In an effort to discredit any claims of bigotry on the part of George Zimmerman, Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s attorney,
has provided proof that he believes demonstrates that Zimmerman was not motivated by racial prejudice. Mr. O’Mara has said that “nothing supports the conclusion that he’s a racist.” The use of the phrase “f#cking coon” seems to have escaped him.
However O’Mara has taken the next step to prove that Zimmerman couldn’t possibly be racist. He said that Zimmerman’s great-grandfather was black. The implication is that because 1/8 of Zimmerman’s heritage is African-American, that makes Zimmerman Black, and therefore he couldn’t possibly be racist. By virtue of this admission, O’Mara unintentionally revealed one possible explanation for why Zimmerman could have been motivated to disparage Blacks, treat them as inferior, think they always get away, or even shoot one. First, O’Mara seems to embrace the notion that one-drop of “negro” blood causes a person to be black. O’Mara is an attorney so he must know that the rule of law in Plessy v. Ferguson was overruled by Brown v. Board of Education. Even Republicans have complained that even if a person has some distant relative who was a minority, that person is not justified in calling himself a member of that minority.
The second and even more compelling argument is that “Colorism” is a form of prejudice or discrimination that is alive and well in America. Colorism is the type of prejudice or discrimination that attributes social status to the lightness of your skin. The lighter a person, the higher their status among people who have this attitude. Colorism is prevalent throughout the world. It is evident in cultures in the United States, Latin America, Asia, the Arab World, and Africa.
Clearly Trayvon Martin was darker than George Zimmerman.
Most people would not identify Zimmerman as Black. Thus it is possible that Zimmerman was intent on distinguishing himself as different, and better, than Trayvon Martin, or any other Black. To suggest that Zimmerman wouldn’t be prejudiced against Blacks, would be like saying that Zimmerman would never sexually molest a young girl, because he had a young female cousin.