George Zimmerman’s Mom: My Son Isn’t a Racist

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In her first television interview, George Zimmerman’s mother, Gladys, defended her son against charges of racism and expressed her faith in the judicial system as his case unfolds.

(MORE: Zimmerman Trial Gets Another New Judge)

“I feel that it’s about time, the time that all this commotion was happening, we were forced to leave our home,” Gladys Zimmerman said on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight(Clips of the interview here). “We were forced to just disappear and because of the death threats that we were getting, it was very dangerous for us to — even to think about to come to defend our son.”

Obscured in shadows for her safety, Zimmerman answered Piers Morgan that the biggest misconception that people had about her son was that he was a racist. “That is something that, you know, people who don’t know George and people who knew George they didn’t bother to come up front and said, no, he’s not racist,” she said.

Zimmerman faces charges of second degree murder for the killing of African American teenager Trayvon Martin. When Morgan brought up the possibility that her son could face “25, 30 years in prison” if convicted, Gladys Zimmerman said that she believed in justice.

“I believe in the judicial system. I believe from the beginning that, you know, he is innocent, and I mean, the media had played a big role against my son. They had portrayed him in a bad, bad picture. But there is justice in America, and I believe in justice,” she said.

Zimmerman’s brother, Robert, who also appeared on the show, gave the host an update about George, saying that he was not currently incarcerated but that he’s required to stay in Seminole County, Fla. which has been a “little bit restrictive.”

MORE: New Evidence: No Trace of Trayvon Martin’s DNA on George Zimmerman’s Gun

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Regina Bradley
Regina Bradley

I wish people would stop talking about race. The point is zim saw Trayvon and right away assumed he was a criminal, assumed he was about to commit a criminal act, called the Police on him even though he was just walking in zim gated community as though he owned it, made up his mind this one was not going to get away and at the end this child (Yes this child) would be shot dead for reasons I still dont understand.

USCitzen
USCitzen

Zim trying to sue NBC is hilarious. They TRIED to make him look racist?

He made racists comments on facebook, he made tons of calls to the police because Black citizens were going about their daily lives in their own neighbor claiming they look suspious, said on the phone "they always get away" So, umm, who would he be refering to as "they"?

If the shoe fits, then wear it. Racist

Akil Harvey
Akil Harvey

NO_LIMIT_NI66A? 

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puttin the bangaz on crackas since 2011

AdalbertoMoxieGonçalvesJr.
AdalbertoMoxieGonçalvesJr.

@Akil Harvey He was a teenager!  Teenagers do stupid things but it doesn't make them worthy of death.  Get a clue!

HUGH STONE
HUGH STONE like.author.displayName 1 Like

It wasn't only black people he called the cops on, it was every race. He was just an all around snitch. Stop crying racism everytime a blac thug gets themselves killed.It takes away from real racist acts that are committed.

bibleverse1
bibleverse1

People only make the statement of not being racist when they do something racist. Honestly we all have a preference for people that are similar to ourselves once we are honest with this truth we ca accept all people and enjoy peace with all others. The constant lying and denial brings us into conflict.

Lisa Anderson Simon
Lisa Anderson Simon

Actually not all - I know white people who prefer black people and vice versa. I know people that can't stand the sight of people in their own color group.  I have a preference for brown the color of golden toast and prefer my meat and toast  and wood in that color. Light skinned blacks that wouldn't consider dating anyone light-skinned or white.  I think the constant not knowing if your color is the reason the other person treats you as they do is the problem.  Someone white mistreats me. I can't think of any other reason why they would do that, I might consider it's because they don't like black people (in my shade?) but then I see the same white person equally (or worse) mistreating someone white and Ihave to wonder if it's the person. See? I prefer people who treat me nicely and are nice people. I don't like controlling people. I know George's type. They may mean no harm but they are obsessive and need help.

Lisa Anderson Simon
Lisa Anderson Simon like.author.displayName 1 Like

Joe Oliver came forth to state that George was not a racist. Frank Taafe too but who believes a racist? Ha ha ha

SaraCali
SaraCali like.author.displayName 1 Like

Even if I believed that Geroerge Zimmerman was beaten by Taryvon martin I do not believe his life was in danger when he shot the kid …why?

Because Zimmerman admitted to Serino that he had Martin under control with a wrist lock before he pulled his gun and shot him. He also admitted he grabbed his gun, extended his arm beyond his left hand to avoid shooting it, AIMED, and pulled the trigger. And that shows that Zimmerman was not in danger and he had Martin under control. Which makes it murder doesn’t it?

Akil Harvey
Akil Harvey

it would be fun to punch you in the nose and throw you on the ground and smash your head into the concrete (when i wasnt trying to limit your ability to breathe or alert help)..........I got my black belt in 1992......I could do this to you (so you can tell me how GZ should have done this or that........that is....IF i let you speak or breathe or live)

HUGH STONE
HUGH STONE

Let someone mount you and bang your head in the ground. See how long you last .

SaraCali
SaraCali

Even if I believed that Geroerge Zimmerman was beaten by Taryvon martin I do not believe his life was in danger when he shot the kid …why?

Because Zimmerman admitted to Serino that he had Martin under control with a wrist lock before he pulled his gun and shot him. He also admitted he grabbed his gun, extended his arm beyond his left hand to avoid shooting it, AIMED, and pulled the trigger. And that shows that Zimmerman was not in danger and he had Martin under control. Which makes it murder doesn’t it?

Linda Rose
Linda Rose

thou doth protest too loud. It appears to me the only ones who claim this is a racist act are the family of this alleged murderer and those who are in conspiracy theories. GMZimmerman should have kept his behind in his truck. It appears more and more that he was the aggressive one. No DNA of GZ on the sweatshirt cuffs/sleeves nor were there any under TM's fingernails, Kind of a hard fete to do if one had their head bashed over and over...TM is an innocent, unarmed victim of the Zimmerman's son..all my belief

HUGH STONE
HUGH STONE

Police never checked for dna under the nails. They only do that to victims not to perpetrators. Even the PD knew GZ was telling the truth. He even passed the lie detector.

Daniel Glines
Daniel Glines

What a surprise.   he's also and idiot and a liar.

Heat2Hot
Heat2Hot like.author.displayName 1 Like

Zimmerman was told by Sanford PD on September 22, 2011 not to pursue anyone at a neighborhood watch meeting in front of several people. Wendy Dorival will be called to testify that she told him this. He was specifically told to observe, remove himself from the scene and call Sanford PD. Zimmerman said that he was not on neighborhood watch but his buddy Frank Taafe told the media that he was. Zimmerman is going to prison where he belongs. 

Akil Harvey
Akil Harvey

the duke lacrosse case fell apart over night (and nancy grace had to take a day off from her insane rants about white boys).......

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 i expect silence from you that day (unless you will be out rioting).

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justice for all (not just for trayvon)

Akil Harvey
Akil Harvey

the persecutor in this case will only spend a day in jail for her many lies (since black racism is so strong)

Akil Harvey
Akil Harvey

all the prosecutor has to do is prove what you said (not that he was told no to follow, but that he actually followed.....of course, that may be disregarded if they find out the nen people repeatedly inquired as to where the thug had gone)........i doubt highly that the prosecutor will ever prosecute a case in this state or any other (sine she has broken the law herself in her persecution of GZ).

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putting the bangaz on crackas since 2011

AdalbertoMoxieGonçalvesJr.
AdalbertoMoxieGonçalvesJr.

@Akil Harvey Kind of hard to deny he followed when the dispatcher said "Are you following him" and George answered "Yes"  lol  It's on tape.. 

Akil Harvey
Akil Harvey

no burglaries have taken place at the retreat at twin lakes since trayvon has passed (I dont wonder why at all)

Heat2Hot
Heat2Hot

The entire Zimmerman family is SCUM. The entire family has used this child's death to beg for money. Jeffrey Dahmer killed close to 20 people and the death threats were non-stop but his mom and dad didn't go anywhere and nobody bothered them. Ted Bundy's mom didn't leave home and start begging. The media has shown us that you can ring Luka Magnotta's mom's doorbell any day of the week. She'll even answer her door. She's not begging! The brother and the dad of Zimmerman have both been caught lying on national tv! Where is the witness that Robert Jr said saw the first punch? We now know that this witness doesn't exist! Robert Sr claimed that Zimmerman never followed the boy. We now know that this was also a lie. The entire family is SCUM.

Akil Harvey
Akil Harvey

trayvon's bro got a new rolex out of this.

his ma got new clothes and a luxury trip around the world.

his dad is wearing new silk suits.

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all they had to do was lie through their teeth and yell repeatedly, "white peopel are wolves" while the national organization of black la enforcement interfered with the case from behidn the scenes (tampering with eivdeence and witnesses and threatening fellow officers).

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i love black racisms, it is the good kind of hate in lberal lala land

Lisa Anderson Simon
Lisa Anderson Simon

If Robert has this witness who saw the first punch, I wonder why GZ is still stalling getting the hearing and then trial started.  I'd say b/c that witness can't say what, besides being aggressively followed, precipitated the punch - such as flashing a gun (?) I mean, GZ could not actually be looking for a phone when he just closed the line with the operator. And, way down there near his gun? Unbelievable. Robert Jr is now threatening to spend the remainder of his life getting Natalie's license revoked. Wonder why he selected her in particular? The family is desperate.  Where's their faith in God? The one who GZ speaks for and whose will it was for GZ to kill that night.  It would appear his mental illness is genetic. He should not have been able to get a gun license.

RobertSF
RobertSF

I can believe George Zimmerman is no sheet-wearing cross-burner. He wasn't the racist.

The racists are the ones rushing to his defense on the grounds that if a black man so much as raises his hand against you, you have the right to kill him. Those are the real racists, and there seem to be thousands of them.

Akil Harvey
Akil Harvey

The real racists are blacks who ran in the streets threatening vigilante justice while no one at the state, local or federal level did anything to calm this down......

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how did they protest what they percived wrongly to be vigilante justice?  they threatened riots and put out a bounty on zimmerman in vigilante fashion to protest vigilante action.....

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no one was arrested quickly in the FAMU hazing incident,but instead of calling benny crump from the other side of town - yeah, that clown has offices heya-they complained their band was closed).

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yup, when blacks kill, there is no rush to arrest anyone.....but if someone perceieved or thought to be white is cuaght killing a black kid, there is a rush to arrest someone.

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this case is prime example of black racism up there with the twanna brawley incident and the duke lacrosse case (you thought soem white people needed to hang then too, didnt you?)

Lisa Anderson Simon
Lisa Anderson Simon

I wish I could ring the bell a dozen times for this comment. Yes. I can believe that he's not racist; biased, maybe, for not racist. The people who post on his behalf have said everything he does not say and seem to want you to believe they know him well, are his neighbors, friends or family. They are not helping him with this. I don't understand why his family and his supporters keep bringing up race. The Feds determined he is not racist so we all are supposed to concentrate on the other facts.  Like Mark O'Mara saying that he is not a racist murderer. OK - just Murderer? He concentrated on the racist aspect and that's not even a concern any longer. It isn't as if the jury is going to have any Blacks on it. IMO 

Akil Harvey
Akil Harvey

the feds determined zimmerrman did not act in racial animus, but I still think trayvon acted in racial animus (putting the bangaz on crackas since 2011)

Priscilla Partlow
Priscilla Partlow

People do not have to be a racist to profile someone.  Zimmerman profiled Martin.  As for people saying all the right things to protect someone that they know, who wouldn't do that?  If it was me, you or anyone for that matter in zimmerman's situation, you know that people who know us or love us would say anything to protect us.  Zimmerman is not the victim here, he is just trying to get out of the consequences of a senseless murder.  He murdered an unarmed teenager that was minding his business, Zimmerman spotted him and did what according to his history he always did, profiled someone, called the police, a crime was never commitmented that he witnessed himself and still this time someone was killed. They need to pull zimmerman past history to see if he would have killed someone. NOT A TEENAGER WHO MIGHT THROW THE FIRST PUNCH!

Akil Harvey
Akil Harvey

too bad trayvon made the mistake of 'profiling' GZ as someone easy to beat down (and likely white).

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too bad his CRIMINALLY negligent parents left him all aloen all weekend without food or drink (he might be alive if they had loved him and cared for him and not left him all alone)

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deedee said trayvon thought GZ was white (and she said it with major disdain).....why does that matter?  it matters if you are a black racist

noelani54
noelani54

I agree very much with your comments.  I think race figured in, as far as Zimmerman thinking he would be able to get others to think he was a hero, if the person he killed (or "apprehended" and accused of robbing houses) was a young black man.   I don't think he was like those vermin who have come out of the woodwork and exposed their own rampant racism. They don't give a crap about Zimmerman. They just like the opportunity to crucify the character of the young man whose life was snuffed out. i think Zimmerman is more of a hotheaded bully and an idiot than a racist.

Akil Harvey
Akil Harvey

race figured in alright......right near my hosue is FAMU (and benny crumps office), where the marching band decided it would be fun to beat their fellow drum major to death as a way of saying welcome to he organization........

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weeks and months later, there still were no arrests (no need, race was no an issue in this case....blacks had killed a fellow black....thus there was no rush to arrest anyone.......if there had somewhere been a white person involved,m there would have been a rush to arrest the white person, but since it was all blacks who killed a fellow black, benny crump wasnt even goona have to ride acroose town for no rally

B_Rodregas
B_Rodregas

What would make him a hot headed bully?  The mentoring of children? Organizing clothing drives for the homeless?  Helping his neighbors after they had to endure a home invasion? 

Face it, the only reason Zimmerman has been labeled a racist, a cop wanna be, and idiot, amoung any nomber of other names is due to the BS that the MSM has been shelling out as proof, with no proof to back them up.

As I see it, George was being a responsible citizen when he took notice of someone fitting the discription of the men who were seen breaking into a neighbors house, he did what a responsible person would do, called the police to report it.  His only mistake was to get out of his vehicle and give Martin the opprotunity to attack... and then defended himself. 

Say what you want, but I would have no issue with a guy (black/white/asian/native) with valuses like Zimmerman moving into my neighborhood.  I'd sleep fine knowing that my neighbors are the types who care enough about their neighbors to put themselves in harms way to protect our neighborhood.

RobertSF
RobertSF

No one is saying Zimmerman is evil incarnate. Even Jerry Sandusky founded and funded a charity.

But Zimmerman has an established history of reacting with excessive violence. There's the restraining order against him and the circumstances, and there's also the fact that he was fired from a job as a bouncer because he was too rough. Imagine that, a bounce fired not for being a weenie but for being too aggressive.

As for his good deeds, while they are good deeds, they also indicate a personality that just has to have his nose in everything. It's really not normal for a non-wealthy man of 28 to be that involved in charity. He's an overbearing meddler with a hero complex. That's not illegal, but it's what drove him that night to play cops and robbers with a real gun.

Lisa Anderson Simon
Lisa Anderson Simon

You're probably safe now to make that statement. Indicted or found not guilty, he will probably not be able to conceal carry again and he can certainly forget his dreams of being a police officer.

Diane Nelson Trotter
Diane Nelson Trotter

I agree.  I have maintained that George Zimmerman made a horrible mistake.  People who try to justify it are the real racists.

Akil Harvey
Akil Harvey

you have no trouble justifying the felonious assault on george zimmerman.

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you dont do much for the race card other than wear it out (reread the twanna brawley and duke acrosse case histories .....or just go threaten some white guy you think is guilty but who hasnt been convicted.......

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btw, not GZ supporters were not threatening the kind of indiscriminate violence that the trayvon suporters have in case they dont get the outcome they desire.

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i would say those who threaten GZ's mom and dad are the racists.....the new black pantehrs who came to this state to threaten vigilante justice as a way to protest what they thought was vigilante justice are the racists

f_galton
f_galton

Who cares if Zimmerman is racist? Being racist is not a crime. Neither is self defense. 

Lisa Anderson Simon
Lisa Anderson Simon

Being a racist can get you in trouble Federally depending upon what you are doing or did when you were being racist. If you murdered someone and it can be proved it was for a protected status (race, sexual orientation, sex), being racist can be very illegal and a crime. Self defense is not a crime but only if you know how to word it so that everyone knows it was self defense and not murder. GZ may have told the truth and he defined it himself as murder. He forgot the basic rules of concealed carry law. If you are acting as security, you must wear a uniform and identify yourself as security.  If you are just  citizen, you can't go chasing people with your car (making it a dangerous weapon), or on foot. You can't bring about the circumstances that make you require the need of a gun. You can't determine that someone running is not in fear but possibly a dare for you to follow and stop him before he can commit a crime. This is not Minority Report. He can't determine that he knew what the young man was up to and stop him before he does it. It didn't work in the movie and it didn't work here - not legally.

noelani54
noelani54

 No, but killing an unarmed kid who is doing nothing but walking back to finish watching a game with his dad IS a crime!

HUGH STONE
HUGH STONE

Trays' dad was getting some azz from   his woman on the side in  a  motel 100 miles away. Not his wife.   Trayvon and the missteress' little boy were left to fend for themselves. also the game had not even started by the time trayvon was dead., Learn your facts.

f_galton
f_galton

He shot someone attacking him. That's self defense.

Yeshuratnam
Yeshuratnam

A large chunk of

noncitizens belongs to Latino group. Although Latinos pretend to support Obama

by attending his rallies, in the heart of their hearts they support Romney and,

according to unofficial survey, they will vote for Romney. The reason for this

determined support to Romney is the Zimmerman episode. According to state law,

a watcher will not be punished for carrying out his official duty. But Obama

made a racist comment for the death of Martin by saying he is 'My Son.'

Although many white boys and girls were shot to death on campuses, Obama never

called them 'My sons,' and 'My daughters.' Obama's personal intervention in

Martin's case led to the arrest of Zimmerman. Zimmerman has now become a hero

of the Latinos. They know Romney will support them. But the arrest of Zimmerman

has given the Latinos an opportunity to wreak vengeance on Obama.

Lisa Anderson Simon
Lisa Anderson Simon

Do you suppose that's why GZ's mother got on cable; so the non-citizen Latinos would hear her (accent) and decide to not vote for Obama, despite Romney stating that he would definitely not let them phase in but make them leave and come back legally? I'm not buying that.  It wasn't racist for Pres. Obama to make a comment about this.  No white president would give even a minor care about this or any other non-white child that is killed - including GZ.

Diane Nelson Trotter
Diane Nelson Trotter

I looked at a picture of Obama when he was younger.  He and Trayvon definitely had a strong resemblance.

RobertSF
RobertSF

According to state law, a watcher will not be punished for carrying out his official duty.

God, how dumb can you toofless inbreds be? First, participating in Neighborhood Watch gives you ZERO law enforcement privileges. You have no "official" duties, and certainly none that the state recognizes. Second, Neighborhood Watch prohibits patrolling armed and pursuing suspects. Zimmerman was completely out of the scope of any Neighborhood Watch rule or policy.

He was simply a vigilante. And if he really wasn't racist, then he's worse. He's a loose cannon who could kill anyone.

Lisa Anderson Simon
Lisa Anderson Simon

I love that toothless inbreeds!  That made me holler-scream laugh.

Tell it! He's more dangerous if he isn't racist b/c there's no focus just anyone that he feels he feels threatened by and he wants to answer to him.

Abraham Yeshuratnam
Abraham Yeshuratnam

Obama's personal intervention in Martin's case led to the arrest of Zimmerman.  Bill Lee, the chief of the Sanford Police Department, who investigated the case reported that Zimmerman was innocent and that Martin was shot in self defense.   Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose and from two vertical lacerations on the back of his ead. EMTs treated Zimmerman at the scene. Zimmerman has now become a hero of the Latinos.After Obama’s intervention, Police Chief Lee was removed and federal authorities took over the case. The statements of first witnesses were changed.  A 13-year-old boy walking his dog saw a man on the ground shortly before the shooting and identified him as wearing red. His mother later disputed the testimony and claimed that the police pressured him into choosing what color

the man was wearing, and that her son could not see any details in the dark. She also stated that the police waited five days before requesting to even question her son . That's how the entire case was twisted and Zimmerman is now in the jail. But Latinos will never forget Obama and teach him a lesson in this election.