Comedian Bill Cosby said in a recent CNN interview that he believes too much emphasis has been put on race in the Trayvon Martin case and that it should be about guns.
Cosby said in the interview while portraying a gun with his hand and fingers, that the case should be about the gun. Cosby said, “This, and what is he doing with it, and who taught him and told him how to behave with this, it doesn’t make any difference if he’s racist or not racist.”
Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman, a white Hispanic, had not been initially charged with a crime resulting in Martin’s death after Zimmerman claimed he shot Martin, a young black youth, in self-defense.
Zimmerman had been a volunteer of the community watch program and confronted Martin when he was found walking through the neighborhood at night, which Zimmerman suspected Martin of being up to no good. Protestor’s have also claimed that Zimmerman is a racist, and that’s why he shot Martin.
By not being charged in the shooting it caused an outcry by the African-American community that the non-charges were racially charged.
Cosby who lost a son to gun violence in 1987 said, “You’ve got to protect yourself in your own home, but I also believe that when you tell me that you’re going to protect the neighborhood that I live in, I don’t want you to have a gun.”
Cosby added, “I want you to be able to see something, report it and get out of the way.”
Zimmerman was finally arrested and charged last week with second-degree murder in the case after a re-investigation of the case.
Cosby went on to say, “What is solved by saying, ‘He’s a racist. That’s why he shot the boy.’ What solves that?”