One thing that will always bother me about the Zimmerman trial (well, other than the fact that the jury let a murderer walk) is when he claimed that it was Trayvon who said, “You’re gonna die tonight” …is there anyone at all who believes those weren’t the words Zimmerman himself said to a terrified and unarmed Trayvon Martin just before Trayvon began screaming for help?
If you’re like me, you still want to punch it repeatedly, but everyone has seen the “innocent little boy” face Zimmerman has learned to show the public when accused of a crime, and at least twice now we’ve all heard what I can only imagine is a very well rehearsed, soft spoken “innocent little boy” voice to complete the “I’m innocent” demeanor [listen: 911 call on Trayvon, 911 call on Scheibe]
The most telling statement from the Scheibe 911 call? “my girlfriend has…gone crazy on me" sounds like projection and what I imagine is classic abuser 101 terminology and logic—the "nothing is my fault, they made me do it” mentality
And the fact that Zimmerman has no problem directing intense physical violence at those he judges to be weaker than himself—particularly women, the elderly and children—and then publicly covers it up with what I call “good little boy” mannerisms, suggests to me that Zimmerman is an adroit abuser who, in the words of Samantha Scheibe, “knows how to play this game” [listen: Scheibe’s 911 call]
For anyone like myself, who isn’t necessarily a domestic abuse expert nor survivor, being able to clearly peg the “before” and “after” personas Zimmerman employs is…well, not so shocking as much as it is just good to have a solid, real life, real time example to point to: the public vs. the private masks of abusers, and in this particular case, a racist murderer too
Make no mistake though, while we have all seen his public “nice boy” persona, only a select, unlucky few have witnessed the real George Zimmerman in action and, but for the Zimmerman trial, I can only imagine the sheer frustration and helplessness abuse victims must feel trying to expose such duplicity