Jay Z On Trayvon Martin’s Death, George Zimmerman’s Acquittal: ‘I Was Really Angry’
It’s no secret that Jay Z wasn’t to thrilled with George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the Trayvon Martin shooting case. So when hip-hop journalist Elliott Wilson asked the rapper how he really felt about the whole situation in a recent interview, Hova let it all out.
“I was really angry, I didn’t sleep for two days,” he admitted in a video interview. “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. If you try to attack me and I defend myself, how can I be in the wrong? How is that right? This guy went to get some Skittles and go back and watch the All-Star game. He had plans … he had no intention of robbing anyone’s home.”
“We all know it was wrong. It was wrong. This guy’s not a professional,” Jay Z continued. “You’re not a professional to profile someone. A professional law enforcement officer is taught not to profile. This guy’s a novice. This guy’s a f***ing mall cop.”
Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder on July 13, 2013. Since the verdict, Jay Z had been a fervent supporter of the slain teen’s family, recently attending a rally for Martin with Beyonce.
Furthermore, the 43-year-old praised President Barack Obama for handling the situation with grace and composure. He said:
“Amazing, amazing, amazing because it’s hard in politics to really just make a statement as a human. 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 them before.”
Watch Jay’s complete interview, below.