The not guilty verdict granting George Zimmerman his freedom has sparked mass protests across the nation.
Hip Hop mogul Jay-Z touched on the verdict and his thoughts surrounding circumstances of Trayvon Martin’s death in an interview with Facts Only.
Hov, who was in London when the verdict in the case was reached, recalled himself as being “really angry” upon learning of Zimmerman’s acquittal.
“I didn’t sleep for two days,” he said.
Jigga believes racism played a role in the Martin’s death, saying, “The thing we all knew was there was still bit of racism in America, but for it to be so blatant, you just ask yourself the question, ‘Didn’t Trayvon have the right to stand his ground?’”
Jay Z, whose birth name is Shawn Carter, said Martin had a right to defend himself since he was being “chased.”
“That doesn’t mean he’s a criminal,” he continued. “If you chase me and you try to attack me and I defend myself. How can I be in the wrong? How is that right? This guy went to get some skittles and go back to watch the All-Star game. He had plans. He had his whole position; he had no intentions of robbing anyone’s home.”
Jay says the Martin case serves as a reminder that the country still has a long way to go.
“It’s beautiful because this generation right now see don’t see color in that way,”” he said. “We’re a bit removed from those racist feelings. It’s hard to teach racism… our clubs have integrated the music. Our feelings and our anxieties are more similar now. You have hope that this generation don’t see racism that way.
“But you still see that that old guard and their old ideas, their stubborn ways, their egos, their bullshit is still there. It still exists,” he added.
Jigga said it wasn’t in the former neighborhood watchman’s duties to profile Martin.
“This guy was not a professional,” he said. “A professional law enforcement officer is taught not to profile. This guy’s a novice. This guy’s a f------ mall cop. You can’t assess a situation and figure out what you’re going to do.”
Jay-Z hopes a bit of positive will come from the Martin’s death.
“Hopefully this is the moment that will change that law (Stand Youy Ground) and change the way we interact with each other,” he said. “And you hate that a child had to be sacrificed for that.”
Check out Jay-Z’s “Facts Only” interview below
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