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Black Artists Are Silent on Trayvon, But Sinead O’Connor is Not

She might be a white woman from Ireland, but her she’s got kahunas bigger than any of the biggest, baddest rappers in the music industry.  Sinead O’Connor wrote a very long public letter addressing the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the black community and a host of other factors that need to be discussed.  You go girl.

I would like to extend my very deepest sympathies to the family and other loved ones of murdered teenager, Treyvon Martin. I am very sad today (and am certain the whole of Ireland is) to learn of poor Treyvon’s terrifying ordeal and horrified by the fact his known and named and admitted killer has not been arrested, despite the crime having taken place a month ago. This is a disgrace to the entire human race.

 

For those out there who believe black people to be less than pure royalty, let me inform you of a little known, but scientifically proven, many times over, FACT. Which after reading, you will hopefully feel both very stupid and very sorry. For you dishonor your own mothers and grandmothers.

 

EVERY human being on earth, no matter what their culture, creed, skin colour, or nationality, shares one gene traceable back to one African woman. Scientists have named it ‘The Eve Gene’. This means ALL of us, even ridiculously stupid, ignorant, perverted, blaspheming racists are the descendants of one African woman.

 

One African woman is the mother of all of us. Africa was the first world. You come from there! Your skin may be ‘white’.. because you didn’t need it to be black any more where you lived. But as Curtis Mayfield said.. “You’re just the surface of our dark, deep well”. So you’re being morons. And God is having the last laugh at your ignorant expense.

 

If you hate black people, its yourself you hate. And the mother who bore you. If you kill or wish ill on black people, its yourself you kill and wish ill on. As well as the mother who bore you.

 

When you dishonor the the utter glory and majesty of black people, you lie. Your heart lies to you and you let it. Despite seeing every day, all your life, how you and your country would be less than wonderfully functioning and inspiring to the world, without the manifold and glorious contributions made by the descendants of African slaves, who did not by the way actually ask to go to America and leave their future families there to be disrespected for eternity.

 

What are you doing hating yourself by hating your brothers and sisters who daily show you nothing but inspiration and love, despite having NOTHING, in their own country? Despite having barely a chance of anything, because of racism. Despite being granted no ‘permission’ for proper self-esteem.

 

These beautiful people continue to believe in and even manifest Jesus Christ better than you do. That alone could stand as the greatest reason your racism is blasphemy, were it not for all the other reasons.

 

These people you hate and fear ARE the body of Christ, just as we all are. Every child, woman or man. And they know it. Maybe thats why you cant bear to look at them. Because you see Jesus Christ and you cant stand the light.

 

Stop this ridiculous and uneducated attitude. You would be dead without black people. Think of all the greatest music ever composed. The greatest songs. The greatest inspirational heroes.. Muhammad Ali, Mandela, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, Soujourner Truth, Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield. So many absolute angels, sent from God.

 

Without the inspiration of these people many millions of so-called ‘white’ people, including myself would not have had the strength to pay the price of life.

 

And black youth in America. I’m talking to you here too. I love you. So I don’t mean to sound cross, I’m just being a mother.. Why are you killing each other? Why are you hating yourselves? You are the most important people God ever sent to this earth, every man, woman and child among you! Don’t let uneducated people win and take your self-esteem or your esteem for each other, and make you kill each other. over guns, drugs, bling, or any other nonsense.

 

You are now entering YOUR version of a sort of civil rights movement and you’re gonna see history being made in what has certainly the profoundest potential to become THE most wonderful country on earth. Because soon ALL ‘isms’ and ‘sits” will end. including racism, as the people of the earth begin to understand, we are all one.

 

We came from one mother. We are all brothers and sisters. And we CAN get beyond this ILLUSION of separateness. With prayer and love. It CAN change. It WILL change. And YOU guys (young people of all kinds) are the ones who are gonna GENTLY change it. And you know where it starts? With MUSIC.

 

Don’t be guided by rap. Gangsta or otherwise. Sure.. enjoy it.. adore it.as I do.. but realize this.. rap ain’t about your civil or spiritual rights, baby boys and girls. It.. along with most music nowadays.. is about falsenesses and vanities. Bling, drugs, sex, guns and people- dissing. Its giving you the message you ain’t ‘good enough’ if you don’t have bling and ting.. and money. Or if you’re not what it deems ‘sexy’.

 

(This is true of all popular music not rap alone. I know. Its tragically true of all popular youth culture the world over).

 

Poor Curtis Mayfield must be crying all day and night ALL day and night in heaven, every day and night.. To see what has been so successfully achieved by those who sent guns, drugs, and bling to squash the civil rights movement. Now you all don’t have to be murdered by racists any more.. you’re murdering each other FOR them! And your parents and grandparents are left crying.

 

Go back to strong black musical guides who left you information in the 60s and 70s. when they were living through the civil rights struggle. Curtis Mayfield. The Impressions. Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson. Sing back the Holy Spirit ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, as those artists did.

 

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Forget bling. Forget “Get Rich Or Die Trying”. That is an evil message. Evil my dears is only life backwards. Turn it the right way up. With music. The messages American black youth are being given through music are not about the spiritual and therefore strong and conquering but PEACEFUL making of YOUR country into the wonderful place it secretly is and can be.. BECAUSE OF YOU, and BY YOU!!

 

You know not how you are adored, appreciated, valued, loved, cried for,smiled for, prayed for, all over the world. You know not how much inspiration and uplift-ment of heart you give to millions just by your presence on earth.

 

These musical guides will give you self-esteem. When you have self-esteem you can achieve anything. You can stand in the street as many did yesterday and change your country peacefully and with song. Chant down Babylon as the Rastas say. Rastafari will also give you self esteem. Investigate it.

 

You will notice, my beautiful sons and daughters, when you study, as you must, footage of all civil rights gatherings, how singing and music and sound and voice and the Holy Spirit were all employed and were so much part of the energy which moved things along.. just as running was in the South African gatherings I saw on tv in my own childhood, which inspired me to survive my own horrors.

 

What you listen to musically and whether or not you employ the Holy Spirit’s highest will for your life is whats gonna make you transcend all you’re having to suffer (the worst of which is low self-esteem.. or esteem based upon material ‘success’ or ‘sexiness’)) as a result of being the descendants of people who didn’t ask to be stolen and leave you where you are. Delete bling. Get conscious with your music. Demand conscious music from your artists. Go back to the artists who left you proper guidance.

 

This is some serious stuff and we (all manner of musical artists) are too silent on matters of enormous spiritual importance. Lemme ask you.. Jayzee and Eminem et al. Why was it always the black people only worked in the post rooms of record companies, which was always in the basement? Why was it that as each floor went up the skins got paler till it was fuckin ghosts at the top? And all us artists.. even me.. said nothing? Those buildings (record companies) always struck me as being a microcosm or painting of America, racially speaking. Christ almighty.. if its like that in the music business how is anything ever going to change?

 

We, musical artists are too silent on important stuff. And it is our job to be the gate-keepers of truth. ALL the people of this earth must come together eventually and see that we are one. ALL artists must stand up. Black, white, yellow, green, pink, fucking polka dot.. and be a light in these times.

 

The world is going to shift massively this year.. spiritually speaking. Musical artists are to be a massive part of that shift. Get up, lets all of us. And light Jah fire.. and BE lights.

 

Where’s the fire gone from music? Where is the love? the oneness? The knowing that music CAN and WILL move things in the right spiritual direction without hatred or violence? We must box clever. Sing the devil to sleep at your feet. Thats what Curtis teaches. He is the master of ALL musical masters. forget, forget, forget and forget again bling and guns and drugs and the worship of fame and money. Its time to wake up. We KNOW the power of music. Why aren’t we using it to change anything important?

 

Musicians all over the world should now gently demand this child’s killer be arrested immediately and the family of Treyvon Martin be immediately apologized to upon bended knee. Frankly. I myself would like an apology! America is a country I love and adore. what this man has done is un-American in the most horrific extreme.

 

Him not being arrested is extremely embarrassing and does absolutely NOT paint the true picture of of a country and a people who for the 90% majority are the kindest, most loving, intelligent, and wonderful people you could know.

 

Please.. ALL Americans should deplore this crime. As should ALL people of ALL nations. And deplore the fact this man has not been arrested. All Irish people should do the same. And I ask that we here in Ireland should express through our American embassy that we would like to see this man arrested this very minute. Because racism is not acceptable. Nor is vigilantism. And this was very clearly in no way at all a case of self-defense.

 

I leave you with some lyrics of Curtis Mayfield’s which I feel are appropriate for this situation. I am certain Curtis would have wanted to contribute to discussion on the issue of Treyvon’s murder and the condition of young black people in America today.. so here goes.. the song is called This Is My Country.. from the album of the same name.

 

Some people think we don’t have the right

to say its my country

before they give in

they’d rather fuss and fight

than say its my country

I’ve paid three hundred years or more

of slave-driving sweat and welts on my back

This is my country

 

Too many have died in protecting my pride

for me to go second class

We’ve survived a hard blow and I want you to know

that you must face us at last

And I know you will give consideration

shall we perish unjust or live equal as a nation?

This is my country.

 

[via sineadoconnor.com]

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  1. Julia

    March 26, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Spoken so beautifully I couldnt agree with you more! You better say it honey

  2. Crystal Adams

    March 26, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Yes, Sinead O’connor’s words are full of truth and motivates self esteem however, she is not the first or the only artist to speak out about the Trayvon Martin case. I’m appalled at your comment that Black Artist are remaining silent. This is not a true statement and can be proven non-factual. A march was orchestrated by Yolanda YoYo Whitaker March 23, 2012 through social media. My suggestion would be to make an apology and, correct your story.

    http://news4usonline.com/2012/03/rallying-for-trayvon-martin/

  3. pine applies.

    March 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

    in her way, in our way thank you. – beautiful

  4. Stephanie Alexander

    March 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Thank you, thank you! Ms. O’Connor thank you for your enlightened and insightful thoughts about the state of America’s race relations, the power of music, the light of Christ and the present disaster that is known as the music industry. It means so much that you took the time to put your thoughts down for others to encounter and think about. I believe you are quite dead on in your assessments. We all come from one place and there is so much beauty that has come from the “black experience” in this country but it continues to be smashed down by systemic racism. It’s thoroughly frustrating. I am grateful for your statements, I am grateful for your letter to us…..black American youth. God bless you, God bless us all. JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON AND HIS FAMILY!!!

  5. katy

    March 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Bull shit.There are black artist taking a stand.?Do a little research,ugh.

    • TC

      March 27, 2012 at 10:08 am

      Um, excuse me but Sinead did not write the title of the article. That was someone else’s “spin” on her very wise words. I think the takeaway is someone who does not look like us,…feels our pain and is trying to take a stand. Embrace it and relax a little bit. Be thankful for people who think like this. THere are, after all, only 11% of Americans who are black. If we’re the only ones who care about Trayvon,…or us,…we’re in trouble. chill

  6. Carl Perkins

    March 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    White Irish Artists like Sinead should shut-up! As powerful as it may seem, it’s Sinead saying “Americans, unlike us White Irish people, are so messed up”….truth is Ireland and her people have bigger problems and quietly go about killing its black citizens without her uttering a word….she’s only talking because she has a new album out….why didn’t she speak about the recent deaths of teenage black boys and black men in her country….because it won’t make her popular and this is all about her popularity….well written piece, but as insincere as one can get and she is clearly trying to hijack the “Trayvon Martin Express Train” for personal gain….shut-up Sinead O’Connor….Connor 2012….only the other week her main concern was talking about how she needed to get laid: http://www.irishcentral.com/story/roots/ireland_calling/ireland-of-the-welcomes—-and-the-racism-90834164.html?mob-ua=Y

    • Maria

      March 27, 2012 at 2:40 am

      I have to say I am in agreement with Carl Perkins. While everyone has a right to his/her opinion, and for the most part she doesn’t move me one way or another (other than that I like one, maybe two songs), Sinead has been known for her controversial views accompanied by her ill temperament and manners in a not-so-heavenly, righteous light. Her right yes, but you reap what you sow and deal with the repercussions, which I’m sure she cares nothing about.

      Although much of this journal has its fine points (I agree with how deplorable this crime is and how reprehensible it is that the killer has not been locked down without bail…that could have been my son), I too, feel that Ms. O’Connor’s ulterior motives are less than admirable here.

      One should commence to “cleaning up” their own door step before turning up their noses at their neighbor’s.

    • SCNCRoots

      March 27, 2012 at 4:03 am

      @Carl Perkins the killing that you linked to occurred two years ago. As you said, she is currently on the international stage because she is promoting an album. It is possible that she penned a similar letter in her country, when the killing occurred? She really isn’t one to shy away from controversy.

  7. Anthony T. Glover Sr.

    March 26, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    LOVE IT!!! the truth is being told FINALLY.

  8. Lee

    March 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Way to try and use hate to make a point about how hate is wrong. Way to use separation as a means to teach how separation is wrong. Way to use anger in the hopes that people will be less likely to be angry. This entire letter is so not what faith and acceptance is about. True tolerance is to understand those who you feel are wrong and use compassion to enlighten them. Only through understanding will we come together. Do you really think there are going to be people out there who will read this and say, Wow , thanks Sinead, I now see the problem as me and am going to change right now. It’s nothing short of throwing a bomb into a building and hoping those who survive will see the act as one they brought onto themselves. This is the same thing she did years ago on SNL. Using anger, aggression and hate in order to show the people who she truly is. I feel very sorry for her and others who walk down this path, for they are not in control. This is hypocracy at it’s best.

  9. Michael corby

    March 27, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Well Said! I think anyone who has the sense that God Gave Geese as to what really happened, Just listen to the 911 Calls and what the “Eye” Witnesses said, even though the Police in my opinion tampered with there accounts by di…scounting it. Why would I or any other Sane American would want to Vacation or Visit Florida or even drink Florida OJ with this type of Law on the Books.

    I would rather Boycott the entire State until 2 things occur.

    1.) Justice for an unarmed child who was killed cause he was running away from a man with a gun, not toward him!

    2.) Repeal that Stupid Law

  10. Dianne Turner

    March 27, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Awesome!! My respect level for Sinead O Connor as an artist and a person just sored beyond the limit. Much love and respect for not only the truth being spoken but the courage to take a stand and speak up and demand justice for all!! God Bless You Sinead O Connor!!

  11. Jer Wilcoxen

    March 27, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Umm, it’s “cojones”, not “kahunas”. Liked the story though.

  12. Darryl Wilson

    March 27, 2012 at 2:03 am

    @ CRYSTAL ADAMS, SHE DOESN’T NEED TO APOLOGIZE FOR HER COMMENTS ABOUT BLACK ARTIST NOT SPEAKING OUT ABOUT THIS ISSUE. YOU CAN COUNT ON ONE HAND THE BLACK ARTIST THAT HAS PUBLICLY SPOKEN OUT ABOUT THE TRAYVON MARTIN MURDER. WHERE ARE THE MAJOR RAPPERS, JAY-Z, KANYA, TI, LITTLE WAYNE, ETC, THEY CAN RAP ABOUT VIOLENCE, TOTING GUNS, SLINGING BLING, AND MAKING PAPER, BUT WHERE ARE THEY NOW THAT A GUN SLINGER FROM ANOTHER ETHNIC GROUP HAS CARRIED OUT WHAT THEY RAP ABOUT TO AN INNOCENT YOUNG MAN? WHERE ARE THEY? SINEAD SPOKE HER MIND AND SHE’S ON POINT WITH THE MAJORITY OF WHAT SHE SAID AND I’D BE UPSET IF SHE APOLOGIZED FOR IT.

  13. LadyMuck

    March 27, 2012 at 2:41 am

    & Hatters still be Hatting after something so perfectly articulated & powerfully
    presented, using her satus of name fully aware that all the conflict of haters & lovers of sharing light would not only propel this injustice to be rectified, justified & laid to rest for this family & child but remind the whole nation that we are from the one creation..so whats all the fighting for when its just easier to love all man kind & rejoice in the enlightenment from our Lord.!!

  14. KHARI

    March 27, 2012 at 3:53 am

    I agree with Darryl Wilson. People are so busy taking offense to what’s being said, and seemingly missing the whole point. WHO GIVES A DAMN ABOUT HER PERSONAL ADVERSITIES AND PERSONAL POOR JUDGEMENTS!!!!…LOL. REAL TALK. THE WOMAN MADE A GOOD POINT, AND WHO KNOWS, SHE MAY HAVE WRITTEN THIS BEFORE SHE WAS ABLE TO SEE OR HEAR A PUBLIC RESPONSE FROM “US”. BOTTOM LINE IS BLACK PEOPLE HAVE BEEN AND CONTINUE TO BE HATED BY EVERY RACE INCLUDING OUR OWN. SO ANY ENCOURAGEMENT FROM ANYONE THAT INCLUDES A MESSAGE OF LOVING OURSELVES AND YOUTH GET A SALUTE FROM ME!!!. IF YOU AINT MAD @ EVERY RAPPER OUT RIGHT NOW THEN YOU CAN’T BE MAD AT HER. CAUSE AINT ONE OF THEM RASCALS OUT RIGHT NOW, TELLIN OUR KIDS TO LOVE THEMSELVES MUCH LESS WHERE WE ALL ARE DERIVED FROM!!!…GO AHEAD AND HATE ON ME…I’LL WAIT.

  15. HB

    March 27, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Well said, Sinead. But the person who wrote the caption doesn’t know their cojones from their kahunas…

  16. Subadread

    March 27, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Bob Marley once said, ‘Soon we’ll find out who is the real revolutionaries, ‘cos I don’t want my people to be tricked by mercenaries…’

    Anyone who has followed Sinead’s career knows that she’s definitely a ‘Real Revolutionary’. She is hated by more white folks than any other entertainer in recent history, yet she still continues to speaks out against injustice. She has lost millions of dollars over the years because of her non-conformity. I myself have heard the hate from white folk when her name was mentioned.

    Some in these comments accused her of ‘band wagoning’ [my words] this tragedy to sell records. My higher self says that she, like any person of conscious/consciousness, did that which was in her power to do; to offer condolences and a solution to an on going social problem.

    I’m in the reggae music business and know that she recently visited my brethren, Ras Michael [if you don’t know who he is, you better ask somebody!] during a busy tour stop in LA. Not many white artists will make a stop during a busy tour, much less come to South Central LA to visit one of their ‘icons’. She is well respected in reggae circles for performing songs by artists who are not in the mainstream, as well as hiring reggae musicians for her past tours.

    Her essay shows us that she doesn’t look at the world as being a black or white thing, but rather a continuum of the One Person; i.e. our African Mother! Anyone who attacks her or questions her motives should ask themselves this key question; Has any other white person spoke out so strongly about our plight? Not just expressing outrage to the problem, but realistic solutions to this universal sickness, that I must admit, millions people continue to suffer from.

    This dis-ease is one that is not easily diagnosed. It has been around for thousands of years because no has found a sure fire cure for this sickness. In spite of the fact that science and technology are progressing at historic rates, chances are that the survival of the human race is at this point in time questionable. The good news is that each and every individual has it within their power a cure for this illness, if they choose to use it. The name of this universal sickness is Arrogance.

  17. Larry

    March 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I don’t care what her purpose was, it got said, and it was needed to be said. Sometimes truth comes in strange packaging.

  18. DrewPillow

    March 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    This was hot !!!
    despite who she is, what she has done, whats she is selling
    where she lives or what color she is….
    these words are truth.

    let him without sin cast the first stone (don’t worry i’ll wait)

    hate in your heart consumes you, so leave your negative comments if you like…

    as for me i choose to be the change in the world that i want to see…
    try that and see how it fits

  19. Royce'Allen Green

    March 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    What the white girl wrote was on point! Fuck the reasons behind her words! Her words were on point! Some of us are just too damnd scary to give her her dues! and come to think of it…my ni$$a “yo yo”…and… “Karyn White”…are the only musical artist that have said anything that I know about! Yet then again…that’s their business! Two tears in a bucket…fuck it! Still…when all is said and done… “what the white girl said was on point”!!!

    Peep game?! if a dumb mothafucka…a racist mothafucka…and a lieing mothafucka…all told you that it took air, food, shelter, and a heavy dose of God to survive…and that without them we would perish…which one would you believe?

    What the white girl said was on point! Peace to the Martin family and community!

  20. RAS

    March 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Don’t you see that the ” powers that be & puppet the world”, want us to be at each others throats, escpecially at this important time in humanity’s herstory. Get quiet and go within to see and feel the truth. Feel the Love that is here and always has been here, and always Will be…Peace

  21. MONIQUE

    March 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    The people who feel Sinead needs to apologize, retract, or silence herself are THE VERY PEOPLE that have perpetuated many of the problems in the black community. Some of you just can’t accept correction, constructive criticism, or in the case of this letter, some of you couldn’t even accept a compliment to our entire race?!

    I see ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with her using her voice to speak out against injustice. How dare anyone have anything to say about that at a time like this?! There is something very wrong with a person that can read these words and take nothing from it but negativity.

    YOU Carl Perkins and Crystal Adams… and anyone else that had a problem with what she had to say… owe Sinead and everyone else that had to read your comments an apology.

    Crystal… Really? YoYo? Love her. Much respect for her. But in case you missed the memo… She is no longer mainstream or relevant to much of the youth who need to be moved to action at this time. Her name may ring bells to you, me and the community in which you live. But seriously. Her support of a just cause is noble. But simply not enough. I believe most kids and even a few adults listen to “Jayzee,” Kanye, the almighty Beyonce, Lil’ Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson… Do I need to continue? Make sense?

    Carl, just make sure you do your part, whatever that may be in speaking out for justice in the case of Trayvon Martin. Instructing Sinead to direct her attention elsewhere… How dare you? Either your with the cause or against it. Right now the cause is to seek justice for a murdered teen. Right now the cause is to demand justice in order to make it known that the outright blatant disregard for our lives will not be tolerated. Trayvon’s case is not the first of its kind. But it is the first to receive the amount of attention in the media, communities, organizations and the masses of all religions, races, and cultures. That includes Sinead. Does it also include you? If not. Please step aside. The rest of us have work to do.

  22. Vix

    March 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    So let’s all acknowledge that Sinead is one person….who yes, is an artist….but one human being….Oh and she decides to say something real….whether anyone else has or not…oh yeh…let’s all get up and say something…but hopefully you…like Sinead have such a negative reaction from people….who cares if she has an album coming out….she is who she is….album or not…i’m sure she will survive on what she has done already….whatever prompts people to speak out…..stop the criticism and just say good shit that maybe other people can learn something from….this is exactly what Sinead is saying…Stop the Judgement or what I would call personal assassination…..

  23. MsP

    March 27, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Raspect SubaDread .. Kudos to you and Sinead alike!

  24. MsP

    March 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Raspect SubaDread , well said my friend…Kudos to you and Mz O’connor though I hasten to add the platform is well utilized for promoting her new album as stated!

  25. Krafty Brown

    March 28, 2012 at 2:30 am

    I remember when she stood up at the concert with Bob Dylan and read her rants about the Pope, she got booed off stage by people who were supposed to be there to honor “the great protest singer of our time”…..Listen to the message and do something about it…………..Peace

  26. Hector

    March 28, 2012 at 2:35 am

    What she wrote was truth. Whether some of us here disagree with her statement and believe that she wrote this to promote an album and that’s it…you are wrong…some times you need individuals like her to bring attention to this cause and what better way? To be in the public eye…so what if she is releasing an album. Is her statement going to help her record sales? I don’t think so. This will bring some fire to her whether you admit it or not. Where is Sean Combs? Where are all of the powerful Hip Hop moguls that pretend talk real talk when they are truly needed? They are counting their paper that’s what they are doing. We need more Malcom X’s, MLK’s, etc to speak up. It shouldn’t insult anyone that a white person is taking a stand and speaking up… this is exactly what we should all be embracing. She is going to get hated on but at least she is opening eyes…all it takes is one person to start the ball rolling. Trayvon was a casualty of war. A racial war. A war fueled by ignorance and fear. Fear of the truth. And by the way… not everyone hates blacks. I grew up in South Central and I am a Guatemalan man that understands what it is to be discriminated. I adore the culture. Some of the greatest inventors were and are black. You have Elijah McCoy, George W. Carver, Dr. James E. West (inventor of the Electret Microphone), John Henry Thompson (Computer programming and Software inventions), etc. We latinos also have the same problem with self hate within our culture and being thought of as laborer workers and less intelligent than other races yet I come from the land of the Maya. I do my best to promote love & light via music. What we all must do is teach our children where we truly come from and how we should have faith in ourselves as humans because without faith we are all lost. Never give up the fight. One Love.

  27. Sis Marpessa

    March 28, 2012 at 3:19 am

    i am no defender of Black artists, but to say that Black artists are silent is completely untrue. As someone noted Yo-Yo spoke out quite forcefully. Bro. Jasiri X along with a few other rappers have made powerful videos. Chaka Khan appeared on Piers Morgan just last night and spoke out extensively, as have many others, Chaka even produced a song for Trayvon called Fear Kills, Love Heals w/many other Black artists which you can google.

  28. Sis Marpessa

    March 28, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Great for Sinead O’Connor, and i am no defender of Black artists, but to say that Black artists are silent is completely untrue. As someone noted Yo-Yo spoke out quite forcefully. Bro. Jasiri X along with a few other rappers have made powerful videos. Chaka Khan appeared on Piers Morgan just last night and spoke out extensively, as have many others, Chaka even produced a song for Trayvon called Fear Kills, Love Heals w/many other Black artists which you can google.

  29. Leesah

    March 28, 2012 at 6:17 am

    I enjoyed the letter written by Sinead O’connor, as I still listen to her hit “NOTHIN COMPARES TO U”, a beautiful song some of u may remember that really could relate to this incident and the message Sinead is trying to get across to our young black people of today about love, in our case SELFLOVE!

  30. jh

    March 28, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Thank you Monique and Vix…

  31. TRISH!!!

    March 28, 2012 at 6:53 am

    I am so damn tired of hearing and reading about racism. REALLY!?!?!?! Get over it!!!! People act as though “WHITE PEOPLE” Are the only racist race out there. EVERY RACE I HAVE COME ACROSS HAS THEIR FARE SHARE OF RACIST PEOPLE! Its not that big anymore!!! Its like the GAY thing… Its not that big of a deal anymore. You have your IDIOTS and you have your normal society that goes on with their lives and doesnt see color or gay or whatever else B.S. we can come up with and complain about. This kid was shot! Its sad, yes. But today’s society kids of all race are being killed. the world is cruel,Yes. But race has little to do with it anymore. Like i said, its RETARDS and HUMANS Against eachother!!! Im white, and im not racist. Its not all about WHITE PEOPLE being racist. black and white we are just people. NO ONE IS more royalty then the other!!! lmao Get the heck outta here with that crap!!! Whos butt is she tryin to kiss with that garbage?

  32. Tor Jensen

    March 28, 2012 at 7:57 am

    This certainly isnt the first time sinead oconnor has protested violence against blacks ( re:the song ‘black boys on mopeds’) and she cant be expected to raise alarms constantly. She did raise THIS issue though,and what have all the sinead neigh sayers spoken out against recently?

  33. Bassee Heard

    March 28, 2012 at 8:19 am

    How can anyone disagree with something so positive so real so truthful so honest so pure and filled with so much love there should be not one negative comment on here shame on you @Kathy @Crystal Adams @Carl Perkins @Maria Lee @Sis Marpessa when will you let go of those negative voices in your head your more worried about the title what other black artist are involved or wether or not she has a album coming out things that don’t matter then standing as one in truth and positivity this is why we can’t move forward because of people like you your wack and I said it it took a white woman to reassure us of our history and importance in the world Sinead O’Connor has never shyed away from controversy and once again she’s stepped up to the plate breaking it down from Eve to Slavery to Civil Rights to the present status of racism Genocide to the state of music in the black community and how it’s misguiding the youth please read @Monique’s statement on here she’s the bomb I love u all even the ignorant ones who don’t get it hopefully one day you’ll find the good in things instead of concentrating on the bad!!!!

  34. Boo Bee

    March 28, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Darryl Wilson: Thank you. Guys rap about bling..gun toting..yet none came out in force..prior to the debate maybe they have now. Trayvon you WILL have justice. R.I.P.
    Another thing: Black people, why don`t we all go back to Africa and make it beautiful.

  35. Cetre

    March 28, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Crystal – If that’s all you got out of this article and there are others out there that share this sentiment, it feels like we’re doomed.

    Carl – She writes about black people…”You know not how you are adored, appreciated, valued, loved, cried for,smiled for, prayed for, all over the world. You know not how much inspiration and uplift-ment of heart you give to millions just by your presence on earth.”

    And you tell her to shut up? What fight are you fighting?

    Monique – Thank you. Your comments help me feel like perhaps we’re not doomed.

  36. EVE

    March 28, 2012 at 9:19 am

    @ Trish, this is not a word that I like to use, but in your case, I’ll make an exception. I really think that you are one of the “retards” that you speak of.

    Right On – Sinead and for any and all who speak out in support of human rights & civil rights. There are not enough people in this world who have the cajones to do so.

    My heart breaks for Trayvon Martin’s family, and I’m truly ashamed of the law enforcement system in Florida and anywhere else this type of atrocity takes place. WTF is going on? A whole month later and there is not one person who can step up and handle this in the proper manner?! Very, very sad.

  37. KD

    March 28, 2012 at 10:04 am

    unfortunate and false headline, but i appreciate sinead’s comments. she is consistent, that”s for sure.

  38. Sinead Tyrone

    March 28, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Sinead O’Connor, you just wrote one of the most profound pieces I have read in quite some time. Thank you for saying what so many others have failed to see or speak of. I wish your letter was more openly available, many people will miss your poignant message. Very well done. I love your spirit and insights. God bless.

  39. Mm

    March 28, 2012 at 11:52 am

    She’s a human being outraged by the fierce, violent and racist murder of another human being, -a young man who was walking down the street!! Senseless killing, racist motivation, outrage. Forget about celebrity, albums, white woman …, this is a human feeling the same outrage as you are. She’s a mother too and no doubt feels for the grieving mother of this boy. Believe it or not, some people just see this crime from a human perspective, not white-speaking-for-black or out-of-her-depth.

  40. Therone Shellman

    March 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I don’t think, I know she said what she did with truth and eloquence. I’m a black men, and let me tell you, this white women broke it down so all can understand no matter how little they know about history or sociology. The misconceptions in regards to the image of blackmen in some hip-hop music unfortunately has caused many to think that this is Blackmen. It’s not as this wonder ful, intelligent woman stated so well.

  41. zota korti

    March 29, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Thank you sista. I bow down to your gutts. This is honesty in the most purest form.

  42. lisa

    March 29, 2012 at 11:12 am

    “SISTARS!, Black people will NEVER BE FREE unless Black Womb-men participate in EVERY ASPECT of our struggle, on EVERY LEVEL of our struggle.”

  43. perry

    March 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    thank you for bringing this senseless killing in to a forum where people can vent their pain at something i feel needs to be discussed on many levels but one thing i have to say is DON’T STOP HERE keep talking positive or negative it don’t matter what you must remember is Treyvon Martin was MURDERED Treyvon Martin was MURDERED Treyvon Martin was MURDERED Treyvon Martin was MURDERED Treyvon Martin was MURDERED who is going to exact justice for this earthling the hand of khama is out there somewhere ,all my blessings to the family and friends of an innocent soul Treyvon Martin
    rip

  44. m adderb

    March 29, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    @Lisa:

    how is it you’re not ‘free’?

    perhaps you should ‘free’ your mind and quit your damn whining.

    we have a black PRESIDENT, remember?! time to quit the militia and get the love on!

    that’s the only way to freedom!

  45. Zeech

    April 6, 2012 at 11:07 am

    C’mon now u just did da ‘black artist mute’ ting to attract traffic. Well it worked on me! Jus to say, goin along with Dick Gregory that black is an attitude, Sinead has NOT been a white artist for decades!!! I remember da bwitish media cussin her out because she spoke out about Ireland (in contrast to Bono’s softly approach), then da English lost their mind when she start hanging wiv Jah People, da Rasta and forsake her Irish Catholic background.
    If she had sold her soul to Babylon she would have been bigger than dat power slappa Madonna. So understand She Black, well Black.

  46. Jamal King Mellowman Clarke

    April 10, 2012 at 6:24 am

    This is plain,no apology, No compromised truth!!!

  47. Mary Glass

    April 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Sinead gives writes a very moving letter regarding this senseless killing, and yet some are using this to attack her. Hey yall, it ain’t about her – it’s from her and about the killings of our youth, all races. Stay focus

  48. reggie

    April 12, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    1. the trayvon martin case is a tragedy. i hope their will be justice and some peaceful resolution for his family.
    2. sinead o’connor’s article reeked with ass-kissing obsequiousness that is disgusting. black teenagers are not the most important people on the planet. we don’t know for sure if the woman in africa is the ‘mother of humanity’. people should not be judged by their skin or ethnicity for good or bad. in her article o’connor terribly misjudges black people based on color. she does it all “for good” but that is not fair either, neither is it right.
    of course injustices must be addressed, of course africans and african americans have made great contributions to the world. but that doesn’t mean all of them are saints. give me a break!

  49. reggie

    April 12, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    (continued)
    and sure there will be people who read this article and get upset.
    well, they need to check themselves. anybody who licks the mirror is wrong. nobody is inherently praiseworthy because of their skin color or ethnicity. every human being has worth because they are human. but that doesn’t mean praiseworthy. to be praiseworthy you have got to earn it by doing real good in the world. are famous people praiseworthy because they are famous? no way!!
    o’connor has in fact written a racist article herself. she puts black people on a pedestal instead of simply accepting them as fellow human beings. world peace comes when we all accept each other as human beings!!!

  50. reggie

    April 12, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    (continued) it is sad to read people who “love” this piece. it just shows the terrible lack of critical thinking in today’s world. this piece is not the truth. i have encountered terrible racism from whites, blacks, latinos, asians, you name it. black people are not supreme. black people are not ‘the original” humans. this is not proved because how can you trust some scientist? in 50 years, 100 years there will be a new discovery and a new theory.
    we are all part of the human family. no one race is superior because we are all part of the human race. there is only one race: the human race!
    enough of this african “center of the world’ mess. newsflash: it is possible to honor african contributions without making them superior. no group is superior.

  51. reggie

    April 12, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    (continued) if you make one group superior then you are no better than the damn KKK.
    will someone with some sense please stand up and say:
    the trayvon martin case is a tragedy requiring justice. (which the family is doing…and they are doing it beautifully including people of all colors)…
    and we don’t want to hear about any group being superior
    to any other group on the basis of race. this is a poison in society.
    your want praise? merit? you got to earn it! you got to get your butt to work and earn it.
    honor the contributions of people regardless of their color. alll colors of peeople make important contributions. enough of this racism sinead!!!

  52. reggie

    April 12, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    (continued)
    anyone who finds fault with my comments needs to seriously check themselves.

  53. reggie

    April 13, 2012 at 1:44 am

    (continued” my last comment: not that it should matter.
    but my mother is black (dark skinned) my dad is mixed columbian and west african… i was raised in a family that said you are a human being. you are no better or worse than any other human being. i wish more black people would cop to this fact and stop the bullsh-t about racial superiority. that’s what the KKK and the nazis did. it’s wrong, it’s evil and it hurts all of humanity.
    if you don’t like my comments. check yourself. i am old enough to remember martin luther king. “conient of character–not color of skin”.

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    April 16, 2012 at 1:19 am

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  55. eunice bowen

    April 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    YES THE BLACK ARTIST ARE AFRAID IF THEY SPEAK OUT THEY WON’T BE POPULAR BUT WHO CARES ABOUT LOSING MONEY BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID OF THE WHITE MAN WHO PAYS THEM A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY TO KEEP QUITE AND ITS A SHAME WHY ARE THEY AFRAID !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. LOVE WALK

    April 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Do we forget what we are taught by the Creator of us all or do we just not know what He taught? There are none inferior nor superior. Hate is hate and love is love. When we rely on our five senses and strictly the physical it is impossible for us to live and think on a higher level. It is true, our words have the power of life and death, blessings and curses. Artist have a choice when writing their lyrics wheter too promote life or death. Anyone with celebrity has a louder voice and could use it for whatever purpose they choose depending on their mindset and their beliefs.

    If anyone believes that we should live by a law that was written on a piece of paper that can cause death, and yet be justified, because it is a law should learn a very valuable lesson by what has unfolded in the horrific murder of Trayvon Martin. For Zimmerman to take action to kill because of what was written on that piece of paper that gave him power to release what was in his heart, is and will continue to pay the price. This is the same as when there were no laws written to protect a particular type of people from being murdered at will. Are we that primal to have to have rules and laws written in order to live in love, peace and harmony?

  57. Tewdrowos

    April 28, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Sinead has always been on time and I remember the first time I heard her sing the prince written song “nothing compares to you” from then on I was a fan not to mention she is one of the most beautiful women in history to ever wear a bald head.I agree with her 100 percent I also agree with the statement she made abouit the pope the white listed her in the music business! right sinead my Irish sister love you truly….

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