Just when you think we’ve bottomed out as a society, along comes a story like this. According to CBS News, in a report by affiliate TV station WKMG of Orlando, Florida , an unidentified entrepreneur and supporter of George Zimmerman has sold gun range targets online in the figure of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. While no face appears on the paper targets, the hoodie-adorned figure – printed with cross-hairs centered on its chest – possesses a package of Skittles in its pocket, and a container resembling a can of iced tea in its hand.
In an email exchange with a WKMG reporter, the seller of the targets admitted, “My main motivation was to make money off the controversy… The response is overwhelming. I sold out in 2 days.”
Zimmerman’s defense attorney, Mark O’Mara, expressed appall with the targets, stating, “This is the highest level of disgust and the lowest level of civility.” He also articulated concern that such “hate mongering” would only make trying the case more difficult.
For hip-hop fans, the targets will undoubtedly spark recollection of Public Enemy’s powerful b-boy in cross-hairs logo, designed by Chuck D. That provocative image was used by the group to raise awareness of the ongoing societal and institutional war on Black youth in America. And though borne out of an entirely different perspective, sadly so too do these.
( CBS News )