tiWhen George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a lot of people expressed feelings of anger, grief, sadness and disappointment. Rapper T.I. has chosen a different route — role playing — saying if he were Trayvon’s father George Zimmerman would not be free to roam the earth saving families from overturned cars or racking up speeding citations in Texas.

According to SOHH.com:

“Man, it was some bulls**t,” said T.I. “My hat goes off to the Martin family, because if it was me and my child, there wouldn’t have been no trial. I’d have been on trial. It would’ve been the trial of the father who killed the man who killed [his child]. That would have been my story. My hat goes off because [the Martin family] are much more clear and level-headed thinkers than [myself].” (News Radio)

Indeed. The Martin family chose to believe in our justice system. And while some believe that system failed them, it is our justice system that separates us from the code of the streets T.I. is operating from. Is T.I. wrong to express himself so bluntly? A father himself, T.I. likely has put himself in Trayvon Martin’s parents shoes as many of us did, imaging how we’d feel if we lost someone we loved in a similar manner.

But do statements like this help the larger conversation about black men and boys, our justice system and righting historic wrongs? Is T.I. helping or hurting the bigger point about justice for black families in America?


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  • raah

    what happened to what he said in “dead in gone?” Just coincidentally I listened to this song before I read this.

  • I’m sure that it was quite difficult for Mr. Martin not to have the same feelings of T.I. when that nut was found “not guilty”. That is probably why he found it safer not to be in court when the verdict was given. But don’t worry, Zimmerman is going to do this again and he may not have parents next time that were as controlled as the Martins. Mostly I would have cussed out that Proscecutor. Being a part of the State of Florida, your expectations have to be low because they have to live in that state. The trial should have been taken to another venue.

  • ArabellaMichaela

    Zimmerman needs to go. I remember reading that when some neighbor had accidentally run over the little boy of the late John Gotti (the “Don”) in the driveway, next thing you know, that neighbor was never seen again (although the rest of his family still lived in their house).
    Zimmerman has to go. He can’t be allowed to get away with this.

  • Common Sense

    I have to agree with T.I. all the way. If Trayvon were my son, I truly can say that I don’t think I would trust our justice system. Zimmerman would have to walk around watching his back 24/7. Our children are precious to us, they may not be to white people, but they are to us and since they don’t get it, well…

  • The Other Jess

    Sure he would….(eyes-roll)