Black actors react to Trayvon Martin murder trial verdict

Jamie Foxx wears Trayvon Martin tshirt


Emotions ran high over the past weekend when six white jurors found George Zimmerman, a white Hispanic man charged with murder in the death of 17-year-old unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, not guilty on all counts.

The verdict sent shockwaves of disbelief through black Hollywood, prompting several black actors to  voice their displeasure with the outcome on Twitter. Here’s what they said:

Jamie Foxx: “I want to wrap my arms around Trayvon’s parents and family during this emotional time. Trayvon will LIVE in our hearts forever. We will make sure that he did not die in vain.”

Michael B. Jordan, who plays Oscar Grant in ‘Fruitvale Station,’ a film about a 22-year-old who was fatally shot in the back while being restrained by white BART police officers at a transit station in California, tweeted: “I cannot believe this is the America I live in right now.”

Holly Robinson Peete: “Prayers of strength and courage to @SybrinaFulton and the family of Trayvon. I just cannot imagine their compounded grief right now…”

Omar Benson Miller: “The devalued/inferior status of ethnic life has got to be recognized & corrected.It is a particular homegrown sickness in America.”

Hosea Chanchez: “Man oh man, absolutely unbelievable! This man will walk home after killing a unarmed kid in 2013. its unbelievable!”

Wendy Raquel Robinson: “My heart is aching with disappointment. #TravonMartin”

Forest Whitaker:  “There’s a pain deep in my soul. 4 the loss of a child. 4 winning without compassion. 4 a nation confused. Pray 4 all. We r 1 thru peace n love.”

Joyful Drake: “He was a kid, a baby, a beautiful black man w/his whole life ahead of him.He deserved justice. My heart bleeds America. RIP Trayvon Martin”

Wendell Pierce: “Watching CNN coverage of Zimmerman verdict and Fruitvale Station commercial comes on. What am I suppose [sic] to feel?”

Angela Bassett: “Today, we tell our children we love them and hug them a little longer and a lot tighter. Tomorrow, we protect our kids by working&fighting 4 all legal ways 2 effect desperately needed change n our current society. #TrayvonMartin”

Gaius Charles: “We can still seek #JusticeForTrayvon. Sign the @NAACP petition to the Department of Justice:


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