Nearly a month after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, tensions continue to rise amid a new offensive t-shirt which highlights this volatile situation centered on race.
Florida rapper Plies, whose real name is Algernod Lanier Washington, posted a picture of the t-shirt on Twitter, which contains a picture of Zimmerman with the words "P---- A-- Cracker" on the front.
Plies, who had his own run-ins with the law, was arrested for illegal possession of a concealed weapon after a 2006 fight ended with numerous shots being fired.
Two other people who were with Plies during the shooting incident were charged with attempted murder. The controversial t-shirt is reportedly already on sale in Florida.
In addition to the t-shirt, Plies is set to release a tribute song to Martin titled "We Are Trayvon Martin" and will be available on sale through iTunes beginning on Tuesday. The rapper has stated that all profits from the tribute song are set to go to the Martin family.
The incident, which has sparked an intense national debate concerning the profiling of racial minorities by police, occurred Feb. 26 and has captured the hearts and attention of the nation.
That February night is when George Zimmerman spotted Martin, who was black, as he was walking back to his father's house after going to a store to buy Skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea.
Zimmerman called 911 and told dispatchers that the teen "looked suspicious." Zimmerman was told not to follow Martin, but Zimmerman got out of his car and approached Martin.
According to reports, after several moments, neighbors called 911 to report a disturbance, someone screaming and a gunshot.
When police arrived, Zimmerman admitted shooting the unarmed teen. With Florida's current "Stand Your Ground" law Zimmerman has not been arrested or charged which is increasing tensions across the country.