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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. Marches have been held throughout the country, and Wilmington is no different. Dozens of protesters gathered Thursday, marching from City Hall to Riverfront Park.

Though it wasn’t quite a “Million Hoodie March,”organized in cities like New York and L.A., those who marched in downtown Wilmington still made their voices heard.

“I think we need to stop this thing from going on,” said Jerome Whitley, a protester in the march. “We need justice.”

“I mean, he had skittles and tea in his pockets,” said Jeremy Mage, also at the rally. “He was just walking the streets.”

It’s been more than a month since Trayvon Martin’s tragic death, and new details from the investigation continue to surface. The teen’s alleged shooter, George Zimmerman, claims self defense but police surveillance video shows Zimmerman with no apparent injuries or signs of blood.

“We are at a crossroads in America, where we either decide we want law and order or we have vigilante justice,” said Ron Sheckelford, who spoke at the rally. “We cannot have vigilante justice in a country of laws.”

The reaction to Trayvon’s story has been anything but silent. His death has become a catalyst for social activism, calling for justice and peace for all races.

”We need something to happen to show us our children are safe, no matter what color they are,” said Roxanne Kirtright, who helped organize the rally.

Another rally is scheduled for this Saturday at 8th and Red Cross Streets in Wilmington.
Protesters plan to wear black hoodies that say “I am Trayvon” in memory of the teen. The rally starts at 5 p.m.

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WilmingtonObserver
2015 years 9 months ago

One sign at the Wilmington rally asked, “What if he had been white?” Good question. What is your answer?

Citizen of the Republic
2015 years 9 months ago

”We need something to happen to show us our children are safe, no matter what color they are,” said Roxanne Kirtright, who helped organize the rally.”

Well, here it is. Teach your children, all children, that living the “thug lifestyle” has no future.

By all eyewitness accounts, Mr. Zimmerman followed the law. He was attacked by a man that had already bought into the stupid “ghetto code” of “what you looking at” and “you got a problem”. The big mistake was his, in believing that the intended victim was vulnerable. That was a big miscalculation on Trayvon’s part.

His 2 twitter accounts show he was a thug in training. His NO_LIMIT_NI@@ER handle proves it. If the “N” word is so horrible, why was it ok for him to use it.

His graffiti, truancy, burglar tools, assaulting a bus driver, stolen jewelery were all milestones in his quest to be exactly what got him killed.

This is not about justice. It’s the Duke lacrosse case all over again.
Where were all these protesters when Crystal Mangum was found out to be a liar? Did they march and demand “justice” for the defendants that were framed by the DA to sooth black feelings, and further his reelection?

“It’s been more than a month since Trayvon Martin’s tragic death, and new details from the investigation continue to surface.” Your absolutely right. New details about Trayvon and the kind of man he was.

It wasn’t tragic, it was predictable. Sooner or later, he was going to acost a citizen or fellow “hoodie”, that was armed.

All this could have been avioded if he had continued to WALK AWAY.

But that doesn’t get you street cred!

GuestMan
2015 years 9 months ago

LET’S HEAR FROM ALL THE RIGHT-WING HATERS OUT THERE!!!

phillyguy
2015 years 9 months ago

Glad I moved out into the woods. If a riot breaks out I’m getting too old and slow to run from flying rocks and bottles.lol!

Guest51
2015 years 9 months ago

It certainly would not have made the national news, or it would have been on the scroll on the bottom. The case is way above ” blown out of proportion”. The media is doing nothing but fueling this storm, the guard has already been tried and convicted. Racism today is geared towards whites, not the other way. People need to wait until all the facts are published before they jump on the race card, media outlets included.

 

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