The individual at the center of the controversial Trayvon Martin shooting is a registered Democrat.
George Michael Zimmerman, born Oct. 5, 1983, registered as a Democrat
in Seminole County, Fla., in August 2002, according to state voter
It is unclear whether he voted for President Barack Obama in 2008.
Some in the media have sought to blame Republican politicians and conservative activists for Martin’s death.
“[Republican politicians] reinforce and validate old stereotypes that
associate the poor and welfare as criminal behavior with
African-Americans and people of color, calling us lazy, undeserving
recipients of public assistance. In the case of Trayvon, those festering
stereotypes had lethal consequences,” said MSNBC political analyst and
Democratic fundraiser Karen Finney.
According to the
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