George Zimmerman is planning to auction off the gun he used to murder Trayvon Martin. I will say that again: George Zimmerman is planning to auction off the gun he used to murder Trayvon Martin. When you’ve finished puking, do please come back here. I have a few things to say about this.
Between 1877 and 1950, 3,959 black people were killed in what the “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror,” report called “racial terror lynchings” in 12 southern states (read more about the report here and here). But lynchings didn’t end in 1950. Oh, perhaps we pretend now that we’ve moved beyond this time in our history, but on February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin with impugnity in Sanford, FL (one of the 12 southern states listed in the report).
Zimmerman has never offered any sort of remorse, continuing to stand by his ridiculous claim that he killed Martin in self-defense. After stalking him around the neighborhood. After he was advised by police to leave the matter alone. And now, Zimmerman has decided that it would be a good idea to auction off the murder weapon. Because it’s a piece of history.
This is the part where I point out that the Shoah, also known as the Holocaust, is also historical, and that the lampshades and such that Ilse Koch had made out of the skin of Jews murdered in the camps are also pieces of history.
Much to the credit of the gun auction site GunBroker, they have refused to list Zimmerman’s gun, stating, “We want no part in the listing on our web site or in any of the publicity it is receiving.” However, there was another sleazy purveyor waiting in line, and Zimmerman has found a marketplace, according to CNN.
That Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin is horrible. That the Florida courts allowed him to get away with this lynching would be a miscarriage of justice if we were prone to give justice to black people in the U.S. in the first place. That Zimmerman continues to flaunt this lynching, and is now planning to profit from it is an indictment against us all.
It is NOT acceptable to go around killing black people as sport. Black lives matter. Let me say that again. Black. Lives. Matter. BLACK LIVES MATTER.
That’s my mite. That’s all I’ve got.