Jay Z’s got 99 problems, and at least one of them is due to the Zimmerman verdict.
In an interview with Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson posted to YouTube on Wednesday, the 43-year-old rapper gave his opinion about the trial concerning the murder of Trayvon Martin.
He said that one of his main issues with the case was that Zimmerman made the life-or-death decision as an untrained neighborhood watch volunteer.
“This guy’s not a professional,” Jay Z said in the interview. “First of all, you’re not a professional to profile someone. A professional law enforcement officer is taught not to profile. This guy’s a novice. This guy’s a f***ing mall cop.”
He also confessed that he couldn’t sleep for two days following the not guilty verdict because he was so angry with the result.
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“We all knew that there was still a bit of racism in America, but for it to be so blatant,” Jay Z said. “If you just ask the question, ask yourself the question, ‘Didn’t Trayvon have the right to stand his ground?’ He was being chased, he was being chased and fought back. You know, he may have won. That doesn’t mean he’s a criminal, he won. If you try to attack me and I defend myself, how can I be in the wrong?"
Despite what he called “blatant” racism displayed in the Zimmerman case, Jay Z seemed hopeful for the future of equality for all races.
“It’s beautiful, because this generation right now, they don’t see color in that way,” he said. “We’re a bit removed from those racist feelings because again, it’s hard to teach racism when your child is out [at] the clubs. It’s integrated and the music we listen to is the same. Our feelings and our anxieties are more similar now.”
Jay Z and his wife Beyoncé showed their support for the Martin family by attending a rally to protest the verdict in New York City on July 20. The day before he dedicated a song, “Forever Young,” to Trayvon at his concert with Justin Timberlake.