Ted Nugent's Racist Zimmerman Trial Remarks Inspire Petitions, Protest - Media Matters Take Action

Ted Nugent's Zimmerman Trial Remarks Inspire Petitions, Protest

Media Matters chronicled Ted Nugent's racist comments following the George Zimmerman trial, which prompted the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence to launch a petition to remove Nugent from the NRA Board of Directors and community organizers in New Haven, Connecticut, to petition and protest his concert at a local club.


After the Zimmerman acquittal, Ted Nugent described Trayvon Martin as a "dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe" and said his parents should be sued and held "liable for the emotional pain and suffering Zimmerman has been put through for the past 18 months."

The comments led the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, an organization of 47 national organizations working to reduce gun violence nationwide, to start a petition calling on the National Rifle Association to remove Nugent from its Board of Directors.

Reaction to the comments also led community organizers to petition and protest Nugent's August 6 concert at Toad's Place in New Haven, Connecticut.

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