Two kids hold signs demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black teenager in Florida who was killed by a community watch member who thought he was suspicious, at a protest organized by the 102 JAMZ “Wild Out Wake Up Show” hosts at the Murrow Boulevard Post Office on March 23.
Martin was returning from buying Skittles when George Zimmerman, the admitted shooter, followed and killed him. Zimmerman has not been arrested and Martin was unarmed, sparking nationwide outrage.
Over a hundred people showed up to mail letters and bags of Skittles to the Sanford, Fla. Police Department in protest of their handling of the case. The sign pictured reads, “Dear sir, I am 10 years old it could have been me.” People across the country have worn hooded sweatshirts like Martin as a sign of protest to racial profiling. “Being black and having a nephew... it’s painful to know they can’t walk down the street without being a suspect for something,” UNCG biology and pre-med student Phylicia Spivey said. “It’s a problem anywhere because it can happen in any neighborhood.”
Her friend Lauren Lamelle, who attended the event at the post office with her, works with youth at the YMCA. “If that ever happened to one of my kids [at the YMCA] I would be hearbroken,” said Lamelle, a media studies student at UNCG. “The man who shot him should go to jail.”
High Point resident Shawn Wilson expressed a similar sentiment for why he attended. “It’s a sad tragedy. We’re not going to sit down and take it, especially a youth,” Wilson said. “He was perceived to be about some violence and all he was doing was walking to the store.”
Hundreds of residents marched through downtown Greensboro for Martin on March 24 demanding justice for Martin and drawing parallels between cases of police brutality and criminalization of youth of color both nationally and locally. Signs read “I am Trayvon Martin,” “Does my skin color threaten you?” and “Justice for Trayvon.” At a rally after the march, a 14-year old girl addressed the crowd.
“Now I’m worried, am I next?” she said. “A democracy ain’t gonna mean nothing unless we say so.” — photo and story by Eric Ginsburg