FLORIDA, July 12, 2013 — Today, defense attorney Mark O’Mara presents his closing argument in the trial of George Zimmerman.
But who is George Zimmerman?
His brother and strong public supporter, Robert, says that “George is a protector. Clearly, he was discouraged [at] the notion of a gated (at least partially) community being overrun by crime. I think being the [first] to approach the police to establish a neighborhood watch speaks volumes about his character. He was the [first to] aid his neighbors, and in addition to averting crimes in progress had the trust of his neighbors.”
“My brother visited me when he interviewed for the Prince William County Police Department [and] was seemingly interested in the criminal justice field generally,” Robert later continues. “We both learned from our father (VA Magistrate) that law enforcement was a balancing act between the rights of the accused & the law. Following the letter of the law was our dad’s description of what made a good LEO or Judge.
“Eventually, George would have probably pursued law school [and] then after practicing law he may have set his sights on becoming a judge or magistrate. Judges are not people who incarcerate people - often, they correct egregious miscarriages of justice.”
Shortly after the shooting of Trayvon Martin, it was assumed that Zimmerman was white, and due to his last name, perhaps of Jewish background. As time wore on, though, facts came to light which illustrated his Latin American heritage and Christianity — for starters.
Interestingly enough, Zimmerman is not only a minority, but the same kind that Martin was. Apparently, an old family photo shows that one of the man’s great grandfathers was Afro-Peruvian.
Furthermore, for all of that talk about Zimmerman being a far-right racist lunatic, he is a registered Democrat.
Last year, the Miami Herald managed to dig up Zimmerman’s Myspace page, which has not been updated in roughly eight years. Nonetheless, there are more than a few very interesting things written on it by, barring an unlikely act of computer hacking, George Zimmerman himself.
Perhaps it is best to begin with his opinions about his hometown of Manassas, which is a suburban community south of Washington, DC: “Moved out of Manassas VA (d.c. suburb) about 4 years ago, alot of people say they hate it but i cant ever say i hate home. Miss my boys from back home, no one is gonna have your back like your boys who grew up with you and are as scared of your momma as you are! You know who you are, the same ones that would come ova and have my pops tie your tie before every school dance and interview. I know alot of yall hatin cause im out and aint ever goin back, i used to look at people like me the same way. Can you really hate on someone for improving thier life?”
Of course not.
Moving on: “I love the fact that I can still go back home and crash on my boys couch as if i had never left, I can hit my boy up to handle a lil somethin with my sister and he’s at my house with his boys on bikes before i hang up with her! They do a year and dont ever open thier mouth to get my ass pinched. My cousins the cruzado’s damn i love yall, shirley and frank DONT PLAY! I gotta be honest I miss that.”
Now for the bit about Mexicans: “I dont miss driving around scared to hit mexicans walkin on the side of the street, soft ass wanna be thugs messin with peoples cars when they aint around (what are you provin, that you can dent a car when no ones watchin) dont make you a man in my book. Workin 96 hours to get a decent pay check, gettin knifes pulled on you by every mexican you run into!”
It sounds like he was caught in a warzone on the Texas border rather than residing a few miles south south of the Potomac River; hence the problem with stereotypes.
George also had a few things to say about entrepreneurship: “Im down here now opened my own insurance agency, small but its mine. I put my grandma’s name on it so that she could see its hers too, who knows where i would be with out her.”
That sounds sweet, though calling his former girlfriend an “ex-hoe” does not.
Friendship, it appears, means a great deal to Zimmerman. Perhaps this is why he says that the people he wants most to meet are “Friends, let me be specific…. Tru friends”. He also mentions that he is “Single”, “Straight”, “Latino/Hispanic”, “5’ 10”” tall, “Roman Catholic”, aspiring to have children, a drinker but not a smoker, “High school” educated, and last but not least, at an income level of “$45 to $60,000”.
Zimmerman appears to be as anything but a psychotic bigot with a propensity for casual murder. He represents, in essence, the average American guy. Not perfect, not always rational or even level headed, but despite all of this, the kind of man who would reflexively have the back of his loved ones through thick and thin; these loved ones not only being family, but friends and neighbors too.
Zimmerman’s story is a tragic one, to put it mildly. However, after learning a fair deal about him through his own words, it should become all the more apparent that the press and social activists — both of which have the tendency to form a combined entity at times — have absolutely no place judging his fate.
Indeed, this is a matter so delicate and quintessentially complex that the only place suitable for it is a courtroom.
At least, regardless of anybody’s personal opinion, justice will be served there and nowhere else; one way or the other.
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