Southern rapper Webbie is the latest hip-hop artists to speak on George Zimmerman being acquitted for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin last week and why he isn’t screaming to have the ex-neighborhood watch worker behind bars.
After a week of emotional reactions, Webbie said Zimmerman’s fate can only be determined by a higher power.
“I can’t see me saying, ‘Man y’all should put him in jail’… No I’m gonna leave that to God’s hands,” Webbie said in an interview. “God blessed him. God watched him and God didn’t want to put him in there with the animals in the jungle.” (MTV)
President Barack Obama publicly spoke out on the verdict heading into the weekend.
“Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” the president said in the remarks, made Friday during a surprise appearance in the White House press room. Mr. Martin, a 17-year-old African-American, was shot and killed in Florida last year in a case that riveted millions of Americans and sparked debate over the state of race relations in the country. Saying he would leave arguments about the verdict to legal analysts, Mr. Obama didn’t critique last Saturday’s acquittal of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who faced various charges related to the killing. (Wall Street Journal)
Earlier in the week, Florida rapper Ace Hood said he was overwhelmed with emotion when Zimmerman had his fate read to him.
“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)
Following last weekend’s verdict, a Facebook page urging people not to support select Florida-based companies launched.
“Florida’s “Stand Your Ground Law” killed Trayvon Martin’s opportunity for justice. Stand Your Ground must be repealed and corporations based in Florida that profit from our patronage must stand with us against Stand Your Ground or we will make them pay in their pockets. Economic embargos and boycotts have worked to debilitate America’s unjust laws like Jim Crow and alienate and starve countries like Cuba. A focused, targeted and public economic embargo of Florida-based corporations will force them to take a stand against Stand Your Ground in their own interests, The following post list the top Florida-based corporations who rely upon your patronage and support.” (Boycott Florida)