Mike O’Mara, George Zimmerman’s attorney, got emotional while talking about the Trayvon Martin case. In an interview with BET News he said the following:
“It has caused me to really think through my philosophy. I don’t think that I’ve ever actively thought ‘I’m not Black.”
He added, “I can’t look at it with those eyes. I always thought I was sensitive to it [race], always thought I was aware of it, but this has really brought to the forefront the depth of concern that the Black community has of how they’re being treated. I guess I didn’t realize that we still have so far to go.”
The Florida attorney also admitted to ignorance in his belief that post-racial America had come farther along since the Civil Rights Movement. Check it out:
Let’s point out the fact that O’Mara has recently reached out to the public to get donations for a defense fund that has dwindled.We can’t help but think this may hurt Zimmerman more than help. Part of the initial defense was that race had nothing to do with Trayvon Martin’s fatal encounter with Zimmerman but O’Mara seems genuinely touched. Hopefully the tears were sincere.
In related news, George Zimmerman’s trial begins on June 10. If convicted he faces a maximum sentence of life.