George Zimmerman’s brother Robert Zimmerman recently went on a racist Twitter rant, and is now sorry … not for equating the teenager his brother murdered with a suspected killer, but because doing so may have hurt his sibling’s case.
In what appears to be a pathetically typical show of “remorse” from the Zimmerman camp, Robert Zimmerman didn’t seem to mind that he spent many pages of tweets suggesting black people are naturally criminals, rapists and murderers and insinuating that there was a case to be made against Trayvon Martin — but he was genuinely sorry his racially charged rant might influence public opinion against George Zimmerman.
Robert Zimmerman appeared on Piers Morgan Live to discuss the racist tweets, and Morgan stated that the Twitter rant was “was bordering on outright racism.” Zimmerman replied, ceding that his words were pretty offensive and saying:
“Yeah, certainly that’s one way to read it. And that seems to be the way a lot of people have interpreted it … I don’t think Twitter is the place to make points about what you recall a year ago, because the recollections that I have, or that we have as a family specifically, are very different than what can be portrayed in 140 characters.”
Noting that in hindsight his tweets weren’t necessarily the best idea, he went on to offer an apology:
“I realize those were controversial and offensive, and I did publicly apologize for them. I don’t think it was the right thing to do that way … I understand it’s controversial and I apologize for it and I’m sincere about that. I shouldn’t have done it this way.”
Yahoo quotes Robert Zimmerman as also saying:
“I made a mistake … It unfortunately may not have helped George.”
As with much of the case, it seems the crux lies here … Robert Zimmerman’s words may not have helped George. But there is no help for a teen who remains dead because he made the choice to be black on the wrong block one night. And for the Zimmerman clan, it feels like they are only sorry when they get caught.