George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Florida, has created a website to communicate to his supporters and solicit funds for his legal defense and living expenses, now that he has been forced into hiding and thus unable to work.
The homepage of the website, TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com, features an American flag background, and an introductory essay that begins:
"On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage. As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life. This website's sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries."
Zimmerman writes that other defense and legal funds created in his name have not benefited him. He promises that donations to a PayPal account linked to the new site will be used "only for living expenses and legal defense."
The site is peppered with quotations attributed to American statesman Thomas Paine, playwright Henrik Ibsen, and James Loewen, a historian who has argued, among other things, that racism was incorrectly downplayed as a root cause of the Civil War.