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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tensions are rising nationwide because of the case of an unarmed black teenager shot to death by a Neighborhood Watch captain in Florida. Protests have been held throughout the country. Now a Wilmington man is organizing another for this weekend.

It has been a month since a Neighborhood Watch volunteer claiming self-defense shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Now rallies are calling for the arrest of Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman, and to raise awareness.

Ivan Redmon is organizing a rally for Saturday here in Wilmington. He has six sons and says what happened to Martin is a wake-up call for all black people and especially parents.

Redmon compares Martin’s killing to the death of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955. He says it is proof we have a long way to go until achieving equality.

“I think it’s important to do this in Wilmington for two reasons. We remember the Wilmington 10, and we also remember the race riots of the 1800s,” Redmon said. “We have to make sure that we stay in check and make sure we know what’s going on in our communities. We don’t want a Sanford, FL, in Wilmington.”

Redmon says protesters plan to all wear black hoodies that say “I am Trayvon” on them, in memory of the teen.

The rally in Wilmington is planned for Saturday at 8th and Red Cross Streets. It starts at 5 p.m.

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Grand Ole Party
2016 years 2 months ago

Try as I might, I just don’t remember the black community in a tissy after OJ Simpson killed TWO WHITE people. As a matter of fact I recall the black community celebrating when he was found not guilty. Where is the jubilation now? Karma?

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Reginald Denny
2016 years 2 months ago

Mr. Redmon should not worrie himself to much with white on black violence in downtown, The only violence I have been hearing about has been black on black. Besides, the only white folk that will be at his little demonstration is the Wimington Police Department. Good luck with that! I will wait for the film at 11.

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Commonsensenotcommontoday
2016 years 2 months ago

The left and their media stooges would NEVVVVVVVVER exploit this situation and try to “take advantage of a crisis” would they?

Since this story became national, they’re tripping all over themselves trying to launch a new offensive on your right to own a firearm or to defend yourself.

The investigation isn’t even over, but the law is bad, Zimmerman is guilty, it’s because of guns, it’s because of concealed carry, etc, etc, ad nauseum.

Denying what is actually happening is what’s crazy.

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Commonsensenotcommontoday
2016 years 2 months ago

Ol’ Somethingorother Muhammed is all over the Internet talking about athletes and celebrities pledging money. It’s a million, now.

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Why??
2016 years 2 months ago

Its a shame it took for something like this to happen for us to come together. I dont have a problem with putting this event together but I mean what about the black on black crimes that has been going on in the community. Not only that but the killings periods. (black white etc). All this crime going on in wilmington and it take something like this for it to be a “wake up call”. Dont get me wrong Trayvon didnt deserve to die, nobody does and I do think that this situation could have been handle differently but we… Read more »

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