Listen & Download: Pharoahe Monch’s Rap/Rock Sermon “Stand Your Ground”
The George Zimmerman verdict has people fired up especially our musicians, and rapper Pharoahe Monch is lending his voice with a new protest song titled, “Stand Your Ground.”
Named after the controversial law, which is being heavily debated with calls for its repeal, the Lee Stone-produced track evokes the true spirit of parallel insurgent sub-cultures, hip-hop and punk — with a little gospel.
“Who are they to decide when they conspire to shoot yah,” Pharoahe preaches. “That could’ve been my motha / that could’ve been my brotha.”
Listen & Download: Pharoahe Monch – “Stand Your Ground”
Though not specifically raised by Zimmerman’s defense team, the law was initially cited by Sanford police as grounds for not arresting him in the death of Trayvon Martin for 45 days.
However jurors were given written instructions that made it very clear that under Florida law, a shooter has a right to stand his ground.
Both the Zimmerman trial and the racial double standard of the law are causing people to refocus on Marissa Alexander, the Jacksonville, FL woman who fired warning shots for her abusive husband but received 20 years in prison despite hurting no one.