i feel that there’s a narrative convenience to tracking the many misdeeds of George Zimmerman, and especially to having the liberal mainstream collectively shake their heads and be like “what a dirtbag geez what an outstanding menace what a totally unique and spectacularly antisocial individual wow” as though they are all standing over HERE and he is over THERE and they can regard him across a distance as a fuck-up
It’s a really convenient way to eschew responsibility, and pretend that one is not a cog in the white supremacist machine that has condoned and coddled Zimmerman all along.
Gee what a miscarriage of justice we get to say, as though justice as we have access to it is built to do something other than it has done.
This miserable individual is not worthy of national or international news attention, however. He’s one of many thousands of people who do awful things habitually and whom I hope are intercepted at some point in their trajectory and encouraged by some means to do otherwise. He’s personally responsible for what he did to Trayvon Martin, and what he’s done to the women in his life, and the other people he’s known to have harmed, but he’s not an avatar of the whole institution. He’s a celebrity of it.
He’s not the master villain. He’s not the final boss. He’s a henchman of the system and he does its work. He’s a toy, he’s nothing. I say this not to exonerate or exculpate him, but to clarify that the real threat isn’t this one dude you can keep track of and tsk tsk at when he gets in the news. Hell the news itself is another agent of the real threat.
George Zimmerman can do a finite amount of damage in his life. The system that encourages and condones the damage he does also has a record that you can look at from before he killed Trayvon Martin, and also continues to wreak a swath of violence ever since without remitting, and it’s NOT in the news for smug white allies to sarcastically exclaim what a big surprise it is every day. It’s US, COLLECTIVELY.
So how about we get off the high horse. We white sideline commentators are NOT the Trayvons, we ARE the Zimmermans, so let’s show a little respect is all I’m saying. Like maybe we don’t have to make it FUN to talk about maybe that would be respectful if we could feel like shit about it for real.