Jay Z and Ted Nugent Speak Out on Trayvon Martin Controversy
Nearly two weeks after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, a race debate continues.
Hip-hop mogul Jay Z said he didn’t sleep for two days after the July 13 verdict. "I was really angry about it," he told Elliott Wilson, a contributor to his Life + Times site. "We all still knew it was still a bit of racism in America but to be so blatant?"
The rapper on tour with Justin Timberlake said Zimmerman was out of line for following and killing Martin. "If you ask yourself the question, Didn't Trayvon have a right to stand his ground? He was being chased. He fought back. He may of won. That doesn't mean he was a criminal."
Jay accused Zimmerman of being unprofessional and racial profiling Martin. "This guy is not a professional," Jay said. "Professionals are taught not to profile. … This guy is a novice. This guy is a f—king mall cop."
Ted Nugent, rock icon and controversial conservative political columnist, has condemned Martin supporters.
Nugent dismissed Stevie Wonder's refusal to perform in Florida in response to the verdict.
"You've got to be kidding me," Nugent said in an interview on WXBR. "So 700 black people, mostly young children and young people were slaughtered in Chicago last year by black people, and not a peep out of Stevie Wonder. Are you kidding me? What is this, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest? How brain-dead do you have to be? How strangled by denial, how dishonest, how cheap do you have to be to focus on a clear-cut case where all the evidence, from the DOJ, from the FBI, from the army of investigative specialists in Florida determined that George Zimmerman acted in self-defense against a life-threatening attack by hoodlum, dope-smoking Trayvon Martin?"
Last Saturday, Jay Z and wife Beyoncé joined Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton in New York for a demonstration against Stand Your Ground laws.
Rev. Al Sharpton acknowledged their attendance at the rally. "Jay Z and Beyoncé said they didn't want to speak and they didn't come for a photo op," he said. "Jay Z told me, 'I'm a father. Beyoncé is a mother.' We all feel the pain and apprehension. The laws must protect everybody, or it doesn’t protect anybody."