Days after she made a fan catch the Holy Ghost at one of her concerts, Beyoncé joined husband Jay Z in New York City to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman’s murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin. The two attended a rally with Martin’s family, led by Al Sharpton.
“Jay Z and Beyoncé said they didn’t want to speak and they didn’t come for a photo op,” Sharpton told the crowd of thousands on behalf of the celebrity couple. “Jay Z told me, ‘I’m a father. Beyoncé is a mother.’ We all feel the pain and apprehension—the laws must protect everybody, or it doesn’t protect anybody. We do not come from hate, we come from love of children,” Sharpton continued.
The stars are just the latest big-name entertainers to come out in support of Martin’s family. OkayPlayer had a roundup of reactions to the verdict:
Solange (who organized a peaceful rally at Brooklyn Borough Hall):
“”I am optimistic. I am cynical. I’m angry. I’m in pain. I am motivated. I’m confused. I’m scared. I am sick of racism & want to do something about it.”
Talib Kweli conducted an ongoing seminar on the issues around the case, at times seeming like he intended to respond to every apology for Zimmerman’s actions one by one, knocking down every platitude and justification with the simple clarity of the truth. It’s this comment that stays with us, though:
“Yesterday’s decision was sad. But today is made sadder by those celebrating Trayvon’s death or blaming him for his own demise. Ghouls. Acting like racism will go away by ignoring it, pretending it doesn’t exist and refusing to discuss it is the trademark of a closet racist.”
“Lets kiss and hug our babies a LiL tighter today. Aa a community, we must love and protect our babies!”
Erykah Badu (before tweeting out the lyrics to her song “Soldier”):
“This world is in a constant state of Grieving.”
“the feeling of unity comes & goes in our people like rainy days…even tho the sun is shining today.. it’s a rainy day.”
Black Thought (quoting activist Huey P. Newton):
“The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution.”
W. Kamau Bell:
“FYI, at this point I’d rather threats from Klan members rather than one white person “explaining” to me why this isn’t racism…no matter how low you set your expectations America can still find a way to disappoint you.”