Jay-Z Blasts Zimmerman, 'Blatant' Racism In America

JAY Z: I was really angry. I didn’t sleep for two days. I was really angry about it that - we all knew there was still a bit of racism in America, but for it to be so blatant was… if you just asked the questions, asked yourself the question, ‘Didn’t Trayvon have a right to stand his ground?’ He was being chased and he fought back. He may have won. That doesn't mean he is a criminal.

He won. I mean, if you chase me and 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 to watch the All-Star game. He had plans — I’m gonna get this Arizona [iced tea], get these Skittles and I’m gonna watch the game. He had no intentions of robbing anyone’s home. It’s like, again, a reminder [that] we still got a long way to go. It’s beautiful, because this generation right now, they don’t see color in that way. We’re a bit removed from those racist feelings because again, it’s hard to teach racism when your child is out [at] clubs. It’s integrated and the music we listen to is the same. Our feelings and our anxieties are more similar now.

“Even a part of it has gotta be about business. They’re funding George Zimmerman because they want to hold onto their guns, so the NRA… your mind can go so many places about why this verdict came down the way it came down, and we all know it was wrong. It was wrong! This guy’s not a professional. First of all, you’re not a professional to profile someone. Professionals are taught not to profile someone. This guy’s a novice. This guy’s a f***ing mall cop. You can’t assess a situation and figure out what you’re gonna do. That’s not what you do for a living.

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