Jay Z Speaks Out Against ‘Blatant Racism’ In Zimmerman Verdict

Source:  Matt Wilstein /  Mediaite

Rapper Jay Z, who attended last weekend’s “Justice For Trayvon” rally in New York City, has spoken out for the first time on the George Zimmerman verdict with a video interview posted to his YouTube channel. In the interview, conducted by Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson, Jay Z discusses how “angry” he was after the acquittal and describes Zimmerman as a “novice” and a “f***ing mall cop” who didn’t know what he was doing the night he followed Trayvon Martin.

Before delving into his own views on the case, Jay Z praised President Obama‘s remarks about race and the impact of the trial on African-Americans. “Amazing, amazing, amazing because it’s hard in politics to really just make a statement as a human,” he said. “I felt he was very admirable because he made a statement as a father and as a black man and as someone who had compassion for the things that we go through because he’s been through it before.” Jay Z said he now has “another level of respect” for the president.

Speaking more specifically about his reaction to the verdict, Jay Z said, “I was really angry, I didn’t sleep for two days. I was really angry about it that the thing that we all knew that there was still a bit of racism in America, but for it to be so blatant. If you just ask the question, ask yourself the question, ‘Didn’t Trayvon have the right to stand his ground?’ He was being chased, he was being chased and fought back. You know, he may have won, that doesn’t mean he’s a criminal, he won. I mean, if you chase me, If you try to attack me and I defend myself, how can I be in the wrong? How is that right?”

He echoed sentiments shared by Obama about his own children and the younger generation, saying, the trial is “a reminder of we still got a long way to go” but at the same time, “It’s beautiful because this generation right now, this generation, they don’t see color in that way.”

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  • Truth

    Jay Z’s ignorance and lack of education shines through in this interview. Clueless on so many levels.

  • Brazil Ann

    Well done, Jay. I thought it was commendable how you and Bey represented.

  • Amina1956

    Many felt the same way as Jay z. Trayvon yells “get off, Get off” right after he is confronted by GZ. Proof Trayvon did not initiate physical contact !!!

  • Independent-thinker.

    Great interview Jay. You spoke from the heart & I couldn’t agree more with your statements. This situation was catastrophic. God bless the Martin/Fulton family.

  • yanni54

    There has always been racism, but the truly blatant racism by people in all walks of life from the Paula Deen supporters, to the George Zimmerman supporter came out like a disease when President Barack Obama was elected and that disrespectful Joe Wilson called this President a “liar” on national TV and he was NOT denounced by the racist who have been elected to lead our country. This country has been heading south every since these people have been elected because there is not one thing we the people need to live that they have not voted down or have defunded and why? One answer, they are obsessed with bringing down this President and his legacy and if people would open their eyes and see anything other than the color on the face of the President they will realize that everything he puts forth to help anybody they have voted NO to WHICH WILL AFFECT EVERYBODY INCLUDING THEM! That is how we know that racism is still here, because some people are so racist they can’t see when someone is going against what is good for them. Hate is when you go against your own best interest and refuse to see it!! Black folks have been telling people these facts forever and no one ever listened, but now we get to sit back and watch as “some” white people (especially the ones in the Congress and in the Tea Party) are losing their ever loving minds doing and saying and meaning what black people have always known.