Last month the world reminisced about Trayvon Martin, on the one year anniversary since his death. The world was in shock last year when the teen was killed by George Zimmerman, after he claimed he reacted out of self-defense. Zimmerman is awaiting his trial for murder in June. While most of the evidence points to Zimmerman as being guilty, he does have supporters who claim he was in the clear and defend his actions by saying Trayvon was the instigator. One of those people, is George Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr.
According to Black Media Scoop, R. Zimmerman’s main argument was to compare Martin to De’Marquise Elkins, a black Georgia teen who shot a baby in a stroller during a robbery last week. Zimmerman used the social medium Twitter, to infer that black teens are dangerous by posting side by side photos of Martin and Elkins with their middle fingers up and the caption “A picture speaks a thousand words, any questions?” There are many issues with this statement but for one, two teens holding up their middle fingers in a picture doesn’t necessarily mean they’re dangerous. Posing with middle fingers up is a popular choice among youth in general, not just black youth. Personally, I feel as though it’s more of a peer pressure issue by trying to be something you’re not, but it’s certainly not the exclusive sign of a killer.
According to BMS, Zimmerman also made sent these tweets to the public. As reported by Black Media Scoop:
Lib media shld ask if what these2 black teens did 2 a woman&baby is the reason ppl think blacks mightB riskyTeen to West: “Do you want me to shoot your baby?” #TrayvonMartin to #GeorgeZimmerman: You’re gonna die tonight Motherf**ker
slaying of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago, including one that might be particularly unhelpful. In one, Zimmerman promotes his brother’s version of events: