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Monday, March 25, 2013

George Zimmerman’s brother spreads racist non-argument

Daily Dot:

George Zimmerman is currently awaiting trial for the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager he shot and killed in what he claims was self-defense.

His brother, Robert Zimmerman, stands accused of being really racist about it on Twitter.

Robert sent out a flurry of tweets Sunday evening, all containing the same image. It compares a Martin with purported photo of 17-year old De’Marquis Elkins, who was arrested Friday for allegedly shooting and killing a 13-month-old baby during a robbery.

He tweeted the same photo three times, tagging several media personalities, the National Rifle Association, and amazingly, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Of course, people had plenty of questions — like, “WTF planet are you from where any of this makes any damned sense at all?”

“I get it. You’re out to smear your brother’s victim,” replied @Pinkomomma.

“so now it’s acceptable to murder a teen for flipping the bird to a camera?” asked @juniper_breez.

Zimmerman tried to offer an explanation that the image could imply something other than black teenagers who have fingers are likely to shoot people. “Pics like those R usu[ally] prod[ucts] of raising kids w/a cash/cars/bit*hes mentality,” he tweeted.

He probably should stay away from arguing about the way people have been raised. After all, if George’s brother is sending out racist pics, what’s that say about the the family in which Zimmerman was raised? And that line of thinking does not lead people to think good things about his guilt or innocence in the shooting of an unarmed black teen.

If Robert Zimmerman thinks he’s helping here, he’s so wrong.

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