During a recent interview with MTV News, the Compton native expressed the homicide is related to a deeply rooted racial issue within our culture, symbolizing the still-existing social inequalities scrutinized by fellow emcees in rap music.
“I think that from the beginning of mankind, we as a people have always been targeted,” Game said. “For some, reason people don’t think that they need any excuse to kill us, beat us, hit us, run us over, disrespect us or anything like that.”
“I’m far from racist,” an evidently emotional Game added. “I’m very educated and intellectual and I understand how life works and how people of all colors exist under the sun, but it just seems like more than not black people are, I don’t know, there’s always some negative occurrence that goes on in our existence. This is just another reminder that stupidity still exists.”
Martin was wearing a hoodie and carrying only his cell phone, a bag of skittles and iced-tea when he was fatally shot. He was walking back to the house of a family-friend, who lived within a gated community in Florida, hoping to catch the second half of the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. His killer, George Zimmerman, deemed Trayon as “suspicious,” and repeatedly ignoring the instructions given by a 911 dispatcher by following pursued the teen, eventually shooting him to death.
It’s been a month since Martin was tragically murdered, and despite the efforts of countless Americans rallying for justice, Zimmerman still remains a free man. The culprit, a volunteer and self-appointed neighborhood watchman, has not been arrested or charged, and claims to have reacted in “self-defense.”
Many celebrities are included amongst the millions demanding justice to be served for Trayvon Martin. Iconic figures in the hip-hop community, most notably P. Diddy, Swizz Beatz and Rick Ross, have helped spread the word on Twitter by twit-pic-ing images of themselves wearing hoodies, in honor of the slain teen.
Russell Simmons also went to Twitter to voice his opinion, posting, “Trayvon Martin didn’t die so we can create a race war he died so we can promote better understanding. We must start honest dialogue.”
ABC News has reported that the online petition started by Trayvon Martin’s parents is the fastest ever growing petition on Change.org. Last week, the petition’s unprecedented growth was measured to be receiving 800 signatures per minute. —Christian Bonoan