Once again, I’ve decided to break protocol and talk about something that will invariably make a few people uncomfortable.
On the eve of the one month anniversary of the verdict, I’m not going to go on a tirade about how wrong the verdict was.
Or was not – based on where you come down on the issue.
But I am going to say that I place the blame for the fact that we’re even having this collective qualm of conscience squarely at the feet of George Zimmerman.
His recorded 911 calls let us know unequivocally that he actively sought out the encounter that resulted in Trayvon Martin’s death.
Regardless of whether Florida’s laws gave him the right to shoot to kill, if he had stayed in his car, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.
But since he did, we’re are.
And I’m sure some of your are cringing, right now.
What may be a few lingering moments of discomfort for you, is an inescapable part of the Black experience.
Get over it.
Don’t worry though, I’m not going to make you suffer for long.
Because I’m not here to talk about the child killer.
I want to talk about something more uplifting and positive: the various tribute songs that have sprung up in the wake of this incident.
By far, my favorite is “Stand Your Ground,” this rough by Pharoahe Monch.
“Stand Your Ground” is a protest song which flips Florida’s ‘self-defense’ concept on its ear.
Pharoahe isn’t the only artist to feel away about the Zimmerman verdict.
Rick Ross expresses his outrage in “I Wonder Why,” when he says, “Now I’m being followed by this creepy ass cracker.”
Creepy ass cracker indeed.
Skip to 2:19 to hear the reference, if you’re not a Rick Ross fan.
Young Jeezy adds his “It’s A Cold World” tribute track to the mix.
And Wyclef Jean’s “Justice (If You’re 17)” puts the now notorious neighborhood watch captain on full blast.
This little curated collection is by no means all that there is.
Numerous artists have released their own personal tributes for Trayvon, some of which are a lot less veiled with their feelings about Zimmerman and the verdict.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno performance by Talib Kweli, Nelly and Abbey Dobson, gives those who are having a hard time understanding why people of color are so angry (about the verdict) visual aid.
All I can say is that while Zimmerman got away with murder, he will forever be memorialized, in song, as the coward he is.
Music is the weapon.