Lil’ Scrappy, an Atlanta-based rapper, is livid following the verdict announcement in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman.
The jury, comprised of six women, deliberated for more than 16 hours before finding George Zimmerman not guilty Saturday night.
The “Money In The Bank” rapper commented that African Americans are viewed less human in the United States.
“But u knw n the government eyes a black man is only 2/3ds of a man in America,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
African Americans’ history in the country has been horrid. Following the momentous Civil Rights era, the country took steps to eradicate the disastrous effects of slavery and Jim Crow.
This Civil Rights era earned African Americans the rights to be considered “fully” human, as opposed to three-fifths following the ratification of the 13th amendment.
Scrappy posted a video to his Instagram account telling followers to stand up for their rights.
“That’s how they gon do us? They gon turn up on us, we gotta turn up on them,” he said. “We gotta turn this s— all the way around and stand up for our motherf*cking rights. Just gon kill ni**a just like that and get away with it? Oh no, stop it.”
Many proponents of the Martin family believed Zimmerman was the aggressor in the altercation that led to Martin’s shooting death.
Martin left his father’s fiancé’s home on a rainy Feb. 26 night to pick up snacks to enjoy with the NBA All-Star game. Zimmerman, who was acting as neighborhood watch, pursued Martin after deeming the Miami-Dade teen suspicious.
Zimmerman shot 17-year-old Martin following a confrontation. Zimmerman alleged he was acting in self-defense.
If convicted of second-degree murder, Zimmerman could have been sentenced to a minimum of 25 years without parole and a maximum of life in prison.
A lesser charge of manslaughter could have given Zimmerman up to a 30-year prison sentence.