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 document, Zimmerman’s race is officially listed as
Hispanic. The son of a white father and Peruvian mother, he has been
described as a “white Hispanic” in most media reports.
Following the Feb. 26 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in
a Sanford, Fla. gated community, Zimmerman has been the target of
Zimmerman shot and killed Martin following a physical confrontation,
but has yet to be charged with a crime. He says he acted in
self-defense, a claim supported by the Sanford, Fla., Police Department investigating the case.
Protesters and activists led by professional racial justice advocates
Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have suggested Martin’s killing was
racially motivated, and have called for Zimmerman’s arrest.
“We want George Zimmerman in court with handcuffs behind his back,” Sharpton Source
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