As the jury officially found neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old from Sanford, Florida, the public erupted, rising numerous questions and debates on the subject.
The shooting occurred on the night of February 26, 2012, as Zimmerman started following Martin for looking "up to no good or he's on drugs or something" and ultimately killing him. As the prosecutors have pointed out, the teenager was unarmed and carrying nothing more than soda and candy.
The Saturday's (July 13) acquittal verdict caused a massive series of various reactions across the US and the world, including comments from the music domain. Among the most prominent rock musicians was Disturbed frontman David Draiman who gave his opinion of the entire trial via Twitlonger.
"The case is over and a verdict has been given," the vocalist said. "Now; No matter what your own personal opinion may be on the outcome of this case,
"1. No one is justified in acts of violence or destruction as a result of this.
"2. Politicizing this event (as the liberal and conservative media have both done) is irresponsible, abhorrent, and selfish. There's already far too much racial tension and baseless hatred in this world, and those on either side who try to use this as a means of furthering their political agendas, fear/hate mongering, or furthering their own rise to fame or power, should be called out and should be ashamed of themselves.
"3. There are a plethora of examples of both justice and injustice all over the world, every day of our lives. This is not, nor should it be made to be a black or white or Hispanic issue."
Draiman then focused on other issues, as well as the media, saying, "So all of you out there, get off of your soapboxes, cut the crap, move on with your lives, and let's focus on all of the other atrocities that occur all over the globe (like the school massacre in Nigeria which the media has basically glossed over in favor of the Zimmerman frenzy).
"There is no greater pimp than the media," the singer concluded. "They are experts in whoring something out until it is broken, dried up, and no longer of use to them. Do not let yourselves be manipulated by this sleight-of-hand bullsh-t."
The list of rock musicians who gave their opinions on the case also includes Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Testament axeman Alex Skolnick and Anthrax's Scott Ian. You can find their comments below.
Repeal of Voting Rights Act, NSA spying on everybody, drone murders, global warming denial, Zimmerman verdict, Walmart. #LetsStartOver
Tom Morello (@tmorello) July 14, 2013
W respect 2 friends, family & fans who live in Fla: the justice system there feels like a tumor affecting the entire US #FedUpWithFlorida
Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick) July 15, 2013
Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) July 15, 2013