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'We are ... Trayvon': Hoodie march comes to South Bend
southbendtribune.com ^ | March 29, 2012 | JEFF HARRELL

Posted on 03/29/2012 8:16:18 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

SOUTH BEND -- The driver of the gray pickup decked with matching gray rims wore a hoodie over a ball cap and sunglasses when he pulled up in the street.

"I am Trayvon Martin," Joe Breathitt said. "Do you know how many times I've been pulled over because I'm wearing a hoodie and driving this vehicle with these rims?

"You can't just make this about some little dude in a hood. Ignorance thrives in all cultures."

The number of those who turned out at Indiana University South Bend's Civil Rights Heritage Center for the "1 Million Hoodie March" Thursday afternoon may have fallen short of 1 million, but the power of the crowd's voices as people marched up Washington Street to the Martin Luther King Center chanting for justice for Trayvon Martin echoed a thousand times over.

"We are ..." they called.

"Trayvon!" came the response.

"We are ..."

"Here!"

The march was organized by Kevin James, director of the Civil Rights Heritage Center, in the wake of the Feb. 26 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain, said he shot the teen in self-defense, and several eyewitnesses told Sanford police they heard a scuffle, a cry for help, and then a gunshot.

Zimmerman was seen armed with a handgun standing over Martin's body. He initially called 911 to report a suspicious person walking in the gated community, but the tape later revealed that police told Zimmerman to stay home and let a patrol unit check it out.

Martin wore a hoodie as he walked home from a convenience store, unarmed and carrying a bottle of iced tea and a pack of Skittles.

Zimmerman was not arrested or charged, which set off a backlash of rallies across the country that has since drawn reaction from civil rights leaders and even President Barack Obama.

Thursday afternoon, the Justice for Trayvon Martin support rally hit South Bend.

"We want to bring some solidarity and better control to the community," said the Rev. Terrell A. Jackson, president of the South Bend chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. "We want to take back our children."

Even Mayor Pete Buttigieg wore a hoodie as he marched with the crowd.

"We have to ask what it means for South Bend," Buttigieg said. "I hope we learn that you can't find out something you need to know about somebody just by looking at them."

Breathitt insisted Trayvon Martin's death was more than just a mistaken hoodie.

"You have so many kids die nationally over a hoodie, jewelry ... it happens at an alarming rate," Breathitt said. "As long as we think white and black, we'll never get to it.

"That wasn't racism," he said of the shooting. "That was ignorance."


TOPICS: US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: trayvonmartin

1 posted on 03/29/2012 8:16:20 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“Zimmerman was not arrested ....”

Well..... yes he was.


2 posted on 03/29/2012 8:24:03 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

How many times has this happened before? How many times has it happened since? Yet this specific case gets all this attention just in time when the supremes go over Obamacare. And just to make sure, our first foreign born Islamic mulatto POTUS makes the “son” comment. I guess the press is fed up with the OWS crowd so let’s try a new distraction.


3 posted on 03/29/2012 8:33:22 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between lose and loose.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“resist we much!”

Al Sharpton


4 posted on 03/29/2012 8:34:55 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Had hoodie-wearers ever thought that if they wanted to do away with racial distinctions in society, they would begin by quitting flashing ‘hood stuff? Not everything that’s legally permissible is even remotely wise.


5 posted on 03/29/2012 8:42:40 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Don’t here any protesting on the vast number of Blacks killed by Blacks; men, women, and children. Two weeks ago in Chicago 40 Blacks were shot in one weekend, ten were killed including a six y.o. child.

Where was Sharpton and Jackson on these murders???

NO WHERE TO BE FOUND


6 posted on 03/29/2012 8:54:09 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: wetgundog

I guess for them, it’s peachy keen if “black society” is bent on suicide. (And not just things that are officially crimes — abortions too.)


7 posted on 03/29/2012 8:56:24 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Hoods and wearers have just changed, but the idea is the same.


8 posted on 03/29/2012 8:56:36 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I say we start taking names. That way we will know who is too stupid to vote when the time comes.


9 posted on 03/29/2012 8:58:57 PM PDT by JoSixChip (santorum is Mr Rogers without a spine. Check his record, not his rhetoric.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Ya, these gang members and gang wanna be kids, wear gang style clothes. They wear the droopy pants which sag down. They wear the bandannas and have caps on sideways. They make strange movements with their hands, which I think may be gang signals. They get gold teeth implanted. They get tattoos.

You get the idea that they want to stand out. They want to appear to be gang bangers from the hood.

If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, walks like a duck.

I’m ready to be flamed, go ahead, for the above comment about a duck, and being charged with trivializing this issue. But if certain people dressed and behaved differently, nobody would think they were gang or ghetto type people, regardless of race. If black young people dress and behave in a civilized manner, they don’t face the same reaction which those who behave as if they are in the hood face.


10 posted on 03/29/2012 9:15:25 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I’m starting a business selling hoodies that say, “We are Rayon”.


11 posted on 03/29/2012 9:35:40 PM PDT by bramps (Newt is the one)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Hmmm.

Thinking about getting “I am George Zimmerman” engraved on my .44mag.


12 posted on 03/29/2012 9:45:28 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37

Does anyone know why Hoodie was in the neighborhood anyway ? Did he have friends there or relatives ? Was the neighborhood gated ? just curious....


13 posted on 03/29/2012 10:09:39 PM PDT by juma (What i s the real answer ? Does anyone Know ?)
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To: juma

“Does anyone know why Hoodie was in the neighborhood anyway ? Did he have friends there or relatives ? Was the neighborhood gated ? just curious....”

To catch you up to speed- Zimmerman saw Martin bypass the gate system in the gated community so became suspicious. On the 911 tapes, Z. mentions Martin looks like he’s on drugs. Martin had supposedly headed to a convenience store and was on his way back to the residence of his father’s girlfriend. The father and the girlfriend were out for the evening. Martin had been sent to live with his father while on a 10 day suspension from school.


14 posted on 03/29/2012 10:55:10 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Ignorance thrives in all cultures

You just can't argue when he presents such convincing evidence....

15 posted on 03/29/2012 11:24:16 PM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Occupy Trayvon


16 posted on 03/29/2012 11:37:28 PM PDT by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
The price of Hoodies has skyrocketed.

Must be the Law of Supply and “Da Man”.

17 posted on 03/29/2012 11:49:12 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: Kickass Conservative

Let me try that again.

The price of Hoodies has skyrocketed.

Must be the Law of Supply and “Da Man”.


18 posted on 03/29/2012 11:50:53 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: juma

Trayvon’s father’s girlfriend has a place there. Trayvon was shot somewhere in the range of 60 feet to 100 yards or so from being “back at home” (reports are all over that range), with “home” being the place he is staying at least for a few days.


19 posted on 03/30/2012 12:07:38 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Tailgunner Joe

What’s the over/under on this couple lasting after the sharpton/jackson circus abandons them?


20 posted on 03/30/2012 12:13:02 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: Dilbert San Diego
I don't have a problem with hoodies - my son and daughter wear hoodies. It is a pretty popular item here in Seattle, where it is cool and wet once AGAIN today. I do have a problem with my son wearing his baseball cap sideways, or in the house. He wears it at a slight angle and up. At 17 yrs old (and white) he looks like the Beaver however! I tell him he looks like an idiot but he doesn't care.

But his demeanor and grades are good, his pants fit, and he doesn't roam through folk's yards at dark.

From the call, it didn't sound like Zimmerman was too upset about what the guy looked like, it was how he was acting, and walking along up near the buildings rather than the street or sidewalk.

21 posted on 03/30/2012 12:30:31 AM PDT by 21twelve
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To: Cboldt

“Trayvon’s father’s girlfriend has a place there. Trayvon was shot somewhere in the range of 60 feet to 100 yards or so from being “back at home” (reports are all over that range), with “home” being the place he is staying at least for a few days.”

The devolution of our society.... I guess I’m ancient. I remember when “shacking up” was public shame for a family and only whispered about. Sex outside of marriage was a scandal as was divorce, and the brave, few families were avant-garde in not sending their pregnant high schooler out of town to an aunt, girl’s school or to one of the few states that offered abortion. Dysfunctional families produce dysfunctional children.


22 posted on 03/30/2012 1:04:23 AM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

But ah drives better when I gots my hoodie on.


23 posted on 03/30/2012 2:24:01 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Did the hapless Trayvon have dreams of being in a black gang victorious over other black gangs? It must have seemed pretty ignominious to get shot by a short fat white guy who wasn’t even in any gang.


24 posted on 03/30/2012 5:23:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: pops88

Way too cool for his own good.


25 posted on 03/30/2012 5:25:24 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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