News: Big Sean Labels Trayvon Martin Tragedy Big Problem, "It's Just Complete Bullsh*t" [Video]
Saturday, Apr 14, 2012 9:40PM
G.O.O.D. Music's Big Sean may be an international star these days, however, he recently addressed local matters when asked for a take on the fatal shooting of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin.
Upset with the slaying, Sean did not hold back his feelings on last February's shooting.
"Man, I think it's completely bullsh*t that people can get away with stuff like that," Sean said when asked for his take on the Martin tragedy. "You know, he died and didn't do anything wrong, obviously, he was just walking home, [and killed] just 'cause he had a hoodie on. It's just completel bullsh*t. I think it's completely racist -- just racist in the sense of being stereotypical, judgemental, completely stupid and sh*t needs to stop man, for real." (Global Grind)
Pittsburgh rapper Jasiri X, who sparked a viral Martin awareness campaign, recently gave SOHH his take on shooter George Zimmerman receiving a second-degree murder charge.
"After 45 days of peaceful public pressure, I feel like we've taken the first step towards the possibility of getting justice for Trayvon and his family. The state of Florida was shamed into arresting and charging George Zimmerman, partly because their old boy network of privilege over personal responsibility was exposed," Jasiri told SOHH through a statement. "This is by no means a time to celebrate. Not only do we have to remain vigilant in Trayvon's case, we also want justice for Ramarley Graham, Rekia Boyd, Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., Kendrec McDade and the growing list of black and brown men and women killed by police or people "in authority". Ultimately, we cannot rest until no one has to go through the pain of losing a loved one like the Martin family." (SOHH)
This week, Martin's mother offered her take on the murder charge.
Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton told the TODAY show Thursday that she believes her son's fatal shooting by George Zimmerman was an accident. "I believe it was an accident, I believe that it just got out of control and he couldn't turn the clock back," she said. "I would ask him, 'Did he know that that was a minor, that that was a teenager and that he did not have a weapon?'" she added. Martin's mom suggested that Zimmerman, who claims he killed Martin in self-defense, should apologize if he is remorseful. "One of the things that I still believe in: A person should apologize when they really -- when they are actually remorseful for what they've done," Fulton said. "I understand his family is hurting, but think about our family that lost our teenage son. I mean, it's just very difficult to live with day in and day out. I'm sure his parents can pick up the phone and call him, but we can't pick up the phone and call Trayvon anymore." (MSNBC)
The same day, Zimmerman pleaded not guilty to the publicized fatal shooting.
A handcuffed George Zimmerman, charged with killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, appeared in court for the first time on Thursday and his lawyer said a not guilty plea was entered on his "frightened" client's behalf. The neighborhood watch volunteer's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, also said he wanted Zimmerman to be released on bond, but not until he could secure a safe place for him to stay while he faces murder charges in the February 26 killing of 17-year-old Martin in a quiet gated community in the central Florida town of Sanford. (Reuters)
Check out Big Sean's interview below: