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Beyonce Calls for Moment of Silence for Trayvon Martin

| by Michael Allen
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Hours after George Zimmerman was found not guilty by a Sanford, Florida jury on Saturday, Beyonce called for a moment of silence for Trayvon Martin during her Nashville, Tennessee concert.

Following the moment of silence, Beyonce sang the chorus of "I Will Always Love You," a song that became a trademark of the late Whitney Houston, noted the Associated Press.

Beyonce then segued into her song "Halo."

Other reactions were more pointed, such as talk show host Tavis Smiley who appeared on ABC-TV's "This Week" today, reports Mediaite.com.

“This is, for many Americans, another piece of evidence of the incontrovertible contempt that this nation often shows and displays for black men,” stated Smiley (video below).

“In just a matter of weeks in this nation we will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, and that wonderful, brilliant speech by Dr. King, ‘I Have A Dream.'"

“In that speech you will recall that one line we all seem to know, not much else, but we all know that one line, ‘I want my children to one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.’ George Zimmerman knew nothing of Trayvon Martin’s character; all he saw was his color,” added Smiley.

“Something is wrong with this nation. Fifty years after the March on Washington… something is wrong when adults can racially profile children, Trayvon Martin was a child, racially profiled and gunned down."

Sources: Mediaite.com and Associated Press