It’s something about Halloween that makes the racists go honey baked ham. A photo of a white guy in blackface, dressed as the late Trayvon Martin, along with another man in a “Neighborhood Watch” tee started making the rounds over the weekend. All three bozos in the pic have been identified.
Reports The Smoking Gun:
The image of the duo was uploaded Friday to the Facebook page of Caitlin Cimeno, a Martha’s Vineyard native who captioned the photo “Happy Halloween from Zimmerman & trayvon.” Cimeno, flanked in the photo by the two men, followed those words with a smiley face emoticon.
Greg Cimeno, 22, portrayed Zimmerman, complete with a “Neighborhood Watch” t-shirt. Cimeno lives in Cape Coral, Florida, where he appears to work for a carpentry firm.
William Filene, 25, dressed up as Martin, covering his face in black paint and donning a gray sweatshirt with a single bullet hole surrounded by fake blood. Filene, who also lives in Cape Coral, was arrested in June for felony auto theft. His rap sheet also included collars for loitering/prowling and failing to register an automobile.
In a plea deal, Filene copped to the auto theft charge during an August hearing in Lee County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to 18 months probation.
There is nothing funny about the murder of anyone. Especially when said non-humor is combined with racism and ignorance. Also, responding with “It’s no big deal” is a dangerous attitude. Being passive about calling out such wrongs can be considered just one reason why similar antics involving blackface are occurring way too often (see here and here).
Check out photos of the merry batch of bigots, in and out of costume, in the gallery.