It is clear that the story of my life will be punctuated by a series of incidents where public figures engage in acts of racial discrimination and mistreatment, and call it justice. Today’s incident: the Sean Bell verdict. 50 bullets? Dear god. I certainly hope to hear from my man ‘bama on this.
UPDATE: “Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter has established an educational trust for the children of Sean Bell, the unarmed African-American man who was shot and killed by police on the day he was to be married. Sources have confirmed with AllHipHop.com that Jay-Z is working closely with Nicole Paultre Bell, Sean Bell’s widow, to institute the trust funds for both of their children. Nicole Bell appeared prominently in Jay-Z’s Rocawear “I Will Not Lose” advertising campaign with images that caused indignation within the NYPD’s Benevolent Association. The process began prior to the not guilty verdict for three police officers accused of slaying Sean Bell. A well-informed source close to the matter told AllHipHop.com that Nicole Bell’s lawyers didn’t want to initiate any activity during the trial.”