George Zimmerman’s brother and media surrogate Robert Zimmerman has been the public representative for his family in the wake of the death of Trayvon Martin, and in the past, Robert has been a reasonable advocate amidst strong public opinion in the case.
But on Twitter, Robert Zimmerman recently went on a bizarre, racist rant suggesting the “liberal media” favored black teenagers and possibly eliminating any gains the clan has made in swaying public opinion in the case.
Long at the heart of the controversy in the murder of Martin has been the feeling by many that racial prejudices prompted George Zimmerman to pull the trigger — and the subsequent controversy revealed that as ugly as it may seem, many people were all too willing to believe the teen was in some way responsible for his own death because he was “scary.”
The Trayvon Martin case became rapidly and sadly politicized, and Robert Zimmerman had argued calmly for his brother and why he believes George Zimmerman shot Martin that winter night in 2012. But in his rant over the weekend, Robert Zimmerman revealed some ugly prejudices and may have again made the case for a race-only based killing, even if neither Zimmerman recognizes their bias.
Zimmerman tweeted (sic) “Lib media shld ask if what these2 black teens did 2 a woman&baby is the reason ppl think blacks mightB risky,” in reference to the murder of an infant in Georgia. The case has drawn widespread attention, and while it was tragic, there are virtually zero parallels in the situation aside from gun murder.
This hasn’t stopped some on the right from attempting to spin the killing into a straight analogy, and the picture below is circulating heavily on Facebook currently — suggesting the baby’s murder is being “ignored” by the media.