As we learned from the death of Trayvon Martin, the teenager shot by vigilante George Zimmerman, there are two things that will surely happen after the shooting of an unarmed black teen, whether by law enforcement or a neighborhood watch weirdo.
The first thing — thank God — is that most of America will be united in a collective “what the fuck?” moment. In Ferguson, following the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a cop, that moment has resulted in days of violence as local police continue to demonstrate why community tensions were so high in the first place.
Unfortunately though, there’s a second guaranteed consequence to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager: A bunch of brain-dead racists will pile into a crowdfunding campaign to support the shooter.
Of course, everyone is entitled to a legal defense fund, and that includes trigger-happy cops. Absent the results of the ongoing federal inquiry, we simply don’t know who was ultimately at fault here. There’s no evidence that the person who set up the campaign for Officer Wilson has anything other than the purest motives.
And those racist comments continue to pour in. The latest, just 16 mins ago: “Thank you for saving me tax dollars to keep that walking turd alive.”
However you feel about the campaign itself, it’s absolutely breathtaking that GoFundMe is allowing comments like this to stay live. I’ve emailed the company for comment and will update as soon as I hear back.
Update: Danny Page just pointed out that the top donation — $1,070 — comes from a MD fraternity of police lodge:
Update II: GoFundMe has sent Pando this statement…
August 22, 2014
Official Statement from GoFundMe
Much like Facebook and Twitter, GoFundMe is an open technology platform that allows for the exchange of ideas and opinions within the bounds of our terms of service.
In response to the high volume of recent inquiries, facts pertaining to the ‘Officer Darren Wilson’ fundraising campaign on GoFundMe are being shared below:
– The campaign remains live at the following URL:
– The content of the campaign itself is not in violation of GoFundMe’s terms of service. However, some donors’ comments have contained content that is in violation of GoFundMe’s terms and have been removed accordingly.
– The campaign does not appear in GoFundMe’s public search directory because a valid Facebook account has not been associated with it. More information about qualifying for GoFundMe’s public search directory can be found at the following URL: http://support.gofundme.com/entries/22591853-Where-is-my-page-
Due to the high volume of media inquiries, we won’t be able to respond to all of your questions individually. Thank you.