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Many members of the Black community are enraged by the recent decision of the U.S. Department of Justice to not bring charges against George Zimmerman. Zimmerman shot and killed unarmed teen Trayvon Martin and was found not guilty based on Florida’s “stand your ground” defense.

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry recently expressed what many are now feeling. She declared during a speech at Cornell University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture that:

“I hope [Martin] tried to stay alive. I hope he knew that he lived in a state with a ‘stand your ground’ law. And I hope he whooped the s— out of George Zimmerman … and it’s not disreputable because he encountered a stranger who was prepared to kill him, and you know how I know? Because he killed him.”

Her comments were titled, “We Can’t Breathe: The Continuing Consequences of Inequality,” and were criticized in student social media.


Melissa Harris-Perry hopes Trayvon Martin 'whooped' George Zimmerman

Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.


  1. Jason on February 26, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Oh he did whip that butt, but Zimmerman employed the great equalizer as often cowards do. I think most rational minded people know Zimmerman didn’t leave his vehicle and walk into the darkness without employing his weapon. If anything – Martin saw the weapon and fought for his life in that dark walkway. We may never know the exact circumstances, but we do know Zimmerman has anger issues which often result in physical confrontations with people in both his personal and public life. May he have to look over his shoulder for the rest of his days.

  2. eric on February 26, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    She needs to get over this case. Let see, evidence detailed how Zimmerman went back to his car where Martin attacked him. Witnesses saw Martin slamming his head into pavement. Jury said not guilty. Eric Holder’s justice dept. could not find Zimmerman guilty of anything. So Wut is it abt. facts that fuzzy up this woman’s thought process ? Just sayin.

    • guest on February 27, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Since he’s been acquitted his actions have shown he is absolutely a sociopath, incapable of controlling his anger.

  3. Craig on March 1, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    They didnt even fight an if they did Zimmerman won, Zimmerman lied about not being able to fight.