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George Clooney has put a lot of money where his outspoken voice is.
Allow us to explain…
Earlier this month, students who survived this month’s horrific shooting Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida announced that they were organizing a march for Sunday, March 24.
Set up by classmates Jacqueline Coren, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, David Hogg and Alex Wind, the “March for Our Lives” will call attention to the need for this nation to impose stricter gun control legislation.
And Clooney wants to do his part to help.
“Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School,” the actor said in a statement.
“Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country, and in the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating $ 500,000 to help pay for this groundbreaking event.
“Our children’s lives depend on it.”
On the morning the above students announced their plan, they did so by saying they will take to the streets “to demand that their lives and safety become a priority.”
They said their goal is to “end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools.”
Last Wednesday, a 19-year-old former student went on a rampage with a semiautomatic AR-15-style assault rifle, killing 17 young men and women, along with faculty members.
In the following days, the heroic survivors of this massacre have refused to remain silent.
They’ve hammered politicians for accepting donations from the National Rifle Association and made it clear they will not rest until new laws are enacted.
Many celebrities, such as Lady Gaga, have spoken out in support of this cause.
In their mission statement for the March of Life, these students said the following:
School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing.
The mission and focus of March for Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues.
No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.
Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Change is coming…
Clooney and his wife, meanwhile, are known for donating large sums of money to political causes.
Last year, they gave $ 1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to counter-protests and the death of a woman.
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As you may have heard, Jay-Z has been working on a documentary about Trayvon Martin, a teen whose life was cut tragically short.
Interviews are a normal part of any documentary, but George Zimmerman’s response to producers interviewing people in his life has been … to threaten to kill Jay-Z and feed him to an alligator.
We suppose that when you’ve already gotten away with murder, merely threatening to kill people must seem like no big deal.
You know, when George Zimmerman got off for killing Trayvon Martin, he felt invincible. The fact that he’s still free after threatening to kill a man in a road rage incident and throwing a bottle at his girlfriend has only, in his eyes, confirmed that.
George Zimmerman spoke to The Blast, and he sounded irate that docuseries executive producer Michael Gasparro showed up at the homes of his parents and uncle.
Zimmerman, being the kind of guy who would stalk and murder a teenager who was just walking home with some skittles, is responding with open hostility. And with threats.
Among his threats is one to “beat Jay-Z.”
Jay-Z has actually been shot before, and also almost certainly has more than enough private security to deal with a man whose claim to fame was the murder of an unarmed teenager.
But that doesn’t stop Zimmerman from doing his best to sound menacing.
“I know how to handle people who f–k with me, I have since February 2012.”
If you read that and are thinking that it’s somehow not an explicit threat, well, Zimmerman also got a lot more specific when speaking to The Blast.
“Anyone who f–ks with my parents will be fed to an alligator.”
A murderer who got off scott free then threatening to feed people to alligators for interviewing his parents isn’t the most Floridian thing that we’ve ever heard, but it does make the top 10 list.
George Zimmerman brags about murder a lot. It doesn’t usually go over well, though he’s had a number of appalling racists reach out to support him.
These same racists, we imagine, were among the bidders when George Zimmerman auctioned off the murder weapon.
But it sounds like Jay-Z’s documentary, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” is really getting under Zimmerman’s skin.
Zimmerman describes the attempted interviews (we don’t know if they took place or not) as “harassment” but fails to describe any way in which harassment might have taken place.
And The Blast says that he seemed to be especially upset at the news that his ex-wife had been paid an unspecified amount of money for being interviewed.
Having one of the most infamous murderers in recent American history as your ex-husband can’t come with many perks, but getting paid to describe your experiences with him and to reveal what you know about him would, we suppose, be one.
Some may respond the idea of Zimmerman’s family (even ex-family) getting paid to speak with hostility.
After Trayvon Martin lost his life at age 17, they think, is it right for people associated with his murder to get paid?
We would counter with this: this very likely means that Trayvon Martin’s family and friends and loved ones, who still mourn him and are honoring his memory by speaking in this docuseries, are also getting paid.
Beyonce and Jay-Z are famously very, very generous with their wealth.
And while nothing can ever bring back their son, we think that Trayvon’s loved ones deserve to get paid for speaking the truth.
This docuseries could be important, however.
There are even die-hard racists in this world who have trouble dehumanizing someone when confronted with that person’s full humanity.
More to the point, honoring Trayvon’s memory and mourning his loss could remind others of the potential costs of their actions.
How many racists, we wonder, bite their tongues when they realize that if they scream obscenities as a Burger King employee or whatever, their rant might go viral.
Some of those people might think twice about stalking an unarmed teen and then murdering him if they consider that they might become one of the most hated people in America.
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