Bill Cosby Speaks on Trayvon Martin Case
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Since the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman on February 26, countless people have spoken out on the case–including celebrity columnist David Banner (click here). Now, the always-opinionated comedy icon Bill Cosby adds his perspective on the national story.

In a recent interview with the Washington Times, Mr. Cosby focused in on the fact that Zimmerman had a gun as evidence that he was in the power position, which is a major flaw in his “stand your ground” defense. “Without a gun, I don’t see Mr. Zimmerman approaching Trayvon by himself,” he said. “The power-of-the-gun mentality had him unafraid to confront someone. Even police call for backup in similar situations.”

Pushing for tighter gun legislation, Mr. Cosby continued, “We’ve got to get the gun out of the hands of people who are supposed to be on neighborhood watch,” he said. “When you carry a gun, you mean to harm somebody, kill somebody.”

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Anslem Samuel

Anslem Samuel, Senior Producer, has been a culture critic and entertainment journalist for over 10 years. After a four-year stint as Culture Editor at The Source, the New York native became the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Ave, an independent quarterly publication that combined entertainment, social issues and politics. From there, he served as the Senior Editor for XXL magazine for three years before moving up the ranks to Digital Content Director for Also heading up an award-winning relationship blog, he now brings his lifestyle expertise to