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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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Joshua Proutey

We have no one standing up for the hate crime against white people. It doesn't make sense that black people can go around targeting white people to rob and they aren't plastered on the news like Treyvon was. That they can kill a kid that just got off work and was walking to his car with his dinner and robbed him for his sandwich and $10 dollars, shot him and took the $ they stole from him and put gas in their car. DISGUSTING EXCUSES FOR HUMAN BEINGS! Josh was a wonderful Christian kid and didn't deserve to die. He had so much potential and love for the world. It's just not fair that these thugs are alive and he died for nothing.

A case of robbery is

A case of robbery is different than a case that wasn't a robbery. Stupid people.

Keenan- it wasn't just a

Keenan- it wasn't just a robbery, it was murder of Proutley and the Chinese driver.

And calling others stupid people is a reflection of YOU and undermines your credibility.

hold a rally. no one is

hold a rally. no one is stopping you

rally

It's your right.Should you get it organized people would come Black,White,Hispanic.Stop talking about it,make it happen.Had you listen to his parents they have stated he wasn't a saint, but he did have the right to go to the store come home without be followed by a stranger.Most forget if Zimmerman had stayed in the car the murder wouldn't have happen.Even if had the need to follow him he could have stayed in his car.Everyone has there opinion on the subject.The bottom line he was racially profile follow and was shot dead.One questioned had it been you and you saw the gun like Zimmerman said would you not fight for your life.Should it happen to you or someone you know let us know her it turnout.Agin if you make it happen people will come.

Rally For Whom or What? Who's AGENDA?

My Fellow Americans, AND Folks of Wilmingtion..
Where is the "Justice" & Marches For the Chinese Delivery Driver..
OR
The Marches For Josh Pardoy?

Or Marches OR "Justice" for the Young 13 Month Old SHOT Dead in the Face, While in a Stroller, (Brunswick, Ga), ALL Occuring Recently?

I Myself; Including MANY here in Wilmington AND ElseWhere, ARE TIRED, of the so-called **RACE CARD** Being Played in AMERICA Today..
.THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOU, THEY JUST WANT YOUR MONEY & SUPPORT While trying FURTHER THEIR OWN AGENDA!
This is to Our, "Folks of Color", In addition; Those Whom have White Guilt Here in ILM.. It is time for EVERY-ONE OF YOU, to look deep into YOUR SOUL, While looking in the MIRROR, and Realise, the Black Community,Also OUR Community as a Whole ""Here AND in the Nation/World", are Being played! Much like PUPPETS on a string, by Schemers Whom have a AGENDA to Further their Own Power & Money/Lifestyle.
While BLACK MEN, YOU, MY FELLOW MALES; YOU, My FELLOW AMERICANS; need to *step-up*, your GAME, being a FATHER,MOTHER While Also being a Mentor, Guiding Your Childern in the RIGHT Direction of Education, Morals & Culture, Instead of getting Women Pregnant, having Children Out of Wedlock, Leaving them; with-out a MENTORING, STRONG Father Figure,(Or Parent), in the Home. Letting the *CULTURE*, of Glorified Rap/Violence/Killing/Drug Dealing & Degradation/ of ALL Women, (with-in YOUR Culture),take over OUR YOUTH, that Premeates OUR Socitey Today..

You; The LOCAL Black Community, You want someone to *Look-up to*? I'm NOT talking about Mike Jordan Either.. Look NO FURTHER, (I'm looking @ YOU SIR), A FAMILY MAN, That I happened to be LUCKY Enough to have as a Professor While attending BCC While taking a Computer networking class there.

His name? ,Ronald W. Sparks, former Wilmington, NC City Councilman. There Folks is a REAL FAMILY MAN, Even though, yes, He *May* have made a "mistake", Look at HIS Background and Education, He has NOTHING, Givin to Him, YET, He pulled himself up BY His boot-straps and is SUCCESSFUL, Educated, W/STRONG Family Values. A ASSET to the Community as a Whole, a Model for EVERY BLACK MAN & Women to go by here in Wilmington.
Though ONE of His "current" Shortcomings is NOT stepping UP to the Plate, addressing the REAL Problems in OUR Community TODAY, in particular, the CULTURE, that the Black Community has thrust themselves into, NOT by Whitey's Hand, or Hispanics or Asains. They, have Themselves to Blame... AND the Race-Baiting/Card Playing MARXISTS Agititors stirring up Everyone Else..This includes even Our Own Commander & Theif, Whom can Inject Himself into a Local Case in Flordia, YET, cannot, Nor; Will Not address the the Black on Black VIOLENCE/KILLINGS going on in His own Backyard, Chicago!
A FAMIOUS Movies line was once played Nation-wide.. (A Few Good Men),*** *You can't handle the truth!
[pauses]

Col. Jessep: Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You?****

With that being Quoted & Said..
May I direct OUR Dear Readers to **THE TRUTH, AS TRUTH Has NO AGENDA!!
Read the following Link(s) I provided...SEEK and READ The TRUTH..
THINK for Yourselves, DO NOT BE another **SHEEP**...
In commenting DIRECTLY to WWAY's JOURNALIST(s),Take NOTE: It would Behoove YOU to Read the First Link(s) posted to see REAL reporting. AND the AGENDA Behing PORTRAYVON's TRAGIC downwards Spiral into Culture/Thuggery/Drugs/thievery, and Ultimatly, HIS un-timley Death...

1. http://theconservativetreehouse.com/

2. http://statelymcdanielmanor.wordpress.com/

3. http://legalinsurrection.com/

With ALL the above being said, Folks of the Community, WHAT/WHOM, Or WHO's AGENDA are you Marching for?
Think Long & Hard Folk's, YOUR very FREEDOM, LIBERTIES, AND the RULE of Law, (NOT *MOB RULE*), ARE AT STAKE!

Lastly, I'll leave every one of the Member(s), of Our Communites with this famous quote, Long Forgotten...

On November 6, 1875, Hiram Revels, a Mississippi Republican and the first African-American U.S. Senator, wrote a letter to U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant that was widely reprinted. Revels denounced Ames and Northerners for manipulating the Black vote for personal benefit, and for keeping alive wartime hatreds:

Since reconstruction, the masses of my people have been, as it were, enslaved in mind by unprincipled adventurers, who, caring nothing for country, were willing to stoop to anything no matter how infamous, to secure power to themselves, and perpetuate it..... My people have been told by these schemers, when men have been placed on the ticket who were notoriously corrupt and dishonest, that they must vote for them; that the salvation of the party depended upon it; that the man who scratched a ticket was not a Republican. This is only one of the many means these unprincipled demagogues have devised to perpetuate the intellectual bondage of my people.... The bitterness and hate created by the late civil strife has, in my opinion, been obliterated in this state, except perhaps in some localities, and would have long since been entirely obliterated, were it not for some unprincipled men who would keep alive the bitterness of the past, and inculcate a hatred between the races, in order that they may aggrandize themselves by office, and its emoluments, to control my people, the effect of which is to degrade them.

Again, To WHO's/WHOM AGENDA are you Marching too?
Don't Be SHEEP!

Who's Agender

German Propaganda ........

I agree

I agree with you. Step up and take care of one another. Stop blaming everyone else for your issues. YOUR ARE WHERE YOU ARE, BECAUSE OF NO ONE BUT YOUR SELF! Besides lets think about this. Yes, there are groups that are way out in left field somewhere and do not speak for the the race as a whole. Ask your self this, who are the people that keep telling you that you are being discriminated against? With out them keeping you in your place as a victim all the time, they would be out of a job. The place where they earn their money. You think white people are trying to keep you down. Take a look at who really gains by "keeping" you where you are. By their own argument, how does the white race gain anything by keeping you in your current place, at a time when there is no money in the Federal and/or State government to keep you in "check". It would help everyone out for EVERYONE to work. This is to everyone, I don't care what color you are. Get off the governments dime and go make your own. Stop having so many kids with out thinking about the impact it will have on you, your family, and community. Start respecting everyone else, however do not think that you will be respected right out of the gate, how you treat someone is how (most if the time) you will be treated. Mothers and fathers, step up and out in to your community and start taking back the streets and clean them up. We have made this mess, we need to clean it up, but do not expect help from anyone out side your community to do it for you. YOU HAVE GOT TO WANT IT. Simply saying you want change is not going to do anything. You want to be treated like an adult then start acting like it and stop being sheep for people who say they have your best interest in mind. When all they do is tell you that whitey is out to get you. What does that fix? Nothing! Stay in school, then go on to higher learning. I'm not saying that things are not broke, but if all you do is complain about them, how is it going to be fixed? Lets all help fix our country. On a side note you are not (Place your race here)-Americans, no more then I am British-American. We are Americans stop trying to further drive a wall between us.

Ge tover it

Where was the NAACP when a white man was attacked by 3 black males in Northern Mississippi for no reason except for in the name of Tryvon Martin? this crap is getting old. He was found not guilty by a court of law.

Men beat jogger in retaliation of Zimmerman verdict

This happened in Northern Mississippi. If this is not a hate crime, I don't know what is.

I have a dream

Race relations in this country is in a mess. But who is really perpetuating the problem? I have no idea what it is like to be black in America and I keep that in mind and I understand that I don’t know. But here is what I do know. With a situation as serious as racism, to throw it around without it actually being racism .. Time after time … that makes you the racist. The black community has a serious leadership problem. As young black males are being murdered at an alarming rate, they only address the very few times that a life is taken when the shooter is white. I am not naive enough to think that on occasion it is racially motivated … and when it is … I have no issue with that conversation. But anybody who will just read the 911 transcription can see that this was not a race issue. In the few days after the shooting I thought that maybe it was … as I, along with the rest of the nation was led to believe it was … because only excerpts of that 911 call were reported. I have a dream … I have a dream that one day the media and African American leadership will view the world by its actual actions … and not by the color of its skin. And it should start with you Mr. President … You know … 8 years ago if I thought Jimmy Carter was a bad president, I was a Republican … if I thought Bill Clinton was a bad president I was a Republican … but if I think Barack Obama is a bad president I’m a racist … I find it insulting

Trayvon Martin had a history

Trayvon Martin had a history of violence, and racism, against whites. He was mugging the man, bashing his head against a sidewalk.

But, that's normal. At least four whites are killed, and at least 200 are mugged, and seriously injured, by blacks, in this area, each year

This was the one time, out of 5000, that the white victim managed to get a good lick in, and keep from being seriously injured or killed.

Trayvon Martin

Why hasn't the news media shown a recent picture of Trayvon Martin with the tatoos on his face and hands people change from the time they were 12yrs old to 17 let the public hear the truth not what you want us to hear.......

Not only that, they put it

Not only that, they put it beside the most tough-looking picture they can find of Zimmerman. The media, like the politicians, have abandoned the citizens of America. They, like the politicians, don't care what is right. They only care about furthering their agenda. I like to keep up with what is going on in the world, but watching the news, (not WWAY) gets me so irritated that I just can't anymore. That goes for mainstream media and Fox News.

Groups quiet about local violence

Thanks for asking this question. It should have been asked by the national media a long time ago. The national media fanned this racial reaction by running the story about "unarmed black child stalked and shot by white Hispanic ". If he was a child, why was he out alone at 1:30 am? If he was a child, why did he have "weed" in his system. This was a private gated community. Any person of any race would be treated with suspicion if he walked around at that time of night. El Amin's statement that "we are saying that it's ok to pursue an unarmed person walking home and it's OK to pursue him and shoot him and actually murder him," is a total distortion of the situation designed to incite a riot. The neighborhood watch was watching the neighborhood . Zimmerman had every right to check Martin out and follow him until he left the gated community or kept moving toward his uncle's house. Martin's decision to confront Zimmerman and his failure to explain to Zimmerman that he was going to his uncle's house only increased Zimmerman's belief that he was up to no good. This killing was not about race. It is about politicians and African American "leaders" showing how they will twist the truth to advance their agenda. It's about news media making a huge story out of what would have been an unfortunate story about fight in which a neighborhood watchman had to shoot a young man in self defense. That's what the Sanford police said before the Media blew it out of proportion. That's what the jury said. Any reasonable person would have to agree.

Reaction to Groups Quiet About Local Violence

No disrespect to you, as it is your opinion, but this is ridiculous:" This was a private gated community. Any person of any race would be treated with suspicion if he walked around at that time of night." Permit me to say, but if the community is gated, then surely everyone behind those gates are supposed to be there????

Even if it is not about race, Zimmerman said out of his own mouth that he appeared suspicious because of his race coupled with the fact that Tryvon appeared to not be a familiar face to him so he calls the police and this is the shocker- his civic duty ended there! Once he continued his rouge crusade against the local police's wishes by continuing to pursue Treyvon, he knew that his intent was no longer about what was best for his community, but his intent was more keenly focused upon his own theory as to who should be outdoors and in his neighborhood at that time of night.

Since when is it okay to gain permission from a perfect stranger as to your whereabouts? Since when is it okay to kill a child ( a minor is anyone under the age of 18) based upon a suspicion? Since when is it okay to condone desensitized behavior towards the snuffing out of a child's life?

Wake up, it may not have been about race, which I personally believe that it is, but regardless, it was about the loss of life and how people in general simply devalue this concept: You neither created life nor should you be so callous as to take it away, when there is an alternative way to handle the situation. Despite the outcome, justice was not served, and this young man lays in the ground cold and dead!

While I may agree to some extent that this is political propoganda, as I anticipate that this nation will become keenly aware of various gun laws changing, more restrictive means being utilized with regard to traveling within the US, as well as other restraints being implemented regarding certain "perceived freedoms", simply because the media is controlled and quite frankly maintains a systematic biased way to reporting of events.

In closing, had Zimmerman simply made the call and went back home, the most that would have occurred would have been that Treyvon would still be alive and Zimmerman would be living his life without threats! In the end this tragedy proved to be blatantly apparent to all Black people that to some our lives are in senseless peril on a daily basis, simply because the laws are not designed to protect us and more important because we continue to live...

But if it is a gated community?

" 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.

The NAACP is a joke. What

The NAACP is a joke. What happended when Joshua Proutey got killed by black people over a stupid sandwich and $10? NOTHING! Zhen Bo Lui? NOTHING! Do you know why? Because we cope with things, and move on. People are so quick to pull the race card these days, makes me sick on my stomach. Search "Rally in Akron for Trayvon Martin" on you tube, and find the gentleman wearing the stealers hat and smoking a cigar... That's real talk coming from a black man himself.

If the NAACP want to get

If the NAACP want to get involved in this protest, then next time a white person here gets shot or jumped, let's bring in the KKK and have a rally. What's fair for one group is fair for the other.

should put on a white robe

should put on a white robe and hood and march beside them, show them something they would never forget, how stupid they really are

Dear God

May God the Creator of all forgive you all, for your remarks.
Please ask for this even if you feel you've said nothing wrong.

Do you really know this young man's and his heart on that night?

This case aside many of you by your comments seem to have a negative perception of blacks. Please heal your hearts and minds or else when you die will these words and attitudes may condemn you? Please seek a open and Christ-like heart, for the sake of your own souls and don't become defensive by this please.
Thank you

Do

YOU know what was in either of their hearts that night? The only HATE going on right now is in the black community, THAT's why we are talking about it. Whites aren't marching in the streets, blocking traffic and being violent. Neither are Hispanics.

nonsense

If Martin was such a great person, someone who never caused any trouble and in fact, almost angelic, then who beat the h*** out of Zimmerman and if Martin was on the ground with Zimmerman on top of him why wasn't there any of Zimmerman's blood all over Martin? Gravity pulls downward and you can be positive if Zimmerman was on top Martin would have been covered with blood. That fact right there is what made my decision against Zimmerman not guilty. You people just look for something to march about. I wish the media would stop encouraging this mess and let it go.

Really??

It is comments like "you people" that adds fuel to the fire. I mean can you be any more disrespectful? Wait, don't answer that because I'm almost certain that you could.

Consider this

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.

Wow!

You should send this to Obama and all the MAJOR news media. Antonio's story needs to be heard.

Hey AY!

Hey AY, this is so well written and a great point. Please take the time to run this by the organizers and ask them point blank why this is so and do they acknowledge any of the irony pointed out in this post, any at all. Then ask them why they feel black on other race crime is acceptable, it seems to me they feel it is due to the lack o empathy they showed to the two men you mentioned to those wise leaders.

Well....

While this story is definitely a really sad situation, perhaps the family of this victim should have gone above and beyond like the family of Treyvon Martin. The reason you see his face on t-shirts and all over television is because his mother and father were relentless in the pursuit of their son's killer, and made a point of not letting people forget what happened to their son something that any mother and father would do. I think that if Zimmerman felt so threatened by this young man then perhaps he should have heeded the suggestion of the 911 operator and not gotten out of his vehicle and pursued him. Since when is it ok for you to approach someone and when that someone is getting the best of you physically (if that's what really happened) you shoot them. I find it hard to believe that a 17 year old boy was able to completely over power Zimmerman to the point that he was forced to use deadly force. There were so many different actions that could have been taken that it is difficult to see how this was the best choice.

Thank you for saying what

Thank you for saying what need to be said.

Blacks have been terrorized

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.

Blacks have been terrorized

Blacks have been terrorized by other BLACKS. Blacks sold blacks from captured rival tribes into slavery.

I'm not white, but I am SO sick of many blacks pointing fingers at "whitey" for their ills. When you point a finger at someone, three more are pointing right back at you! Try introspection.

And btw, your victimization and race cards have expired.