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by Yvette Carnell
Yesterday, evidence released by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey’s office revealed that an unidentified woman, known only as Witness 9, believed to be George Zimmerman’s cousin, said that Zimmerman molested her beginning at age 6. But that is not all Witness 9 revealed in her statement to investigators. She also said that Zimmerman’s family was racist and did not like black people.
In the recorded audio interviews, Witness 9 said it’s a widely known that the Zimmerman family is prejudiced against blacks.
An unnamed witness who grew up around George Zimmerman contacted authorities after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin because she feared that Zimmerman was motivated by a prejudice against black people, she said in recorded conversations with investigators.
“Growing up, (Zimmerman) and his family always made statements that they didn’t like black people if they don’t act like white people,” the witness, who would be about 27 now, told investigators in the taped conversation. “They like black people if they act white. Other than that, they talked a lot of bad things about black people.”
The problem for Zimmerman is that this information is coming from someone who not only knew him, but his entire family. For Witness 9 to say that the entire family didn’t like black people really goes to the heart of Zimmerman’s reaction when he spotted Trayvon Martin walking home on that fateful night. When Zimmerman spotted Trayvon, he saw a “goon” or “c**n” up to no good, not a teenager on his way home from the convenience store with iced tea and Skittles.
And since Trayvon Martin is no longer alive to tell his side of the story, we’re forced piece together and assessment of Zimmerman’s character using the observations of people who’ve interacted with him.
So far, the judge who presided over Zimmerman’s bond hearing called Zimmerman manipulative, and so did his ex-girlfriend, who also said Zimmerman smacked her in the mouth for chewing gum. Then there are the anonymous claims from Zimmerman’s former co-workers that he’s a bully, and so on. So far, Zimmerman’s character is in the tank.
The more I learn about Zimmerman, the more I get a feel for what really happened the night Trayvon was murdered. Trayvon wasn’t “acting white”, at least not white enough for Zimmerman. Sad to think that that’s the reason he lost his life.
Yvette Carnell is a former Capitol Hill and campaign staffer turned writer. She is currently an editor and contributor to Yourblackworld.