Today, February 5th, would have been Trayvon Martin’s 19th birthday. As we already know, he didn’t live past 17. Martin was fatally shot by so called neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012 and the sequence of events still bleed into the present time. The stain will always be there.
Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in July 2013 by a jury truly of his peers in Florida. But rather than fade into obscurity, he has continued to find his name in headlines. He’s been arrested multiple times for instances of domestic violence but when not using jail as a revolving door, Zimmerman is profiting from his notoriety. He’s been selling paintings and now will be fighting rapper DMX. “The match will be one of the Biggest Celebrity Boxing matches of all time,” the press release reported by CNN stated. The latter announcement was made on Martin’s birthday. If you believe the date was coincidental, I’ve got a bridge in Jersey to sell you.
Zimmerman’s cache of support is that he claimed to have been viciously attacked by Martin. He was once unable to defend himself against a teenage “thug” but he is now prepared to fight an adult man?
DMX wants to give it to him. He boasted of wanting to “to make sure I f**k him right up.” As much as many of us want to see DMX live up to his word, I’m not going to tune in. It’s not because I’m morally superior. If I had a time machine, I’d resurrect Muhammad Ali in his prime and have him work over Zimmerman. But I can’t do that any more than I can raise Trayvon, Jordan Davis or any other slain black boy from their early graves.
George Zimmerman is not a celebrity. I’m not going to feed his narcissistic ego to be treated like one. The media would never dare tolerate Casey Anthony exploiting the memory of her daughter Caylee Anthony. O.J. Simpson was met with unyielding backlash when he published his tome, “If I Did It” about the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman. Zimmerman might walk around like killing an unarmed teenage boy is a point of pride in his life and he is increasingly embraced for it but not on my block.
My hoodie is still all the way up in respect for Trayvon. I’m not going to extend his killer’s infamy. I get why others want to see Zimmerman get knocked out, but he’s still getting paid at the end of the day. That’s not justice. It’s easy money for him. And Trayvon is still in his grave.
Will Trayvon ever be allowed to rest in peace?