George Zimmerman Wants Your Money

George Zimmerman has set up a web site with a Paypal button, asking for donations for his living expenses and legal defense.  That’s one Paypal button I’m never going to click.

He writes, “I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life.”

Well, boo hoo.  He should have thought about that before he went driving around with a gun looking for trouble.  Because I believe that if you go looking for trouble, you will definitely find it.  Especially if you take a gun along with you.

As for being forced to leave his life,  I think that accurately describes Trayvon Martin, not George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman’s legal team say they are no longing working for him.

Charles Blow on Trayvon the Person, Not the Symbol

From Charles Blow’s lovely column (“A Mother’s Grace and Grieving”) at the NYT about Trayvon Martin:

“He was a smart boy who had taken advanced English and math classes, and he planned to go to college.

“He was a hard worker who earned extra money by painting houses, and washing cars and working in the concession of the Pee Wee football league on the weekends.  He also baby-sat for his younger cousins, two adorable little girls, ages 3 and 7, whom the family called the bunnies, and when he watched the girls he baked them cookies.

“The only fight his mother could ever recall his having was with his own brother when Trayvon was about 4 and the brother was 8.  They were fighting for her attention, and it wasn’t even a real fight.

“To believe Zimmerman’s scenario, you have to believe that Trayvon, an unarmed boy, a boy so thin that people called him Slimm, a boy whose mother said that he had not had a fight since he was a preschoooler, chose that night and that man to attack.  You have to believe that Trayvon chose to attack a man who outweighed him by 100 pounds and who, according to the Sanford police, was wearing his gun in a holster.  You have to believe that Trayvon chose to attack even though he was less than a hundred yards from the safety of the home where he was staying.

[I]t is important to not let Trayvon the person be lost to Trayvon [the] symbol.  He was a real boy with a real family that really loved him.”