Earlier last week, George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch captain who was acquitted in the February 2012 shooting death of a 17 year old unarmed Trayvon Martin, was injured in a road rage incident. A motorist fired gunshots in Zimmerman’s direction after he alleged Zimmerman threatened him by brandishing a firearm. The fact that George Zimmerman has yet again found himself in the throes of a violent altercation is not unsurprising.
After his aforementioned acquittal, the majority of Americans believed George Zimmerman would never be seen or heard from again. Unfortunately for us all, the following four violent incidents testify to Zimmerman’s resistance to a life of seclusion.
- In September of 2013, police responded to a 911 call by Zimmerman’s now ex-wife who reported being threatened, along with her father, by Zimmerman with a firearm.
- In November of the same year, Zimmerman’s girlfriend called the authorities alleging that after being asked to exit her home, Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at her and begun destroying her possessions. Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, domestic violence, battery and criminal mischief.
- In September of 2014, Zimmerman was named by police in a road rage incident where he reportedly threatened and followed another driver. According to the other motorist, Zimmerman said “Do you know who I am?” before threatening to kill the man.
- Earlier this year Zimmerman was arrested by police and charged with aggravated assault with after purportedly throwing a wine bottle at his ex-girlfriend.
With Zimmerman’s recent menagerie of violent confrontations, questions certainly have arisen regarding his assertion that Trayvon Martin was the aggressor in their altercation that turned deadly on that cold, rainy, February night. Zimmerman’s recent acts of aggression certainly makes it more likely than not that he actually was the aggressor in the fight with Trayvon Martin.
George Zimmerman is now known by many names: racist, lunatic, wanna-be cop, and sociopath. One thing is certain, he is a menace to society. In regards to Zimmerman’s demise, it is no longer a question of if, more of a question of when. Unfortunately we can neither bring Trayvon Martin back, nor re-try Zimmerman in a new trial that would clearly show the likelihood that he murdered the young African-American man on that fateful night. Although it may sound cliche, the arc of justice may be long, however, it is clearly pointing us toward what actually happened to Trayvon. Quite possibly Zimmerman is receiving his much overdue punishment right before our eyes. The social critic James Baldwin once remarked, “People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become, and they pay for it, very simply, by the lives they lead.”
©Manhood, Race and Culture, 2015.