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March 16, 2012

Updated: George Zimmerman’s Father: My Son Hispanic & Not Racist

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Written by: Kelly Virella
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eorge Zimmerman’s father sent a letter to the Orlando Sentinel Thursday, saying his son did not instigate the conflict that left 17-year-old Trayvon Martin dead.

“At no time did George follow or confront Mr. Martin. When the true details of the event became public, and I hope that will be soon,” the letter from Robert Zimmerman said, “everyone should be outraged by the treatment of George Zimmerman in the media.”

The conflict began after George Zimmerman called police to report a suspicious person wearing a hoodie and walking slowly in the rain. George Zimmerman disobeyed law enforcement orders to stop following Martin and ultimately shot the unarmed teenager in the chest with a 9 mm handgun, killing him.

Robert Zimmerman said his son is Hispanic and not racist. “He would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever …,” the letter to the Orlando Sentinel says. “The media portrayal of George as a racist could not be further from the truth.”

Updated 1:
On one of the 911 tapes of Trayvon Martin’s killing, the confessed killer George Zimmerman mutters a racial slur under his breath, according to Florida TV station WFTV. The alleged slur is “Fucking Coons.”

Updated 2:
The moment I posted this one Facebook a reader responded with better evidence that Zimmerman says “Fucking coons.” It’s in this YouTube video at 2:19. Thanks for the tip Perhaps this is the video that reader Drew refers to below.

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Updated 3:
According to the Sanford Florida police, Zimmerman is white. The police report identifies him as a white male.



About the Author

Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


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