The NAACP has determined to present George Zimmerman a lifetime achievement award.
In an announcement launched on its web site this morning, the group’s Florida department mentioned it determined to honor the person who killed Trayvon Martin for his subsequent work at an area YMCA, the place he offers free boxing classes to underprivileged black youths.
“All people makes errors,”the assertion reads, “and George Zimmerman actually made a giant one. Nevertheless, since his acquittal on homicide prices he has turn into a pillar of this neighborhood.
“Every single day George comes into the gymnasium and jousts with younger black males. As an professional boxer, he might be paid 1000’s for his work. However he doesn’t ask for a dime. Have you learnt why? As a result of George Zimmerman cares in regards to the black neighborhood.
“The NAACP hopes this award will assist heal the racial divide in our state by illuminating the truth that there’s good and unhealthy in everybody, it doesn’t matter what their race.”
Zimmerman shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in 2012 whereas on neighborhood watch close to his Sanford, Florida residence. Though he claimed he acted in self-defense, it later emerged that he pursued Martin in opposition to the directions of 911 dispatch.
Final yr a jury acquitted him of homicide, however he stays a controversial determine within the African-American neighborhood.
The NAACP is already below hearth for lauding Donald Sterling, who was caught on tape final week making racist feedback about black folks. He was scheduled to obtain a lifetime achievement award simply days later.
It later emerged that Sterling had made giant donations to the NAACP’s Los Angeles chapter, opening the group as much as prices that its awards are on the market.
Certainly on this case, tax information present that Zimmerman used money from his authorized protection fund to make a $20,000 donation to the Florida NAACP.
He’s anticipated to obtain his award subsequent Tuesday in Miami.
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