Once news broke out that rapper Earl “DMX” Simmons was planning on going head to head against the acquitted killer of Trayvon Martin, many people voiced their disapproval and disgust of the celebrity boxing match idea.
One Los Angeles woman by the name of took it upon herself to start an online petition on Change.org, encouraging people to express their distaste of George Zimmerman fighting a rapper for charity and financial gain.
Meanwhile, an anonymous person another petition has been posted on the White House’s official website while calling for the Obama Administration to “stop George Zimmerman and promoter Damon Feldman from using murder & racial hate in America for profit:”
Celebrity Boxing Promoter Damon Feldman & George Zimmerman are attempting to promote and profit off of racial tensions in America.
Damon Feldman has been known for fixing fights and taking short cuts in the past in bypassing state requirements for fighters to obtain a license to box.
Mr Feldmans past should be highly considered in this regard if Feldman is not going through the proper channels to ensure the safety of the participants it puts lives at risk.
in addition the entire idea of this event is to use racial tensions to lure people in to purchase the event. this will only hurt America as it will continue to stir up racial tensions that have been on going in this nation for quite some time.
No Promoter or Celebrity Boxer should ever be allowed to use racial tension to profit.
Although Zimmerman and Feldman know about the petition, Feldman says that hasn’t read it and apologized for coincidentally announcing the fight on the eve of Trayvon’s birthday – this according to Phillymag.com: “There are a lot of haters out there. But I don’t see color. I’m just in this to make money. There’s an opportunity for me to catch a break here.”
So far, as of Friday, February 7 at 8:05am EST, there are 71,688 signatures accrued on the Change.org petition, while there are 21,451 signatures talled for the Whitehouse petition. Both appeals are attempting to reach the goal of 100,000 supporters in one month.