In The Wake Of The Trayvon Martin Verdict, Freddie Gibbs Speaks On Being Black In America
On Trayvon Martin
“It’s a sad incident. You hate to see that. But I seen it before. It’s not the first time some guy from another race, another social group, came in our neighborhood and murdered somebody. It’s just a sad state of affairs. It sucks that he was 16, 17 years old. I just think Zimmerman went overboard and Florida definitely went overboard for not giving him no kinda time. And I’m pretty sure every person with a correct, sound mind feel the same way. It’s child abuse if anything. It’s no need to pull a gun on a child.
“The defense team was arrogant, stand-offish, talk shit to the judge. They did their job. They swayed them six jurors that were on the motherfucking jury. They swayed them for giving him [Zimmerman] no time. Those Jurors must not have a child or something. I thought you supposed to trial a person from niggas that’s in his peer group? The jurors were like 50-plus, they wasn’t from his peer group. They were some old women from Florida. Some old white women from Florida. They didn’t give a fuck about Trayvon Martin, his mother, all the cost involved that his family is going through right now. This shit is tearing his family apart, and this nigga just get to walk free? Come on, now.
“Niggas was trippin on that shit. Like all the shit you talking about, yeah, but what’s the fucking point [of more violence] my nigga? We can ride all day, but this shit don’t change a God damn thing. The boy still dead, it ain’t going to bring him back. I just think they just went about it in a different way. Niggas say it’s crazy. I know I be reacting, I know I have a temper. I realize I got younger people looking [up to] me, following my every word. I don’t want no young nigga listening to me and go break no window on some nigga door cause George Zimmerman walked. What the fuck is that going to solve? It ain’t any need to riot. They just going to put more niggas in jail. More niggas in the system to take off the streets. So lets go about it in a smart way. It’s difficult but it is what it is.
“Now that I hit 30, I think about a lot of things I say, ’cause I know I got young fans, guys that look up to me. But at the same time, I gotta get my point across, tell my fucking story. I’m not going to sugarcoat it. But at the same time, I’ma try to give people something that’s on the other side of that than just drugs and things of that nature. Of course I’ma talk about it though. That’s how I fed myself for the last 10 years, 15 years. So I gotta speak on it. But at the same time, I gotta forewarn a lot of the youngsters, show them a way out of that. Try to tell them the ways to avoid jail time and avoid dying and things of that nature. A lot of my music, it’s just a play by play, a handbook on how to survive. That’s how I look at it. I feel like I’m giving out a survival message. But at the same time, I definitely need to be more mindful of the things I say, the things I tweet.”