The legacy of George Zimmerman is not a component of this era that will be reflected onlightly. The cold-blooded murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012 sparked an already lit match regarding race-relations in the U.S.
The story of his blatant disregard for murdering an innocent teenager was followed by millions, as people pondered what the ramifications for his actions would be. When he was acquitted for his heinous crime in 2013, it shook the nation, beginning the crucial Black Lives Matter movement.
Since his acquittal, Zimmerman has managed to stay within the media’s attention. He provoked the subject again this September after re-tweeting an image of Martin’s corpse. In addition, he set up a fundraising site seeking donations for himself that brought in about $200,000 in less than a month. Zimmerman and his wife at the time spent $36,000 in less than three weeks. This selfish act landed him back in jail with a substantial bail.
This past Thursday he sparked controversy after putting the gun he used to shoot Martin with, up for sale on multiple gun sale websites. He was attempting to sell the gun for $5,000 and listed it as a “piece of American history,” but multiple websites refused to accommodate the sale and others claimed it was bringing too much traffic to their site.
The gun had recently been returned to Zimmerman. He hoped to use the proceeds to fight violence against law enforcement officers by members of Black Lives Matter, to ensure “the demise” of the prosecutor’s career who put him on trial, and to counter Hillary Clinton’s “anti-firearm rhetoric.”
In a single day, his disrespectful antics brought upon criticism from politicians, sports figures, Hollywood entertainers and others who have referred to him as “sick,” “disgusting” and “beyond tasteless.”
The lawyer Benjamin Crump, who represents Martin’s parents, said, “It’s insulting. To everybody else — the public, the media — it’s a hashtag, it’s a cause, it’s a news story. To them, that’s their child.”
Zimmerman tried to defend the auction, “I’m a free American; I can do what I’d like with my possessions,” he said. “I thought it’s time to move past the firearm. And if I sell it and it sells, I move past it. Otherwise, it’s going in a safe for my grandkids and never to be used or seen again.”
If anyone needs more proof this man is the definition of evil, he was also arrested and charged with domestic aggravated assault in 2013. He is not only bringing shame to himself and his family, but to the entire nation. Zimmerman is essentially an overzealous, wannabe police officer who racially profiled Martin and shot him down.
The fact that we are in the year 2016 and still can’t manage the simple task of treating every human being with the equality and respect they deserve is sickening to say the least. Zimmerman, being a free man instead of in jail is one of many examples of how the justice system has failed to keep this world a safe place.
The laws and regulations that we currently abide by are no longer appropriate and relevant. These sensitive situations are becoming increasingly common in the court of law.
Malicious and anger-motivated people are getting away with crimes that should not be tolerated in our society on any level.