The Zimmerman clan, or klan, and the court of public opinion

The Zimmerman family are certainly paying close attention to what George’s lawyers, public relations flaks and social media advisers are telling them. Every two or so weeks one of them steps onto internet center stage and sings another charming passage of the rehabilitation opera.

Last month it was George’s brother Robert writing a piece for the Daily Caller. And wasn’t it a surprise to read that George spent his free time playing civil rights warrior:

In December 2010, a black homeless man named Sherman Ware was assaulted by a well-connected white man named Justin Collison in front of a bar in Sanford, Florida . .

My brother George Zimmerman, who lived in Sanford at the time, fought for justice on Ware’s behalf . .

George made fliers about the incident and distributed them at black churches. He asked the community for help, informing them of what he perceived to be a grave injustice. George was incensed that although a warrant for Collison’s arrest had been issued, Collison had not yet been arrested.

Meanwhile, though George pleaded with them, the evil NAACP did nothing. Until the brouha turned into a big deal, and then they stepped all over the poor wretch to take credit for whatever. In the meantime . .

. . George continued to demand that the police be held accountable. He attended a community meeting, where he spoke to the newly installed mayor and other leaders. He urged them to revoke the outgoing police chief’s pension. “The law is written in black and white,” George said. “It should not and cannot be enforced in the gray for those … in the thin blue line.”

Let’s pause a moment for everyone to dab their tears. In addition to this ‘Eyes On The Prize’ episode from the Zimmerman Public Broadcasting System, the family and their supporters have managed plenty more. They dug up better, bloodier photos of George on that fateful night. The lawyers also did swell business dirtying Trayvon in court, claiming they possessed a shocking video from the teen’s cellphone showing his pals beating up homeless men. When his ‘pals’ turned out to be more homeless people, the counselors snickered and offered an obligatory “Oops.” Mission accomplished.

And it continues. Today we see the latest effort in the extra-judicial trial. George’s dad, Robert Sr., just published an Amazon-available e-book about the murder called “Florida v. Zimmerman: Uncovering the Malicious Prosecution of my Son, George.” If you anticipated that the pater Zimmerman would exhibit a defter touch in matters of race than his sons, you were wrong.

The most striking chapter is called “Who Are The True Racists,” an apparent effort to rebut claims that his son’s actions were racially motivated.

Previously, Zimmerman Sr. “believed generally racism was a thing of the past.” He says that, personally, he hadn’t encountered much racism, even though his wife is Hispanic. But after his son shot and killed Trayvon Martin, however, Zimmerman learned that racism is “flourishing at the insistence of some in the African American Community.” He then goes on to list various black leaders and organizations that he believes are racist:

. . and I provide you the identities of these supremacists. See if your racial animus meter as well grows white hot at the mere mention of the brutes: The NAACP, President Ben Jealous, the Congressional Black Caucus, the United Negro College Fund, the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, the Martin family attorneys, and the NBA. They’re all racists, all of these organizations, all of these people, they can’t stand white people — every one of them.

If the gurus of public perception flitting about the Zimmerman compound believe this will endear George to the jurors among the masses, they’re stealing their salaries. Regular folk don’t think the NAACP are vicious. Nor do they think that cops and funeral directors are crazies. This makes me wonder if George’s begging America’s racists for donations for his defense wasn’t a rancid strategy. I wonder if it didn’t fill the Zimmermans’ pockets with bad intentions.

Zimmerman Sr. says that because of [Eric] Holder’s decision to investigate whether Trayvon Martin’s death violated federal civil rights laws, the FBI did not have “adequate resources to investigate clearly identified potential terrorist [sic] in the Boston area.” Now, “tragically, we have suffered the consequences of Mr. Holder’s politically motivated decisions.”

Both the Department of Justice and the FBI launched Sanford, Florida, investigations in March 2012. The Boston marathon was two months ago, in Boston. Maybe the Zimmermans are just morons.