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Zimmerman’s father says ‘so much hate’ coming from Obama

1:58 am - 03/30/2012
The father of a neighborhood watch enthusiast who gunned down an African-American teen in Florida last month is calling on President Barack Obama and other black leaders to “go beyond the hate that they have.”

In an interview with WOFL on Wednesday, George Zimmerman’s father, who did not wish to reveal his first name, said that people who think that Trayvon Martin should never have been shot “would have preferred my son being beaten to death.”

“I never foresaw so much hate coming from the president, the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP,” Zimmerman’s father insisted. “Every organization imaginable is trying to get notoriety or profit from this in some way, but there’s so much hate. I’ve never been involved in hate and George hasn’t. … I just hope at one point everyone will go beyond the hate that they have.”

At a White House event last week, Obama was careful not to mention George Zimmerman as he lamented Martin’s death.

“And when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids,” the president said. “I think that every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.”

“But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin,” Obama added. “You know, if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”

Zimmerman’s father told WOFL that “Trayvon Martin got on top of [my son] and just started beating him, in his face, in his nose, hitting his head on the concrete.”

“Trayvon Martin said something to the effect of ‘You’re going to die now’ or ‘You’re going to die tonight,’” he explained. “He continued to beat George and at some point, George pulled his pistol and did what he did.”

But the father could offer no explanation for police surveillance video released Wednesday that showed no signs of blood or bruises on Zimmerman.

“I don’t know,” he admitted. “He wasn’t given any medical attention, but they may have cleaned him up there at the scene. I have no idea.”

nesmith 30th-Mar-2012 02:57 am (UTC)
I doubt it. I get so annoyed (secondhand annoyed but still) at the idea that things should be softened and made easy for ignorant-ass white people who already have it easy. Like they'll listen any more if things are said nicely. I hate the whole coddling mentality so much; sometimes people need to face up to some blunt, hard truths and stop being such whiners about it.

Drives me up a tree, for real.
executivehpfan 30th-Mar-2012 03:06 am (UTC)
I agree completely. It's so frustrating. Why does everything have to be sugar-coated? Like if your biggest racial concern is taking offense to being called out about your privilege as a white person...how fucking nice must be be to be you.

asldkfjoiajoij. Rage.
nesmith 30th-Mar-2012 03:25 am (UTC)
Seriously. It just completely ignores the whole issue and makes it all about the person getting called out.
phoenix_san 30th-Mar-2012 03:55 am (UTC)
Chipping in just to say I definitely agree with the both of you. I've been seeing comments on specific lj communities lately when people are called out that play to the tune of "I might have said something wrong, but they could have told me so more politely," and it drives me up a wall.
lickbrains 30th-Mar-2012 06:26 am (UTC)
Uuuuuugh. This all the way.
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