Joe Oliver, long-time friend of George Zimmerman, 28, the neighborhood watch captain who killed 17-year old Trayvon Martin in a vigilante-style execution because he looked suspicious Walking While Black, wants everyone to know that his friend “George” is not racist and that he cried his eyes out after murdering Trayvon in cold-blood, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Oliver, who is Black, says that Zimmerman, a White Hispanic, is being maligned in the media and the entire story has not been told:
He couldn’t stop crying. He’s a caring human being,” said Oliver, 53. “I mean, he took a man’s life and he has no idea what to do about it. He’s extremely remorseful about it.”
Oliver, a former television reporter, says that his wife is friends with Zimmerman’s mother-in-law, and that his friend was despondent when he spoke with him Saturday.
I’m a black male and all that I know is that George has never given me any reason whatsoever to believe he has anything against people of color,” Oliver said.
When asked about organizations such as the New Black Panther of Self Defense and the New Black Liberation Militia, the former which has put a bounty on Zimmerman’s head and the latter which is searching for Trayvon’s murderer to make a citizen’s arrest, Oliver said they were being hypocritical:
All these people who are threatening George, what makes them any better than the person they think he is?” Oliver said. “You’ve got all these people wanting to lynch the man and they don’t know the whole story. There are huge gaps that are being filled in and interpreted without evidence.”
I understand how they’re able to leap to the conclusion. You have a dead teenager. This guy is white so it must be a hate crime. There’s going to be evidence to come out that basically will justify George’s concern.”
He (Zimmerman) confirmed for me that he was not the aggressor. But I did not go into details as to how it got to that aggressive point,” said Oliver.
While terms such as sell-out, token and Sambo may come swiftly to mind, Attorney Benjamin Crump, legal council for Trayvon’s family, let Oliver’s statement speak for itself by comparing it to Geraldo Rivera, who claimed that Trayvon’s murder was caused as much by his hoodie as it was by George Zimmerman:
It seems Joe Oliver and Geraldo Rivera are in agreement that this senseless shooting is somehow Trayvon Martin’s fault,” Benjamin Crump said, referring to the celebrity journalist’s comment that “Trayvon Martin would be alive today but for his hoodie.”
Had Zimmerman simply stayed in his vehicle, Trayvon Martin would be pursuing his dreams,” Crump said.
What becomes more and more obvious in this case, is that people, even those so-called brothas wearing blackface will try to look for any excuse to make this into anything but what it actually is:
A cold, calculated murder that occurred after Trayvon was menaced, stalked and approached by a wanna-be cop with a gun.
They can conjure up whatever they want to about his character, point to how tall he was, how he may have being beating Zimmerman in a fight, sift through his text messages and school records. They can then spin what they find to paint Trayvon as “not a good kid.”
That changes nothing.
Zimmerman was the aggressor as soon as he spotted a young, “suspicious,” Black child, ignored the instructions of the 911 operator and approached, then killed Trayvon. He was not “standing his ground,” he was covered new ground just so he could play cop and make sure that another “asshole” didn’t get away.
The fact is that he was a child minding his business, armed with an iced tea and a pack of candy, and he was gunned down by a man who believed that society gave him that right.
Fact: If Trayvon were a White child gunned down by a Black neighborhood watch captain, that captain would have been under the jail.
Fact: If Trayvon were a White child, he would not be on postmortem trial while his Black murderer sat at home “crying” about how remorseful he was.
Fact: If Trayvon were a White child, he would not have laid upon a cold, hard, slab in a morgue with a John Doe toe-tag while his family searched for him.
Fact: This is a race issue and Joe Oliver should be ashamed of himself for defending his “friend,” without at least acknowledging that he profiled a young Black child as a dangerous, drug addicted, “asshole” simply because he was walking home wearing a hoodie.
Hopefully, he counts himself lucky that his son — if he has one — wasn’t Walking While Black on his good “friend’s” watch.