For Derrick Ashong (pictured above), the chance to talk face to face with the former neighborhood watchman was an opportunity he could not pass up.
The Fusion TV reporter, who is black, revealed his motivation for interviewing Zimmerman in a recent editorial. According to Ashong, the purpose behind talking one-on-one with Zimmerman in person was to assess for himself the man that many people despise.
“I interviewed George Zimmerman for the same reasons journalists have interviewed Charles Manson, that Barbara Walters interviewed Muammar Gaddafi and Fidel Castro,” Ashong wrote. “I sat down across from him and politely asked the questions I wanted answers to. And maybe I simply wanted to look in the eyes of the killer and see if I could perceive an ounce of remorse. I found none. Instead, I saw a man convinced that indeed, he is the victim. And, perhaps, even a hero.”
In addition to his reason for interviewing Zimmerman, Ashong came clean regarding his feelings about Zimmerman during the talk.
“I believe Zimmerman got away with murder, aided and abetted by a justice system that does not have equal regard for the lives of black and minority youth, and further empowered by self-defense laws that have given citizens of certain states an effective license to kill their neighbors, provided those neighbors are young, black and preferably unarmed,” he said.