Wichita is one of the many cities that held a rally for Trayvon Martin, the 17 year-old-black teen who was shot by George Zimmerman, “captain” of the neighborhood watch, in Sanford, Florida where he was shot. The Rally was held last Friday.
Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau, Representative Melody McCray-Miller and Reverend Reuben Eckels were among those in attendance at the rally which started outside Koch Arena at Wichita State University, according to Occupy 316, a site put up by The Wichita Occupy Movement. The site has a YouTube video of the march.
There were several hundred at the march, including many from the nearby black neighborhood and people who were not part of the local Occupy movement. There were many people from different peace and social justice groups as well as common citizens.
Out rage has spread all across the country since the police in Sanford, Florida refused to arrest Zimmerman, citing a “Stand Your Ground” law that has turned out to be a license to kill. Zimmerman claimed self defence, yet he was following Trayvon in a gated upper-class community. Zimmerman told police Trayvon “looked suspicious.” What that really means is that he was a black youth in a predominantly white neighbourhood.
According to ABC News;
“Petitions and protests calling for justice for Martin have exploded amid allegations of racism and scrutiny into how local police handled the investigation. George Zimmerman has yet to be charged in the case.”
The case continues to get nation-wide scrutiny and people in this country won’t be satisfied until Zimmerman is arrested for murder. This may also be a good time to revue all of these “Stand Your Ground” rules the gun lobby pushed so hard for. No one should be able to approach someone and then shoot them dead in cold blood.