Skip to comments.Anchorage protesters join rallies for Trayvon Martin - speak out against "Stand Your Ground" law
Posted on 04/09/2012 6:58:27 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Driving snow didn't seem to dampen the spirit of a rally in downtown Anchorage Saturday demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, a teenager shot and killed thousands of miles away in Florida. Similar protests were held around the country.
"This is kind of a sick and tired of being sick and tired moment," said Wanda Greene, president of the Anchorage chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Martin, 17, was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla., while Martin was unarmed. Zimmerman told police he fired in self-defense. He has not been charged.
Minnie Hannah and her grandsons Elijah, 6, and Zion, 10, were at the rally in Anchorage on Saturday. One of the boys carried a sign that said, "I am Trayvon Martin." Hannah said she wanted to teach them about who Martin was, why he died and what she said was a human rights issue.
"They'll remember this. They'll remember Trayvon," Hannah said. "It means that much to me. I don't know Trayvon, but I feel like that could happen to them when they get a little bit older."
The 50 or so people who gathered Saturday also voiced opposition to a bill in the Alaska House of Representatives that would loosen the rules governing the use of lethal force in self-defense situations. House Bill 80 has been called the "Stand Your Ground" bill.
"(That bill) can be misinterpreted, it could be misunderstood, and it could probably lead to the tragic deaths of needless other people," Greene said. "It also leaves open a more permissive attitude toward racial profiling."
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We don’t much care what they think of our laws down here and they should be mindful of our laws when they visit us here also.
“It means that much to me. I don’t know Trayvon, but I feel like that could happen to them when they get a little bit older.”
“This is kind of a sick and tired of being sick and tired moment,”
You have no idea what “sick and tired” of someone can be, Wanda. Just ask the decent people who have to put up with you and your sorry ilk.
So if someone is on top of you and is pounding their fists into your face.... you shouldn’t resist?
or does that count only if they are black?
There are blacks in Alaska? There weren’t in the summer of ‘65 when I worked on WODECO #5 in Trading Bay.
I would have never guessed there war an NAACP Chapter up there.
My, things have changed.
Well, if snow did not worry them then they are really in Alaska.
Now if they really believe that we do not have the sole responsibility to protect our own lives then they are not only Democrats but also fools.
Sometimes it is best to let those kind of folks perish from their own beliefs.
Making it illegal to stand your ground is a good deal for the people who want to take the ground you’re standing.
Well I am really getting “Sick and tired” of these people! I guess all the violence of blacks against innocent white people doesn’t matter........
These people remind me of the people who are against hunting those poor “Bambis” until one runs into their car and totals it with or without serious injury to the driver and/or passengers. Seems it gets a little more important and personal when it happens to them and the intellectual, moral, ethical, etc. reservations are then tossed out the window very quickly.
Good luck with that. In Alaska we value freedom and liberty. Not even the people in the suburb of Seattle, in Anchorage can change that!
Anchorage is a very multicultural city, then you have the rest of Alaska where you have Whites & Indians; and the Indians are a pretty good bunch.
I once had a cousin from Georgia, come up fishing for a week. We went out to eat in Anchorage. He told me the one thing he really enjoyed about Alaska was that when we went anywhere to eat, there wasn't a bunch of blacks screaming, swearing, hollaring, acting like ignorant fools. He said down South, you can't even take the family out to eat without practically getting into a fight after the fools yell their filth while you're trying to eat a meal. True story.
What gets me is that when I was in the military, stationed at Ft Bragg; I lived 30 miles from base out in the country. It was half Black out that way and they weren't a bunch of ignorant fools, but pretty good neighbors, not any racism. Has it all changed?
I lived in Atalanta from 2-2003 and I can tell you that you wanted to avoid any Waffle House (also because the food wasn’t that good) or an IHOP for the reasons you described.
I lived next to a trendy part of town called Buckhead which was loaded with great restaurants. One quickly determined which were favored by the blacks and avoided them if one wanted a quiet peaceful non-threatening evening out.
That was 10 years ago. I wonder what it’s like now?