The Trayvon Martin case has taken on a life of its own among those looking to capitalize off of the tragedy. While folks all over the nation rallied to support the Martin/Fulton family, the many shirts and banners involved are only a point of gain for others. But now a slogan has sprung up in support of Zimmerman and what we might think wouldn’t sell, may very well have been a hot seller among those supporting Zimmerman.
Lawrence Sekara, 49, applied for a trademark of the slogan, “I Believe You Zimmerman”, on March 30. The Zimmerman sympathizer only told Huffington Post that the information they had about his application was true and declined any further comment. The Smoking Gun broke the story and posted in their report that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office records showed that he “paid $1100 to apply for the mark for use in four separate classes.”
The report said that he wants to market the slogan on “beer mugs, bumper stickers, leggings, footwear, ‘Button-front aloha shirts,’ and other assorted apparel.” Trayvon’s mother was vehemently criticized for applying for trademarks on “I am Trayvon” and “Justice for Trayvon”, according to the Huffington Post. Fulton did not intend to capitalize on the trademarks, but tried to block others from profiting from her son’s death. Sekara’s plan has also met with immediate outrage and he has now supposedly had a change of heart. He told the Smoking Gun:
“I am abandoning the idea of the website and promotional materials.” And in Thurday’s e-mail he wrote to the Smoking Gun saying, “With regard to making money off this, I agree that it is disgusting,” he wrote. Sekara added that the point he wanted to make was that “everyone has the right to trial by jury. Everyone tried and convicted the accused and put a bounty on his head. That’s not the way it’s supposed to be in this country.”
If his emotions about capitalizing off of the slogan were this deep, he wouldn’t have filed for it in the first place. Read more here to see how he draws the president into this foolishness by comparing his reelection committee to himself with their sell of hoodies to support Trayvon Martin. He better go into hiding himself.