By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
As you all know, we usually refrain from giving our opinions and prefer to let you all come to your own conclusions when it comes to what we report. But when it comes to the murder (yes, we said MURDER) of Trayvon Martin, the whole staff is still and will remain to be completely devastated the jury found George Zimmerman as “not guilty” of the slain teen’s death. Personally, I cried all last night and my husband could say little to console me as he was heartbroken himself, and he was speechless for hours. I woke up and cried for the first half of the morning, and I still remember the very sad phone call I got last night from our Managing Editor Taren as she wept and told me numerous times it could have very well been her little brother. My older sister is an attorney and questions today what she can do with her law degree to make an impact. And that is when I realized that although all of us are hurting, there’s still more work to be done. And by the reactions of some of the celebs who tweeted last night about the verdict, just maybe most of us are all gearing up to keep our hoodies on.
Here are some of the reactions from some of today’s biggest black celebrities following the verdict:
Nicki Minaj: And our taxes paid for that trial. We just paid to see a murderer walk free after killing an innocent unarmed little boy. #GodBlessAmerica
Gabrielle Union: Help! What’s the proper procedure when you’re followed by a random armed nutbag returning home from getting candy & iced tea?
Chris Brown: The revolution will be televised!
Rihanna: A child was gunned down for no reason! And nothing about that sounds like murder? My baby brother is 17, this rocked my whole sh*t! #thesystemisandhasalwaysbeenphucked
Marlon Wayans: N*ggas are official “sport”. Rabbit season, duck season, nigga season”.
Solange Knowles: Is this not what our ancestors, grandfathers and fathers fought for…? Now I will be fighting for my son…
Q-Tip: Can’t be surprised… Black life has no value in this country
Beyonce didn’t tweet or post anything on Instagram since the verdict was read, but the singer dedicated a moment of silence for Trayvon last night during her Nashville leg of the Mrs. Carter Show.
In related news, the NAACP is already moving forward to encourage the Obama Administration to file civil rights charges with the Department of Justice against Trayvon’s murderer George Zimmerman. To sign the petition, go here. It’s also been talk from some sources suggesting the Martin family may consider filing a civil lawsuit against George Zimmerman to make sure he won’t profit from killing their son by writing books and becoming another puppet of Fox News.
If you’re still wanting justice for Trayvon, you can do more than tweet by donating money to the Travyon Martin Foundation. Let’s give Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin the help they need to keep fighting. The laws in Florida need to be changed. Apparently killing kids is legal there and it shouldn’t be. The voting issues, Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman are proof that whole state is corrupted.
Here’s the tweets from Sybrina and Tracy.
Sybrina Fulton: Lord during my darkest hour I lean on you. You are all that I have. At the end of the day, GOD is still in control. Thank you all for your prayers and support. I will love you forever Trayvon!!! In the name of Jesus!!!
Tracy Martin: Thanks to everyone who are with us and who will be with us so we together can make sure that this doesn’t happen again
We’re still going to fight for a change, how about you?