t see past it. That’s why no matter how much his supporters might whine about racism against them that doesn’t exist, we have to keep serving much needed wake up calls. Obviously, they’re all in need.

Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer currently based in Los Angeles. You can read more of his work on his site, The Cynical Ones. Follow him on Twitter: @youngsinick