God, there’s not much in the way of good news this morning, is there? It’s sometimes hard to reconcile writing something as light-hearted and flippant as celebrity gossip when something bigger and realer and far more important is happening in the world. So this is a bit of a cheat story – the horrendous injustice of the Trayvon Martin murder verdict (yes, that’s a “not guilty” for blatant murderer George Zimmerman, in case you live under a rock) may not be celebrity news, but stars reacting to it is, and I couldn’t NOT talk about this because it’s absolutely disgusting and a real sign of just how far this country still has to go on ending racism.
It’s sad that a young black boy walking to the store for a bag of skittles is considered a “threat” simply because of the colour of his skin. And yet, here we are – a child is dead and because he was black, the white man who shot him (it doesn’t matter that Zimmerman may not be “completely” white – he passes as such and that’s enough) goes home scott-free. Liberty and justice for all, indeed. So long as you’re not black. But I’ll stay of my soapbox here. Celebrities took to Twitter last night to express their outrage at the verdict (and Beyoncé, who was on stage in Nashville last night when the news broke, had a moment of silence for Trayvon). Is that celebrity enough for everyone?
MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO TRAYVON'S FAMILY!!!! GOD BLESS THEM!!!!
— Diddy (@iamdiddy) July 14, 2013
Prayers for the Martin family. … Only God knows what was on Zimmerman mind but the gun laws and stand your ground laws must change.
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) July 14, 2013
My heart goes out to Trayvon Martin's family & loved ones. Thought & prayers being sent their way #NoJustice
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) July 14, 2013
More behind the cut.
#Disappointed literally in tears right now, over the way a KILLER was found not guilty!!? KeepingTrayvon's family in my prayers! In shock!
— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) July 14, 2013
I can't help but think of what my mama use to say " If u think u seen it all just keep on living"
— Jennifer Hudson (@IAMJHUD) July 14, 2013
I feel sick. #RipTrayvonMartin
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) July 14, 2013
There are black people in prison serving 10 to 20years for petty drug crimes…and zimmerman walks for killing a younge black man??? #ouch
— will.i.am (@iamwill) July 14, 2013
May God console the Martins at this time; as well as every other family that's gone through this type of injustice.
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) July 14, 2013
— Rihanna (@rihanna) July 14, 2013