Exclusive Interview: Celebs Talk ‘Trayvon Martin’ Tia & Tamera, Loretta Devine, Mechad Brooks, Chris Kelley, Nate Parker & More Weigh In
Trayvon Martin’s family finally had their day in court. Over the past two weeks, his trial has been a hot topic among leaders, celebrities and households across the nation. Many called for Justice for Trayvon. A guilty charge would have placed his killer in jail for 25 years to life. Sadly, that did not happen. 16 months after the tragic death of their teenage son, accused killer George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges and on Saturday, he walked away a free man. Some people blame a poor prosecution for the acquittal , some blame the justice system in Florida and some just blame racism. People have expressed their sadness and anger for the ‘Not Guilty’ ruling on twitter, Facebook, television and in peaceful rallies all across the country.
Before the trial began, Cherise Nicole (CNikky) and our asscociates EURweb spoke to Tia and Tamera Mowry, Mechad Brooks, Loretta Devine, Salli Richardson, Nate Parker and Chris Kelley about why the Trayvon Martin case would be one of the most important of 2013.
“Well, for me,, I mean, I have a son. And it just took it to a whole other level. And just kind of like, what was surrounding it, with the hoodie and my son has hoodies and he’s 20 months old. And it was just so disgusting to me how you can associate that .”
” I think if anything, I think it’s time for us to stop with the stereotyping because, when is it gonna end? Really? I mean the racial profiling? And it happens everywhere and it’s time to stop, especially when you’re dealing with a human life. Our father was a cop and he know for a fact, that’s what they teach you. They teach you to work off of different stereotypes for different races. And for me it’s like, come on now!”
“Our fathers not a cop anymore, our father is Caucasion, he married an African American woman and he’s like, that’s crap.”
“Because it seems like something we’ve should’ve been past already. It seems like something that’s from a bygone era. It’s nystolgic, not in a good way. And just to think that because of the color of your skin no matter what the color of your skin is, that you can walk down the street in a neighborhood that you’re supposed to be in, minding your own business and much less get into a fight, but be killed. That stuff happened to me to when I was a kid. I grew up in a white neighborhood or a middle class neighborhood and I was twelve years old and cops came to our front lawn and was like ‘Show us your I.D.’ and I was like, I’m twelve, I don’t have an I.D. . And their like, ‘What are you doing in this neighborhood?’ and I’m like, I live in this neighborhood….Mom! So, it’s dis-heartnening that the generation under me is still dealing with the same thing. But, that mentality almost has to die out. There’s nothing you can do about stupidity. There’s nothing you can do about ignorance. Everybody has the right to be ignorant. Everybody has the right to be in-tolerant. But I think we need to ostricize those people. That can’t be o.k. to be. It’s much worse to be racist than to be a minority. It’s much worse to be sexist than it is to be a woman. It’s much worse to be homophobic than it is to be gay. And people who exhibit this behavior, I think we have to go….No, No, No, No, we’re not doing that! Listen to that Drake and Jay-Z song, We Off That!”
Trayvon Martin and his family will forever be in our hearts and in our prayers.
Watch the Interview Below: