If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything!
Music’s Power Couple Jay Z and Beyonce took a break from their tour schedules this morning to join Al Sharpton and other community leaders at a rally in support of Trayvon Martin. They were also there to take a stand and protest the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in Florida which ultimately allowed Zimmerman to walk free last week.
According to reports, Al Sharpton told the crowd that Jay and Bey were not there to speak or for a photo opp. They were solely there to show their support:
Jay Z and Beyonce said they didn’t want to speak and they didn’t come for a photo op. Beyonce put a beautiful message up on Instagram. Let me tell you, that before a lot of you were down, Jay Z always supported us.
Jay Z told me, ‘I’m a father. Beyonce 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.
Trayvon Martin had the civil right to go home that day.
Yesterday, during his unscheduled speech on the Zimmerman case, President Obama voiced his concerns on the ‘stand your grown” laws by posing the questions:
If we’re sending a message as a society in our communities that someone who is armed potentially has the right to use those firearms even if there’s a way for them to exit from a situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we’d like to see?
And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these “stand your ground” laws, I just ask people to consider if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car, because he felt threatened? And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.
The New York City Rally was just one of 100 rallies held in varies cities across the country today in support of Trayvon Martin.