Trayvon Martin Rallies
March 28, 2012 by staff
Trayvon Martin Rallies, Alabama State University students Tuesday showed their solidarity with a teenager who was shot to death in Florida, several of them wearing hoodies and carrying signs during a rally at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot to death Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. According to reports, George Zimmerman, 28, a neighborhood watch captain, shot the unarmed teen and told police the shooting was in self-defense.
Zimmerman has not been arrested, bringing attention to the case and to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which has been cited as a reason why the police have not brought charges against him.
A number of states have Stand Your Ground laws, which deal with a person’s right to use deadly force when they feel threatened.
The case also has sparked a debate about race. Martin was black, and Zimmerman is white and Hispanic.
ASU senior Kimberly Stinson said her focus is on the law and others like it, and that the victim could have been any race.
“This is not a race-based issue. This is a rights issue. It is about human rights,” said Stinson, who organized the rally along with Duncan Kirkwood.
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