Monday, September 28, 2015

George Zimmerman Gloats Over a Teenager's Death

George Zimmerman (center) next to Florida gun shop owner Andy Hallinan
It's hard to tell who's more sick in the head.

A Twitter user who goes by the name "Grand Moff Alexander" who posted a gruesome crime scene photo of teenager Trayvon Martin's dead body with a message glorifying his killer George Zimmerman as a "one man Army".

Or Zimmerman re-posting the picture on his own Twitter account; where he calls himself "TheRealGeoregeZ".

Regardless, his choice has ignited a firestorm on Twitter and other social media sites.

There are a lot of people outraged that the man who stalked, confronted and then initiated a physical confrontation with an unarmed Trayvon Martin before killing him back in 2012 continues to take a demented pride in the fact that he got away with murdering an innocent teenager who was on his way home with a drink and a bag of Skittles.

It wasn't enough that a Florida jury found Zimmerman not guilty based on his claims that he was just defending himself from a teenager he'd followed after a police dispatcher specifically told him not to.

Zimmerman shakes the hand of a fan
Since his acquittal, Zimmerman has been arrested for threatening his girlfriend with a loaded shotgun, assaulting his ex-wife and been stopped by police with a loaded gun in his vehicle.

He's also reveled in making money off of public appearances by posing for photos with "fans" at gun shows (pictured left) and other events where an assortment of conservatives, right wing extremists, "patriots", 2nd Amendment advocates and white nationalists regard him as a celebrity.

But profiteering off murdering a black teenager isn't his only source of income.

Prior to the grassroots media backlash against his posting a photo of Martin's body (which he quickly deleted), most recently Zimmerman made headlines by teaming up with Florida resident Andy Hallinan to sell copies of a painting of the Confederate flag that Martin painted.

Hallinan is the high school dropout from Massachusetts who sparked outrage back in July when he publicly declared his Florida gun store a "Muslim-free zone" in the wake of 24-year old Kuwaiti-born U.S. citizen Muhammad Youssef Adbulazeez killing four U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy Petty Officer in a violent mass shooting in Tennessee before he himself was killed.

Hallinan (pictured left) posted a video of himself on Youtube (standing in front of a Confederate flag) in which he blamed President Obama for causing the rise of racial polarization in America and announced that he was banning Muslims from his gun store; and urged people to "get armed, get trained and carry-daily".

In response, according to an article on by Michelle Richinik, Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced that the organization would file a lawsuit against Hallian and said:  

"These bigoted declarations are no different than whites-only signs posted in businesses during a period of our history that we had hoped was over."

There's something depraved about a man whose documented propensity for violence, love of guns and racist views led to the death of an innocent teenager, then shows absolutely no remorse for it.

There's something morally reprehensible about someone who not only remains unapologetic about causing the death of another human being, he aligns himself with those who treat him as if he was some kind of American hero for getting away with it.

As if he'd fended off an attacker who'd broken into his house or stopped a bank robbery instead of stalking and killing a innocent 17 year-old high school student with no police record.

But we are talking about the state of Florida after all folks.

The same state where Congresswoman Janet Adkins (pictured left) recently told a group of Florida Republican activists that the key to defeating Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown (pictured left), an African-American who served as a state representative for 10 years before being elected to Congress in 2013, was to simply increase the number of black prison inmates in Brown's district.

As Evan Hurst of reported earlier today, Adkins strategy is to follow the Republican playbook and use illegal Gerrymandering to, "draw [Brown’s seat] in such a fashion so perhaps, a majority, or maybe not a majority, but a number of them will live in the prisons, thereby not being able to vote,” said Adkins, a Nassau County Republican, referring to black residents."

Now obviously it wouldn't be fair to lump every single resident of the ironically nicknamed "Sunshine State" into one barrel with all the bad oranges.

But it is a state where a judge and jury did elevate the warped principle of "Stand Your Ground" laws over the life of an innocent teenager.

And it's also the place where an elected member of Congress is on record as openly suggesting that districts with high concentrations of incarcerated people of color is in line with the Republican strategy to suppress the votes of non-white Americans to create majorities that are illusory.

I'm not sure what the members of the jury who found Trayvon Martin's killer not guilty felt when they heard the news that the man they absolved of murder posted photo's of his victim's body on his Twitter page like some kind of trophy from a hunt.

But I do know that there are a lot of people around the world wondering how justice and politics can be so openly twisted along racial lines in a state that's part of a nation the loves to see itself as the greatest Democracy in the world.

Liberty and justice for all?

I'd imagine the family of Trayvon Martin, being forced to hear news about photos of their son's body being posted on a social media account by his killer, might think otherwise.  

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