It may have been a civil rights violation. But let’s talk about human rights violations. That young man was a human, and he deserved his human rights to be expected. And until we as a people — a people, black, white, Latino — come together and demand our human rights, this will continue to happen.
That young man didn’t deserve this because he was black. He didn’t deserve it because he was a human.
Human rights and American rights —JC Cunningham Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 22 March 2012. Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE).
But they didn’t even respect basic human rights basic American rights….
Ladies and gentlemen, we must write, we must continue to march, we must continue to speak, not amongst ourselves. Tonight I ask when you go home look to the right of you, to the left of you. I mean the houses to the right of you, the houses to the left of you. Ask them where they were tonight. Ask them what their thoughts are. What if it would have been their child. They would have been here. They would have been appalled if you were not here….
Don’t be afraid to talk to your white colleagues, don’t be afraid to talk to your hispanic colleagues. There’s nothing to be ashamed of to be out here and to demand, to demand your basic human rights.
The bird that could speak nine languages —Rev. Floyd Rose Sanford Florida where 17 year Trayvon was murdered, and the killer has not been arrested, Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 22 March 2012. Video by George Boston Rhynes for bostongbr on YouTube.
Several protesters wore hooded sweat shirts, held boxes of Skittles and cans of iced tea. They asked if those items made them appear suspicious as well.
“That this community and every community in this country will continue to press for Mr. Zimmerman’s arrest and conviction,” Rev. Rose told Gullberg.
The news that Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee temporarily stepped down sparked new life into the rally.
“We all know that he botched the investigation. He did not even arrest Mr. Zimmerman, which would have been standard practice,” said Rev. Rose.
“I think the story is still kind of broad right now, people want to know what’s happened. So I’m actually happy about the crowd that came out today,” Valdosta State University NAACP Chapter President DeAndre Jones told Gullberg.
Videos of the rally on the courthouse steps Thursday.
Please join me and SCLC at the Courthouse in Valdsota at 6:30 for a “Justice for Trayvon Martin” rally Thursday, March 22nd. Thousands of people all over the United States will be gathering, including thiousands in Sanford Florida where 17 year Trayvon was murdered, and the killer has not been arrested.
Come let your voice be heard: 6:30 Thursday, March 22nd.
Rally “Justice for Trayvon Martin” Floyd Rose, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 22 March 2012. Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE).
Given this era of YouTube, Internet blogs, and citizen journalists,
we have to ask why only credentialed members of the media were asked to leave?
Some of the people in attendance during Sunday’s meeting have
openly identified themselves in the past as active Internet bloggers.
For example when I stood up in the row behind the VDT reporter
and identified myself as taking videos for LAKE for posting on the web?
The editorial continues:
Any one of the people in attendance could have recorded the DOJ’s
responses and posted them,
but the DOJ didn’t ask to collect people’s cell phones.
I also said that due to the sensitive nature of the subject,
instead of LAKE’s usual policy of videoing and posting everything
that seemed interesting at a public meeting,
at this meeting I was only videoing people who asked to be videoed.
It wasn’t the DoJ’s responses that were sensitive
(they said hardly anything after their introduction):
it was what the people in the audience had to say.