Quick Hit: Zimmerman launches website with photos of vandalized cultural center

The website, therealgeorgezimmerman.com is set up to accept donations, in lieu of other sites that purport to be raising money for him. But it’s being reported that this one is legitimately his. It says:

“I am the real George Zimmerman,

On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage. As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life. This website’s sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries…”

The website, in addition to many lofty quotes about truth and identity, has a section called “Album” which features this photo:

Last Thursday, University officials found those words, “Long Live Zimmerman,” spray-painted on the side of Ohio State University’s black cultural center, The Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center. The center is housed in Hale Hall and is part of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Ohio State.

This is just the latest in the continuing impunity surrounding George Zimmerman, and the ongoing narrative used by his supporters to depict him as the real victim in this incident. As of 9AM this morning, April 10th, the photo was still on Zimmerman’s site.


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  • http://feministing.com/members/samll/ Sam Lindsay-Levine

    The vandalism photo is no longer present as of 5 PM April 10th.

  • destra

    I love you, feministing, but you’re being incredibly hypocritical right now. Time and time again this website has posted photos of feminist graffiti and lauded it. Or posted it as the photo of the day. And yet here you’re becrying it when it doesn’t suit your outlook. You can’t have it both ways. Either property destruction is acceptable as a form of expression, or it’s not. (hint: it’s not.)

    • http://feministing.com/members/samll/ Sam Lindsay-Levine

      I think context is important here – graffiti on a billboard or a retail store, with a message directed at that particular billboard or store, is one thing; on the black cultural center of a university, supporting a man a thousand miles away who is famous only for shooting to death a black kid, is mind-bogglingly different.

      • destra

        Unfortunately, there’s no difference between them. They’re all destruction of someone else’s property as a way of speaking out against what that property stands for.

  • http://feministing.com/members/chelseagouine/ Chelsea

    I believe there is a crucial difference between vandalizing a billboard for say a store and vandalizing an African American Cultural Center of a University. The cultural center stands for a whole group of people. It symbolizes African Americans. Spray painting “Long Live Zimmerman” on such building is a slap in the face to the whole race of African Americans.