I guess Russell Simmons is considered a leader in the black community in the way that Dora the Explorer is considered a leader in Hispanic community, because they both had a television show and a catchphrase I guess. Anyway, Trayvon Martin‘s parents went to visit Russell Simmons while in New York because he too wears hoodies or something. I don’t know actually. Radar Online reports:
Trayvon Martin’s parents Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton have found a friend in hip hop mogul Russell Simmons. The grieving parents and the music powerbroker crossed paths last week, Simmons told the New York Post during a recent Broadway showing of Leap of Faith. “As they came by my office during their short time in New York, I was able to see firsthand the strength of these two beautiful people,” the New York-based Simmons blogged on his site Global Grind about the meeting. “As a father, I could never understand the pain they have been feeling since [February] 26th. However, they have carried themselves with so much dignity and compassion, that it is no surprise that the [movement] for justice for their seventeen year old son has followed their lead.”
This is part where I would normally give Russell Simmons credit for doing this, but since this isn’t the kind of site we’re running here, let me just point out that this is the same Russell Simmons who defended Chris Brown after he beat the shit out of Rihanna. As you recall, he said that the media was too hard on him and he deserved a break. So based on that logic, if George Zimmerman was black and Trayvon Martin was a woman or white, Russell Simmons would probably have something different to say about this whole situation. Maybe I’m reading too much into it. Or maybe Russell Simmons is an idiot who is said that a black teenager never to got to grow to beat up a woman. Who’s to say really?