ONLY ON 3: Groups quiet about local violence holding Trayvon Martin rallies Saturday


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Submitted: Sat, 07/20/2013 - 3:05am
Updated: Sun, 07/21/2013 - 2:06am
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman has spawned nationwide protests and rallies. This weekend peace rallies in Trayvon Martin’s name will be held here in our area.

So we asked why the groups organizing the events were not so vocal after a few local murders and the recent rash of violence in Wilmington.

The New Hanover County Chapter of the NAACP and the group No Covers are joining the cause, hosting a peace rally in Martin’s name Saturday at 5 p.m. at the 1898 Memorial downtown on N. 3rd St.

“We have a problem with black males being extinct, their lives being meaningless,” Daawud El-Amin of No Covers said. “So we are going to use this to say, ‘You’re mad at Zimmerman, but what about your brother?'”

Yet, there have been several local murder cases over the last few years, and these organizations have seemed to keep a low profile about the violence. So we posed the question why murders like that of Chinese delivery driver Zhen Bo Liu and CFCC student Joshua Proutey did not provoke groups like No Covers to host a rally.

“We went on record for having a talk show about those murders and condemning those responsible,” he said.

We asked the New Hanover County NAACP where it was during the recent rash of violence in Wilmington.

“Our mission statement is to end political, educational and social discrimination,” president Deborah Dicks Maxwell said.

One person has been killed during this summer’s shootings in the Port City: Jeffrey Henry, who like Martin was 17 and black.

El-Amin says although Martin’s death happened in Florida, its effects transcend borders.

“It has everything to do with us, because now we’re saying it’s ok to pursue an unarmed person walking home and it’s OK to pursue him and shoot him and actually murder him,” El-Amin said.

Another prayer vigil and rally for Martin is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. in front of the Brunswick County Courthouse in Bolivia.

Addressing the recent rash of local violence, Brunswick County churches are joining together Monday to host a meeting about what they can do to make a positive impact.

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Guestomfg
2015 years 8 months ago

All I have to say on this subject is, Martins Mother said her son was just a scared little boy that night. SO why didnt he RUN the 300 feet to his Dads or call 911 seems he had a phone in his hand? He went back and confronted Zimmerman, proceeded to beat Zimmerman and got killed. Stupid is as stupid does.

Guesttseug
2015 years 8 months ago

You won’t recognize me. My name was Antonio West and I was the 13-month old child who was shot at point blank range by two teens who were attempting to rob my mother, who was also shot. A Grand Jury of my mommy’s peers from Brunswick GA determined the teens who murdered me will not face the death penalty…too bad I was given a death sentence for being innocent and defenseless.

My family made the mistake of being white in a 73% non-white neighborhood, but my murder was not ruled a Hate Crime. Nor did President Obama take so much as a single moment to acknowledge my murder.

I am one of the youngest murder victims in our great Nation’s history, but the media doesn’t care to cover the story of my tragic demise, President Obama has no children who could possibly look like me – so he doesn’t care and the media doesn’t care because my story is not interesting enough to bring them ratings so they can sell commercial time slots.

There is not a white equivalent of Al Sharpton because if there was he would be declared racist, so there is no one rushing to Brunswick GA to demand justice for me. There is no White Panther party to put a bounty on the lives of those who murdered me. I have no voice, I have no representation and unlike those who shot me in the face while I sat innocently in my stroller – I no longer have my life.

So while you are seeking justice for Treyvon, please remember to seek justice for me too. Tell your friends about me, tell you families, get tee shirts with my face on them and make the world pay attention, just like you did for Treyvon.
Photo: You won’t recognize me. My name was Antonio West and I was the 13-month old child who was shot at point blank range by two teens who were attempting to rob my mother, who was also shot. A Grand Jury of my mommy’s peers from Brunswick GA determined the teens who murdered me will not face the death penalty…too bad I was given a death sentence for being innocent and defenseless. My family made the mistake of being white in a 73% non-white neighborhood, but my murder was not ruled a Hate Crime. Nor did President Obama take so much as a single moment to acknowledge my murder. I am one of the youngest murder victims in our great Nation’s history, but the media doesn’t care to cover the story of my tragic demise, President Obama has no children who could possibly look like me – so he doesn’t care and the media doesn’t care because my story is not interesting enough to bring them ratings so they can sell commercial time slots. There is not a white equivalent of Al Sharpton because if there was he would be declared racist, so there is no one rushing to Brunswick GA to demand justice for me. There is no White Panther party to put a bounty on the lives of those who murdered me. I have no voice, I have no representation and unlike those who shot me in the face while I sat innocently in my stroller – I no longer have my life. So while you are seeking justice for Treyvon, please remember to seek justice for me too. Tell your friends about me, tell you families, get tee shirts with my face on them and make the world pay attention, just like you did for Treyvon.

Jay Roo
2015 years 8 months ago

If you was approached in the street would you run ? Should you have to run when your in your own neighborhood minding your own business ? If we allow this judgment to pass without a fight this sets a prescedent that all blacks should run when anybody says boo to them. This is not going to happen. Blacks are already treated like a second class citezen in this country as it is even though this country was built on our backs.
Bottom line here, Zimmerman was told to stand down and he persued Travon Martin knowing he had a concealed weapon. Certainly Zimmerman should not be absolved of all guilt and given his weapon back. Is he not guilty of anything ???

410
2015 years 8 months ago

” Permit me to say, but if the community is gated, then surely everyone behind those gates are supposed to be there????”

If the people are behind the closed gate/locked door/closed store then they have the right to be there. That is what you are saying is it not? If so then keep this in mind. The next time you happen to find someone in your locked house (hope that it never happens), and before you call the police. Think back to your post that you made on this story. Place the phone back down, or press end on your cell phone and come to grasp with the fact, (in your own mind) that they have the right to be there because they are behind the locked door.

stop crying
2015 years 8 months ago

Blacks have been terrorized by whites since the beginning of time. Stop crying when you experience the same violence or injustices blacks face everyday. There’s never justice when the enemy wears the badges, carry gov. issued weapons, sit on the bench, and on the jury. No “white panthers” lol….the were called the kkk, remember? Stop crying already. Pres. Bush called black Americans refugees during hurricane katrina. I didn’t hear you mention that. Obama wasn’t being racist, he was simply relating. How about the ” don’t re- nigg ” comments made during the re election days, why not mention that? He experiences racism too you see. You need to stop addressing issues that effect ONLY you, and know you aren’t the only victim here.