I write this on February 5th, Trayvon Martin’s birthday, and despite all the things I would like to say to that young man, I’m going to say this one thing to you: don’t you dare watch the George Zimmerman “celebrity” boxing match.

The word “celebrity” comes from the word “celebrate.” When we celebrate people’s accomplishments we call them celebrities. Ask yourself right now: Do I celebrate what George Zimmerman has done? If the answer is no—and it damn well better be—then you should already know that watching this match violates the memory of a 17-year old boy whose life was taken violently and unjustly. But in case you need a few reasons why, I’ll provide you with some here.

  1. Watching this spectacle financially supports a man who gained notoriety by murdering a black boy. Let me phrase that another way: the man who got away with murdering a 17-year old will get your money if you watch him on TV. You will be financially supporting George Zimmerman, the man who murdered Trayvon Martin.
  2. Watching this spectacle will ensure we continue to see Zimmerman’s face until the end of time. Do you think the media will rest at one match? No. As long as there is green in the udder of the cash cow, they will milk it. One boxing match becomes another boxing match becomes more television exposure becomes a reality show. You know how it is. Do you want to see George Zimmerman on TV for the rest of your life? No? Then do not watch this match.
  3. You will be financially supporting George Zimmerman, the man who murdered Trayvon Martin.
  4. The match is being promoted by Damon Feldman, a guy who was charged with fixing celebrity boxing matches and promoting without a license. Do you really want to watch George Zimmerman win with a loaded deck? Again?
  5. You will be financially supporting George Zimmerman, the man who murdered Trayvon Martin.
  6. You are going to make yourself crazy. Every time I see Zimmerman’s face on TV or on the internet, I feel a little piece of my sanity start to burn. He is alive. Trayvon is dead. Zimmerman loses in the ring. Trayvon will still be dead, and Zimmerman will be even richer than he already is after all those donations from what I can only assume are members of Stormfront. The boxing match will change nothing. Not even for us, who would watch hoping for some twisted version of justice. We will not get it.
  7. You will be financially supporting George Zimmerman, the man who murdered Trayvon Martin.
  8. By turning on something called a “celebrity boxing match” that features George Zimmerman, you are implicitly agreeing with the media’s soulless categorization of Zimmerman as a celebrity. Your own soul will suffer.
  9. You will be financially supporting George Zimmerman, the man who murdered Trayvon Martin.
  10. And ten. This is the most important point. By watching this boxing match, by giving in to the notion that George Zimmerman is indeed a celebrity, you are accepting the subtle message that what Zimmerman did does deserve to be celebrated. By resting your eyes on the program for one moment, you are accepting that black boys who are murdered before their 18th birthdays don’t deserve justice at all, that their murderers should be allowed to profit from their crimes. By allowing George Zimmerman onto your television screen, you are contributing to a world in which the death of a black boy is one soulless scene in a shiny reality show; one meaningless event on a path to fame and fortune.

While Trayvon Martin is in his grave, George Zimmerman will be smiling for the camera. My greatest wish is that he will find himself there alone: the cameras unmanned, the opposing corner empty, the audience nonexistent: just roaches crawling in the stands waiting for popcorn that will never fall. My greatest wish is that, while Trayvon Martin is in his grave but wrapped in the love of all who preserve his memory, George Zimmerman will be alone in this world…wrapped in nothing.

Do not wrap him. Not even in your hate. Do not give his pockets a single penny. Turn your back on this spectacle, and turn your back on George Zimmerman. It’s all that he deserves.

One year later, Rachel Jeantel graduates high school, blames herself for racist jury
July 15, 2014

Rachel Jeantel never expected the amount of scrutiny placed on her when she was pushed into the national spotlight last June when she took the stand as the prosecution’s ‘star witness’ in the trial that found George Zimmerman not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin. 

From the moment she flashed across our television screens, Rachel was consistently teased and tormented because of how she looked and the fact that she, at the time, could only read at a third grade reading level.

She recently sat down with CNN and revealed that after the trial ended she partially blamed herself for the verdict.

CNN: Were you blaming yourself when George Zimmerman went free.

RJ: A little bit.

CNN: Did you think you should have said something different, or acted differently.

RJ: Yeah, act different.

CNN: You think the jurors didn’t take you seriously?

RJ: They judged how they talk how they look, how they dress.

CNN: And they were judging you?

RJ: Yes.

In the year since the trial, Rachel has worked hard to turn her life around and to keep a promise she made to her friend Trayvon — which was that she’d graduate high school. She told CNN that she was able to use the stress of the trial to motivate her to complete her goal of graduating high school, saying

 “I kept my word to Trayvon that I would do this.”

Source

Congratulations, Rachel! You are not responsible for the ignorant racism/classism of those not-guilty-voting jurors. Stay strong. <3

This is honestly one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever heard. I really hope Game fucks him up, but he’ll have to be careful because Zimmerman might claim ‘stand your ground’ law after popping some shots off. As a side note, Game has a tattoo of Trayvon Martin on his leg, which explains a lot as to why this spectacle is happening.

"I would not be boxing for me, I’d be boxing for the legacy of Trayvon Martin and for his family. I would box him to knock him out. I would definitely take pleasure in it. It’s legal, and I want to show him you can solve your disputes without a weapon." - Game

Hip-Hop Fights Back…literally.

(source)

2

Today (February 5th) is Trayvon Martin's birthday and if he lived and was allowed to walk home with his snacks and back to watch the game he was watching with his father, he would be 19 years old today.

The very disgusting White sociopathic racist George Zimmerman—whose whole defense rested on his inability to fight—has been hunting someone to box and “even Black people” (his own words) can apply, and earlier today on Trayvon’s birthday, it was announced that it would be with DMX. (Actual fight didn’t occur yet though.) The fact that the fight and even speaking of it has to occur this month above any and has to occur at all reveals the plague that is White supremacist capitalist patriarchy. All elements working together.

Right after I wrote my response to the “not guilty” verdict, I mentioned that Trayvon’s death and the “not guilty” verdict would not be enough for Zimmerman, for his hateful White supporters or White supremacy itself, and that his murder would become an object of consumption, which we saw on Halloween as well. Since that verdict he has abused two White women (after White women let him walk in the first place, on that jury) and has other assorted charges and incidents. He is a symbol of White supremacy and for people who do not understand Whiteness in juxtaposition to Blackness, not a single fuck is given about his mother’s heritage or father’s religion. None. He is White-passing and a tool of the State—a symbol to remind Black people of our oppression and uphill battle against White supremacy. An object of anti-Blackness. And Whites with ethnic heritages and even non-Black people of colour can proliferate anti-Blackness.

And of course the “respectable" Black people who insulted Rachel Jeantel might say "well the fight wouldn’t exist if DMX said no." DMX is a person raised in the same oppressive society that makes some Black people think if Rachel could’ve been a little more light skinned, thin and “proper” like Lolo Jones who insulted her, perhaps things would be different. The issue is that we should not have to perform and try out for humanity. It should already be conferred upon birth. It is not conferred because of the same reason why George Zimmerman continues being a plague, but only a symbol of a greater plague. Black people cannot end racism alone. Ending racism is not on us to do, actually. It’s on those who proliferate it and benefit from it.

For White people who want to fuck with me about ableism, sociopathy assertion is not ableism. (I sent some tweets on this actually; scroll up.) Don’t you dare with me today. Don’t. You want to call it as such because you refuse to acknowledge how dehumanization and lack of empathy are core to Whiteness and White supremacy, so the game you play is with false claims of bigotry meant to silence (as you ignore the ableism that Black people deal with, some based on stereotypes that exist because of White supremacy, no less) pushback on White privilege and racism. Do not do it today.

Of course my heart breaks for all Black people but especially for Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. What they did—other than be Black in America—that they deserve this endless torture and degradation of their child’s life, I will never be able to emotionally process. I cannot understand the pain they must feel and do nothing to deserve.

Sign PETITION against any George Zimmerman fight.

Tracy Martin speaks on life after Trayvon

You never really sit down at your dining room table and have a conversation about race until something happens in the news. That’s a conversation that America is afraid to have. Blacks aren’t afraid to talk about it—we always get the short end of the stick. Even though my kids grew up in a diversified community, I let them know racism is alive and it’s not going anywhere. Some of the population really feels African-Americans are beasts. America is set in its ways.

Growing up, Trayvon and Jahvaris were in a program called Youth of America, which was run by an internal affairs police officer named Walter Alderman. He’d teach them how to conduct themselves if they’re being stopped by the police. First thing you do is go into surrender mode. If the police tell you to stay on the ground or put your hands behind your back, go ahead and do it. Even if you did nothing illegal. You don’t want to give them the opportunity to beat on you or shoot you for no reason. You just have to be mindful of your surroundings and the things that you say. On the 7-Eleven surveillance video, you notice Trayvon asked for a bag. We’ve always taught our kids to ask for a bag if you’re in a store in an area you’re not familiar with. That way when you’re walking out, no one can accuse you of stealing—your receipt is in the bag. That’s a small thing that can go a long way.

I tell my sons to conduct themselves in a professional manner when they’re in public and be mindful of what they post on social media. What you say and do today will stick with you for a lifetime. And push come to shove, America will turn it around on you. They tried to make Trayvon out to be this monster because of some of the things he said on social media, but that’s just typical things teenagers say. Don’t be afraid of the skin you’re in. You can change your clothes, shoes and hairstyles but you can never change your skin. You have to be proud of who you are. We have to show our kids that their lives are as valuable as any other race. We have to reassure them that their lives matter.

Since the Zimmerman verdict my kids don’t want to play outside. We try to encourage them to get some fresh air, but they feel safer in the house. They’ll wear a hole in the bed just sitting and playing PlayStation. We have to let our kids know they don’t have to be afraid to leave their homes, go to the store or wear hoodies. Since the Trayvon incident, I tell my kids to make sure people can see your face under a hoodie, but does it really matter? If a person has ill will in his heart, he’s going to do what he wants to do anyway.

I’m sure Trayvon used conflict resolution, tried to get away from the confrontation. But as a parent you tell your child to defend yourself. Do what you have do to get home because you don’t know if you’re going to make it. I would’ve been ashamed if my son didn’t put up a fight. It’s not that we’re teaching our children to be aggressive, but we’re trying to teach them how they can get home safe. Protect yourself. Anywhere you go.

May God be with this family and ease their pain with each passing day.

ThinkProgress reports the promoter pulled the plug after the proposed fight generated so much controversy.

As much as Zimmerman deserves to get his ass kicked, he deserves to have it in jail more. This wouldn’t bring back Trayvon Martin, and would only serve to further this murderer’s celebrity more while lining his pockets.

Good. I’m glad it’s canceled.

Full story: http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2014/02/08/3268391/george-zimmerman-damon-feldman/

It was one thing for rapper Game to fight George Zimmerman’s punkass, since Zimmerman is 5’ 7” and 185 lbs compared to Game’s massive size of 6’ 4” and 205 lbs. I would’ve loved to watch this fight since Zimmerman would’ve had the shit knocked out of him by a guy who has a Trayvon Martin tattoo on his leg. Unfortunately they chose DMX, who’s 43 (13 years older than Zimmerman) and closer to his overall size. This unfortunately means Zimmerman actually has a chance of winning, which would piss me and everyone else off so much I can’t…I can’t even fathom.

I want to call for no one to pay for this pay-per-view event when it happens, since the more successful it is the more money Zimmerman will pocket from this fight he personally thought up and pushed for to extend his infamous and unnecessary limelight in the media.

Although if DMX wins, everyone should torrent it immediately and watch hip-hop fight back. Just make sure they don’t get your money. I don’t want this being something profitable enough that Zimmerman decides to put together another stunt like this in the future.

Sadly this news was reported today on February 5th, which would’ve been Trayvon Martin’s 19th birthday. We need to have this Zimmerman duchebag fade away from his 15 and a half minutes of fame and be forgotten, but vividly remember that the ‘stand your ground’ law, especially in the terms Florida has it implemented, is wholly unjust and needs to be overturned.

We’re better than this as a species.

The call went out on Twitter early this morning: #CancelTheInterview. Next Tuesday, CNN’s Chris Cuomo will air an interview with George Zimmerman, the man whom a Florida jury last year acquitted of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. His death and his parents’ grief prompted demonstrations across the country.

Change.org petition with more than 500 signatures so far, has also been posted. Zimmerman resurfaced in the news recently because of an on-again, off-again boxing match, originally with rapper DMX. That fight was called off via Tweet on February 8th. But conflicting reports suggest a fight, opponent and location unknown, may happen after all.

please sign the petition asking CNN to not air George Zimmerman’s interview with Chris Cuomo 

in a preview of the interview to be aired next Tuesday George Zimmerman has already admitted to feeling no remorse or guilt over murdering Trayvon Martin 

this is not an interview worth airing

black folks don’t need to keep being retraumatized just so that CNN and Zimmerman can line their profits while giving Zimmerman the boost to be a “celebrity” 

Sign the petition and signal boost! 

It’s not enough that Zimmerman killed Trayvon in cold blood, not enough that he walked away from it without being arrested immediately, not enough that it took thousands of people across the country marching and protesting to bring charges against him, not enough that he was acquitted and not enough that he remains free to accumulate more domestic violence charges. No, he has to also become a celebrity, built on his ‘career’ of killing black children and abusing women.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRAYVON MARTIN!

Trayvon would’ve turned 19 years old today if he were not murdered by George Zimmerman on February 26th, 2012, just three weeks after his birthday.

These injustices will continue until we as a people rise up and educate, agitate, and organize against the racist system that let Zimmerman off the hook while Black and Brown people around the country, other Trayvons like Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo, Emmett Till, Reynaldo Cuevas, and many more, continue to be targeted, brutalized, and killed. We must push forward to defend our communities against racist violence.

NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!

Text
Photo
Quote
Link
Chat
Audio
Video