Now that George Zimmerman has been acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unnarmed Florida teen, what’s he supposed to do? Joan Walsh, editor-at-large of Salon, has a column in which she says he should “go away.”
He hasn’t done that. All indications are that he hasn’t sought any press. He hasn’t given any post-acquittal interviews. He hasn’t signed a book contract.
It was reported last week that Zimmerman was recently seen touring a gun factor in Florida and posed for a picture with the son of the factory’s owner. There’s no context to the picture, which appears to be a personal one, not meant for mass release. Even so, Walsh writes:
I’m sorry, America, we’re stuck with the Zimmermans. They won’t go away. Rather than recoil from his status as the man who shot an unarmed 17-year-old, George Zimmerman is enjoying his celebrity …
That’s the kind of cluelessness that would lead a guy to tour the factory that made the gun he used to kill Martin, and to pose grinning with a star-struck factory worker like he’s Frank Sinatra visiting a local trattoria.
Don’t ask what a trattoria is.
So, what’s Zimmerman supposed to do aside from avoiding the media spotlight? That’s all he can do and what he has done.