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George Zimmerman and a Terrible New Low for 'Celebrity'

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George Zimmerman is now, officially, a celebrity.

How is it official, you ask? The same way any person in this country is given celebrity status, because we all say so.

We are still consuming George Zimmerman. People are buying his terrible art. People are sending him money, and now, thanks to troll Damon Feldman, we will see Georgie in a celebrity boxing match.

I was raised Christian, and as such I was raised to believe that hating people is wrong. For the most part I have been able to stick to that. Sometimes, though, people feed on the benefit of the doubt. Sometimes, people never deserved the benefit in the first place. This is one of those times.

The American justice system gave Zimmerman the benefit of the doubt, and in doing so told the rest of us we should as well. Many, many people were infuriated by this, but in the end no vigilante justice was taken, and George was allowed to proceed with his life.

In this case, we should have doubted. Justice was not served, and this man is turning our court system into a joke. The Kardashians used to be the go-to celebrities when you wanted to make fun of people who did not deserve celebrity status. Well now we set a new low that will be hard to best.

Now, a man can kill an unarmed 17-year-old boy, and instead of going to jail, make more money than his pathetic previous life ever allowed.

I and so many people I know feel so absolutely helpless by this whole situation. America is literally laughing in the face of a beautiful, promising, dead 17-year-old boy, and his living family. I don't know if people realize the message this is sending, but let me help make it clear.

By deeming Zimmerman a celebrity, we are saying it is cool, lucrative, and okay to take the law into your own hands and kill someone. While people worry about Obama taking away guns and creating a dictatorship, a few current gun owners (aka upstanding U.S. citizens) are creating a vigilante system of their own.

This is not justice. This is not right. This is sick. We are sick. We need help.