Distorted in Disturbia
Jezebel’s post on the discovery of George Zimmerman’s old Myspace page puts their myopia on display. They wrote:
But an old Myspace account peppered with derogatory insults, uncovered by the Miami Herald and confirmed to be legitimate by Zimmerman’s attorney, might pose some problems in court.
Zimmerman called Mexicans from his hometown of Manassas, Virginia “thugs” and mentioned an “ex-hoe”. As I mentioned the other day, I’ll have to go “Scoreboard!” on that one. If we’re comparing derogatory remarks in this case to establish the character of either Zimmerman or Martin, Martin’s Twitter antics show him to be much more crude and derogatory than Zimmerman. Plus, Trayvon Martin identified with the “thug” lifestyle. He seemingly would have approved of Zimmerman’s use of the word.
That’s by far not the most damning part of Zimmerman’s profile page. But Jezebel is so committed to harping on racism and sexism that they miss the giant shiny object right in front of them. Zimmerman wrote:
I love the fact that I can still go back home and crash on my boys couch as if i had never left, I can hit my boy up to handle a lil somethin with my sister and he’s at my house with his boys on bikes before i hang up with her! They do a year and dont ever open thier mouth to get my ass pinched.
He’s talking about a crime and he’s talking about essentially lying to the cops to cover up his involvement in it. The key point in this case is whether Zimmerman is telling the truth about being attacked by Trayvon Martin. If what Zimmerman did when he was in his late teens and early twenties is important in helping us understand his mentality at the time of the fateful shooting in February (is it?), being kosher with a cover-up of some sort trumps derogatory speech. Or, at least I assume an investigator or prosecutor would think so.