March aimed to prevent future unjust verdicts
July 23, 2013 11:52 PM | 1154 views | 10 10 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

In Atlanta on July 16 the weather forecast was 60 percent showers, but miraculously at 7 p.m., when the protest march for Trayvon Martin was scheduled, it stopped raining.

We must have been at least 1,000 strong at the start, and as we departed the AIU campus, dozens of college students, both black and white, joined the march. There was a loud shout of exaltation as the students joined. Louder shouts of “Justice! Now!” encouraged the unity. Signs depicting the importance of the march were being held high.

A senior citizen held a sign which read, “March. 4 Trayvon. 4 Justice. For Change. Respect, Support, Change.” When she was asked by a news reporter why she thought the march was important, she replied, “Because we feel that an injustice has been done. We are here for the future, and Trayvon is a part of our future. We don’t want to let that go.”

‘No Justice, No Peace’ became our shout of protest as we approached the CNN Building. By the time we reached the end of our journey, the entire five miles plus way were paved with protestors. We were motivated by the increasing crowd, and as a whole we knew we were there for a good cause, because the spirits of the protest is love!

At our CNN destination some protestors enthusiastically bull horned their opinions of the George Zimmerman verdict. Some of them, of course expressed anger, some expressed remorse for Trayvon’s family, and some criticized, challenged and detested the American judiciary system.

One baby boomer compared the Trayvon shooting with the killing of Emmett Till, a 13-year-old black child who was racially slain by whites more than 50 years ago, and it took more than 50 years to bring them to justice.

A professional white man inquired of me, “What did that jury hear to find [Zimmerman] not guilty?” I replied, “The point is, what they didn’t hear.”

The protest lasted well into the evening. It was peaceful, non-violent and to the point. I understand that President Obama has conceded, saying, “A jury has spoken. We are a nation of laws.” Mr. President, I realize that, but Trayvon Martin should not have to be a national mascot for America’s retroactive precepts.

Justice Now.

Frances Wooten

east Cobb

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Kevin Foley
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July 25, 2013
Keep up the good work, Frances, and don't let the race baiter haters like those who posted here get you down.

Bob Johnson of all people thinks Martin deserved to die because he was a "thug." There was never a trial to determine that "fact," mind, just what the far right propagandists promoted.

Martin was murdered, plain and simple. No justice, no peace.
Guido Sarducci
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July 25, 2013
Good old Kevin. Juts kleep ignoring the facts and stirring the racial strife pot.

I hope Al Sharpton is paying you well.

MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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July 25, 2013
Amazing to realize that "at least 1,000 strong", with nary a thought in their collective heads, have so much spare time.

Guido Sarducci
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July 24, 2013
By your statement "what they didn't hear", I assume you are talking about the fact that Zimmerman tutored and mentored black kids, the fact that Trayvon had a history of being in trouble with the suthorities, that Trayvon assaulted a teacher, that Trayvonw was caught with stolen merchandise, that Trayvon did not go to the store to buy candy. He went to get Skittles and Arizona Watermelon Tea, two of the three ingredients of "drank", or that Trayvon was involved in drugs. and may have been a dealer, based on his internet exchanges, that Trayvon was fond of fighting, that Trayvon was in a gated community where he did not belong?

Are those some of the things the jury should have heard?

Tell me what you think of the Roderick Scott verdict? Just or unjust? Or do even know about it, or do you even care?
just sayin
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July 25, 2013
Guigo perhaps you haven't heard Zimmerman was charged with assaulting a police officer and had a restraining order against him by his ex-girlfriend for domestic abuse.

Tell me what you think of the OJ verdict? Just or unjust?
Guido Sarducci
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July 25, 2013
to just saying, Yep, I know that zimmerman was charged wtih assaulting a plainsclothes cop who was rousting one of Zimmerman's friends. Zimmerman did not know he was cop when he assaulted him.

He and his ex-girlfirend had restraining orders against each other at the same time. They were both ultimately dropped.

Of course, none of that has anything to do with the case, any more than the fact that he tutored black kids had anything to do witht he case. Nor does the fact that Trayvon was a thug in training have anything to do witht he case.

The O. J. Simpson verdict was just, as was the Zimmerman verdict, both for the same reasons. In each case, the prosecution failed to prove the charges. Had Zimmerman been charged with involuntary manslaughter. he probably would have been convicted.

The woman who withheld evidence and falsified the arrest report has been fired.

Answer my question. What do you think of the Roderick Scott verdict.
perplexing
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July 24, 2013
Why has Martin become the poster boy for Black males? He was not an innocent, sweet child. He was not a victim. A jury made a decision and all of a sudden, its as though crimes committed by young Black males simply don't exist. I have a suggestion. Why don't some of the Black leaders try talking to people about the raging school dropout rate, young women having children out of wedlock, the fact that these young people have no role models, and wind up ruining their lives?
Bob Johnson
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July 24, 2013
Francis, Martin was a thug.
Let me know...
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July 24, 2013
When you know how to explain why the young Mr. Martin was trespassing in a gated community AND threw the first punch.
just sayin
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July 24, 2013
Mr Martin was not trespassing he was the guest of his father's girlfriend who was a resident of the complex. He was a guest there. If I were being followed by an unidentified man who confronted me and failed to identify himself or state that he was armed, I would punch him too and you would also. Zimmerman was simply an armed coward who would not have pursued anyone had he not been armed. When Martin got the best of him the pretend cop shot him.
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