News: Game Screams Conspiracy Over Trayvon Martin Murder, "We As A People Have Always Been Targeted"
Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 8:41AM
West Coast rapper Game has offered his two cents in the headline-generating death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin, citing the fatal shooting as proof of America's racial tensions reaching a boiling point.
In Game's eyes, black people have always been subject to racial issues.
"I think that from the beginning of mankind, we as a people have always been targeted," Game said in an interview. "For some, reason people don't think that they need any excuse to kill us, beat us, hit us, run us over, disrespect us or anything like that," Game said of the country's history of racial tension and violence. I'm far from racist -- I'm very educated and intellectual and I understand how life works and how people of all colors exist under the sun, but it just seems like more than not black people are, I don't know, there's always some negative occurrence that goes on in our existence. This is just another reminder that stupidity still exists." (MTV)
Last weekend, rap stars like Diddy and Nelly stepped up and showed their support for Martin.
"I didn't know wearing a hoodie made me a target," tweeted Diddy who posted a picture of himself in a dark hoodie. Nelly also sported a hoodie and added a link to the Change.org petition to have George Zimmerman prosecuted for shooting Martin. On his Tumblr page, a hooded Frank Ocean pointed two fingers to his head resembling a gun and wrote, "suspicious black." The-Dream, Jamie Foxx and Swizz Beatz also posted photos of themselves in hoodies to show their support for Trayvon Martin, adding the hashtag HoodiesUp (#HoodiesUp) so others can do the same on Twitter. (Pop Crush)
NBA superstar LeBron James even got his Miami Heat teammates to take part in bringing awareness.
Echoing President Obama, Dwyane Wade spoke personally as a parent about about the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. And shortly afterward, the Miami Heat sent a message as a team, posing in hoodies for a photo that LeBron James tweeted. Wade also posted a photo of himself on Facebook in which he wears a hoodie with the message "#hoodies #stereotype #trayvonmartinmessage." The shooting of Martin, 17, by a neighborhood-watch guard last month continues to resonate; George Zimmerman, the guard, claims he acted in self-defense and has not been charged. Martin was wearing a hoodie when he was killed. (Washington Post)
The incident caught the attention of rap star Young Jeezy who said he now focuses more on family.
"My son is a good kid. Does he do stuff? Of course, that's what kids do. But nobody's child should be shot in cold blood for anything, especially if they didn't harm or hurt another individual," he said. The fact that Martin is black and George Zimmerman is Hispanic has added a racial sting to the killing, but Jeezy downplayed the racial element and called for unity. "I feel the racial line and the tension of it, I get it, but we're gonna stand strong on the black and the brown side on this one," he said. "We're gonna stand together. I betcha that." The Snowman urges that everyone lend their voice because there is a bigger societal issue at hand. "This is real, I understand that there are a lot of things goin' on in the world and times are hard for everybody right now, but when you start having adults kill children for any reason, then we're on our way to something we don't want to be at," he said. "The minute we accept that, we stand for nothing." (RapFix)
Check out Jasiri X's "Trayvon Martin" music video below: