Questlove Is Angry About the George Zimmerman Verdict

Questlove has written a long essay—first on Facebook, now posted at New York Magazine’s website—detailing his anger and reaction to George Zimmerman’s acquittal for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin.

You ain’t shit.

That’s the lesson I took from this case.

You ain’t shit.

These words are deep because these are words I’ve heard my whole life: I heard from adults in my childhood that I needed to be “about something” other than all that banging and clanging and music I play all the time. As I got older, I heard I wasn’t as good as so-and-so is at music. All the “you ain’t shit” stories I got — Jesus, it’s a wonder I made it.

Rich asks, “Wait, you’re not surprised, are you?” I’m not surprised at all, but that doesn’t mean it stings any less.

Read the whole thing, as they say.