How fitting in Donald Trump’s Amerika: the craven racist who killed an unarmed boy over a bag of Skittles is auctioning the weapon he used to snuff Trayvon Martin’s life.
Bidding starts at $5,000. The killer, George Zimmerman, will get much more than that. Amerika is full of boastful haters willing to pony up for such a fine, racist souvenir. Zimmerman is a hero to them. And Trump’s successful campaign for the Republican presidential nomination has given them a fuhrer, a populist fascist to idolize. What a fine icon Zimmerman’s gun will be to wave at Trump’s political rallies.
Trump’s ascent to the status of serious presidential aspirant accelerates his country’s descent to fourth-nation status — an economically broken, politically corrupt, culturally riven, war-driven oligarchy led by profiteers whose morality degrades as their riches rise.
There is no hope for redemption now, just as there is no choice for the largely ignorant mass of voters in next November’s election. Trump is the Republican nominee. Thanks to the rigged Democratic nominating apparatus, Hillary Clinton will be the Democrat. Scylla and Charybdis. How did this former democracy arrive at such a state? Perhaps, as many revisionist historians suggest, it’s been lurking within us for a long, long time.
Jim Crow. The KKK. Woodrow Wilson. Slave-owning founders. The Philippines. Remember the Maine. The Gulf of Tonkin. Sacco and Vanzetti. Vietnam. Throw a dart at an era in our history and it will stick in something unsavory.
Zimmerman’s sick notion to profit from the sale of the weapon he used to kill an innocent black kid is one small symptom of the greater malaise afflicting the United States in our era. A particularly disgusting one, but small in the scheme of things.
He says he will donate the proceeds from the sale to fighting against the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
So what? Black lives will still matter. His still will not.