Ted Nugent on Zimmerman Trial: 'The Only Racism That Night Was Perpetrated by Trayvon Martin'

The guitarist describes Martin as a "dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe."

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Guitarist Ted Nugent recently addressed the trial of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted on July 13 of charges on murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin from Sanford, Florida.

In his editorial on Rare, Nugent described Zimmerman's actions as "the purest form of self-defense there is," pointing out that "it is exactly why people who believe in good over evil carry a gun to protect themselves from the well documented violence that plagues our country, in order to save our lives from a life threatening attack. Period."

The guitarist continued, "And so it was for a few weeks until the race-baiting industry saw an opportunity to further the racist careers of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the Black Panthers, President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, who then swept down on the Florida community refusing to admit that the 17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe Trayvon Martin was at all responsible for his bad decisions and standard modus operendi of always taking the violent route.

"With an obvious racist chip on his shoulder, referencing the neighborhood watch guy as a 'creepy a-s cracker' to his fellow racist female friend who admitted under oath that that is how non-blacks are referred to normally in their circles, Trayvon had no reason not to attack, because it was the standard thug thing to do. See Chicago any day of the week."

Nugent praised the not guilty verdict, saying that "the jury got it right, and non-racist America rejoices that there is still common sense, honesty and decency aware of identifying justice in this country."

"Martin Luther King Jr. is rolling over in his grave that he sacrificed his life for the cause of judging people by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin, as so many of his own race carry in in self-destructive behavior while professional race mongers blame everything on racism," he said. "It is painful and heartbreaking to say and write this, but horrifically it is true. Blacks kill more blacks in a weekend in Chicago than the evil, vile Ku Klux Klan idiots did in 50 years."

The axeman ended his column by stressing that "the only racism on that night was perpetrated by Trayvon Martin, and everybody knows it.

"Here's the lesson from all this, America: Teach your children to not attack people for no good reason whatsoever. Conduct yourself in a responsible, civil manner, and everything will be just fine. Try to kill someone and that someone just may be exercising his or her Second Amendment rights and you could get shot. It's called self-defense, and it is the oldest, strongest and most righteous instinct and God-given right known to man."

The Zimmerman trial is still very much in the public limelight since Saturday's verdict, with a set of reactions also coming from the music world and the likes of Disturbed frontman David Draiman, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Anthtax axeman Scott Ian or Testament's Alex Skolnick.

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    Though he's technically right about Martin referring to Zimmerman as a 'creepy ass cracker' being racist, the last thing this situation really needs is some gun-loving nutjob wading into the controversy with some extremely provocative comments like Nugent's. We've had enough of that from the likes of Al Sharpton, Eric Holder and several other idiots who think they know what happened that night without even being there to witness it
    "the 17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe Trayvon Martin" I try to take this guy seriously, but it's impossible.
    sadly he is right about the gangsta wannabe. probably right about the dope too, but let's not speculate. the problem is that everybody is trying to make this about race. would it be any different if they both had been white? killing an unarmed person is not right, nor is assaulting somebody and smashing their face just to prove something.
    I believe they found traces of marijuana in his system... so Ted is right about that too. I agree completely with your comment though. This shouldn't have been a racial issue... but the first thing the media did was make it a racial issue and edit the police call to make it sound like Zimmerman was a racist, and then air it to the entire nation. Sensationalism sells much better than the truth.
    He is, he was suspended from school three times. He was currently under the third suspension when he was killed, and it was for being caught at school with a marijuana pipe and an empty bag with marijuana traces.
    I'm just gonna copy and paste my comment from the last article about this: It's hard to not bring racial tensions to the table when there's a history of abuse of authority and injustice towards minorities in the USA (in pretty much every country really, but since we're talking about the US...). Really, if the world could take a look on how judges get evidence together and purposefully overlook details in order to screw minorities and other socially disadvantaged groups, they would be shocked. Sadly, a good amount of them can't separate their emotions or prejudices from their jobs as lawmans. Besides, it sounds very weird that an adult would need to use a gun against an unarmed teenager. This part of his [David Draiman, in this case] comment really seems like appealing to the common sense that "everybody is likely to be a victim of errors by the law system despite of race, religion, sexuality etc", and while this is true to a big extent, it can't be applied everytime since it overlooks a lot of things that need to be taken into account. It is a racial issue because of the amount of blacks, hispanics and other minorities that suffer with police violence everyday, and also the immeasurable amount of them that were killed by the police throughout the years because the officers simply chose to follow the veredict of "non-white american guy walking alone = trouble". While the media does its job by twisting and turning cases like this until they bleed, groups that still suffer from social exclusion, abuse of authority and other things in a higher scale than others find a chance to be heard. It's sad that they are overall just thrown in that ridiculous media hurricane at the end of the day, but it's worth something for them. They find a mirror of the condition they've been undergoing for centuries in such oportunities, condition that is only cooptated by the press on certain cases (like this). That's why a good amount of syndicates of black people pronounced themselves on the case, for example.
    That's nonsense. That race card doesn't work anymore. My ancestors were slaved for much, much longer and I don't feel like I'm owed anything. Ted is BS crazy, but there's nothing he said that is wrong here. Most people that are abused by police violence put themselves in that situation. The media stirred this up and called GZ a white guy and pinned blacks on whites. But at the end of the day, GZ is justified and acted in self defense.
    I'm not saying the media are patron saints either. Like I've said, they exploit certain cases a lot. I'm aware, for example, of the news channel that twisted Zimmerman's conversation with the police in order to make him sound racist. Also, neither I'm pulling the "race card" (what's that even supposed to mean?). All I've said is that the race issue was brought up due to another example of a minority that is killed or put up in trouble simply because of the paranoid veredict that "this [race] guy running is surely up to no good". The USA has got its own history of racial/social segregation. These minorities wouldn't stand up and shout to the world sometimes (Martin Luther King, for example) if they weren't constantly overlooked and abused by the rest of society and the authorities. Only 20 years ago, the USA saw the Los Angeles Riots. 20 years can't wash away centuries of racial and social (I refer to all minorities here) segregation. Never did, never will. They are still abused nowadays. The fact that this envolves two big examples of social minorities in the USA only made the subject even hotter. You say that you don't feel like you're owed anything. Tell me, are you a part of a minority NOWADAYS? Are you a part of a specific group of people that is often looked down upon by a considerable amount of people and that needs to deal with the bias and prejudice of the authorities all the time? If no, then it's perfectly understandable why you don't feel like you are constantly a victim of injustice.
    That's why I say it's nonsense. I employ people and was told specifically to hire black people. How is that being looked down upon? Companies are being encouraged to hire minorities, they are given grants and $ to start companies. Nobody looks "down" on them anymore...we have a twice elected black president. It's not the same as it was 30 years ago! This GZ/Trayvon is manufactured hatred and manufactured racism for something that isn't there.
    Indeed, it's not the same thing that it was 30 years ago. Society is progressing on these issues (Mr. Nugent, by the way, isn't a fan of social inclusion programs like the ones you mentioned... hah), and that's great. But sadly, it's not that simple to change such a condition. These programs are still insufficient and we can't expect short term results from them. They can take decades to make substantial changes. Also, racial tensions remain in the people's minds, and that's way harder to mitigate. That's where the constant abuses of authority and prejudices towards minorities come in the first place.
    Um, I'm not for those programs either. They are ridiculous...best man for the job regardless of color. Should I tell you about the experiences our company has had with this program?
    The thing is that such programs are temporary ways of mitigating an enormous social chasm between minorities and other groups that are not in disadvantage. You know, the thing about "more black guys in the pen than in college" is actually true, for example. These are not meant to be the solution for the problem, and in fact they aren't. They exist only to partially fill the gaps that such inequality leaves behind (which is already better than nothing, of course), while a massive investiment in social inclusion, education and etc etc takes place, this being the real solution. If this is actually happening though... you should ask your government. Best man for the job regardless of color, once all men have equal oportunities of reaching their jobs. Fair enough, go ahead and tell your experiences, as long as they are relevant to the topic.
    I love how I'm getting negative marks all over the place but no one wanted to have a reasonable discussion with me except BigMikeBDD.
    Just because Obama is president doesn't mean racism doesn't exist anymore. In fact, it's proven it's alive and well, considering the absurd amount of hate coming from the right ever since he was elected. It's not a coincidence that so many blacks are poor. It's because they started out with nothing after being set free.
    PS: we really aren't in the position to speculate anything since the people who have a better insight on the case are the lawmans, not us. But despite the recurrent suspensions, Martin had a good school record. Scored high grades and all. He was hardly the thug Nugent thinks he was, and besides, Nugent is well known for not being too fond of minorities and being a closeted (very closeted btw) racist, so it's easy to understand where he comes from.
    Haha. He was suspended from school for fighting. Had mweed in his system upon autopsy and Posted pics of pot plants and guns on facebook. Sounds like a stand up guy
    This shouldn't even be primarily viewed as a race issue. It's more of an issue that a law allows a man to kill an unarmed citizen (even out of self defense) with no legal consequences whatsoever. People only play the racism card because Martin was black and Zimmerman was half-white (his other half is Hispanic).
    A 27 year old man with a gun followed and confronted a 17 year old kid who was doing nothing wrong and said confrontation ended with the kid getting shot and killed. This became a race issue because the police didn't even arrest Zimmerman initially, despite the fact that he'd shot and killed someone. What, he told them, scout's honour, that he was acting in self defence and so that's why they thought it wasn't worthy of investigating and prosecuting? If the races were reversed and a black adult male shot ANYONE, do you think the police would've been all "oh, that adolescent attacked your grown ass and you had no choice but to shoot him? I believe you. You're free to go." THAT'S why this is a race issue.
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    Another "Ted Nugent Says Something Stupid" article. I guess it's the only way for him to get his name in the news, since there's never any "Ted Nugent Releases Awesome New Album" articles.
    I want Bill Cosby and Ted Nugent to debate the issue
    "The evil, vile, Ku Klux Klan" Does anyone else have a really hard time believing Nugent doesn't like the KKK?
    This actually wasn't as crazy as I thought it would have been. I was actually surprised to see the comment about MLK Jr. and Nugent's distaste for the KKK. I guess he's not an extreme racist then...
    Man Ted Nugent just needs to shut up and leave things alone, he always sounds like an idiot.
    Give me a break. There is NO evidence that Zimmerman was ever any kind of racist. The FBI conducted an investigation into this for a potential hate crime against Zimmerman last July but they turned up NOTHING. Trayvon, and his gf are the ones who made any kind of racial comment and Rachel even admitted it in court! Simply being followed is NOT reason to physically assault someone. That is not self defense. And Zimmerman never mentioned race until the dispatcher asked. Saying he was black does not make him or the dispatcher racist. When police are looking for a suspect, they profile by all sorts of characteristics including color. When they issue an amber and tell you the color of the abductor, that is not racist! Ted Nugent nailed it... As usual.
    I love when he makes so many race-specific comments, and then goes on to talk about "non-racist America" rejoicing. You go Dave, keep making us laugh.
    Mr. Nugent is right about one thing: The media were definitely stressing the "Us against them" mentality. Even when a reporter or news reader says something as common as, "People on both sides of the issue..." it is deceptive. There are more than two ways to look at this situation. News sources, while doing what they can to tell the "Truth" are in the business of selling advertisements, and they get more money running those ads when they have more viewers or readers. About the actual trial: The prosecution messed up by only giving the jury the choice between Murder 2 or Manslaughter. Since they failed to prove either, the jury had to acquit. People say "Zimmerman" killed a kid with no legal consequences. Huh? He was charged with two very serious crimes! The jury did its job. If the prosecution would have went for, say, Murder 2 and, maybe, Reckless Endangerment they probably would have gotten a guilty verdict on the Endangerment, at least something. I remember in the early 80's, I had a couple friends who each killed people while driving drunk. They both got the usual sentence back then...ONE month a piece! The victims were both white. See, it's not always about race. I bet it's RARELY about race.
    This should definitely kick off his presidential campaign...NUGENT 2016. BTW WEED AIN'T DOPE NOMO!!!!
    It's really indecent to speak like that about the teenager, for his memory and family. Nugent should shut his mouth, nobody needs to hear his ideas. This 17 years old kid was killed, he didnt have any criminal record, he just went to the grocery. And even if someone do a robbery, does he deserve to be shoot dead? Nugent makes me want to vomit, this story is already sad enough and he feels the need to add an other layer of his stupidity. Seriously who gives or lets him the right to speak like he does?
    Ted is the man, and when he opens his mouth people try to make him looks nuts. To me he spoke the truth. You Liberals have a hard time swallowing the truth, mainly when a Black Male is involved. Oh he is black so there is no way he did anything wrong, and if he did its the White mans fault. Only in America can a Brown man kill and Black man and the white man is at fault.
    Ted Nugent never should have been relevant in the first place. Why do we even care what he has to say?
    Fuck Ted Nugent, man. lol WTF? I don't think the case was primarily about race at all. It's about prejudice against young people wearing hoods, self-defence laws and a guy with out-of-control paranoia.
    "Blacks kill more blacks in a weekend in Chicago than the evil, vile Ku Klux Klan idiots did in 50 years." This guy is ****ing nuts, and wouldn't be suprised if he gets randomly attack on the street.
    Okay, just wanna get this out: I wasn't there, I don't know what happened, so I guess I better shut my trap about this whole case. Would Mr. Nugent please do the same?
    Ted should start making and selling guns to people like himself and zimmerman and the first model could be named the assinine mm
    GZ was racist, flatout. Trayvon was being stalked, and beat his fat ass. umad? If you wouldn't **** someone up for stalking you, you're all pussies. Lastly, you guys really think racism is dead or some shit? Or that it played no part? Kid was only shot because he was black and hoodied up brah. As far as the trial, that was pure injustice, because he killed the kid and got nothing. There was no need to shoot, but I guess that's America for you. But I'll let you white, internet know-it-alls do your thing on a UG news post lmfao, only the ones that acknowledge he was killed because he was black understand. -1 my post please, so I might remember to come back and check how many I got, sike peace .
    Too bad they didn't give out a gold medal for best use of the race card in a post. You'd definitely win it today.
    The second somebody says "umad", you can instantly write off anything else they are about to say.
    This is probably one of the dumbest things I've read on the internet in a really long time. It's not even akin to a good trolling attempt.