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Just yesterday we reported on an interview that George Zimmerman did with CNN where he boldly proclaimed that he would not be run out of Florida or the U.S. due to fear of what someone might do to him in retaliation for Trayvon Martin’s murder.
“I’ll never leave this country,” he said. “I’ll leave my home when I want to leave my home. I know it sounds stubborn and maybe ideological but I’ll move when I want to.”
Ironically, shortly after making this declaration, he reportedly left Miami after learning that there’s a $10,000 bounty on his head. According to TMZ, after shooting the interview George, his girlfriend, her kid and his brother took a trip to a nearby beach. During their stay, people started to notice George and a crowd began harassing them. It was at this point that a witness says someone called out that there is currently a $10,000 bounty on his George’s head, which supposedly freaked him out. George and his family then retreated to their hotel rooms and had security do a sweep of the rooms and stand guard throughout the night while they slept. Early the next morning they packed up and left, fleeing Miami.
Apparently there’s also a $1 million bounty on George’s head that was put in place by the Black Panthers and has been floating around since 2012.
Well, George Zimmerman is still doing interviews and attempting to assume the victim role in the 2012 shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin—even though he’s the one who pulled the trigger and ultimately ended this young man’s life.
“I certainly was the victim when I was having my head bashed into the concrete, my nose broken and beaten” he told CNN during a recent interview. “So I wouldn’t say I was not a victim.”
Continuing to maintain his innocence, George insists that he isn’t phased by those who believe he’s a cold-blooded murderer because only God can judge him.
“God, I know that he’s the only judge I have to answer to. He knows what happened, I know what happened, so I leave it up to him.”
He also commented on people who support him simply because he killed a young black man.
“I was equally disgusted with them as I was with people that were threatening my family and saying negative things about me.”
As for the many death threats that continue to pour in, George says he has no plans of running away or hiding.
“I’ll never leave this country. I’ll leave my home when I want to leave my home. I know it sounds stubborn and maybe ideological but I’ll move when I want to.”
When asked if he feels haunted by the memories of taking Trayvon’s life, George unrepentantly responded: “No.” It’s amazing that he still can’t see what he did wrong and quite disturbing how he displays not an ounce of remorse for taking someone’s life.
Watch footage from his CNN interview on the next page.
This past week we celebrated what would have been Trayvon Martin’s 19th birthday. The teen was brutally shot by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch cop, and in a 2013 verdict, Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering the teen. Since then, black America has mourned the shootings of Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride, and Jonathan Ferrell.
For his birthday, Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton posted a Twitter tribute and his father, Tracy, wrote an essay for VIBE Magazine. In his essay, Tracy Martin shared how blacks in America can learn to survive after his son’s iconic death. His essay also provided insight on how Trayvon and his brother Jahvaris were raised in a society that doesn’t create a space for black men to have justice.
How The Martin Sons Were Raised
Growing up, Trayvon and Jahvaris were in a program called Youth of America, which was run by an internal affairs police officer named Walter Alderman. He’d teach them how to conduct themselves if they’re being stopped by the police. First thing you do is go into surrender mode. If the police tell you to stay on the ground or put your hands behind your back, go ahead and do it. Even if you did nothing illegal. You don’t want to give them the opportunity to beat on you or shoot you for no reason. You just have to be mindful of your surroundings and the things that you say. On the 7-Eleven surveillance video, you notice Trayvon asked for a bag. We’ve always taught our kids to ask for a bag if you’re in a store in an area you’re not familiar with. That way when you’re walking out, no one can accuse you of stealing—your receipt is in the bag. That’s a small thing that can go a long way.
Why Conversations On Race Are Necessary
You never really sit down at your dining room table and have a conversation about race until something happens in the news. That’s a conversation that America is afraid to have. Blacks aren’t afraid to talk about it—we always get the short end of the stick. Even though my kids grew up in a diversified community, I let them know racism is alive and it’s not going anywhere. Some of the population really feels African-Americans are beasts. America is set in its ways.
Trayvon’s Image During The Zimmerman Case
I tell my sons to conduct themselves in a professional manner when they’re in public and be mindful of what they post on social media. What you say and do today will stick with you for a lifetime. And push come to shove, America will turn it around on you. They tried to make Trayvon out to be this monster because of some of the things he said on social media, but that’s just typical things teenagers say. Don’t be afraid of the skin you’re in. You can change your clothes, shoes and hairstyles but you can never change your skin. You have to be proud of who you are. We have to show our kids that their lives are as valuable as any other race. We have to reassure them that their lives matter.
Life After The Zimmerman Trial
Since the Zimmerman verdict my kids don’t want to play outside. We try to encourage them to get some fresh air, but they feel safer in the house. They’ll wear a hole in the bed just sitting and playing PlayStation. We have to let our kids know they don’t have to be afraid to leave their homes, go to the store or wear hoodies. Since the Trayvon incident, I tell my kids to make sure people can see your face under a hoodie, but does it really matter? If a person has ill will in his heart, he’s going to do what he wants to do anyway.
To read the rest of Tracy Martin’s essay, go to VIBE.com.
Only in America can a coldblooded killer cultivate a fan base for no reason other than the fact that he shot and killed an unarmed African-American teen. George Zimmerman makes tabloid news at least once per week and now he has decided to really put his celebrity to the test by joining Twitter. He confirmed that he recently created an account with the social networking site via his Ebay page, where he sold an “original” painting of the American flag for $100, 099.99.
The confirmation came after a fan questioned the authenticity of the Ebay account.
“Thanks for your question,” Zimmerman wrote. “Yes, this account and my twitter @therealGeorgeZ belong to me, George M. Zimmerman. I have received this question a lot so I posted a picture of me holding my painting with the hope that would clarify any confusion. Your Friend, GZ.”
Since creating the account on Dec. 16, Zimmerman has tweeted Bible scriptures, messages of appreciation to his supporters, retweets from “fans” and ironically, he even retweeted a message about missing Michigan medical student Teleka Patrick.
It’s difficult not to wonder why one of the most hated men in America would want to offer the general public day-to-day updates about what he’s up to through a social networking site. To date he has acquired 2,331 followers. Twitter has yet to verify his account.
Nearly two years ago, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton suffered the tragic loss of their 17-year-old son, Trayvon Martin. Though the story of Trayvon’s tragic murder has been told many times and in many different ways, it has yet to be shared in its entirety by the two people who loved him the most and knew him best—his parents. But pretty soon, the slain teen’s grieving parents will open up completely about the traumatic experience.
According to the New York Times, Tracy and Syrbina have been busy meeting with publishers, as they prepare to release a book about their personal journey’s since their son’s murder and the George Zimmerman trial. One publishing executive has suggested that the book will be faith-based, but that has yet to be confirmed.
“One publishing executive said Mr. Martin and Ms. Fulton spoke eloquently on social issues of race and religion, suggesting that faith could be a central element of the book. They told publishers that they have never fully spoken out about what happened, including their experience at the trial of , who shot their son,” wrote The Times’ Julie Boseman.
Possible titles have yet to be revealed and Tracy and Sybrina’s literary agent, Jan Miller, has yet to comment on the speculations, but we’ll certainly keep you posted as this story develops. We’re pretty confident that whatever they come up with will be worth the read.
Would you read a book by Trayvon’s parents?
Dear My Fellow Fed-Up Sistas and Brothas,
This has been a particularly trying year for people of color, hasn’t it? The cold-blooded killer of an innocent, college-bound, black boy went free. A former college football star was shot dead when running to the police for help. Blackface Halloween costumes seemed to be all the rage this year. A young black man was racially profiled, arrested and detained for buying a $350 belt at a high-end clothing store. A young black woman had her head blown off for seeking help after a car accident. Racist columnists showed, in no uncertain terms, just what they thought of New York City’s new mayor and his racially mixed family.
We are trying to process such regression of race relations and civil rights in a country that can boast progression in almost every other area. We are all dealing with it. How well we’re dealing with it is anyone’s guess at this point. Some of us choose to get involved in the legal processes. Some are engaging in thought-provoking, life-changing discussion. Some are creating art in all forms to spread messages of nonviolence, anti-racism and unity.
And there are the others. The point-of-view police. Calling folks out far and wide for tweeting or retweeting jokes, but not discussing Marissa Alexander’s trial. Questioning folks’ dedication to their race and The Struggle because they choose not to participate in race discussions. I do believe you mean well. You’re fed up like the rest of us. You’re livid and God knows you have every right to be. We all do. Trying to spread the message of racial equality only to be met with more murders and cases of racial profiling is enough to keep us all either living in a constant state of fear or animosity. We’ve been fighting the same fight for eons and forward movement seems slow at best.
What we have to remember is not to turn our frustrations on one another. We are all in this thing together. We are all coping the best way we know how. For some of us, coping looks like an hours-long Twitter discussion about the insistent choice of law enforcement (and society at large) to blame the victim of even the most debased hate crimes. For some of us, using that space as a starting point to unapologetically raise our voices and organize against racial inequity is powerful. For some of us, that is where our talents best serve. Others choose to talk less and involve themselves in whatever physical labors of unity their hands can find to further the cause. Protesting. Taking classes on race relations. Establishing relationships with local law enforcement.
And then some of us are silent and motionless. Some of us don’t know what to say. Some of us don’t know what to do. We feel helpless at first so we crack jokes, unsure of how else to bring comfort to so many of our people who are hurting and angry. Some of us avoid direct contact with the issues until we can make sense of them by ourselves first. And there is no shame in that.
We are all feeling our way through this. Lashing out at those who respond differently than you do is not a solution to the problem we’re facing as a people. Deriding each other for processing, thinking, feeling, reacting to troubling race related news in a way you might not readily understand does nothing to coax even the slightest bit of solidarity out from behind the shadows of fear, pain and indecision. Only patience, understanding and affirmation will do that. Let us remember to embrace one another, but bare our teeth toward racism. That is the only way to honor those we’ve lost.
Peace to Trayvon Martin.
Peace to Jonathan Ferrell.
Peace to Renisha McBride.
And to the rest of those whose lives have been lost but whose names will continue to inspire the fight against racism, peace to you.
“I Am Not Afraid Of George In Any Manner”: George Zimmerman’s Girlfriend Renounces Her Domestic Violence Statement
George Zimmerman’s girlfriend is retracting her domestic violence story and asking a Florida judge to lift the no-contact provision that stops the couple from seeing each other.
According to reports, Samantha Scheibe told authorities that she and Zimmerman had a “verbal dispute” on November 18 and he pointed a long-barreled shotgun “at [her] freaking face.” Now, the blonde says police misinterpreted that story — even though the 911 call was recorded– and insists Trayvon Martin’s killer “never pointed a gun at or toward [her] face in a threatening manner.”“I am not afraid of George in any manner and I want to be with him,” Scheibe said in the affidavit obtained by CNN.
“I believe that the police misinterpreted me and that I may have misspoken about certain facts in my statement to the police. I do not feel that the arrest report accurately recounts what happened.”
Read more on George Zimmerman’s domestic violence case at HelloBeautiful.com
From Black Voices
George Zimmerman’s estranged wife says the infamous neighborhood watch guard is now acting “like a monster.”
In an interview with Katie Couric, Shellie Zimmerman described how she hopes there are “no more casualties” caused by her husband’s erratic behavior. She also remembers how the couple was very much in love when they first married.
“We were great friends and I thought he was a wonderful person — that’s why I married him,” she said Thursday on “Katie.”
But Shellie, who who filed for divorce on Tuesday says she hasn’t seen her husband in a few months, and it now seems like something has “snapped in his spirit.”
“I hope that there’s no violence, but he does seem like a ticking time bomb,” said of her husband, who was acquitted in the 2012 shooting of Travon Martin. “I know I’m certainly afraid. I just hope that he can get, maybe, the help that he needs to deal with his situation, and the no one else will be hurt.”
Read more at BlackVoices.com
Just last month juror B29, aka, “Maddy” was out here telling Inside Edition that she lost her job and was about to lose her home because of the George Zimmerman trial, but yet and still, she always finds time to reach out to media to talk about the crazy fool she failed to help put away.
In a short interview with TMZ, the mother of six said that George Zimmerman’s latest arrest for domestic abuse against his new girlfriend (who is reportedly pregnant) is just him showing the world the type of person he has always been: a violent man who thinks he’s invincible and need to be put away.
“God is showing George’s true side … [George] is continuing to dig himself a bigger grave.”
The juror believes Zimmerman will continue to commit violent acts until someone lays down the law … telling us, “He NEEDS to do some type of time … He thinks he is invincible.”
If you weren’t aware of the drama that ensued and caused his most recent arrest and charges, Zimmerman had an argument with the woman, and when she told him she was going to call the police, he allegedly pointed a shotgun at her and threatened her. Before police arrived, he also reportedly used the butt of his shotgun to break a glass table and shoved the girlfriend out of the house. Since then, he’s been charged with aggravated assault, battery domestic violence, and criminal mischief.
No matter what this scum of the earth is doing, I think we can all agree that juror B29 needs to stop commenting on this man, on what he deserves, and how he needs to do time, because when she had the chance to say something and do something to put him away, she didn’t. Enough already Maddy. If you’re looking for a book deal or a reality show based on your “ruined life,” it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen…
According to ABC news, George Zimmerman has been charged with aggravated assault, battery domestic violence, and criminal mischief in relation to his domestic dispute today. The alleged victim, his girlfriend, has been identified by police as Samantha Scheibe. The assault took place at the home the two shared.
We now have details on what exactly caused George Zimmerman to be taken into custody today. According to TMZ, the 30-year-old who was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin earlier this year pulled a shotgun on his girlfriend in the middle of an argument.
The girlfriend, who has yet to be identified, reportedly asked Zimmerman to leave her home after they became engaged in a verbal dispute and as a result he began to break things in the house. Zimmerman also began to pack his things — which included a shotgun and an assault rifle — and as the argument escalated, Zimmerman grew more upset … and took the shotgun out of its case.
When Zimmerman’s girlfriend threatened to call police, he reportedly leveled the double barrel piece at her and asked if she really wanted to do that, and then allegedly smashed a glass coffee table with the butt of the gun. Oddly enough, Zimmerman called 911 himself and said his pregnant girlfriend was “going crazy.” Sounds familiar, right? According to the girlfriend’s account, he shoved her outside of the home and barricaded the door behind her. When police arrived on the scene, they forced themselves inside and placed Zimmerman under arrest. The Seminole County Sheriff says Zimmerman’s girlfriend is actually not pregnant.
Yes, it’s déjà vu all over again. George Zimmerman is reportedly back in custody, and though details are slim it appears this latest arrest is the result of some sort of domestic disturbance.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, George Zimmerman has been arrested and is en route to the Seminole County Jail. Around 1:30 pm, Sheriff Don Eslinger confirmed to the news outlet that Zimmerman had been arrested today and that more information would be available shortly. WFTV, though, is reporting that the arrest is the result of a disturbance that took place on Topfield Court in unincorporated Apopka, but details of what the disturbance involves have not yet been released.
As you likely recall, just two months ago Zimmerman was brought in for questioning after his wife, Shellie, called the cops on him in a different domestic dispute. At the time, Shellie claimed Zimmerman pulled a knife on her after she discovered a firearm in the home they share. After a verbal altercation, she claims he then proceeded to pulled a gun on her and her father. Shellie never pressed charges against her estranged husband, whom she’ll filed for divorce from just a few days earlier, but given this latest news it would appear she should have.
WESH-2 is reporting that this latest domestic disturbance involves Zimmerman’s “girlfriend” so we’re especially interested in learning this woman’s identity, as well as who in their right man would get involved with a man like George Zimmerman. We’ll keep you up on the details as they unfold.