George Zimmerman fighting DMX in a celebrity boxing match sounds like a hoot. In reality, it’s a recipe for a racial flash point nobody needs.
If you blame Zimmerman for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, of which a jury acquitted him, and believe he walked away legally because he is white and Trayvon was black, the notion of Zimmerman facing the likes of DMX with nothing more than a pair of leather gloves may be as intoxicating as South Florida bath salts.
Or maybe, you believe Zimmerman received a raw deal. That he was blamed recklessly for raising racial tension across the nation when he was only trying to defend himself the night he shot Trayvon, and even deserves to raise his hands in some kind of poetic victory over DMX and other haters.
Whatever camp you’re in, this celebrity match is about exploiting you.
It is not about justice. Not about righting some wrong. Or, settling a score.
It’s about making money in the worst way. And if the show divides the audience into white vs. black and ignites more conflagration, so be it. The show must go on.
Zimmerman vs. DMX is pure exploitation at the expense of Trayvon, his family and all of those who hope to move forward in promoting racial harmony and less gun violence.
Except for killing Trayvon, what is Zimmerman famous for?
Whatever happens fight night, he won’t be able to knock out his past. Neither victor will have won anything more than another brief moment in the spotlight, courtesy of Trayvon and his last breath.
Daniel Vasquez may be reached at email@example.com or @ConsumerDan.