Last night, my son went to sleep in his Captain America Halloween costume.
My little guy wants to become a police officer when he grows up, and the way he sees it, police officers are super heroes. He often dreams about fighting crime, and catching bad guys. Sometimes he even asks police officers for help when he can’t find me in his dreams.
As I watched him sleep peacefully, I held his 7-year-old hand a little tighter, because I know what he’s going to have to face as a black man in law enforcement. Even though I teach my son to have compassion and love with everything that he does, I also know that this won’t matter to some people. That the color of his skin would be a barrier others would have to overcome before they would recognize him for his big heart.
As the mother of a black child, I’d imagine that Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, had some of those same fears when her child was alive.
This is one of the reasons why I was so upset to learn that George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watchman who shot a Trayvon Martin during a neighborhood patrol back in 2012, was selling the gun that he used to kill the teen on an auction website. When I read the story online, the first thing I wanted to know was where was his compassion and love?
As an adult with a great amount of influence, especially in media headlines, I’d like to imagine that George Zimmerman would by now have found a way to help positively contribute to conversations on gun violence and gun safety. After all, any adult with a moral code who killed someone would at the minimum want other gun owners to know the horrors of gun violence. At least that’s what I thought.
Clearly I was wrong – George Zimmerman doesn’t have a moral code, and he’s barely an adult.
And according to the Washington Post, the bid for the gun he used to kill a child with is now up to $65 million.
The listing features the pistol Zimmerman said he used more than four years ago to shoot and kill Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in Sanford, Fla.
“I am honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American Firearm Icon,” Zimmerman’s wrote for the description of the gun. “The firearm for sale is the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin on 2/26/2012.”
By Friday morning, the auction had more than 1,000 bids — including one for $65,039,000.
That bid followed another one for $65 million from “Racist McShootFace,” who was later removed from the website, according to the Associated Press.
Regardless of how anyone feels about the outcome of the case, there’s something to be said about an adult who has the audacity to profit from the same gun that he killed a kid with. There’s also something to be said for the people who still supports him.
Zimmerman’s lack of morality and deficient remorse for shooting a child is a clear indication that he goes beyond being a cancer, as the New York Daily News pointed out in one of their online videos. If a demonic spirit and lack of morals are diseases, then George Zimmerman is the latest strain of super virus that’s blackening the hearts and minds of America’s citizens.
Yes, there are plenty of Americans walking around and spreading the super contagious “George Zimmerman Disease” (GZD). They breathe our same air, and you should be afraid to catch it.
This disease is the only way to explain why in the hell someone would actually support a man who is selling a gun for millions, knowing that the body on that gun is that of a child. Even if you didn’t like Trayvon Martin’s background as a normal, weed smoking teenager who did the same unruly stuff that most teens do, there is no way you could call yourself an adult, or a responsible gun owner, if you’re an individual who feels good in knowing that a man is about to become a millionaire from the death of a kid.
If you want a better world for your own children, and you want them to understand that gun violence is also a sickness, then your moral compass should tell you that what Zimmerman is selling is not a piece of American history. It’s a gimmick that he’s using to prey on people who can’t see past their own hatred to understand that he’s playing you for a fool.
GZD is easy to detect in other people, and Symptoms includes:
- Blaming a child for his own death, when George Zimmerman was the adult in this situation.
- Using this story as an opportunity to complain about discrimination against white men.
- Ask a Latino why they won’t come and collect their people.
- Commend George Zimmerman for defending himself, which by the way ended someone else’s life.
- Call Trayvon Martin a thug – a term used for a violent person – when George Zimmerman is the one who killed a person.
- Blame Obama for creating a racial divide, while completely ignoring the fact a whole Civil Rights Movement, the creation of Hip Hop (which often complains about racism), and a history making riot in Los Angeles happened long before Barry stepped into office.
- Use this as an opportunity to point out that George Zimmerman was once angry when he saw a black dude getting physically assaulted by the son of a police officer, while forgetting that demons cry too.
- Complain about what black people aren’t doing right, because you’re white and you know better.
- Throw around statistics about black-on-black crime, while ignoring that whites kill each other at almost the exact same rates,
- Blame Hillary Clinton for the outcome of this case.
The only way anyone could overcome GZD is by having love and compassion. But if you think George Zimmerman is in any way justified for selling the handgun that killed a child, your moral compass is off, and you need to check with you doctor to see if you could possibly have GZD. It could get your butt beat into the dirt by a fed up mob of people who are tired of hearing your garbage.
As I held my 7-year-old’s hand last night, I just kept thinking about why someone would actually want to be infected with a disease like GZD? It’s doing nothing but causing more heartache, pain, and chaos. It’s telling our kids that it’s okay to grow up to be a jackass demon with no values. It’s giving children the green light to shoot at anyone they find threatening when they’re an adult, instead of approaching people with compassion, love, and genuine concern.
More than that, I’m sure you wouldn’t want someone making millions off of the death of your kid, no matter how jacked up their lives turned out. Why would you want the same for another person?