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Hundreds march in Raleigh for 'Triangle for Trayvon Rally'

Posted July 21, 2013

— Seven days after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin, people gathered in Raleigh and nationwide for rallies to help raise awareness of what they say is racial-profiling and injustices in the criminal justice system.

The Florida case has become a flashpoint in separate but converging national debates over self-defense laws, guns, and race relations. Zimmerman, who successfully claimed self-defense, identifies as Hispanic. Martin was black.

Hundreds of people gathered for The Triangle for Trayvon Rally at Moore Square Sunday afternoon and then marched nearly a mile to Martin Street Baptist Church for a prayer service.

State NAACP President Rev. William Barber addressed the crowd, saying that, even though Martin's death took place in Florida, local lawmakers need to take notice.

"We've got 'Stand Your Ground' laws here in North Carolina, and we've got to repeal 'Stand Your Ground' in North Carolina," Barber said. "Not only do we have to repeal the law, we've got to pass anti-racial profiling laws right here in North Carolina."

Nationally, the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network organized "Justice for Trayvon" rallies and vigils outside federal buildings in at least 101 cities: from New York and Los Angeles to Wichita, Kan., and Birmingham, Ala.

Rev. William Barber Raleigh rally puts spotlight on 'Stand Your Ground' law

On Saturday, Sharpton spoke to supporters in Manhattan, telling them that he also wants a rollback of stand-your-ground self-defense laws.

"We are trying to change laws so that this never, ever happens again," Sharpton said.

Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, also spoke to the New York crowd. "Today it was my son. Tomorrow it might be yours," she said.

Sharpton and other supporters want the Justice Department to pursue federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

Attorney General Eric Holder said last week that the department would investigate whether Zimmerman could be charged under those federal civil rights laws, which would require evidence that he harbored racial animosity against Martin.

Most legal experts say that would be a difficult charge to bring.

Holder also said the shooting demonstrates the need to re-examine stand-your-ground laws nationwide.

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  • Lightfoot3 Jul 30, 11:09 a.m.

    Picked up a Time Magazine yesterday that had articles on this case. The writers and commentators were clueless. They're still saying Martin got shot for going out for tea and candy. He got shot for being black. The verdict was wrong. Etc. NO!!!! He got shot because he was on top of someone, beating them.


    They talk about "the talk" they have with their black kids about how to act when addressed by cops, as if they have some monopoly on it. I've had the VERY SAME talk with my white kids! Don't argue. Yes sir and no sir. No attitude. Doesn't matter if you think you're right and the cop is wrong. Doesn't matter if you weren't doing anything. Same exact talk.


    Yes, some people get initially targeted because of race, dress, etc. But that slight doesn't give them the right to break the law, nor dictate what others can and cannot do (within legal boundaries). Racial profiling does not trump self-defense.

  • Lightfoot3 Jul 30, 10:56 a.m.

    "this is a much larger public interest story than just the criminal trial" - jackflash123


    Yeah, yeah, the alleged profiling. Y'all keep forgetting Martin was walking between buildings, looking all around, seemingly unconcerned about the rain, etc. Not crimes, but would probably get someone noticed REGARDLESS of race.


    Did you even read the article? They want the "stand your ground" and related self-defense laws repealed! They refuse to acknowledge that Martin was shot because he was attacking someone. His race played no factor in it at that point.


    "you don't respect it" - jackflash123


    Sorry, but you're perceptions due to race don't trump the law, PERIOD!


    "you're being racist here" - jackflash123


    Does Barber, Sharpton, etc. hand out talking points?

  • jackflash123 Jul 29, 1:39 p.m.

    lightfoot, this is a much larger public interest story than just the criminal trial. The trial is all you seem to be able to grasp, though. The juror herself acknowledges she voted in accordance w/ the laws, so you don't have to keep pointing out the laws; your insistence on returning to the laws and refusing to address other issues surrounding the case even after multiple attempts to help you get it speaks to your shortcomings.

    You're acknowledging how race shapes people's perspectives, finally, but you don't respect it, so it amounts to the same: you're being racist here. Worse, you don't really care.

  • Lightfoot3 Jul 26, 1:30 p.m.

    “her opinion…” – jackflash123


    The law matters, not her feelings. Did Zimmerman LEGALLY defend himself against an assault? If so then he is NOT GUILTY of murder. Simple as that. Race doesn’t matter. Those thinking race trumps law are the racists.


    “You just keep regurgitating Fla statute #s” – jackflash123


    Gee, given this was a criminal case in a Florida court, wonder why I keep doing that?


    “You don't accept that race affects people's perceptions.” – jackflash123


    I certainly do. That’s why some pull the race card all the time, even when there is no racism involved.


    “That is a textbook definition for racist.” – jackflash123

    You need another textbook. Even a dictionary might help you out in this case.

  • jackflash123 Jul 26, 12:37 p.m.

    "Don’t support Barber/Sharpton/etc., get called a racist."

    You're making up a reason b/c you can't handle the thorough explanation I actually gave.

    "She looked at the evidence and voted NOT GUILTY because it was self-defense. Now she’s just trying to distance herself from it given the protests."

    No, her opinion in this instance is that what the law required and what was right didn't quite align. We should ALL be able to give examples we think fit that case. If you don't think this case fits, that's fine, but you're showing no sign that you recognize that EVER happens, lightfoot, and you're acting as if it is impossible for any reasonable person to have that opinion in this case. You just keep regurgitating Fla statute #s, as if this is nothing more than a math class.

    You don't accept that race affects people's perceptions. All that is left, then, is that it is an inherent racial characteristic to see it in a way you think is wrong. That is a textbook definition for racist.

  • Lightfoot3 Jul 26, 9:26 a.m.

    "however many Black friends you might claim to have" - jackflash123


    I was born a poor black child. Actually being white, I was the minority where I was raised. I’m more black than some black people. :)


    "you are racist" - jackflash123


    Don’t support Barber/Sharpton/etc., get called a racist. That's a familiar tune.


    "Why did GZ follow TM?" - jackflash123


    Cop wannabe saw strange person walking behind houses, looking around, with a history of break-ins for the neighborhood, etc. While race MIGHT have ALSO been a factor, I'd bet a white teen would have also been targeted for the same behavior. Profiling happens, but assault got Martin shot.


    "minority juror ... saying he, "got away with murder"" - jackflash123

    Oh lordy, then it must be true! HA!. She looked at the evidence and voted NOT GUILTY because it was self-defense. Now she’s just trying to distance herself from it given the protests. She should be sued for slander.

  • jackflash123 Jul 25, 7:14 p.m.

    Hey, lightfoot, the only minority juror in the GZ trial has just gone public, saying he, "got away with murder...but the law couldn't prove it." Now clearly she recognizes the difference between law -- she voted to acquit, after all -- and what she believes really happened. Why is it you still can't? When are you going to show any acknowledgement and respect that race is a relevant factor in how people form opinions in America?

  • jackflash123 Jul 25, 3:49 p.m.

    Sorry, lightfoot, but however many Black friends you might claim to have, on this particular issue, you are racist. You do not recognize and respect the role of race in history and society in shaping people's perspectives. I've given you multiple opportunities to do so, but you just refuse to acknowledge it.

    I've also been clear that I am not talking about the letter of the law at all. I've consistently and clearly said that I am talking about people's perceptions outside facts. Why did GZ follow TM? We can't prove it was noble neighborhood watching or prejudicial profiling, but people choose their sides not b/c they are smart or dumb, but b/c of their experiences.

    If throwing statute #s out there when we're talking about interpersonal dynamics and perspectives makes you feel better, I suppose you'll keep returning to that one trick pony, but make no mistake about it: on this topic, you're a racist.

  • Lightfoot3 Jul 25, 9:58 a.m.

    "You're showing no evidence of listening, or of understanding what people are upset over in all of this" - jackflash123


    Yeah, yeah, Martin got profiled. Still doesn't suspend the Florida statutes on self-defense


    "You also keep ducking the issue of race still affecting people's experience and therefore perspective on things, and how that is legitimate and deserving of respect" - jackflash123


    Race ain't got nothin' to do with the VERDICT!


    "How else do you explain that Black people are overwhelmingly bothered by the verdict" - jackflash123


    Willful ignorance and organized pulling of the race card. Al Sharpon and the like are whipping them up. All you hear is tea and skittles, but not a word about assault. The speeches are all about the beginning, but not a single solitary word on why it ended the way it did. As for Zimmerman's "supporters" being white, it's probably because without the race card blocking their view, they see all the facts.

  • jackflash123 Jul 24, 7:50 p.m.

    You're showing no evidence of listening, or of understanding what people are upset over in all of this, lightfoot. You also keep ducking the issue of race still affecting people's experience and therefore perspective on things, and how that is legitimate and deserving of respect.

    How else do you explain that Black people are overwhelmingly bothered by the verdict and that Zimmerman's supporters are overwhelmingly White? You won't answer that directly, either, I suspect.

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