Unless you were just recently discovered and thawed by scientists in Antarctica and are now scared and confused by the new world around you, you are very familiar with the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin inside the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes by 28-year old neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman on February 26. Zimmerman, who was on the phone with the Sanford Police while following Martin (Martin also made a call to the police during the incident), claimed he shot and killed the teenager in self-defense invoking Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. However, due to conflicting eyewitness testimony, the Sanford Police Department’s bungling of the immediate and initial investigation, and allegations of racism, this has become an inevitable sensationalized, media circus that has garnered worldwide attention resulting in protests and rallies around the country.
In their quest for justice, many activists have taken it upon themselves to do the law’s job. Particularly, Marcus Davonne Higgins. Who tweeted the address of George Zimmerman to every celebrity he could think of and asked them to repost. Spike Lee did. The Smoking Gun reports:
The original tweet was sent to Lee (and numerous other celebrities like Will Smith, 50 Cent, and LeBron James) last Friday afternoon by Marcus Davonne Higgins, a 33-year-old Los Angeles man who uses the online handle “maccapone.” Higgins included the direction, “EVERYBODY REPOST THIS.” Higgins, pictured at right, first began disseminating the Sanford address to his Twitter followers last Wednesday, including the claim that Zimmerman “Like the fat punk he is, he still lives at home with mommie & daddy.” In a simultaneous post to his Facebook wall, Higgins told his 4000 friends, “FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT & TOUCH HIM.” He also claimed in another post that, “REAL TALK MY PEOPLE OUT THERE IN FLORIDA JUST TOLD ME GEORGE ZIMMERMAN IS NOT AT HIS HOUSE THEY OUT THERE RIGHT NOW.”
However, in case his tweets didn’t give it away, Marcus Davonne Higgins isn’t a licensed detective and apparently also has rudimentary knowledge of public records. Because you see, 159 Edgewater Circle, is the current address of David and Elaine McClain, a married couple in their 70s who work for the public school system. And “George W. Zimmerman” is 6’5″ and white. And the man who shot Trayvon Martin is “George M. Zimmerman”. Who is 5’9″ and self-described as Hispanic.
The man who shot Martin is George Michael Zimmerman. Higgins has repeatedly identified him as “George W. Zimmerman.” The residence on Edgewater Circle is actually the home of David McClain, 72, and his wife Elaine, 70. The McClains, both of whom work for the Seminole County school system, have lived in the 1310-square-foot lakefront home for about a decade, records show…Besides overlooking the different middle initial, perhaps that answer is connected to an old voter record for a “William George Zimmerman” at the Edgewater Circle property. That registration, which dates back to 1995, is for a 41-year-old man. The Zimmerman who shot Martin is 28.
Yeah, so guess what’s happening now. You’ll never believe it.
In an interview tonight, Elaine McClain told TSG that she and her husband were “afraid” due to the online linking of her address to Zimmerman. “We’re keeping everything locked,” she said. McClain added that the couple was particularly unnerved by a letter mailed to them at their home. On the envelope, she said, were printed the words “Taste The Rainbow…The McClains (pictured below) only became aware that their address was being widely circulated online two days ago, when a TV reporter arrived at their home asking for “George.” Bewildered by their sudden–and erroneous–connection to Martin’s killer, the elderly couple’s distress can only be heightened by posts made by Twitter and Facebook users who threaten to visit their residence in search of Zimmerman. Or other posts that goad followers to vigilante action.
If you take the time to read the full details and evidence of the case, you quickly realize some shady shit went down. And you’ll soon realize that only two people actually know what happened, and one of them was shot dead carrying only a bag of Skittles and an iced tea. Trayvon Martin was suspended from school and wearing a hoodie, but that doesn’t mean he should have lost his life over it. And George Zimmerman, who wrapped a horrible idea in his own perceived good intentions, finally found the trouble that he, by all accounts, spends all his days looking for. And everyday since we have been bombarded by the media with nothing more than speculation and fear, including Geraldo Rivera’s now infamous victim blaming statement that Martin’s hoodie got him killed (umm, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X would like a word). So instead of Spike Lee pouring gasoline on an already volatile situation and potentially causing more innocent lives to be lost, maybe he should shut the fuck up and let people who know what they’re doing handle it. It should be obvious to everyone that the murder of Trayvon Martin was racially motivated (Settle down, white people. Zimmerman is Hispanic. You’re off the hook. This time), and anybody who refuses to see that is part of the problem. At the same time, we shouldn’t be too quick to call Zimmerman a raging bigot, because the same media that makes you want to believe that, is the same media that has perpetuated the stereotype that has been systematically seared into Zimmerman’s brain and therefore partly responsible for him shooting a black teenager in the chest. So get your shit together, America. The world doesn’t end at your community’s gate. Or the end of your block. It’s a round world last time I checked.
UPDATE: The police surveillance video taken the night that George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin was released today, and remember that part where Zimmerman had a broken nose and was covered in blood because Martin nearly beat him to death? Man, Zimmerman must have some kind of mystical healing powers.
It takes hard work to be a racist. I guess that’s why Spike Lee doesn’t make that many movies. He’s busy. Like a few weeks ago, when he blasted Clint Eastwood to the media because the legendary director’s movie, Flags of Our Fathers, didn’t contain any black soldiers. You know, despite the fact that the U.S. Military was segregated during WWII:
There were many African-Americans who survived that war and who were upset at Clint for not having one [in the films]. That was his version: the negro soldier did not exist. I have a different version.”…”Clint Eastwood made two films about Iwo Jima that ran for more than four hours total, and there was not one Negro actor on the screen,” Lee said. “If you reporters had any balls you’d ask him why. There’s no way I know why he did that … But I know it was pointed out to him and that he could have changed it. It’s not like he didn’t know.”
In an interview Eastwood answered back. Game, set, match:
In typically outspoken language, Eastwood justified his choice of actors, saying that those black troops who did take part in the battle as part of a munitions company didn’t raise the flag. The battle is known by the image of US marines raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi. “The story is Flags of Our Fathers, the famous flag-raising picture, and they didn’t do that. If I go ahead and put an African-American actor in there, people’d go: ‘This guy’s lost his mind.’ I mean, it’s not accurate.” Referring to Lee, he added: “A guy like him should shut his face.”..Defending the racial make-up in his films as historically accurate, Eastwood referred to another of his films, Changeling, which was set in Los Angeles before the city had a large group of African-Americans. “What are you going to do, you going to tell a fuckin’ story about that?” he said. “Make it look like a commercial for an equal opportunity player? I’m not in that game. I’m playing it the way I read it historically, and that’s the way it is. When I do a movie and it’s 90% black, like Bird, then I use 90% black people. “He was complaining when I did Bird (the 1988 biopic of Charlie Parker). Why would a white guy be doing that? I was the only guy who made it, that’s why. He could have gone ahead and made it. Instead he was making something else.”
Wow. I think we can all agree that the only thing missing from Clint Eastwood’s response was a finishing move.
Racist douchebag update: You thought Spike Lee would shut the fuck up after that? Of course you didn’t. Via ABC news:
First of all, the man is not my father and we’re not on a plantation either,” he told ABCNEWS.com. “He’s a great director. He makes his films, I make my films. The thing about it though, I didn’t personally attack him. And a comment like ‘a guy like that should shut his face’ — come on Clint, come on. He sounds like an angry old man right there.”..”If he wishes, I could assemble African-American men who fought at Iwo Jima and I’d like him to tell these guys that what they did was insignificant and they did not exist,” he said. “I’m not making this up. I know history. I’m a student of history. And I know the history of Hollywood and its omission of the one million African-American men and women who contributed to WWII.”
Spike Lee is right. Those 900 black soldiers out of the 70,000 that landed on Iwo Jima really helped turned the tide.