|I'M NOT KIDDING|
Can you imagine someone who wants the autograph of George Zimmerman? Well, you may have heard that over the weekend Zimmerman “Zimmerman greeted people and autographed photos of him posing with his dog,” reported Orlando television station WESH. Zimmerman said he decided to appear at the event to show his gratitude to everyone who stuck by him during the lengthy trial and meet his supporters in person. “The concept of being able to pay them back for what they did for me and seeing my supporters face to face was something I just couldn’t pass up,” he said, adding that he has no plans to keep a low profile in the aftermath of the immense media coverage the trial received.
A blogger at the Washington post asked the obvious:
Who are these people glorifying the killer of an unarmed teenager in one of the most racially polarized incidents in recent history? Why are these autograph hounds going out of their way to shake Zimmerman’s hand? What they could possibly say to him in those few moments is enough to make me fear for humanity’s soul. For if they say to Zimmerman what his most ardent supporters have said to me over the last two years it will offend your sense of decency. At least it should.
We have a serious problem when celebrity comes from the act of killing a teenage African American. As Veronica S. writes at all Voice:
This is a killer whose only claim to fame is shooting a child dead after he provoked an altercation. Zimmerman shot him almost execution style—with a single bullet fired through Martin’s heart.
There is something depraved about Zimmerman smiling and shaking hands with his fans as he gave them a little piece of himself for posterity. There is something ghoulish about the people who wanted that little piece of posterity.
The sad things is we have seen all this before. People who couldn't (or maybe even wouldn't) make it to a lynching, bought, collected and traded postcards with photos, comments, or depictions of such. These postcards were made from photographs taken by those who attended lynchings. The Chicago Tribune reports,
Most of these pictures are preserved on postcards, which often were sold door-to-door and sent to friends and relatives. "This is the barbecue we had last night," reads one message on the back of a photo of a burned body.
Think the trade in these postcards ended long ago, think again? From the Star Tribune up in Minnesota:
Tucked into a collection of Duluth memorabilia for sale at a Canal Park antique store is a souvenir of one of the most shameful incidents in the city's history: a postcard featuring images of the 1920 lynching of black circus workers Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie.
The "lynching postcard" was part of a private collection of postcards, glass negatives and other Duluth memorabilia entrusted to local dealer Craig Lipinski for sale after the owner died, Lipinski said. He said he sold most of the other postcards on eBay, but that the lynching postcard ran afoul of the online auction site's "offensive material" policy that forbids listings that "graphically portray, glorify, or attempt to from human tragedy or suffering," including Nazi memorabilia and crime-scene photographs.
The Duluth postcard was listed for about a day before eBay suspended the sale, Lipinski said. In that time the card was bid up to almost $240, the price Lipinski decided to it for. It's been for sale at Father Time Antiques since late July, he said.
Father Time co-owner Penny Seehus agreed to display it in the store.
So should we really be surprised that there are actually human beings of some sort who want an autograph from George Zimmerman?
The following is from We Are Responsible Negroes.