Robert Zimmerman, whose brother George is awaiting trial on murder charges, compared the 17-year-old victim in the case to a Georgia teenager accused of murdering a 13-month-old boy.
According to Think Progress, Robert Zimmerman made the link between Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in February 2012, and murder suspect De’Marquise Elkins on Twitter on Saturday.
“Lib media shld ask if what these2 black teens did 2 a woman&baby is the reason ppl think blacks mightB risky, [sic]” he wrote.
West said Elkins told her, “Give me your money or I’m going to kill you and I’m going to shoot your baby and kill your baby.” Robert Zimmerman paraphrased her account of the incident in linking him to Martin.
“Teen to West: ‘Do you want me to shoot your baby?’” Zimmerman wrote. “#TrayvonMartin to #GeorgeZimmerman: You’re gonna die tonight Motherf**ker.’”
Zimmerman also addressed a picture showing Martin and Elkins each flipping the camera off to the Twitter accounts for the National Rifle Association, filmmaker Michael Moore, radio host Anthony Cumia, Breitbart.com editor-at-large Andy Shapiro and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People with the caption, “A picture speaks a thousand words … Any questions?”
In November 2012, Zimmerman insisted to a group of Latino journalists that “a tidal wave of misinformation” was to blame for his family being accused of racism. He made similar statements a month later to Univision News anchor Jorge Ramos, accusing the media of whitewashing their family’s afro-Peruvian heritage for the sake of advancing a “narrative based on speculation of what might have happened” the night his brother shot Martin.
George Zimmerman said he was acting in self-defense in accordance with Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Zimmerman’s lawyers dropped their efforts to have his case thrown out under the stand-your-ground law and will instead claim he shot the unarmed teen in self-defense at trial.”
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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