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Jay Z Wades Into Trayvon Martin Controversy; Shock Over "Blatant" Racism

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Beyonce and Jay Z with Sybrina Fulton and Rev. Al Shaprton [Twitter/@TheRevAl]


Nearly two weeks after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, stars are continuing to jump into the heated debate.

Hip-hop mogul Jay Z is the latest to weigh in, telling the Life + Times website that he didn’t sleep for two days after the July 13 verdict. "I was really angry about it. We all still knew it was still a bit of racism in America but to be so blatant?"

The rapper - who is currently on tour with Justin Timberlake  - mourned the jury's decision which failed to hold Zimmerman responsible for the killing. "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 have won. That doesn't mean he was a criminal."

Jay accused Zimmerman of being unprofessional and racially 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."

Last Saturday, Jay Z and wife Beyoncé joined Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton in New York for a demonstration against Stand Your Ground laws.


On the other side of the fence, rock icon and conservative political columnist Ted Nugent, has also jumped into the fray, condemning 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 radio. "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? And you're going to focus on that clear and universally concluded act of self-defense but ignore the black on black slaughter that's happening every day in this country?"


Last week, Jay Z and Justin Timberlake closed their Yankee Stadium concert with a duet version of "Forever Young" which the pair dedicated to Martin. Jay Z announced, "This is for Trayvon, so light up your cell phones New York!."


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