Wearing hoodies and carrying Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea, the angry and frustrated crowd chanted “Justice Now” to protest the obvious racism and prejudice that lies at the root of Trayvon’s murder by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman as he was trying to walk back home in the rain.
A month later, Zimmerman has not been charged and the New Black Panther Party of Self Defense has put a $10,000 bounty on his head and the Black Liberation Militia has said they plan to make a citizen’s arrest.
Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said that the rally defied all previous turnout estimations:
We got beyond our expectations,” she said, calling it the “best rally and largest turnout in 20 years.”
Baltimore police were forced to shut down Pratt Street as vehicles stopped to honk their horns in solidarity, raised fist and shouts coming through car windows.
Signs drawing the gut-wrenching comparison between 14-year-old Emmett Till, a young Black child murdered in Mississippi in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a White woman, with the race-tinged murder of Trayvon dotted the sea of humanity, along with calls of justice within Black communities when the murderers look like us.
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