While we don’t generally condone violence, we have to admit we smiled when we read a new dispatch from teleSUR English:
George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed unarmed Black teenager Trayvon Martin, was punched in the face after he reportedly bragged about killing the 17-year old to some men at a restaurant in Sanford, Florida, over the weekend, local police said Thursday.
Zimmerman called 911 after the incident and reported that he had been punched for talking about how he killed Martin, purportedly in self-defense. “He told me he was going to kill me. He told me he’d shoot me and he punched me in the face,” Zimmerman said during the call, according to local television station WFTV.
As he was boasting of killing the teenager, Zimmerman was approached by a man who asked, “You’re bragging about that?” before punching him Zimmerman in the face. He claimed that the man was “large” and that police needed to send “like three or four cops.”
Witnesses inside Gators Riverside restaurant confirmed to authorities the problem started because Zimmerman was bragging about killing the unarmed teen in 2012.
Zimmerman went up to a man and said, “I love your tattoos. My name is George Zimmerman, you know, that guy who killed Trayvon Martin?” according to one eyewitness, who added that Zimmerman flashed his identification card.
Police violence too remains a critical dividing line
A new poll by the University of Chicago’s Black Youth Project in cooperation with the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveals why young minority citizens are deeply embittered with a system that would allow Zimmerman to escape punishment for the slaying of a black youth:
From the Associated Press:
Two-thirds of young African-Americans and 4 in 10 Hispanics say that they or someone they know has experienced violence or harassment at the hands of the police, according to a new GenForward poll. That includes about 2 in 10 in each group who say that was a personal experience, including about 3 in 10 black men who say the same. But the poll also shows that young people still desire a police presence in their communities
GenForward is a survey of adults age 18 to 30 by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The first-of-its-kind poll pays special attention to the voices of young adults of color, highlighting how race and ethnicity shape the opinions of a new generation.
Those poll results come after the killing of several young black men by police around the country. Two of the more recent killings were the July 5 shooting death of Alton Sterling during a struggle with officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the fatal shooting of Philando Castile the following day by an officer in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.
About 6 in 10 young adults consider the killings of black people by the police and violence against the police as extremely or very serious problems, according to the poll. But young African-Americans and Hispanics see killings by police as more serious problems and young whites see violence against the police as more serious. Most, especially blacks and Hispanics, say not-guilty verdicts for three Baltimore police officers charged in the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray give them less confidence in the police.
Americans remain divided on key issues
While white Americans believe terrorism the most important problem facing the United States in 2016, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans were unanimous in naming racism as the nemisis of our age.
When pollsters asked “What do you think are the three most important problems facing this country today?,” the answers reveal the utter hypocrisy of GOP claims that racism and class divisions have been solved.
From the survey: