Robert Zimmerman Jr., the brother of George Zimmerman, pushed back quickly Friday against President Obama’s surprise statement about the Trayvon Martin case, which Zimmerman said served to merely reinforce “much of the mythology surrounding the case.”
Zimmerman spoke to the The Daily Caller via phone immediately following the President’s afternoon statement.
President Obama said in the press conference, “When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”
The President said that the nation must address the problems faced by young black males.
“We need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African-American boys,” he said, adding that he and First Lady Michelle Obama often discuss the issue.
Zimmerman Jr. told TheDC that his brother was doing exactly what the president suggested well before he encountered Trayvon Martin in February 2012.
“George is a Hispanic man who was mentoring two African American children before the incident,” Zimmerman recalled. He told The DC that the father of those children is serving a life sentence in prison. “It goes without saying that African Americans are overrepresented in the criminal justice system, and I think George was trying to break that cycle.”