Zimmerman family spokesperson Robert Zimmerman, Jr., has spoken out in agreement with President Barack Obama‘s speech on race in the wake of his brother, George Zimmerman, 29, being found ‘not guilty’ last Saturday for the February 26, 2012 murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
As previously reported by NewsOne, the polarizing verdict that 5 White women and 1 racially ambiguous Hispanic woman returned in the highly emotional case has been divided solidly along racial lines.
President Obama, who at the onset of national scrutiny of the case said that if he “had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin,” was roundly criticized for his politically detached response after the verdict was read. And he has been even more criticized by racist White Americans for the nuanced, in-depth response that he gave this afternoon.
Watch President Barack Obama’s full remarks here:
In his typically smug fashion, Zimmerman Jr. agreed with the POTUS’ assessment that children who face “difficulties” must be helped.
“I think the president took his time with his remarks, and it was about time they heard from him. I know a lot of people were expecting to hear from the president, and I’m glad he spoke up today,” Zimmerman told FOX News.
“You know, I think the president was speaking off the cuff, and I think he was very sincere in his remarks,” Zimmerman also said.
“I think that sometimes when we get bogged down in the politics of it all, we forget the missing link is sometimes a person who a young person can relate to or feel encouraged by. I think no matter what any child’s race is, … it should be beyond politics to stand united in the sense that we can organize ourselves to better address the needs of children,” he said.
“My concern is that … we do everything we can for children who are having difficulties — and I really see eye to eye with the president on that — difficulties in life.”
Watch Robert Zimmerman’s remarks on FOX News below:
What Zimmerman failed to acknowledge is that Trayvon Martin’s only “difficulty” was being profiled, stalked and murdered by his brother. And by hinting that somehow if Trayvon had been raised better or mentored more, he would not have found himself “endangered,” is a slap in the face and a blatant lie.
If walking home from the store while Black requires mentorship to avoid being killed by trigger-happy wanna be cops, then this country’s stability is a frail as the parchment paper that its dubious Constitution was written upon.