This video from the USA says about itself:
Trayvon Martin’s parents lead rallies in US
20 July 2013
Trayvon Martin’s parents have been joined by celebrities, civil rights activists and protesters as they led rallies in New York and Florida to show their anger at the acquittal of the man who shot and killed their unarmed teenage son. Sybrina Fulton led a rally of more than a thousand people in New York, along with veteran civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton, where she told the crowd that the picture painted of her son, Trayvon, during the trial depicted a man she did not recognise. Marches, under the banner of “Justice for Trayvon”, also took place in Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta and many other cities. Al Jazeera’s Cath Turner reports from New York City.
By James Tweedie in Britain:
US: Killer’s Confederate art on sale in gun shop
Wednesday 19th August 2015
Flag paintings by Trayvon Martin’s shooter are on sale in anti-Muslim shop
A FLORIDA gun shop that refuses to serve Muslims is selling signed prints of a Confederate flag painted by the killer of black teenager Trayvon Martin.
This video from the USA says about itself:
Confederate Flag: No Honor in Fighting for an Unjust Cause
1 July 2015
Bill Starr has a South Carolina lineage that predates the Revolution, and ancestors who fought in the Civil War for the Confederate States of America. He wants the Confederate flag to come down. [MORE: here.]
Annabel Park of Story of America spoke to Mr. Starr during the ceremonial lying in state for slain Civil Rights leader and State Senator Clementa Pinckney at the South Carolina state capitol in Columbia, SC.
The Confederate battle flag was raised over the South Carolina capitol dome in 1962 as a symbol of defiance of the Civil Rights movement. In 2002, a compromise in the state legislature moved the flag to a Confederate war memorial in front of the dome, with the United States flag and the South Carolina state flag replacing the Confederate flag atop the dome.
In the wake of the June 17, 2015 massacre at the Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, lawmakers including both US Senators and the governor of the state (all Republicans) asked the legislature to vote to remove the flag from state grounds as a symbol of healing, unity and inclusion.
“It’s unbearable to think that a hundred and fifty years after the end of the Civil War, fifty years after the end of legal segregation, that people are still being murdered for the crime of having been the victims of the greatest crime in history, which is what slavery was” begins Starr. He recounts his Confederate ancestry but explains that they weren’t slave-owners, just poor people drafted “sent to fight for a bunch of rich slave owners to defend the most unjust institution in history, and there is no honor in that, there is nothing to be proud of in that. The 300,000 Confederate soldiers who died in that war were murdered by slavery just as surely as the millions who died on the plantations.”
The James Tweedie article continues:
The prints are being sold at the discount price of $50 (£32) on the shop’s website, accompanied by a paranoid “mini-documentary” video dated Monday entitled Cultural Cleansing & Bias Media = Time for Change! featuring reactionaries such as rocker Ted Nugent.
The signed canvas crudely depicts the Confederate battle flag with the slogan “the second defends our first,” implying that the constitutional second amendment right to bear arms is the only protection of the first amendment right to freedom of speech.
The killer explains: “The first flag I painted on this canvas was an American flag, but decided to repaint over it with the Confederate flag when I heard Andy was getting sued by Cair,” the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
“The second flag I painted was the battle flag, which we need in America in order to protect the first.”
The website claims: “You cannot have the first amendment without the second, and you cannot have the American flag if you remove the battle flag,” in apparent ignorance of the fact that the present US flag pre-dates the Confederate banner by 84 years.
The website screams: “The media is calling you racist. Why are they calling you racist if you’re not?” claiming that the flag is only used by “a small amount (sic) of people to incite racism.”
A previous daub by Mr Zimmerman of the US flag sold on eBay for $100,000 (£64,000).
The armed vigilante was controversially acquitted in 2013 of the murder of Mr Martin, who was carrying nothing but a soft drink and a bag of sweets when he was shot the previous year.
Mr Crawford’s lawyer argued that his client should be acquitted because the device was useless.
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN AUCTIONING OFF GUN HE USED TO KILL TRAYVON MARTIN The world is understandably horrified. Here’s a comprehensive history of the other scandals Zimmerman has courted ever since being acquitted. [Ed Mazza, HuffPost]
George Zimmerman ‘threatens to feed Jay Z to an alligator’ over Trayvon Martin documentary, Snoop Dogg wades in. Docuseries will look at teenager’s life, his killing, and the acquittal of Zimmerman that caused outrage around the US: here.
FLORIDA killer George Zimmerman has filed a $100 million (£76m) lawsuit against the family of Trayvon Martin, the black teenager whose life he took in 2012. Mr Zimmerman was controversially acquitted of homicide in 2013 for killing Trayvon, who was unarmed and walking back to his father’s fiancee’s home from a grocer’s shop with skittles and iced tea when Mr Zimmerman shot him dead. He claimed self-defence, a claim accepted by the jury, though it sparked outrage among black US citizens as he had opted to follow and kill the teenager: here.