If you’re a journalist or scandalmonger, the George Zimmerman trial is the gift that keeps on giving. How can one possibly keep track of all the twists and turns in this sordid tale?
With each passing day, the plot sickens thickens. In just the past three weeks alone — since Zimmerman’s “not guilty” verdict — we’ve had news of a juror’s ghoulish book deal gone bad, possible jury tampering, a juror calling him a “murderer,” a possible staged auto accident rescue gone awry, and Zimmerman’s brother Robert — the family “spokesthug” — threateningl the slain Travyon Martin’s family if they don’t shut up.
All of this makes it way too easy for us to forget that — no matter what five of the six women on the jury believe — we have ample proof that Zimmerman was enough of a bully and a racist to have been looking for trouble that night when he followed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin against the advice of local police.
Due to anger and resentment over Zimmerman walking free, a very interesting article and audio clip have been making the rounds on the Internet again. Last July, Trymaine Lee from the Huffington Post reported that, on March 20, 2012, a female cousin of Zimmerman’s testified to investigators that he had sexually molested her for 13 years starting at age six.
In addition, she claims that the Zimmerman family were over-the-top, “boastfully proud” racists who frequently said hateful things about black people. In an emotionally wrenching interview, the often-weeping woman first described the repeated molestations that occurred during family get-togethers:
"It started when I was six. We’d all lay in front of the TV and we had pillows and blankets and he would reach under the blankets and try to do things and I would try to push him off but he was bigger and stronger and older. It was in front of everybody and I don’t know how I didn’t say anything, I just didn’t know any better."
Despite what the Martin family’s legal team described as “her emotional state,” the woman reportedly came forward because she strongly believed that Zimmerman was capable of shooting Trayvon Martin because of his skin color:
"I was afraid that he may have done something because the kid was black. Because growing up they’ve always made, him and his family have always made statements that they don’t like black people if they don’t act like white people. They like black people if they act white and other than that, they talk a lot of bad things about black people."
Back in 2012, Amenda Marcotte from Slate wrote that — despite the mainstream media dismissing Witness #9′s testimony as “irrelevant,” her testimony was extremely relevant, due to the nature of sexual abuse:
Sexual abuse is a form of bullying, a violent crime whose pleasure for the attacker is far more about enjoying their power and dominance over the victim than it is about sexual urges. Subsequently, sexually violent men tend to be more violent generally, particularly against people they believe are lesser or weaker. If you’re trying to establish that Zimmerman had it in him to hunt down and murder a teenager who is much smaller than himself, then a history of sexual assault does help demonstrate this.
And when it comes to racism, Zimmerman’s mother sounds like a real piece of work. Here are just three choice tidbits recalled by Witness #9:
I don’t like Obama, because he is black and I am a racist.
I have a black girl that works right behind me and I’m like, what, are you just, let’s go, and I kind of just swept her in the back.
She often talked about “marrying into white families in order to improve one’s status.
Yes, that’s right. Zimmerman’s mom openly declared herself as a racist, struck a black co-worker in their work place, and wanted her kids to marry lighter-skinned people. And when asked why she didn’t tell anyone in her family, or do anything until she escaped Zimmerman’s advances at a family gathering when she was 19, Witness #9 unwittingly provided the perfect portrait of a sociopath:
I was scared of what else was going to happen. With him, he like, he was a different person to me. He was very intimidating and the fact that he made everyone love him and made everyone laugh and be so happy around him, I knew if I said anything he would just deny it.
This chilling evidence makes us wonder how a jury of six women — five of whom are mothers — could possibly see Zimmerman as anything other than a bullying sociopath with a gun whose actions were clearly motivated by racism, rather than by self-defense. By their standards, the “Stand Your Ground” law can be used to justify shooting in all circumstances … unless you’re that African-American woman who fired a harmless warning shot in the air to deter her abuser. Then you get 20 years in jail.
Here’s the audio from LRJTV’s YouTube channel:
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