French Montana says that the Trayvon Martin case didn’t surprise him. “I know about 1,000 Trayvon Martins,” French Montana says in an interview with TorontoRappers.com. “He was just the first one that got public, the people standing behind. But things like that happen almost every day where I’m from, so I’m used to it. I’m used to not getting the upper hand in the court of law. That’s the system we’re dealing with.”
George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter July 13. He was accused of murdering Martin February 26, 2012. Many believed that Martin was singled out and killed by Zimmerman for racial reasons. Martin, 17, was Black and Zimmerman is Hispanic.
People gathered in more than 100 cities across the United States July 20 to honor Martin. Martin’s mother, Jay-Z and Beyonce were among those who attended a rally in Manhattan, New York. “It’s a sad situation, but it’s strength in numbers,” French Montana says. “The way everybody is reacting to the whole Trayvon situation, you can’t get a better outcome.”
Several other rappers have commented on the death of Martin. Immortal Technique said that the Zimmerman verdict was a wake-up call for Blacks and for parents, while Brother Ali likened Martin’s case to that of Emmett Till’s. Till, a 14-year-old black male, was tortured and murdered in 1955 in Mississippi after being accused of flirting with a white woman.