[Video] Rapper Macklemore Devotes AMA Acceptance Speech to Trayvon Martin
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Rapper Macklemore, of Thrift Shop fame, dedicated a portion of his AMA acceptance speech to Trayvon Martin “and the hundreds and hundreds of kids each year that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it.”
Macklemore was accepting an award for his album, The Heist. He continued,
“And due to the act that we are in Florida tonight accepting this award, I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids each year that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it. This is really happening. These are our friends, our neighbors, our peers, and our fans, and it’s time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it.”
The AMA crowd, who he was addressing via satellite cheered at the comments. The speech was also broadcast on the ABC television station to millions of people.
Macklemore has discussed the issue previously with HipHopDX,
“With the Trayvon Martin case, feeling like, as a white rapper, can I talk about that? I’m also the enemy in a way, not me specifically, but the system that I’m a part of. Can i speak on that issue? Do I tweet about that? How do I bring that up? It’s something that I have to think about and yet, I think what surpasses all of it is just being a human and striving for equality for all people. But to say that race isn’t an issue in America in 2013 is just false absolutely. You look at how that case panned out and it’s a very clear indication that we have a far way to go.”
After Martin was shot by George Zimmerman in 2012 it ignited a nationwide discussion on gun rights and race relations.
Zimmerman was acquitted of murder and manslaughter by an all female jury earlier this year.
Zimmerman has found himself in legal trouble once again after his current girlfriend alleged that he pointed a gun at her.