We The Best/Cash Money’s Ace Hood recently talked about the surprising not guilty verdict of former neighborhood watch worker George Zimmerman last weekend and how upset he is about him taking the life of teenage Florida resident Trayvon Martin.
Hood said he was overwhelmed with emotion when Zimmerman had his verdict read to him last Satuday.
“I feel hurt, man, in a sense,” Ace said in an interview. “I never knew Trayvon but watching the whole trial, I felt like he was a part of my family. My biggest thing is we just don’t understand how a guy is able to get off scot-free for killing a young, innocent Black brother. … I literally was almost in tears when the judge said, ‘You don’t have any further business here with the courts.’ And for him to smile in court, I couldn’t understand it because you got a family that’s mourning. Their son won’t be able to wake up in the morning and see his mother and shake hands with his homies or be able to visit that college he wanted to go to. His life is over while you’re smiling over a verdict. I felt like there was no justice and people in Florida are definitely taking it hard.” (Hot 97)
Ace also briefly talked about the problems his Dade County community goes through in Florida.
“I visited a school not too long ago and the principal was telling me, ‘We would like you to come out a lot more because our young brothers are not graduating.’ They see us on TV and they want to be rap stars and they want to be drug dealers. Nowadays it’s a trend. It’s sad that the world has come to this. … Being a doctor or a lawyer ain’t cool anymore. It’s the young brothers that are killing each other.” (Hot 97)
Recently, Grammy-winning producer Timbaland spoke on Zimmerman having to live with the fact he took a young man’s life.
“Look at me when I say this and don’t take it the wrong way but ask anybody to talk to God about this,” Tim says in a video. “Like, God bring all these natural disasters and you know some people make it through, some people don’t, you never know why that boy was walking and why did that happen. You gotta ask God why did that happen. If God come down to Earth, I think everyone would say, ‘God, you knew that was wrong, why would you let that happen?’ … I just pray for that family, man, cause I don’t know. Even though he did it, he’s screwed. He’s mentally ill. He’ll never be right, ever, in his life. You know how many times he probably wakes up like, ‘I messed up. I really messed up.’ He probably cries. It won’t probably be too long until he takes his own life. You’ll probably read about it. You don’t know what happened, man. Nobody knows what happened but God, the Devil, and them two people. Trayvon and that guy.” (REVOLT TV)
Zimmerman had his fate read to him over the weekend after days of emotional testimonies.
In a case that touched off a national debate on race and guns, George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager killed during a confrontation on a rainy night in Florida last year. “There’s to be no outbursts upon the reading of the verdict or afterwards,” Judge Debra S. Nelson warned the packed courtroom in Seminole County awaiting the verdict from the jury of six women who began deliberating on Friday and worked a 13-hour day Saturday. (Los Angeles Times)
Check out Ace Hood’s interview: