Monday, March 26, 2012
It has been recently reported that George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin, couldn’t stop crying after shooting Trayvon. The revelation surfaced after one of Zimmerman’s defenders went public to talk about the angst and inner turmoil being experienced by the man who has become public enemy number one.
When I heard about the inconvenience Zimmerman has experienced as a result of Trayvon’s death, my head cocked to the side like a dog being told to read Webster’s dictionary. There is nothing that irritates me more than when someone does something stupid and then expects others to feel sorry for them. I go through this with some of my own relatives, and it’s always annoyed me: You’re the big man when it comes to doing what you want to do, but act like a two-year old when it’s time to deal with the consequences.
Guess what Mr. Zimmerman? The number of tears you’ve shed after the death of Trayvon Martin pales in comparison to the number of tears being shed by his mother. Also, billions of tears being shed by millions of people would not have come to pass had a self-appointed, pseudo law enforcement officer not chosen to terrorize an innocent, unarmed civilian, chase him down like an animal and shoot him in cold blood. So, sorry my friend, the world only hopes to increase the depth of your misery, not to alleviate it.
If Zimmerman were truly remorseful for what he did to Trayvon Martin, he would do the right thing and turn himself in to police. The New Black Panther Party has released “Wanted Dead or Alive” posters for George Zimmerman. Should one of these men “accidentally” bump into Zimmerman, identify him as looking suspicious, chase him down and shoot him, I’m sure they would be in handcuffs faster than you can say the words “Florida loves to lock up black people.”
The bottom line is that George Zimmerman, the man who was clearly told not to go after Martin by the 911 operator, had no authority to be asking Martin any questions that night. He certainly had no right to threaten him with a gun, follow him or ask him why he was in that neighborhood. Zimmerman’s irresponsible behavior on the night that Trayvon was killed has left a toxic stain in race relations that may not wash away for decades. Zimmerman can go cry over that.
Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of the Your Black World Coalition.