Can George Zimmerman Be Famous Too?
Trayvon Martin can easily become one of the "invisible children"
Are you upset with George Zimmerman?
Do you know who he is?
Granted, no one has made a poster of his face and put it next to Osama bin Laden and Adolf Hitler. He doesn't have a twitter hashtag asking people to "stop" him. And it doesn't look like he's going to have a big budget documentary filmed about him either. But he should have all of these.
On February 26, the 28-year old Zimmerman shot 17-year old Trayvon Martin at point blank range with a black Kie Tek 9mm semi-automatic pistol. Zimmerman claims that he acted out of self-defense when he shot the young boy. Martin was armed with a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea. Sounds dangerous doesn't it.
Zimmerman wound up in the alleged scuffle with Martin after he spotted him walking around his Central Florida gated community. Martin was visiting his father and walking back home from a store run to get some candy for his younger brother. Zimmerman is the Neighborhood Watch captain of the neighborhood and became suspicious when he saw a young black kid walking around. Startled, he began to trail him in his SUV. Then the Seminole State College criminal justice major called the police to report him. Police told him to stand down, but Zimmerman didn't listen and minutes later Martin was dead from a gun shot wound. Zimmerman is still a free man.
When you think of it, this sounds a lot like the case of Joseph Kony. By now, you should know that guy is. Thanks to a 30-minute documentary by filmmakers/activist Invisible Children, Kony has officially become Public Enemy #1. We here at the Loop 21 even called him "Africa's Most Dangerous Man."
Kony is accused of forming the Lord's Resistance Army and wreaking havoc in Uganda, all in the name of trying to overthrow the government. Kony claims to speak with God daily and based on his actions, the God he talks to is telling him to murder people by the thousands and maim young children.
Thanks to the efforts of groups like Invisible Children, Kony's reign of terror is well documented. If you didn't know of him before, you surely know of him now since Invisible Children started their campaign to make Kony "famous." He was officially charged with war crimes by the International Criminal Court in 2005 but has not been brought to justice because well, nobody has known of his exact whereabouts since then.
There is however one difference between Zimmerman and Kony. Well, obviously there are a few. But the main one is that Kony hasn't faced justice because no one can find him. Zimmerman isn't in jail either, but everybody knows where he's at. Home.
Police have yet to arrest Zimmerman and charge him with a crime because the case is still "under investigation." They are giving the same reason for their decision not to release the 911 tapes with calls from Zimmerman and neighbors that could provide key evidence in the case. As of now, they are seeming to believe his "self-defense" story because when they arrived on the scene
he looked like he got his ass beat he had a bloody nose, was sweating and had grass on his back.
Martin's parents, just like the people you saw in the Kony documentary are distraught.
“I’m a normal mother. I just want justice for my son,” Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton said, insisting that her son was shot only because he was black. “My heart is broken. I keep thinking he is going to walk in through the door and the nightmare is going to end.”
“I had a detective look at me in the eye; tell me he is a dad, that he is in pain and that he would bring us justice,” said Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin. “He started off on the wrong foot. He lied.”
Black suffering is black suffering, no matter where it is happening. But, can we make George Zimmerman just as famous as we did Joseph Kony last week? Will you retweet this story? Will you share it on Facebook? Will any of you hop on Photoshop and make a poster of Zimmerman's face and put it next to bin Laden and Hitler? Just in case you want to, here is a picture of him. In case you're wondering, yes, that is a mug shot. Zimmerman was arrested in 2005 for get this, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.
Diddy, will you tweet this to your followers? How about you Kim Kardashian? Granted, your Troy Davis tweets came a little too late and you probably got paid to tweet about Kony, but here's a chance to send a real one. An innocent teenager got shot by an overzealous wanna-be cop. That's worth a mention to your millions of followers, right?
Author and podcast show host Tariq Nasheed shared a theory one of his recent shows. He essentially said that no one rallies the troops when black people are the victim, unless a black person is the criminal as well. Unfortunately, he is looking right. There hasn't been much outrage over the NYPD shooting and killing unarmed 18-year old Ramarley Graham over some weed. The story about Corey Dean Austin of Jacksonville, Florida getting tazed by officers that he himself called to help break up a domestic dispute at his house hasn't received much attention either.
Now we have Neighborhood Watchmen shooting black teens in cold blood and little to nothing is being said or done about it. Not sure about you, but people like Zimmerman seem to pose a greater threat against the people with access to computers to tweet #StopKony.
Can we make him famous too? Or is Trayvon Hilton one of the "invisible children" we will forget about?
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