The George Zimmerman Vs. DMX “Celebrity Boxing Match” Is Wrong On Every Damn Level
Today would have been Trayvon Martin’s 19th birthday. Martin, however, is not celebrating that birthday today because he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman nearly two years ago in February 2012. Today is also the day that boxing promoter Damon Feldman has tastelessly and unapologetically chosen to announce that rapper DMX has been selected to fight Zimmerman in a “celebrity” boxing match, the scheduled date for which will be announced next week. But I hope that the whole disgusting affair is canceled before that announcement can be made.
For starters, George Zimmerman is not a celebrity and should not be allowed to become one. He killed an innocent child and while a jury decided to let him get away with it, we, the public, does not have to allow him and Feldman to exploit that child’s death in his pursuit of fame, especially when it involves even more violence.
Secondly, pitting him against DMX, a Black rapper — who has recently been struggling with drug addiction — further exploits the racial hatred and tension that not only contributed to Martin’s death but was used to defend Zimmerman’s actions by many of his supporters. This time, DMX is the “thug.” I don’t care if DMX volunteered for the job and boasted, “I am going to beat the living fuck out him … I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I fuck him right up.” As much as George Zimmerman repulses me, as much as I believe he belongs in jail, watching him get pummeled in the face does nothing to bring Trayvon Martin back and only exacerabates the pain felt by his parents, Tracy Martin and Sabrina Fulton, who have shown absolutely tremendous grace throughout this entire horrific ordeal.
Lastly, it should not be assumed that if this fight goes down, DMX will win. DMX is 43 years old, while Zimmerman is 30. DMX has battled drug addiction for years. It is well within the realm of possibility that Zimmerman, who has been training for months, could be the victor. The thought of him being carried around on his supporters’ shoulders, that repulsive smile on his face, making a victory lap around the ring, is enough to make me seriously nauseous. We are better than this, America. Trayvon Martin and his family deserve better than this.
If you agree, I urge you to sign this White House Petition calling for the match to be canceled, because “No Promoter or Celebrity Boxer should ever be allowed to use racial tension to profit.” The goal is to reach 100,000 signatures by March 4.