Trayvon Martin

Boxing Legend Don King Contextualizes Trayvon With History

One could say Don King has seen it all, been through it all as Mobb Deep once said. The famed boxing promoter has more than made his mark in history and lived through it just the same. A controversial figure, King has been accused of everything from having mob ties to financial infidelities. But, he’s also an outspoken political force that has never minced his words. His perspective is that of an 80-year-old that has toiled to the highest mountains of success yet still has passionate, pointy opinions about the murder of one 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

“He (Trayvon) is the victim of 400 years of thinking that Black people don’t count. Even if, the guy walking down the street is being profiled, but whatever happened, the police would have arrested the guy. Even if it was self-defense, he would have been acquitted through the (legal) process. This guy ain’t been arrested yet. A man shot a man down in the is day and age – 2012 – killed the boy, and nobody has done nothing about it…not even a reprimand. And they are going to take his word at the scene and say it was self defense. What was Trayvon going to shoot him with? His whistle? He’s eyeballs? Reckless eyeballing? But, you can’t take that light when you say reckless eyeballing, because in the books it says reckless eyeballing – that’s when a black man looked at a white woman. It was interpreted as lewd or lustful. That’s reckless eyeballing, punishable by death. You can’t say what (Trayvon) was doing, but that’s that old, antiquated thinking and falsification of teaching of superiority and inferiority. Manhood is what the whole struggle is about. They could not treat a man like they treated (Trayvon). There is a victimization in associating us with negative conditions.  Therefore, you don’t like the conditions, you don’t like the Black man. The color line, that is the problem…the institution called slavery. That was the method of keeping you from getting your rights and to be able to justify it legally and religiously. Revenge ain’t going to get it. Non-Violence is the way to go, (but) only if you are teaching. People are mentally enslaved and they are not looking for a parole.”

-As told to Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur

Digital bonus: Jasiri X’s “A Song For Trayvon,” recorded March 25, 2012 at a rally with Kevin Powell

  • Jasiri X rocked it!

  • Black Exodus

    POWERFUL….Justice will be served….the God’s are “WAKING”

    • dominicancoke

      which gods? lol jehova? ala? charlamagne 

      • Black Mamba


      • immackulate

        you uh phucking weirdo B

      • immackulate

        dude sd CHARLAMAGNE

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  • dominicancoke

    don king? the guy who ripped mike tysons pockets the guy who’s stepped on more black people than slave masters the guy who himself has murdered a black man twice in his life? ok im done

    • immackulate

      don’s paid his debt to society – and so did MONSTER KODY and a range of other criminals turned corporate thugs have – hell Bill Clinton done worse than the both of’em before he made it to the White House  

  • Say what you want but Don King kept it 100

  • water_ur_seeds

    Don King has ripped off more black men then fck knows what… Dude only cares for himself

    • immackulate

      true DON THE KING is a crook but he always knew what the phuck he was talking about  

  • Raheem Classick

     We March we hold Rally’s we Protest and we got Artist & Actors Speaking out and making songs about tragedy’s in our Community ALL THE TIME,  Get it, ALL.. THE.. TIME, Thats because
    History repeats it self, Its up to us to make changes, To me its simple,
    I will listen to anyone who has A solution as to how we can stop or at
    least bring to A minimum  this madness when it come to the killings of
    Black People, The World will never stop being Violent, But we as Black
    People can at least try to stop harming one another. I hope whoever
    reads this post understand where I’m coming from and where I want to go
    with this. (Real Solutions Needed)

    • torreysn

      Right on Classick,when r we gone hold our self to the same ethics and standers we hold our police force.

      • immackulate

        yeah right … that aint never gonna happen

    • Q.

      They say Black folks in America have a TRILLION dollars worth of spending power…that’s a large chunk of the U.S. economy, enough to eclipse a number of countries’ entire GDPs.

      ONE SOLUTION: What if we transferred our frustrations with institutionalized racism into national boycotts?

      For example: African-Americans and all sympathizers of the Trayvon Martin injustice stage a ONE YEAR BOYCOTT of tourist and entertainment industries in the Orlando-Sanford FL metro area. This would include Disney World, all pro sports events, and even leisurely travel to the area. This would make a huge statement to corporate America and to U.S. legislation that we won’t continue to tolerate racial violations in this new millennium. The result would be lost revenues for major businesses as well as devastating PR for Sanford and for Florida in general. Do this and watch how quickly those corrupt police departments and shady “self-defense” laws get reformed.

      Boycotts are simple to do, and they don’t require 100% participation to be effective either. If we got a handful of major Black celebrities to co-sign the movement by just TALKING about such a boycott, those politicians and law enforcement agencies would get their minds right real fast.

      If Amerikkka won’t respect Black/Brown, they WILL respect GREEN.

      • Raheem Classick

         Boycott’s are always A good idea”, But what about the Black on Black Crimes ?

      • Q.

        Trayvon Martin’s murder and Black on Black are separate issues. They’re both important, however, we shouldn’t mix the two. It’s easy for racists and Zimmerman apologists to use Black on Black violence as some kind of excuse for his killing when, in fact, it’s irrelevant to this case.

        If we want to seriously discuss Black on Black violence, then we need to put on our thinking caps and start examining the root causes of our problems. We need to address a host of issues, simultaneously, including unemployment and poverty, failing education systems and general lack of Knowledge, Feminism and fatherless Black families, slanted drug laws and the penal system, Black economic dependence on Corporate America, corruption amongst Black politicians and religious leaders, etc..Throw institutionalized racism on the list as well, which is the hub of most of these issues. Notice I didn’t mention anything about gangs.

        “Our people perish from a lack of knowledge.”

      • immackulate

        see thats a BLACKMAN using his head … sock it to they pockets

  • Darkfather504

    Don my have his issues etc but he’s right on point with this analogy

  • The sad thing is… we showin the world we can still come together as a people.. but our so called brothas… are gonna go right back to killin each other in the name of thiuggin???

  • ilikeyou900