Rap mogul Jay Z was among those who were shocked and saddened when a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Jay Z told Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson he didn’t sleep for 2 days after hearing the not guilty verdict.
“We all knew there was still racism but for it to be so blatant… Didn’t Trayvon have a right to stand his ground?” he said, referring to the controversial self defense law.
Jay Z blasted wannabe cop Zimmerman for racially profiling the unarmed Miami teenager.
“Professionals are taught not to profile,” he said. “This guy is a novice; this guy is a f*cking mall cop. You can’t assess a situation and figure out what you’re going to do, that’s not what you do for a living.”
Jay Z and his wife, singer Beyonce joined thousands of demonstrators at a Justice for Trayvon march in New York last weekend.
The 43-year-old father-of-2 said he hoped Trayvon’s tragic death brings about a change in the law that transports America back to its lawless wild wild west past.
“Even that Stand Your Ground law; you can have a fight with someone, and if they are running away you can shoot them and kill them and you’re fine. What?!”
Jay Z added: “Hopefully this is the moment that changed that law and changed the way we interact with each other, and you hate that a child had to be sacrificed for that.”