Jul 15, 2013

Tributes to Trayvon Martin after Zimmerman Verdict

Saturday July 13th, the man responsible for killing Floridian-teen Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman was found not guilty, a verdict that has instilled doubt in the American judicial system among my peers, colleagues and friends. For the past 48 hours social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have been aflutter as people express their opinion, show off their shiny new law "degrees," and of course the world of hip hop has jumped at the chance to be one of many "Tributes" for the 17-year old's injustice.

Do I agree with the verdict? In a nutshell, fuck no. At the same time, however, I often find these "tributes" a form of exploitation, but perhaps I'm incredibly jaded.

Grammy-nomiated singer, Raheem DeVaughn got in the studio with Styles P to "dedicate" some thoughts to Zimmerman with their tribute, “Trigga Man.”

Wyclef Jean loves a good tribute, he took to YouTube to put out his feelings on the verdict with “Justice (If You’re 17),"

Even Young Jeezy released a new track “It’s A Cold World,“ in honour of Trayvon Martin and the injustice many feel he was served. 

Jeezy does address my unspoken jaded thoughts, however, "I am in no way shape, form, or fashion am trying to capitalize off of the latest series of events. These are my true feelings and my form of expression about it."

New Orleans rapper 3D Na’Tee recorded “Dear Mr. Zimmerman,” and took to her site to write about her feelings about the case and its conclusion.

Not every rapper grabbed a mic to express themselves, underground hip hop artist and Slam poet Guante took to his blog, not to write to Zimmerman or Trayvon, but instead with an open letter to white people encouraging us to get involved.

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