It now appears that George Zimmerman has a history of spewing racially incendiary remarks – crude comments that could surface during his upcoming trial for killing unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
A seven-year-old MySpace page offered a disturbing glimpse into Zimmerman’s thinking about Mexicans, his ex-wife and the police.
“I dont miss driving around scared to hit mexicans walkin on the side of the street, soft ass wanna be thugs messin with peoples cars when they aint around (what are you provin, that you can dent a car when no ones watchin) dont make you a man in my book,” Zimmerman wrote in a 2005 post.
“Workin 96 hours to get a decent pay check, gettin knifes pulled on you by every mexican you run into!”
The discovery of Zimmerman’s hateful tirade against Mexicans is particularly significant considering that racial profiling is at the heart of the Martin case. Zimmerman insists he acted in self-defense when he gunned down Martin on Feb. 26. He also claims he thought Martin, who was wearing a hoodie, was acting “suspicious” while walking from a neighborhood store.
Zimmerman’s social media offerings indicate that he has harbored some deep-seeded stereotypes regarding racial minorities and that he easily conjures the most contemptible images.
Since Zimmerman apparently feels that all Mexicans carry knives and are poised to confront unsuspecting residents, it’s not a stretch to believe that Zimmerman spotted Martin wearing a hoodie and followed him simply because he wrongly associated Martin’s clothing with black thugs.
For Zimmerman, the stereotypical reference to Mexicans is so specific that it raises serious questions about his capacity to truthfully assess whether his life was really in danger when he ran into Martin on the streets of Sanford, Florida.
Does Zimmerman think that all black men wearing hoodies are threatening and all Mexicans are out to stab him? Perhaps. And it certainly seems that Zimmerman sees a black or brown criminal around every corner.
Zimmerman’s family and friends insist that Zimmerman is not a racist. That was a hard sell a month ago – and it’s a much harder sell today.
“He’s the neighbor that everybody would want to have,” Robert Zimmerman, who appeared on CNN last month, said of his brother. “He goes out of his way to help people. He always has.”
I wouldn’t want Zimmerman for a neighbor. I’d have too many questions. What other racist outbursts are lurking in Zimmerman’s past? How many other bigoted remarks are waiting to be uncovered? And what possible defense can Zimmerman have for his prejudiced MySpace rant?
There’s really no plausible defense. There’s only an inner rage that is now public – an anger that is now known to potential jurors who could decide Zimmerman’s guilt or innocence.
This new revelation may be damaging to Zimmerman’s defense and it’s probably cost Zimmerman’s attorney a night or two of sleep already. If the prosecution can convince a jury that Zimmerman had a pattern of racist views leading up to shooting a black teenager, then Zimmerman could spend time behind bars.
And for the women on a potential jury, I’m sure this nugget didn’t go unnoticed.
Zimmerman posted the following rant about his ex-fiancé – whom he referred to as an “ex-ho” after a domestic dispute alleging that he pushed the woman in August 2005.
“Im still free! The ex hoe tried her hardest, but the judge saw through it!” Zimmerman wrote.
And does Zimmerman have any black buddies? Seven years ago, he also posted three photos of black male friends on his MySpace page, but he joked: “Let security carry um out!”
I suppose Zimmerman can’t help himself. Even when he makes a feeble attempt at humor, he still associates black men with law enforcement.