Trayvon Martin shooting targets sold online

An anonymous person from Virginia Beach, Virginia sold “10 Pack Trayvon Martin Targets” on the website GunBroker.com (the product has since been removed from the site). For $8, you could buy the item, whose description read as follows:

“Everyone knows the story of Zimmerman and Martin… Obviously we support Zimmerman and believe he is innocent and that he shot a thug. Each target is printed on thick, high quality poster paper with a matte finish! The dimensions are 12″x18″ ( The same as Darkotic Zombie Targets) This is a Ten Pack of Targets.”

The targets feature a faceless figure wearing a hoodie and carrying skittles, like Trayvon Martin was the night he was shot by George Zimmerman. The ten packs were so popular, they sold out within two days.

This sheds light onto the true motives of people who claim to defend George Zimmerman. It’s one thing to give Zimmerman the benefit of the doubt (though it’s hard for me to believe this is actually divorced from racism). But the animus against Trayvon Martin, given that he was, in fact, unarmed, is beyond unjustifiable. Why would anyone want to practice shooting a figure representing an unarmed teenager? What is the meaning and significance of this? What is it about Trayvon Martin that makes him a worthy target? What was his crime? What makes him a “thug”? Walking while being black seems to be the only answer.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted May 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    It should be noted that there were a couple of online petitions urging Wrigley and Mars (the owners of Skittles) to use their power as trademark owners to seek a cease and desist order against the marketer of these targets. The influence of those petitions on the discontinuation of sales of the targets is unclear.

    I would like to point out that the initiators (of at least some) of these petitions were liberal gun owners, likely one of the first groups to be aware of these horrific targets and care to do something about them.

  2. Posted May 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    It is really a shame that hate speech like this is not a crime.

  3. Posted May 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    I would say I couldn’t believe it, but that would be a lie.

  4. Posted May 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    This just makes me want to cry. It’s not that I’m surprised, but I’m just so saddened by this. I don’t understand it, how people can be so hateful. Echoing Marlene, there is a petition on change.org demanding an attorney general take legal action against the Hiller Armament Company for potentially illegally profiting off of Trayvon Martin.

  5. Posted May 14, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    This is messed up and may be illegal. Doesn’t Trayvon’s mom have the rights to her son’s name being used to sell stuff?

  6. Posted May 15, 2012 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    Makes my heart hurt. Hate disguised as comedy is probably even worse than just regular old hate since it throws mockery into the mix. Think I’m gonna throw up now.

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