African born international music star, Akon has called on African Americans to move to Africa as their safety can no longer be guaranteed following the acquittal of George Zimmerman who shot and killed a black boy.
The Senegalese born musician made the remarks after George Zimmerman was found not guilty by a Florida jury on Saturday night. The jury found Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in a shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February last year.
George Zimmerman alleged that he shot the Trayvon in self defence after a confrontation with the 17-year-old who was walking home from a store that night. The incident captured attention across the world with thousands of people protesting due to what many saw a racially motivated shooting.
Shortly after the verdict was delivered, Akon, born Aliaune Damala Akon Thiam posted a photo of George Zimmerman in court on Instagram and stated that African Americans will be treated better in African than in the US.
He said: “Every African American in the United States need to move their money, family, knowledge back to Africa were [where] u will be treated like the royalty you are. You don’t deserve this treatment. This is not your country!!”
His remarks sparked several reactions from his followers. checks on his status showed that while some fans liked the comments, others felt his reaction was in bad taste. A fan quizzed: “And what about when OJ was not charged for Nicole’s murder? Was that a “race” victory? No!! Don’t let race play into anything. Don’t look at race!!! It’s 2013, we all need to stop seeing color!”
Another fan also commented: “That [is] just f******g stupid @Akon African Americans have lived in America for so many years n I highly doubt this trial had anything to do with race. You [are] just like every other African American bringing in the f******g race hate into it.
“I don’t understand why African Americans are so mad about slavery the Jews had it worse in WWII and it was more recent than slavery n I never hear them saying “it’s because he’s Jewish” so stfu n stick to making music.”