A petition has been made in an attempt to stop the upcoming George Zimmerman fight from taking place. The petition, which has been posted on the White House’s petition site, aims to block the boxing match from taking place because of several reasons outlined in the petition statement.
“Celebrity Boxing Promoter Damon Feldman & George Zimmerman are attempting to promote and profit off of racial tensions in America,” the petition statement says. “Damon Feldman has been known for fixing fights and taking short cuts in the past in bypassing state requirements for fighters to obtain a license to box. Mr. Feldman’s past should be highly considered in this regard if Feldman is not going through the proper channels to ensure the safety of the participants it puts lives at risk.”
“In addition, the entire idea of this event is to use racial tensions to lure people in to purchase the event,” the petition statement continues. “This will only hurt America as it will continue to stir up racial tensions that have been on going in this nation for quite some time. No promoter or celebrity boxer should ever be allowed to use racial tension to profit.”
Zimmerman is slated to participate in a boxing match this year. Feldman announced that DMX would be Zimmerman’s opponent. However, DMX’s representative has said that while the rapper has verbally agreed to the fight, negotiations are ongoing.
The petition has 3,763 signatures and needs 96,237 more signatures to reach the 100,000 signatures goal.
In July 2013, George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter. He was accused of murdering Trayvon Martin in 2012. Martin would have turned 19 years old yesterday (February 5), an occasion that rapper The Game recognized in an Instagram post.