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On the night of December 4th, 2010, Sherman Ware, a homeless man, was trying to break up a fight outside the Wet Spot, a bar in Sanford, Florida. Just then, Justin Collison, 21, walked out of the bar, came up behind Ware, and punched him hard in the back of the head. Ware pitched forward, hit his head on a steel light pole, and fell to the ground, apparently unconscious. There Collison hit him again, and apparently called him a “nigger” several times. Collison then walked down the sidewalk, grabbed another man, and attacked him. The police came, but did not arrest, handcuff or even pat down Collison.
Collison had previously been arrested for shooting into a vehicle; the charges were later dropped. Collison is also the son of Sanford Police Lieutenant Chris Collison.
Here is an Orlando Sentinel article on the incident, and here’s a video taken by a bystander (the attack on Ware takes place in the first 10 seconds):
A white man, the son of a local police officer, sucker punched a black man in an unprovoked attack, and was not charged with any crime. It was just one act of violence among many, of course, and although apparently some people were outraged by it, nobody did much of anything about it.
Except George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman spent hours leafleting cars, handing out flyers to people, and organizing a meeting at City Hall the following month to address the apparent miscarriage of justice.
So says a relative of Zimmerman’s in a letter to Turner Clayton, head of the Seminole County, Florida, NAACP. The Daily Caller obtained and published the letter Monday. The Caller says they have confirmed the family member’s identity, but didn’t publish it out of concern for the Zimmerman family’s safety.
The letter says, in part:
The main point for this letter is to explain to you that the black community has labeled George a racist without any investigation at all. Regardless of the fact that George personally spoke to many of your constituents, not one has stepped forward and said, Hey, I know that face. That is the Hispanic guy that was standing up for Sherman Ware. That was the only non-black face in the meetings for justice in this case. You know as well as I do that there are many NAACP followers that recognize George from the Ware case as well as many other good things that he’s done for the black community. It’s time for you to end the race issue in this matter and call for cooler heads to prevail. If something happens to George as a result of the race furor stirred up by this mischaracterization of George there will be blood on your hands as well as the rest of the racists that have rushed to judgment. You need to call off the dogs. Period. Publicly and swiftly.
Here’s the letter:
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Here’s the flyer Zimmerman distributed:
And here’s strong evidence that these documents are telling the truth: Instead of repudiating the letter as untrue and the flyer as fabricated, last Friday (before the documents became public on Monday), Clayton repudiated Al Sharpton’s call to take protests to an unspecified “next level” if Zimmerman isn’t arrested.
Is George Zimmerman a racist? What do you think?