To be clear from the start, I make no claims to know what happened that day. Did George Zimmerman murder Trayvon? I don’t know. Did Trayvon attack Zimmerman and get what he deserved? I don’t know. And, at this point, neither does anyone else.
But, that doesn’t stop some from seizing this event for their own selfish gain. And the ones attempting to profit from this are the same people screaming the loudest about “injustice”.
Let’s start with the New Blank Panthers. They have offered a $10,000 bounty for George Zimmerman. I have yet to see any statement from them on what they would do with Zimmerman, should they get their hands on him.
New Black Panther leader Mikhail Muhammad announced the reward during a protest last Saturday. When asked whether he was inciting violence, Muhammad replied defiantly: “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”
Muhammad said the group’s national chairman, Dr. Malik Zulu Shabaz of Washington, D.C.is receiving donations from black entertainers and athletes. They hope to collect $1 million by next week, Muhammad said. The party said they would not release the names of donors nor would they provide documentation to support the existence of donations.
Next we have Trayvon’s own mother, Sybrina Fulton. She has has sought to trademark two phrases: “Justice for Trayvon” and “I Am Trayvon.” Her lawyer claimed Fulton wants to safeguard intellectual property rights for “projects that will assist other families who experience similar tragedies.”
When a reporter asked if Fulton had any designs to make a profit, the lawyer said, “None.”
Many others have seized the opportunity to make a profit from merchandise. EBay has several hundred Trayvon Martin items for sale. Websites spreadshirt.com and cafepress.com are among those making a profit from Trayvon’s death.
President Obama has also jumped into the fray for some face time with the media, saying if he’d had a son he would look like Trayvon.