No Comment from Spike Lee on Re-Tweeting Wrong Address for George Zimmerman

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I am appalled at the silence from the Spike Lee camp over his decision to re-tweet George Zimmerman’s address on Twitter, only to the wrong home, to Elaine and David McClain’s home. I deliberately waited a day before writing about this sad occurrence to see if he would do the right thing and issue an apology. No such luck. When a Tea Party member went to the Virginia home of a politician, I expressed outrage. I will not put the address of anyone I am writing about in any of my posts. If they are elected officials, I will put the telephone number for their office. That’s it. That’s public knowledge and easily accessible. Some things are just off limits and George Zimmerman’s address is one of them. As much as I believe he had no right to shoot Trayvon Martin, Spike Lee, if he in fact retweeted that message then he had no right to do that. I am sure he wouldn’t like it if the shoe was on the other foot.

I am reminded of the horrors that can results when an innocent person gets caught up in some mess that’s not of their doing. Take Kathryn Johnston, for example. She was an elderly Atlanta woman, who was killed when the police kicked her door down on a no-knock warrant. What resulted was a cover-up that led to some of the police officers involved being charged with crimes and sent to prison. There are so many cases of lives lost or even homes damaged by police officers raiding the wrong homes. In that vein, Spike Lee had no right to take it upon himself to reveal the address of this man. This elderly couple didn’t ask to become a part of this feeding frenzy and they are owed an apology by the person who initiated the tweet and all those people who re-tweeted.

It was the address of an elderly Florida couple whose son… William George Zimmerman (no relation to shooter) – lived briefly there in 1995. Now the 70-year-old school cafeteria lunch lady with a heart condition and her 72-year-old husband have been forced to move out of danger into a hotel temporarily after receiving hate mail, threats, harassing visits from reporters and fearful inquiries from neighbors.

The woman’s other son Chip Humble told the Orlando Sentinel, “It’s scary because there are people who aren’t mentally right and will take this information and run with it. To endanger people who are innocent because people are angry is not the answer. That’s not how we’re going to heal. It’s not [going] to help the Martin family for someone else to be hurt.”  Source: Fox News 

Spike Lee is pretty vocal about political and social issues, so it’s a little peculiar that he’s mum on this faux pas. The tweet didn’t start with him and since he re-tweeted it, he should take the high road and apologize.  The whole Trayvon Martin murder case is becoming a media circus, with celebrities and so-called civil rights activists, as well as those hellbent on criminalizing the victim, creating more noise and discord than there needs to be. The protests have worked and the governor has ordered a special prosecutor to step in and investigate what really happened. The tape with the voice screaming help has been sent to the FBI lab for further analysis to determine who screamed. Can we just let the prosecutor and the investigators do their job. As much as I despised the outcome of the Casey Anthony case, I still believe in the jury system in this country and I would urge everyone that cooler heads will prevail instead of this feeding frenzy, on both sides. In closing, Spike Lee, do the right thing, apologize. The elderly couple has hired the Morgan & Morgan law firm to represent them, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

UPDATE#1: Spike Lee has apologized for re-tweeting the address of Elaine and David McClain. Here’s his apology on Twitter:

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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist, blogger and social media consultant. Janet specializes in political and social commentary, as well as business writing. She is the founder and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette. She is putting the finishing touches on her new novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay, Jamaica.