Bishop T.D. Jakes visited Philadelphia’s Praise 103.9 and spoke about Trayvon Martin and getting justice for his death. Check out his emotional delivery:
“Amongst all the children that are lost everyday, sometimes there is a catastrophic event that captures the fascination of masses of people and they become the icon of a bigger issue that is indicative of the society in which we live. “
Bishop TD Jakes reacted during his Sunday morning sermon to the Trayvon Martin verdict.
Here are just a few highlights :
“But I cannot ignore the obligation that I have to you … it would be disingenuous of me to not tell you quite honestly and quite succinctly that I was stunned, shocked, [and] speechless about the outcome of this trial, Maybe it turned out for you just the way you wanted it to, and that’s fine. I am not here to change your mind, but what makes this country great is that I have the right to my opinion, you have the right to your opinion.
I cannot imagine the devastation of this man and woman (Martin’s parents), whose son committed absolutely no crime at all, walking down the street on his way to his daddy’s house with some Skittles and a soda, and ends up being followed by someone and ends up with an altercation with someone, and never makes it to his destination,Those parents are left grieving.
Once you redefine something on the books (law), what happens when a woman is going through a parking garage and somebody follows her? And she’s taken some kind of defense training and she tries to defend herself and she gets shot to death,” Jakes insisted. “Now we have a case on the books that defends the one who shot them. … Now you have changed the standard and even if you think it was right in this case, what happens to the precedence that you set for the next case? For someone that has no weapon and tries to fight back, do you get to kill me because I can fight?”