On the heels of a recent social media offering which has yielded intense public vitriol, this evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited Robert Zimmerman Jr to join the program live with his explanation.
The older brother of George Zimmerman, Wednesday's guest has been a fixture on Twitter, using the micro-blogging service to share his account of the events that lead to the February 2012 shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
However, it is a particular tweet – published on Sunday – that has served to further intensify emotions as part of an already polarizing story.
"A shocking tweet, that he sent out, that a lot of people are calling racist," explained Piers Morgan, as he began the segment. "Comparing Demarquis Elkins, the 17-year-old charged with shooting Sherry West's baby, with Trayon Martin. Both teens making an obscene gesture. And Zimmerman added the caption 'A picture speaks a thousand words. Any questions?'"
Adding his own opinion, the host said he feels Zimmerman Jr.'s tweeting "was bordering on outright racism."
In response, the elder brother of the man currently preparing to stand trial for murder in the second degree looked to clarify:
"Yeah, certainly that's one way to read it. And that seems to be the way a lot of people have interpreted it," noted Zimmerman, Jr., of the notion that his tweet was racist in it's essence. "I don't think Twitter is the place to make points about what you recall a year ago, because the recollections that I have, or that we have as a family specifically, are very different than what can be portrayed in 140 characters."
Noting that in hindsight his tweets weren't necessarily the best idea, he went on to offer an apology:
"I realize those were controversial and offensive, and I did publicly apologize for them. I don't think it was the right thing to do that way," he said. "I understand it's controversial and I apologize for it and I'm sincere about that. I shouldn't have done it this way."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Wednesday's guest offers additional insight and context into his recent social media offerings.
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