George Zimmerman: No regrets

posted at 8:01 am on March 24, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

George Zimmerman has released a new video through the office of his attorney which sums up his current situation and what he’s taken away from his tumultuous experiences with both the legal system and the media. It comes at a rather interesting time, particularly after some other high profile cases which were championed (wrongly) by cable news spokesmodels – specifically the Michael Brown shooting and the UVA gang rape case – have had their pins pulled from underneath them by reality.

In terms of any potential mental and emotional scars from the experience, Zimmerman seems at peace.

“Only in a life or death scenario can you have mental clearness to know that you cannot feel guilty for surviving,” he said. “Had I had a fraction of a thought that I could have done something differently, acted differently, so that both of us would have survived, then I would have a heavier weight on my shoulders.”

One subject which drew a lot of attention from conservative outlets during the entire arc of the Trayvon Martin story was the racial component of the two principals involved. The press almost immediately began describing Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic” which may be the first time that phrase was ever uttered. It served the purposes of the media narrative, but what did it mean? Zimmerman finally shares some of his thoughts on that aspect of the cable news circus.

I think that there are a lot of characteristics, aspects, personality traits, personal history that was used against me erroneously. For example my last name carrying a Caucasian German connotation definitely helped them portray me as a racist white man when in reality I am you know my mother’s Peruvian my father is American and I was raised by my mother and my grandmother both fully Hispanic. So I’m by no means was I ever portrayed as a white racist prior to this but they used certain aspects of character, characteristics of my personality against me…

I tell you; personally my Hispanic community from home Northern Virginia was extremely supportive. I was tremendously disappointed and let down by the Hispanic Congressional Caucus. They aligned themselves with the Black Congressional Caucus and did everything that they could to in essence throw me under the bus. They identified with the Black Congressional Caucus and viewing me as a white racist and a, doing something negligent or racist and without even knowing anything about my character.

Even after the criminal trial was over, both the press and Eric Holder’s staff continued to hold out hopes that Zimmerman could some how be “punished” when the legal system failed to deliver on their hopes. It took – literally – years before Justice announced that they were essentially giving up on any sort of federal civil rights case against him in February of this year. In the intervening time, there was no peace for the man who had been found not guilty by a jury of his peers.

Many in the press tried to treat Zimmerman as some sort of attention seeking narcissist. This was a laughable narrative, since George wouldn’t have been in the national news had there not been reporters shadowing his every step and blowing up headlines every time he was involved in anything as minor as a traffic ticket or even a police stop where he was sent on his way without so much as a warning. He became the butt of liberal media jokes when he sold some paintings, with few noting that the press had ensured that he could never land a normal job as a private citizen with reporters trailing him each time he left his home.

But in the end, much as we’re now seeing with Darren Wilson, the only thing not being reported was that the rule of law had been followed and Zimmerman was found not to be responsible for the crimes the media so desperately needed to convict him on. What happened under the rule of law was of no consequence. The trial had been held on CNN and MSNBC and Zimmerman had been declared a sinner who must be punished by his betters.

And punish him they have.

If anything, all of this has left George Zimmerman a much more skeptical man when it comes to his world view. As to how he was treated by his own government, Geroge pulled no punches when it came to both the President and the Department of Justice.

“Unfortunately after even after Jay Carney, his press secretary, stated in the White House briefing that the White House will not interject in a local law enforcement matter and at most a state criminal matter, President Obama held his Rose Garden speech stating ‘if I had a son he would look like Trayvon,’” he said. “To me that was clearly a dereliction of duty pitting Americans against each other solely based on race.”

This is the ironic aspect of the entire situation. The media, while covering not only the Trayvon Martin case, but Michael Brown and others, has managed to further divide the country along racial lines and convince minorities that the rule of law is not to be trusted and authorities are to blame for all ills. But the real distrust of the government has spread to “the other side” as well, seeing how the idea of having your day in court and clearing your name no longer means very much. There were no winners in these stories. In fact, we all lost.


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There were no winners in these stories. In fact, we all lost.

Not true. Al Sharpton won big time.

Happy Nomad on March 24, 2015 at 8:08 AM

Those who raised the thug Trayvon Martin, should have regrets for creating a murderous monster.

Rebar on March 24, 2015 at 8:09 AM

And yet wait for him to come out in support of Hillary Clinton next year…

Kensington on March 24, 2015 at 8:14 AM

Good luck, George. Your case helped expose the rotten Obama Administration for the racist, divisive, narrow-minded bigots that they are. Your case helped expose the rotten, biased media for the propagandist, racist, hate-mongering institution of low ethical and professional standards that they have become.
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Be careful out there and no more neighborhood watch gigs!

ExpressoBold on March 24, 2015 at 8:16 AM

Those who raised the thug Trayvon Martin, should have regrets for creating a murderous monster.

Rebar on March 24, 2015 at 8:09 AM

They didn’t raise him that’s the problem.

wifarmboy on March 24, 2015 at 8:16 AM

Openly racially profiling, stalking, and executing black children and then facing no charges.
 
Congratulations again on Obama and Holder’s competency, (D)s.

rogerb on March 24, 2015 at 8:20 AM

Zimmerman could also explain that “white Hispanic” mystery to Cruz, ’cause (so I’ve heard) NPR called Cruz a white Hispanic. Make of that what you will; I know I have.

apostic on March 24, 2015 at 8:20 AM

Chudi,politricks. Your thoughts???

elvis lives on March 24, 2015 at 8:21 AM

Roger that wifarmboy…skittles and arizona tea did a better job raising him…

elvis lives on March 24, 2015 at 8:22 AM

Doesn’t understand the “white Hispanic” thing either

It was the Collective’s attempt to demonize straight sexist misogynist racist patriarchal xenophobic homophobic homogeneous hegemonic nativist tea-bagging redneck hillbilly white male Christian Republican bourgeoisie capitalist colonialist imperialists with an imaginary narrative.

It had nothing to do with you personally, Mr. Zimmerman.

Star Bird on March 24, 2015 at 8:23 AM

BTW, learn from this. Buy one of these
 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N2DYFCG/

 
put it on a dog tag chain, and (assuming your morals/local laws allow it) wear it every time you carry your pistol out of your house.

rogerb on March 24, 2015 at 8:26 AM

Not a fan of lawsuits but Zimmerman should sue the News networks for defamation of character.

bsinc1962 on March 24, 2015 at 8:32 AM

George Zimmerman: No regrets

I wouldn’t have any regrets either. It was either him or the thug.

bernzright777 on March 24, 2015 at 8:33 AM

Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-white.

When “anti-racists” want to work off their hatred on a victim, they need to define that designated victim as “white”. Or at least “white Hispanic”.

David Blue on March 24, 2015 at 8:33 AM

Using the lefts own logic then, doesnt that make obama a “white negro”???

elvis lives on March 24, 2015 at 8:36 AM

… wear it every time you carry your pistol out of your house.

rogerb on March 24, 2015 at 8:26 AM

.

Actually, I’ve been wearing this along with a pair of crossed bandoliers and a sombrero. No problems so far…

ExpressoBold on March 24, 2015 at 8:37 AM

BTW, learn from this. Buy one of these

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N2DYFCG/

put it on a dog tag chain, and (assuming your morals/local laws allow it) wear it every time you carry your pistol out of your house.

rogerb on March 24, 2015 at 8:26 AM

Actually, I’ve been wearing this along with a pair of crossed bandoliers and a sombrero. No problems so far…

ExpressoBold on March 24, 2015 at 8:37 AM

Both great ideas! Never thought of that. Thanks.

bernzright777 on March 24, 2015 at 8:41 AM

Geroge pulled no punches when it came to both the President and the Department of Justice.

….Hands Up!…Don’t Punch!

JugEarsButtHurt on March 24, 2015 at 8:55 AM

If Zimmerman was not lying about everything all of the time, it would be easier to hate poor black people. That guy is once more making knee jerk racist commenters look stupid.

jimw on March 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM

There were no winners in these stories. In fact, we all lost.

This was like manna from heaven for ‘der leader’! His whole presidency is based on drumming up hatred and division. Just like every other tin-pot dictator.

GrayDog on March 24, 2015 at 9:17 AM

The irony is that George Zimmerman’s ethnic background is emblematic of the very diversity that leftists supposedly want to celebrate, when in fact they hold a Manichean view of the world in which celebrating “diversity” means nothing more than depicting whites as oppressors and non-whites as the oppressed…

Pest on March 24, 2015 at 9:29 AM

If I had a mealy mouthed, two-headed lying weasel, it would look like The One.

vnvet on March 24, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Seems to me that Zimmerman is more identifiable with the Latino community than Obama with the Black community. Zimmerman was raised by his Peruvian family, Obama raised by white people. By press logic Obama hates Black people.

goflyers on March 24, 2015 at 9:36 AM

President Obama held his Rose Garden speech stating ‘if I had a son he would look like Trayvon,’” he said. “To me that was clearly a dereliction of duty pitting Americans against each other solely based on race.”

The voice of reason. I was disappointed he didn’t testify to clear up many misconceptions about the shooting, but I can understand why he didn’t — his life was on the line. And the many who believe what they want to believe wouldn’t have been swayed, just as the Michael Brown convenience store robbery video meant nothing to a certain segment in Ferguson. And by “certain segment”, I mean those to whom the video meant nothing.

LashRambo on March 24, 2015 at 9:50 AM

This was like manna from heaven for ‘der leader’! His whole presidency is based on drumming up hatred and division. Just like every other tin-pot dictator.

GrayDog on March 24, 2015 at 9:17 AM

This is the sad truth.

LashRambo on March 24, 2015 at 9:52 AM

What they cant do legally, they will do illegally. This means using the courts to destroy people’s lives. Knowing that they will lose, doesnt stop them from harassing people for years. This is the left…

Blake on March 24, 2015 at 9:53 AM

So, Obama’s imaginary son would have gang tats? Maybe, we shd check Malia and Sasha to see if they’ve joined the bloods?

Blake on March 24, 2015 at 9:54 AM

So, Obama’s imaginary son would have gang tats? Maybe, we shd check Malia and Sasha to see if they’ve joined the bloods?

Blake on March 24, 2015 at 9:54 AM

We don’t need to check …

http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/9iDyXqj8tx1k7OFiUM64dw–/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9aW5zZXQ7aD0zMjU7cT04NTt3PTQ2Nw–/http:/media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/USWeekly/1358877585_sasha-malia-obama-467.jpg

Pork-Chop on March 24, 2015 at 10:07 AM

As a veteran police detective, five minutes after reading the first details of the case I knew what happened, and I was right. Not because I’m a brilliant Sherlock Holmes type, quite the opposite, it was just a common place event in today’s society. “Thug braces man with the intent to do harm. Man armed. Thug dead.” Usually it is the other way, the knock out game, the robbery of a man walking a dog, the random drive by.

The ConversativeTreeHouse guys did a great job analyzing the case from day one.

For those of you who think, STILL think, Zimmerman did anything wrong, I feel sorry for your lack of intelligence, civic duty, and your desire to punish in the PC way. It is you, those crazy clingers, that will undermine and destroy the nation. You will love Obama, vote for Hillary, consider Nancy Pelosi a genius and will stand stunned in the road watching the distant plume of a nuclear explosion- caused by terrorists sent here by the Iranians- convinced the Republicans had something to do with it. Then run inside and see if Rachael Maddow has something important to add….ever.

archer52 on March 24, 2015 at 10:33 AM

There is a hierarchy whereby a member of a favored race chooses to bash open the head of a citizen or take the gun from a cop who is a member of a less favored race, you are supposed to let them.

Buddahpundit on March 24, 2015 at 10:48 AM

“No longer means very much” hmmm…tell that sob story to O.J. Simpson. He was found innocent under the rule of law as well….

Politricks on March 24, 2015 at 10:48 AM

archer52 on March 24, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Last year Bill Whittle cited a recent stat on violent crime in one of his videos, regarding rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and murder. Rounded to the nearest 100, every year there are thousands of such black on white incidents, but so few white on black that in some categories the number was rounded down to 0, in other words, nearly unheard of.

If one may use the word “comical” when referring to violent crime, the common meme of whites oppressing blacks is comical to me when the literal crime statistics show the real epidemic of racial violence is orders of magnitude in the other direction.

LashRambo on March 24, 2015 at 10:53 AM

BTW, learn from this. Buy one of these

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N2DYFCG/

put it on a dog tag chain, and (assuming your morals/local laws allow it) wear it every time you carry your pistol out of your house.

rogerb on March 24, 2015 at 8:26 AM

Actually, I’ve been wearing this along with a pair of crossed bandoliers and a sombrero. No problems so far…

ExpressoBold on March 24, 2015 at 8:37 AM

Both great ideas! Never thought of that. Thanks.

bernzright777 on March 24, 2015 at 8:41 AM

Terrible idea. Once you know you need to have them turned on, your hands should be filled with your weapon instead of fumbling with recording devices. Unless you’re going to record every second of your day…then it goes from terrible idea to creepy idea.

James on March 24, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Yeah right Poly. Oj simpson “guilty as sin, free as a bird”. Like bill ayres and unlike george zimmerman. Tool!!

elvis lives on March 24, 2015 at 11:08 AM

Terrible idea. Once you know you need to have them turned on, your hands should be filled with your weapon instead of fumbling with recording devices. Unless you’re going to record every second of your day…then it goes from terrible idea to creepy idea.

James on March 24, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Up to 15 hours on a charge, with the voice recorder. So no, good idea. When you strap on your holster, turn it on. Leave it on until you’re back at home and take your holster off.

GrumpyOldFart on March 24, 2015 at 11:32 AM

“There were no winners in these stories. In fact, we all lost.”

Not true; everyone didn’t lose. Obama may not have achieved his ultimate goal of “divide and conquer” but he has furthered such ambitions considerably. The country is more racially divided than at any time in the last 50+ years.

And it took a black man to do it…except he’s an anti-American, anti-colonialist, Marxist FIRST so you could say that Obama has himself “evolved” past merely issues of race. Now he only uses his race to further his nefarious ends. The scumbag.

Martin Luther King’s legacy has been turned upside down by those who, in his name, spew endless lies in service of the Marxist revolution to come.

Mike from NC on March 24, 2015 at 11:53 AM

I wonder how his defamation lawsuit against NBC is going. NBC intentionally doctored the tape to make him appear racist.

djaymick on March 24, 2015 at 12:24 PM

Doesn’t understand the “white Hispanic” thing either

This is truly amusing.

In obama’s case, never forget his mother. They ignored her, but the ‘logical’ Left will totally ignore Cruz’ father now, though they never called Castro-of-HUD a “White Hispanic/Latino”.

Political correctness is an illogical doctrine, cultivated by a delusional minority, promoted by the mass-media, which maintains that it is possible to grab a piece of shit by its clean end.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2015 at 1:01 PM

The amount of racism on HotAir nowadays is truly astonishing. It’s really pathetic watching Jazz Shaw stoke and nurture it, because they are his constituency.

Chudi on March 24, 2015 at 1:06 PM

Our legal system can only dispense something akin to justice if those who have a role in the process are committed to seeing justice done.

Eric Holder has little interest in seeing justice done, although he would tell you differently. He justifies making the process the punishment when the law provides none because the morally corrupt and ethically bankrupt tool of Obama actually believes he holds the moral high ground, and his ends justify his means.

novaculus on March 24, 2015 at 1:12 PM

The amount of racism on HotAir nowadays is truly astonishing. It’s really pathetic watching Jazz Shaw stoke and nurture it, because they are his constituency.

Chudi on March 24, 2015 at 1:06 PM

I’m going to try to help you here. State an example. Examine it, analyze it, relate it to similar examples. Make your case. Then others here will respect you, and you might even persuade some of them of the rightness of your viewpoint. As it is, above you give nothing for others to grasp, take in, and make their own. You’re offering nothing. Put some substance into what you’re saying, otherwise it doesn’t mean anything.

LashRambo on March 24, 2015 at 1:26 PM

If the Progs keep this “White Hispanic” stuff up they might turn half of the Latino community into conservatives, or at least willing to vote for conservatives.

This is the trouble with the Obama coalition, you can never be victim enough which means they will turn on each other in order to get the ultimate victim card. This will end up ticking off enough people that they will choose to try another option.

Zimmerman is now a “white guy” all thanks to the Progs. Zimmerman…Welcome to the Club! By the time the Progs are done everyone will be the “white guy”!

William Eaton on March 24, 2015 at 2:16 PM

Now that I think on it…if I can trace my ancestry back to some guy or gal living on the Iberian peninsula, maybe a 1000 years ago or so, I can claim to be a White Hispanic!

William Eaton on March 24, 2015 at 2:22 PM

GrumpyOldFart on March 24, 2015 at 11:32 AM

…then it goes from terrible idea to creepy idea.

James on March 24, 2015 at 10:53 AM

James on March 24, 2015 at 8:43 PM

James on March 24, 2015 at 8:43 PM

I’m not a “gun nut,” so I wouldn’t know, but I’ve been told by more than one person who is SERIOUS about their guns that if you ever shoot someone, even if you are 100% in the right, that bullet comes with an OMFG huge legal bill wrapped around it.

So personally I have no problem with the idea that if I have my gun, I am also making a record of what happened, preferably one that is admissible as evidence. Even if it doesn’t make the difference in freedom and prison, it could easily make a difference of thousands of dollars in legal bills.

GrumpyOldFart on March 24, 2015 at 8:59 PM