February 5, 2014 marked the 19th birthday of homicide victim Trayvon Martin. On February 5, 2014, news went viral that his murderer, George Zimmerman, was selected to participate in a celebrity boxing match against rapper DMX. Let's take a moment to understand what an event like this would signify: 1. George Zimmerman is a celebrity. 2. Gaining notoriety by gunning down an unarmed teen is acceptable. 3. George Zimmerman has great popular appeal. 4. George Zimmerman is being placed in a position to be idolized for eluding the law. Upon learning that George Zimmerman was entered into a celebrity pool to be a contender of a celebrity boxing match, I was at a loss for words and needed a few days to let this sink in.
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I am appalled that someone could even consider this to be a good idea. And I am not appalled because Zimmerman's victim was an African American, I am appalled at the mockery an event like this would make of the brutal slaying of a 17 year old minor. What is also horrifying is the fact that "George Zimmerman" and "celebrity" were paired in the same sentence. I'm more so worried about the type of person who could orchestrate such a charade.
Let's not forget that Trayvon Martin was shot and killed 3 weeks after his 17th birthday in 2012. The 2-year anniversary of his death is at the end of this month. The fact that George Zimmerman's name is in the air around this time is disrespectful not only to Trayvon's memory, but to his family. Can we imagine what his parents are going through knowing the lengths people will go through to exploit the death of their son. What is even more disrespectful was the release of the confirmation of the match on Trayvon's birthday. Have we no decency?
This celebrity boxing match remained the talk of the land for three days. Earlier this afternoon, Damon Feldman, Celebrity Boxing promoter, announced the cancellation of this what would have been, epic fight. One would have to wonder whether the fight was canceled for fear of Zimmerman's safety? Was Feldman's life threatened for arranging the event? Or was it canceled because Feldman woke up with some idea of a moral? I am also wondering if there was going to be a fight at all. This seems scandalous and looks like a ploy to pivot George Zimmerman back in to the spotlight.
As feldman felt the torrent of indignation that filled Martin's supporters, he took to Twitter to cancel the fight, stating he was giving up a lot of money to do the right thing. He expressed the fight would affect too many people negatively and he cared about the feelings of others. I hope he knows that no one bought his failed attempt at sincerity. If Feldman was such a righteous individual, why did it take 3 days for him to forego his large profit and cancel this fight? Why didn't he shut the idea down as soon as it crossed his path? For a whole 5 hours, he claimed to be concerned with hurting the feelings of others. A few hours after he made those statements on Twitter, he quickly deleted them and recanted his statements of the fight's cancellation and revealed he would make his final decision in a press conference scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, 2014. This is another ploy to keep spectators waiting to hear the final verdict. Ultimately, I think Feldman is going to announce he could not go through with organizing this fight to gain the hearts of Americans.
Lastly, I feel the need to remind everyone that THIS IS NOT A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY. I'm sure DMX (or any other African American male) would have used this opportunity to seek revenge and do what the "justice" system would not. DMX also allegedly threatened to break every boxing rule to beat the spit out of Zimmerman. I can't say beating Zimmerman's tail would be an unjust thought no matter who steps into the ring with him.
We at Zealous Edge do not in no way support this match or the thought of Zimmerman being conceptualized as a 'celebrity'. You are entitled to your opinion. And if you feel the same, please visit the Facebook Page "Cancel George Zimmerman's 'Celebrity' Boxing Match." Like & Comment there as well.
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