‘The Wire’ Creator David Simon Says Trayvon Case Makes Him ‘Ashamed’ to Be American
David Simon, the creator of “The Wire,” says the Zimmerman verdict makes him “ashamed” to be an American.
The not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin has outraged many people across the country, including “The Wire” creator David Simon.
In an emotional, fiery post on his blog, The Audacity of Despair, Simon denounced the verdict, saying he was “ashamed to call himself an American.”
Simon knows a little something about race. He worked for 12 years as a crime reporter in Baltimore, witnessing firsthand the despair referenced in his blog title. He then channeled that knowledge to write nuanced, complex portrayals of race, drugs, poverty, violence, and corruption on series like “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “The Corner,” and “The Wire.”