Wyclef Jean Pays Tribute To Trayvon Martin With “Justice (If You’re 17)”
In the wake of the not guilty verdict that acquitted George Zimmerman of both second degree murder and manslaughter in the controversial Trayvon Martin trial this past Saturday, July 13, many in the nation have expressed their anger, shock, and utter disbelief claiming that without justice there can be no peace.
One man calling for justice is Wyclef Jean. The former Fugees frontman released a tribute to the gunned down teen titled “Justice (If You’re 17).” In the video, a young man wearing a dark hoodie walks through the streets while talking on a cell phone to the object of his affection. Unbeknownst to him, he is being watched and followed until he is eventually shot, much like Trayvon was the day he was murdered.
“Man I fear for you, if you’re 17,” Wyclef sings in the reggae-tinged track. “If you’re 17 you should learn the law/Fight with your mind, stronger than arms/Freedom, yeah, for Trayvon/He could have been the next president/He could have been the next Steve Jobs/He could have been the next astronaut/So until we get justice, we won’t stop, until the man he killed/He go down the hole.”
Watch Wyclef’s stirring tribute, “Justice (If You’re 17),” to Trayvon Martin below.
“Racism isn’t just hate,” Wyclef tweeted the day after the verdict. “It’s inequity for everybody, defies all humanity. The death of a kid is a global defeat. I pray for Martin’s family.”