George Zimmerman's older brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., says that he and his family are not a bunch of racists, despite the fact that his brother shot and killed an unarmed black teen because he looked suspicious.
Zimmerman told a group of Hispanic journalists on Thursday that he aims to confront the "tidal wave of misinformation" disseminated about his family now that his brother's murder case is in the hands of the court.
As reported by the Orlando Sentinel:
Zimmerman's family felt it was time to become more vocal about their multicultural heritage to rebut the charges of racism that have mischaracterized who they are, Zimmerman said to members of the Central Florida chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
"At the beginning we couldn't speak publicly to the media to defend ourselves against the allegations that we are family of racists and that George is a racist," Zimmerman said in Spanish. "We didn't grow up with racism. We grew up with a Latino mother and white Father. Theirs was an interracial love story."
"George is not the same as he was before," Robert Zimmerman Jr. said. "We have also changed because we are facing the reality that our brother, in defense of his life, took another's life and that is the worst situation that anyone can or could be in — to defend themselves in that way."
Zimmerman says he wants his family to have their day in court in order to tell their side of the story. Zimmerman has a right to defend his family, but his brother is a different story; he profiled Trayvon Martin because he was a black youth.