News: Young Jeezy Speaks Out On Trayvon Martin Tragedy, "Nobody's Child Should Be Shot In Cold Blood" [Video]
Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 10:19AM
Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy has become the latest entertainer to come forward and speak on the fatal shooting of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin last month which has now sparked nationwide attention.
According to Jeezy, the Florida shooting has even made him look at family in a new light.
"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)
The tragedy forced rapper Jasiri X to pen an awareness record, which he told SOHH was needed in this time of chaos.
"I was just so angry and heart broken about what was going on," Jasiri told SOHH when asked about the motivation behind his record. "I wanted something to capture the intensity of what happened. Just as a writer, I felt I needed a beat that could capture the intensity. I didn't feel like any beat that I had captured that intensity so when I heard the ['No Church in the Wild'] hook, it's Frank Ocean asking what's God to a non-believer. I looked at Trayvon as a child of God, like, what's a child of God to somebody who doesn't see you as that. He didn't see Trayvon as a child of God or even as a human being. He saw him as a criminal, as a suspicious character that he could shoot down in cold blood and get away with it. And then I heard Frank Ocean say, will he make it out alive, no church in the wild, and I saw that as, 'Where's the refuge as young black men? We can be shot down and killed without justice. We will make it out of this society as old men?' Many of us don't even see ourselves making it to 25, 30." (SOHH)
Jasiri's new record began bubbling across the Internet this week.
Rapper Jasiri X, along with doing performances and speaking gigs at the conference, shot a video for his song "Trayvon," protesting what he declares is a lack of justice for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed Feb. 26, allegedly by a block watch captain in a gated Florida community. Jasiri X, working with Paradise Gray, raps over the track "No Church in the Wild," from Kanye West/Jay-Z, as he documents the youth's tragic walk to a neighborhood store to buy a bag of Skittles. He comes around to the conclusion, "And George Zimmerman wasn't even arrested/the message is only white life is protected -- in America." (Post-Gazette)
No longer a local story, Martin's death has sparked a reaction from United States President Barack Obama.
President Obama spoke in highly personal terms on Friday about how the shooting in Florida of a 17-year-old black youth named Trayvon Martin had affected him, saying that "if I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon." The comments by Mr. Obama were his first on the explosive case in which George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, has claimed self defense after shooting Mr. Martin several weeks ago. The case has generated outrage about the state's so-called Stand Your Ground law. Mr. Obama was asked about his feelings regarding the case during the announcement of his nominee for president of the World Bank in the Rose Garden on Friday morning. (The New York Times)
Check out Young Jeezy's interview below:
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