Rally for Trayvon Martin in Marianna

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

Marianna, FL -- March 30, 2012 --

More than one hundred people rallied in Marianna Friday morning in support of Trayvon Martin. They joined the thousands of others across the country continuing to demand justice for the Sanford teen shot and killed in February.

"We want answers. I think there was injustice because you have a young man unarmed, pack of skittles, hoodie, and a sweet tea, he was gunned down for walking home from the grocery store," said rally organizer Kenton Curry.

At the center of the controversy is Martin's killer, George Zimmerman. He claims the shooting was self defense, others say it was an act of racism. Nobody knows yet for sure, but Curry and many others in Marianna and throughout the U.S. are outraged at the Sanford Police Department for refusing to arrest Zimmerman.

"A lack of training on their (Sanford P.D.) efforts? I don't know," said Curry.

"I believe that he (Zimmerman) should have been apprehended," said Marianna resident Angela McFarland.

With signs in their hands, shirts on their backs, and heavy hearts, ralliers in Marianna Friday echoed the message still being heard nationwide.

"It could have been me, it could have been one of my friends, it could happen to anyone around here," said Marianna resident James Dallas, 17 years old.

"We need to everyday make the people aware of what's going on in our cities, and towns, and the United States," said Jackson County NAACP President Richard Patterson.

Jackson County's Chapter of the NAACP will hold a town hall meeting Monday April 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at the St. James A.M.E. Church in Marianna. In reference to Martin's case, members will discuss concerns they have with the Jackson County School Board's policies and procedures.

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  • by Buster on Apr 2, 2012 at 03:18 PM
    If you have the NEW BLACK PANTHERS come out in force intimidating the whites, what if the whites brought back the KKK? What will Eric Holder do then?
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      by They will go back in time.. on Apr 9, 2012 at 03:26 PM in reply to Buster
      Think they got it bad now?....best thing they can do is relax and let the system work.
  • by CTM on Apr 2, 2012 at 06:32 AM
    If the roles were reversed and Trayvon was white/hispanic and Zimmerman was black, I wonder how many black people would think this was a case of self defense? I wonder how many black people would stand outside of the police department or courthouse and cheer when either no charges were made or he was found not guilty?
  • by Justice for Zimmerman on Apr 2, 2012 at 06:04 AM
    Certain race of people are closed minded when it comes to their own. God forbid if one of their own commit a crime. Oh! he was such an angel. Racism will exist for eternity. We ought to start calling for death sentences for all those that are in prison for murder. The heck with the system..let mob mentality run it.
  • by Frank on Apr 1, 2012 at 06:06 PM
    Everyone seems to be interested in a police video that shows George Zimmerman either injured or not. Has it crossed anyone's mind that he was treated by EMT staff and yet no one has heard what they have to say and if he was [t]reated, that means there was an injury.
  • by Seth Bullock Location: Deadwood on Apr 1, 2012 at 03:19 PM
    PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — Seven black teens have been arrested on suspicion that they committed a hate crime when they attacked a 15-year-old Hispanic boy while he was walking home from school in Southern California, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. As long as there are blacks there will always be racism!!! Racism breeds racism.
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      by Buster on Apr 2, 2012 at 03:19 PM in reply to Seth Bullock
      You got that right Seth. They can't let it go. They breed it into their children.
  • by Justice for Zimmerman.. on Apr 1, 2012 at 02:16 PM
    ...and no one lost a days work. Can you imagine that.
  • by Kathy on Apr 1, 2012 at 10:51 AM
    Why were these people not at work or school? Oh, I forgot they live off WELFARE,FOODSTAMPS,PELL GRANTS,ETC.,ETC. Hell, I want to be black, I'm tired of working. Stop making your race look like idiots. Why are you all not on the TV telling the rest to let the law do their job. There have been new people assigned to the case and still your not happy. If you want to change how America see you, then do something good for your race. Raise your own children, get a job, take birth control, PLEASE!!!. Stop making excuses for this young man that was killed. He was not a child so stop trying to portray him as one. His parents got mad when the media told of his past record, it was the truth. Do you want the truth to be told only about Zimmerman. Take responsibility that your child was not perfect and his record showed that. So if you want the truth then tell the whole truth about each side. America is tired of hearing about this one case over and over again. You had the sympathy of everyone in the beginning, but now it has backfired on you for being so shady about your son. The pictures are when he was 12 and his record should have never been brought out. Let the whole truth be told for both sides. Then you will accomplish something.
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      by CC on Apr 1, 2012 at 12:01 PM in reply to Kathy
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        by Hey CC on Apr 1, 2012 at 05:52 PM in reply to CC
        Hey CC, at least she is not functionally illiterate. That gives her a big step up on you. What did you do with that public education I paid to provide you with anyway . . . ?
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        by Jim on Apr 2, 2012 at 06:51 AM in reply to CC
        Racist are the first to holler racist. Way to go CC....
  • by Jay on Apr 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM
    I for one am sick of hearing about this case. The blacks won't let the law do their job, still not happy even when different prosecutors are placed by the Govenor. Nothing any of the whites or other races do is going to be enough for the black race. They protest so that they can loot, steal and injure. What about the 92 year old white lady that was beaten to death by a black kid. Where are the protesters for that case. Personally I hope the slim ball fries in the electric chair till his eyes pop out for that one. She had to live to 92 just to be beaten to death by a innocent, under priveledged, good kid as they call them. There is always an excuse for them no matter what they do. I stoppe watching the news because I'm so sick of hearing about Trayvon. He sounds like a thug, if he was so innocent why don't they put up a recent photo of him flipping the finger to the camera. Don't want the rest of the world to see the real thug that he was. Let the law do their job and stop looking like idiots protesting, your are accomplishing nothing. Who are the real racist of the world?
  • by Buster on Apr 1, 2012 at 07:56 AM
    Without racism with the blacks, Sharpton and Jackson wouldn't have jobs.
  • by Going for justice on Apr 1, 2012 at 07:53 AM
    7 black guys 13-16 YO beat up a 15 YO Hispanic boy walking home from school one day last week. Why aren't Sharpton and Jackson worrying about that? They did label that a HATE CRIME at least.
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