Celebrity match promoter Damon Feldman allegedly came down with a conscience by cancelling the highly publicized boxing match between possible contenders rapper DMX and acquitted murderer George Zimmerman who reportedly wanted to fight a black person. Feldman tweeted that he was willing to miss out on a lot of money for the sake of hurting people. Hurting exactly whom is unknown. Many non-supporters of the Zimmerman vs. DMX fight are hoping Feldman suddenly had a heart for the late Trayvon Martin and his family. Social media was buzzing with a petition floating around gathering signatures to stop Celebrity Match from hosting an event that would glorify George Zimmerman as a celebrity.
For many reading the CNN report was reliving the tragedy over again as George Zimmerman was found innocent July 14, 2013 of shooting a 17-year-old armed with a bag of Skittles and an ice tea walking home from the store. Zimmerman’s defense argued that the teenager, Trayvon Martin, attacked him and Zimmerman felt he had to stand his ground by reaching for his gun to kill young Trayvon. The prosecution maintains Zimmerman profiled Trayvon as an African-American robber and pursued him, even after the recorded 911 dispatcher instructed him not to. The only two witnesses to what happened the night of February 26, 2012 were George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin and tragically, one of them is no longer alive to tell his side. The George Zimmerman trial stirred up passion and heated debates around the world. When George Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder, marches took place in major cities across the United States and the Atlantic. Though George Zimmerman walked free out of the courtroom a free man, much of the public geared up to protest Damon Feldman from turning him into a celebrity.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Damon Feldman said George Zimmerman was the wrong man to put in the ring to define celebrity boxing. Feldman went on to say he would rather be happy and make other people happy. Time reportedly revealed Feldman’s tweets with one stating he wanted nothing to do with the George Zimmerman fight. It is unknown what came over Feldman to have a change of heart. Those signing the petition to stop the celebrity match still question the conscience of anyone who would pay money and support the idea of Zimmerman becoming a “celebrity” by fighting a black person.
Had DMX beat Zimmerman to a pulp, many Americans would have felt sorry for Zimmerman. Had Zimmerman won the boxing match, many Americans would have cheered and held him up like a rock star. What caused much of the public to protest was Zimmerman reporting to TMZ he would fight anyone…”even a black person.” Feldman had reported to TMZ in response that the match does not discriminate and color had not been discussed. Trayvon Martin was a “black person” who Zimmerman reported had attacked him. The looming question over the heads of many is why couldn’t Zimmerman handle a fight with a 17-year-old “black person” on February 26, 2012. How is it that he is able to handle himself in a boxing match now against a grown man? Inquiring minds want to know…but the fight for justice is now over.
Editorial by Meleika Gardner