Talib Kweli Says "Stand Your Ground" Is A "Small Part Of A Bigger Problem"

Talib Kweli says he is a "little conflicted" regarding how the public should address "Stand Your Ground" and George Zimmerman's status as a "celebrity."

The "Stand Your Ground" law has been adopted in many states and has caused controversy over the last few years, particularly in Florida.

Recently sitting down with Vlad TV, Talib Kweli, who often speaks about public affairs, spoke about the "Stand Your Ground" law and its affects on society.

"The "Stand Your Ground" law is a small thing, it's a small part of a bigger problem," Talib said when asked about his thoughts of the law. "The "Stand Your Ground" assumes that young black people, young poor people are dangerous. The implication of this law is that these people are so dangerous that their mere existence is enough danger for you to be able to shoot first. The "Stand Your Ground" rule is also being used in black on black crimes. It's being used on some gangster shit." 

When asked about the recent debate surrounding George Zimmerman's attempts at creating a public profile post-trial, Kweli says he is "conflicted" and is attempting to find a way on how to not raise the profile of those who have killed under the law but also open the issue up for public debate.

"I'm a little conflicted about the Zimmerman celebrity thing, not about whether he should be a celebrity, clearly he shouldn't," Talib said. "I'm conflicted about it because all of us participated in making him the celebrity. You did, I did, these dudes shooting the camera at me right now did, all of us did because we talk about it all the time but the conflict comes, do we not talk about it? How do we address this problematic situation without raising this man's profile where he could get paid for being a celebrity? It's definitely been a conflict of mine because I spoke about it, about Zimmerman, about Trayvon [Martin], all my feelings all on social networks and when I saw the celebrity boxing this I feel... I'm trying to find a balance on how do we address the things that need to be addressed?"

George Zimmerman was found not guilty for the murder of 17-year-old Carol City, Miami native Trayvon Martin in July of 2013. The "Stand Your Ground" defense was used in the trial. Zimmerman has also been courted by promoters for a celebrity boxing match, which was rumored to include numerous rappers including DMX and The Game. The match has never happened due to the controversy surrounding it.

Watch the full segment of the interview below:

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37 Comments

  • Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum

    You're conflating two separate things. George Zimmerman did on use Stand Your Ground as a defense.

  • Anonymous

    Black on black genocide? Naw, never heard of it-- at least not from dumbass Talib.

  • Anonymous

    How many black youth have been murdered by other black youth since Zimmerman (who is an ass)? Is that # in the hundreds? Thousands? Talib is mo' ignorant than dogshit.

    • Anonymous

      LOL, let these whites tell it, blacks are committing genocide when they're the ones who are in population decline let these white tell it, they all die of natural causes and there's no crime amongst them at all, it's all isolated incidents with them and that mentality shows us all that you strive for white superiority and entitlement whilst being naive, programmed, delusional, and oblivious that's why y'all have oh so many problems in society

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  • Anonymous

    Nice work Talib you insipid whiny voiced fuck; police your own ass, and borough, first, fucktard. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/22/nyregion/brooklyn-bus-shooting.html?_r=0

  • Truth

    Anybody who paid unbiased attention to the trial knows that SYG was never used in court...it was used in media as speculation to what he would use as a defense. According to the facts of the case GZ was never threatened with violence, he was actually being beaten. No need for SYG, he was actually being assaulted regardless of the reason why. Which is exactly why he got off. We can form and shape it however we want, but the cut and dry explanation is that he was being assaulted and he killed someone out of self defense. If SYG would've benfitted anybody it would have been Martin, ironically he was killed becuz he acted on his "fear" instead of retreating. If he stayed away when he got away, he'd still be here...and if he killed GZ that night and used SYG, he probably would've gotten off too. Basically if you can look passed "young black kid killed by white-hispanic" then you know SYG had nothing to do with this incident

    • Anonymous

      "Another one with the "he didn't need a defense law because he had to defend himself". loL, do you people read what you write? Just remember you weirdos, you're okaying someone who instigates a fight with you and as soon as they feel "threatened" by you can shoot you between the eyes you bunch of idiots. Oh, you think just because you're white that your immune? LMAO, you ain't." Did you read what was typed up there? Doesnt seem like it because you invented a sentence that they didn't type and added quotes around it. If you really look at the case Trayvon's girlfriend most likely got him killed. He got away and all he had to do was keep walking to his house like a normal person would do...Nope, he was on the phone with his chick who was most likely telling him to go back and fuck that man up. She gave him retard courage like most chicks are able to do to guys and put him in a terrible situation.

    • Anonymous

      Another one with the "he didn't need a defense law because he had to defend himself". loL, do you people read what you write? Just remember you weirdos, you're okaying someone who instigates a fight with you and as soon as they feel "threatened" by you can shoot you between the eyes you bunch of idiots. Oh, you think just because you're white that your immune? LMAO, you ain't.

  • NaomiB

    The "Stand Your Ground" law is a part of the standard self defense laws and says nothing about anyone's race, color, or economic status. The SYG law does not come into effect until a person is threatened with deadly force. It means no one has the obligation to flee when confronted by a fear of great bodily injury or death. (That means one does not have to run away when confronted by bodily injury or death, but can fight back.) This article states that Zimmerman used the SYG law in his defense in his trial. That is totally incorrect and in serious error. Zimmerman did NOT use SYG in his defense because there was no possible way to retreat since he was being straddled by Martin, held down, pummeled, and his head beaten against the concrete.

    • Anonymous

      The law was really made to protect Travyon that night, the FLAWS in the law give people like Michael Dunn a go to INITIATE a "threatening" situation. Wanna know why that guy I named in that dateline episode got life? He's in Quincy, CA. No SYG there, they clearly saw that man went overboard and there's no stupid ass law to prevent proper prosecution. BTW, you're the second person on here to say GZ didn't use SYG because he had non choice but to use SYG. WHile you contradict yourselves being whomever told you that, I heard a STATE JUDGE say at the Dunn trial that he wouldn't re-read the silly law because it was CONFUSING and HIGHLY FLAWED. Why are YOU embracing it?

  • Anonymous

    Ok you're still a worthless welfare loving n!gger

    • Anonymous

      More white women on welfare than any other race in America. 46-49% of the welfare rolls are your mommas, grannies, sisters, aunties.

  • Anonymous

    The stats came out last month, whites benefit from SYG more than blacks. Only a total idiot wouldn't see what this law is really doing, and most probably because YOU wanna do it. I saw a Dateline a month back about some whiteboy who opened up on 4 white kids because he was "standing his ground", thought his family was threatened, cried SYG. No gun, they were trying to wave a white t-shirt out the car as a surrender flag while HE CHASED THEM 9 MILES away from his house, SK'd the car up when they were trying to get away from him and LIED, said they were coming straight for him (forensics from the tire tracks proved he lied), claimed he was a soldier when he wasn't, AND, he had a "white christian loving gun owner" beware sign like Blacks would actually come to his remote country land just to target him! He's doing life now bitches, WHITE ON WHITE CRIME, killed one, injured another. You goobers ain't fooling nobody except yourselves.

    • Question

      Why do negative stats relfect some sort of racism as opposed to maybe it's just that way? How come stats only matter when they support an agenda, but have some sort of alterior motive when they don't support the agenda?

  • Anonymous

    Q1: in Brooklyn, how many black teenagers and young men have killed other black folk in the last year? 2-3-4-5 years? Q2: And how many white people have killed black people in that same time period? Answer the question, asshole.

    • Anonymous

      blacks kills far far far far far far more blacks every year than whites do... and nobody gives a shit, including asswipe Talib. far far far far more whites on public assistance, shooting up schools, etc.... fuck em both, but stop pretending a fat turd like Zimmerman means shit when dozens of black kids are killed by gang assoholes every week and ya'll say NOTHING hypocrite pussies

    • Anonymous

      Funny how the "white rap community" has nothing to say about the 2 FL teens who killed a cop on the way to commit suicide last week. Suicide hits their peers & youth like an epidemic, but they're too busy following Blacks like a shadow to tell us we're a problem and TOTALLY ignore their own.

    • Anonymous

      "Funny" tho', the "rap community" has nothing to say about the 14-year-old black retard busted loose on a bus in Bed-Stuy two weeks ago, killing a Dominican dude who was just sitting there.

    • Anonymous

      If they shooting in B'klyn why do you need 50 guns in Billings, Montana? Only the lemmings reach for black on black crime, they NEVER want to acknowledge there is WHITE ON WHITE crime. OKC was white on white crime, CO was white on white crime, CT was white on white crime, the FL movie theater shooting was white on white crime. Don't be a following bitch all your life.

  • Niggers are scum

    This retarded porch monkey wear a hat that says drug war vet on it, than wonders why ppl want to stand your ground on these pathetic creatures. The second amendment guarantees us our basic rights, and I can't wait until some n!gger tries to put my family in danger so I can stand my ground on him

    • Anonymous

      you keep on waiting thirstball because it's gonna be whiteboy Johnny who offs your family because you showed off your goods and he wants your little sister

  • Niggers are scum

    Narc alert!!

  • Anonymous

    Thank God. No mention of that Macklemore kid.

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  • VP

    Zimmerman used the standard self-defense law. The "stand your ground" law was not used. He did not receive immunity and the State did not repay him for all his lost wages, court costs, etc., and he went to jail. THOSE are the things the stand your ground defense benefits. This case was always about Stand Your Ground, it was never about Trayvon Martin except to a whole helluva lot of gullible people. Go back to any newscast or article about this case and Stand Your Ground is almost always mentioned. Where is Trayvon's mother now and what is she doing? Stumping for Stand Your Ground.

    • Anonymous

      "Stand your ground was never needed in the case because Zimmerman claimed self defense after being attacked" ^ so he never needed the self defense law because he claimed self defense? LMMFAO "Where is Trayvon's mother now and what is she doing? Stumping for Stand Your Ground." ^ she's standing AGAINST the law, you can't read and decipher? LOL, STFU and let the grown folk speak little children

    • Anonymous

      The actual case was NEVER about stand your ground. The news turned it into being about stand your ground between a white man (who was actually hispanic) and a black teenager. Stand your ground was never needed in the case because Zimmerman claimed self defense after being attacked. People should be focusing on the Derrion Albert type of cases and less on cases involving two idiots.

  • Mr. Tibbs

    RIP Trayvon Martin & Jordan Davis "Stand Your Ground" is strictly a green light for other ethnicities to shoot niggas. How can anyone not be disgusted reading these stories?

  • Anonymous

    I don't see how the "Stand your Ground" law has anything to do with Zimmerman, he wasn't standing his ground, he followed the dude around a neighborhood and instigated a fight, then shot him.. This is just liberal democrats using peoples anger against one racist scumbag as an excuse to make us give up yet another of our rights. Ifthey have their way, the only people in this country with guns will be the cops, and given their history of corruption I'm gonna feel even less safe then

    • Anonymous

      repubs got y'all scared, I saw a Huckabee episode where they were telling y'all about the drugs, rapists, thieves, crime, news, terrorists, the "govt coming to take your guns" all so you lemmings go "arm up" and the companies count their money and y'all STILL don't see thru the lies, how many of those bad people are.....YOU

    • Anonymous

      repubs want you armed to the teeth because they believe violence destroys violence so y'all all in no-man's land USA with 20+ guns you can't use at one time waiting for some boogeyman to come so you can "stand your ground" nobody knows you exist fuckboy and those repubs don't either, never visiting or mentioning you woodies there but you're armed to the teeth, LOL

  • Georgie boy Zimmerman

    What problem?????? Lol ;)

  • Anonymous

    "its not on some gangster shit" for Marissa Alexander. facing 50yrs over "stand your ground" for just firing warning shots to ward off domestic violence. Ain't a small part of a bigger problem its a big part of a bigger problem. to quote Kweli " the length of black life is treated with short worth" and that is as true today as it was on the black star lp. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/marissa-alexander/

    • Anonymous

      Please educate yourself on this case. Here's the husband's side of the story http://politic365.com/2012/04/19/exclusive-marissa-alexanders-current-husband-speaks/

  • RC

    The 'stand your ground' laws on the books are fundamentally flawed & unfortunately allow & protect any hot head or insecure individual with a gun to act as judge, jury & executioner with little to no repercussions. It is definitely a danger to all black & latino youth who live in trigger happy states, since most of the time we only get to hear one side of the story, mostly from the side of the 'responsible' gun owner after killing some innocent bystander. That being said Zimmerman is complete scumbag, he's a wannabe cop, multiple time violent-offender, perpetrator of domestic violence & above all a fucking murder.

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