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Minnesotans march for Trayvon Martin, a 'new beginning' on solidarity, an end to racial profiling
tcdailyplanet.net ^ | April 10, 2012 | Charles Hallman

Posted on 04/10/2012 7:07:36 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

Thousands last week peacefully stood, marched, sang and chanted outside University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium, protesting not only the tragic death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, but also the violent deaths of several other Blacks in recent weeks in other parts of the country.

Third year U-M student Brianna Wilson urged the rally participants who attended the March 29 event to not “let this energy go to waste” but to “get energized…and fight for racial justice.” Ever since the Martin death made news, she said the emotions among her and others on campus “has been shocking and frustrating. You hear a lot of frustration, a lot of anger.”

Wilson recalled how a friend of hers “cried on the phone” after hearing replays of the 911 call with Martin and the man who shot him: “You could hear Trayvon in the background, screaming for help. That broke her heart, and broke my heart,” she said.

Nick Muhammad of Torch Light MN estimated at least 10,000 persons were in the Northrop Plaza. “I’m looking at the response around the country, and I think we are reaching the tipping point — I can feel it in the air,” he admitted. “It’s been a long time since we’ve seen this type of solidarity around issues like racial justice, especially here in Minnesota.”

Brittany Lewis of Occupy the Hood added that at least 15 local organizations were involved with planning the on-campus rally. “I expected a huge turnout,” she noted afterwards. “What I am excited about is seeing so many Black and Brown people come out.”

“We all know why we’re here,” said Kelsey Wilson, age 24.

“It’s about people coming together for one cause,” added Emily Herman, age 22.

“It was really great to see the Black community come together,” said Jordan Hooks, age 22. She added that tragic events should not be the only time the Black community unites.

“This is way more than I expected. I expected 30 people to be here. I think the diversity is great,” said a surprised Jenny Belsito, one of the rally organizers. She also was among the parade of speakers who spoke at the rally. “It was really powerful that the speakers were able to connect our own personal stories to what happened to Trayvon.”

University of Minnesota Senior Vice President Dr. Robert Jones pointed out, “There hasn’t been this many people on the mall in 40 or 50 years. We were very glad to help out. The university is the place where people can convene and have this kind of meeting and dialogue.”

Retired professor Mahmoud El-Kati marveled, “The last time I saw this [size of a] crowd in Minnesota was when Rodney King was brutalized. It’s a wonderful thing to see.”

The outside rally was orderly, but everyone there from speaker to attendee apparently was on one accord.

“What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!” pleaded Kenya McKnight, who served as mistress of ceremonies in one of several call-and-responses employed throughout the rally. “We are Trayvon Martin! We are Trayvon Martin!”

“It’s a new reality. Trayvon wasn’t killed in the ’hood [but] in the ’burbs. He didn’t die from the hands of another young Black male; he died from the hands of a Hispanic White man. That’s a whole new reality, but the realities are still the same,” McKnight later told the MSR.

“We just want a resolution,” said Winnie Gregory of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She joined her daughter Nicole Hernandez, Coon Rapids, who heard about last week’s rally on KMOJ. “The first thing [that] comes to mind is injustice,” said Hernandez.

Belsito told the outdoor audience that racial profiling must be addressed.

“We hear about millions of people who are wrongly accused. You are guilty until proven innocent. This story is all too common. We are here today in solidarity for justice for Trayvon Martin, but this isn’t an isolated incident. This has been happening for hundreds of years. There are thousands of Trayvon Martins,” admitted the Metro State junior.

“Black men are accustomed to being treated as suspicious characters — driving, walking or standing while Black in public. This has to stop,” continued Marcus Harcus, a North Minneapolis community organizer. He told the crowd, “I, too have been accused of being a suspicious character. I [don’t] have a criminal record.”

Local rapper Brother Ali told the audience, “We find some way to blame the victim [for] what happens to him, and let the killer off the hook.” He later told the MSR that some of his family members “are straight out racists, and other ones don’t consider themselves racist but they didn’t value Black people… I learned from the Black is Beautiful movement.”

“[Martin] wasn’t killed by a hooded sweatshirt. It was a gun,” said local attorney Jacob Frye, a member of Protest Minnesota. He said afterwards that he fed off the crowd’s energy. “When you got so many enthusiastic people out there…it gives you a little juice to speak your mind,” admitted Frye.

As she expressed her concern over “the plight of young African American males,” St. Thomas Law Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds told the crowd that her nine-year-old son shared the same first name as Martin but spelled differently. She explained afterwards that the Martin tragedy “speaks to a larger question of the value of Black life” in this country, and brought back bitter memories of when she lived in Los Angeles. “A classmate of mine’s was shot in the back of the head in 1991,” she remembered.

“Negative stereotypes” also are being used to justify Martin’s untimely death, believes Levy-Pounds, who added that if “a Black man shooting an unarmed White boy [had taken place instead], he would have been brought in [to police custody] so fast, our heads would…spin.”

“Trayvon could’ve been me,” admitted U-M senior Sam Ndely. “I remember being a 17-year-old and thinking about going to college and my future. It’s unfortunate that he lost his life in this way.”

“I wanted to get across the Black image and how that isn’t a justification for the death of a young innocent Black man,” said Georgia native Sherese Taylor, a senior at the University of Minnesota. She noted that she also was surprised with the huge turnout. “Rarely at the university [do] you see Black faces as much… You see them walking past, but you rarely see them together as one, as a community.”

Before he spoke to the crowd, El-Kati told the MSR, “The relevant question isn’t whether or not [the alleged person who killed Martin] is Hispanic or White. He could’ve been Black and did the same thing because of the doctrine of White supremacy. We never have defeated White supremacy or sufficiently challenged it.”

“I think we have to take a serious look not only at our homes but also in our community,” surmised McKnight. “We have all these committees and all these different systems that make policies that make things like the murder of Trayvon Martin possible. We got to be in the habit of getting involved on the policy end of it.”

“This is a new chapter and a new beginning,” believes Muhammad. “Nobody wants to stay where we have been; we want to move toward a better future.”

“Most of all, we got to know as a people that this is a serious time for us to wake up and take care of ourselves at all levels and every way imaginable,” McKnight said.


TOPICS: US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: trayvonmartin

1 posted on 04/10/2012 7:07:39 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I’ll stop racial programming as soon as it becomes illogical.


2 posted on 04/10/2012 7:10:11 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

“profiling” I mean, of course.


3 posted on 04/10/2012 7:11:14 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

Racial profiling? Ya mean like when CNNABCNBC went after George Zimmerman? That racial profiling


4 posted on 04/10/2012 7:14:24 PM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and drill)
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To: gorush
True enough! There is one indisputable fact about racial profiling - it works.
5 posted on 04/10/2012 7:15:50 PM PDT by Sir_Humphrey (Is it too late to save the country?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
He could’ve been Black and did the same thing because of the doctrine of White supremacy. We never have defeated White supremacy or sufficiently challenged it.”

That's all you need to read, and you see where this is coming from. "Victimhood", as taught in the Public Skoolz, and by Liberal College Professers, who learned it all in the Public Skoolz indoctrination centers.

As one politico so aptly put it to the OWS crowd "Get a job".

6 posted on 04/10/2012 7:19:15 PM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
He didn’t die from the hands of another young Black male; he died from the hands of a Hispanic White man

This is so funny!

7 posted on 04/10/2012 7:19:19 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Before he spoke to the crowd, El-Kati told the MSR, “The relevant question isn’t whether or not [the alleged person who killed Martin] is Hispanic or White. He could’ve been Black and did the same thing because of the doctrine of White supremacy. We never have defeated White supremacy or sufficiently challenged it.”

Right, even if it had been black on black it would have
been because of “white supremacy”. Got it.


8 posted on 04/10/2012 7:19:37 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: South Dakota
We have to start rejecting their narrative. This isn't about racial profiling. It's about political power that certain people are trying to grab. Nothing more. Don't even give them the respect of arguing this with them. The left has no interest in a dialog. They want to lay a guilt trip on the great unwashed and us it as a basis of gaining more political power at our expense. Don't fall for it.
9 posted on 04/10/2012 7:20:57 PM PDT by Sir_Humphrey (Is it too late to save the country?)
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To: traditional1

These people, with their call and response, their
pat excuses, their over charged emotions,
do they understand how close to
being brown shirts they are?


10 posted on 04/10/2012 7:22:20 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"make things like the murder of Trayvon Martin possible"

A college-educated dumbass.

"Murder"? The facts are unknown, but since it was a black kid that got shot in a one-on-one confrontation, it's "Murder"?

What happened to the "innocent until proven guilty" that a previous "demonstrator" mentioned applied to Zimmerman?

Oh....that's righ.....equal treatment doesn't apply to HIM....he's not black enough.

11 posted on 04/10/2012 7:24:51 PM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: tet68

I agree, racial profiling should end and as soon as Rev. Jackson and Rev. Sharpton stop.


12 posted on 04/10/2012 7:25:21 PM PDT by JohnD9207 (Santorum...the only Conservative in the race.)
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To: tet68
"do they understand how close to being brown shirts they are?"

Tut, tut, tut.

NOT "Brown Shirts"....."Shirts of Color" in today's parlance.

13 posted on 04/10/2012 7:27:36 PM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: gorush

Ever notice how when these people try to explain their cause, they can’t articulate it? Every time they say something it contradicts their previous sentence.

For entertainment, I like to ask young liberals why they support Obama. The range of answers will make you laugh.


14 posted on 04/10/2012 7:29:15 PM PDT by MNnice
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To: Tailgunner Joe
“Black men are accustomed to being treated as suspicious characters — driving, walking or standing while Black in public."

And white folks are accustomed to being treated as targets if they are alone in a less than all-white neighborhood, and sometimes even then.

15 posted on 04/10/2012 7:29:54 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“a Black man shooting an unarmed White boy [had taken place instead], he would have been brought in [to police custody] so fast, our heads would…spin.”

Well, that’s reassuring!!

Nightstick wielding black panthers calling for a “bloody race war” against whites?

Hey, no problem!! No need for the DOJ or LE to get involved.

*White child doused with gasoline and set on fire by blacks? NO Problem!!
*White man on life support after hammer beating by two black teenagers? NO problem!!
*78-year old White man beaten by 6 blacks while yelling “Kill that White Man!”

No media outrage, no marches, no calls from Zerobama, no vigils.

Are their lives worthless?


16 posted on 04/10/2012 7:31:40 PM PDT by Bon of Babble (The Road to Ruin is Always Kept in Good Repair)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

These white, liberal morons will be the first casualties when the black racist savages decide it’s time to kill the honkies.

I’ll take in and shelter who I can, but I sure as hell won’t be sending out rescue teams to search for them. I hope they realize that.


17 posted on 04/10/2012 7:33:22 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Wilson recalled how a friend of hers “cried on the phone” after hearing replays of the 911 call with Martin and the man who shot him: “You could hear Trayvon in the background, screaming for help. That broke her heart, and broke my heart,” she said.

Proving--yet again--that people will hear only what they want to hear.

18 posted on 04/10/2012 7:38:55 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: tet68

El-Kati sounds like he might be a few sand dunes short of a desert.


19 posted on 04/10/2012 7:41:06 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare is like a stool sample. You have to pass it to see what's in it.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Unreal how many people are manipulated and duped by the media and their Pravda on the Potomac.


20 posted on 04/10/2012 7:44:23 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Quotas and preferences are “racial profiles” Let’s get rid of those first.

Then they can stop the crime and violence and abuse, study and work hard, mind their own busines, and the ‘profiling” stops.

Deal?


21 posted on 04/10/2012 7:47:50 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Tawana Brawley, Anita Hill, King Rodney, OJ, Duke Lacrosse, Thugvon Martin. See a pattern?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Thousands last week peacefully stood, marched, sang and chanted outside University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium

Prove it! I don't believe anyone was there.

22 posted on 04/10/2012 7:49:10 PM PDT by donna (Mitt? NEVER!)
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To: donna
People like you have been predicting riots in the wake of the Martin killing by Zimmerman and are bitterly disappointed that your predictions have not come true.

Prayer is solving this cruel shooting and now Zimmerman is feeling the weight of those countless prayers for justice as he now goes on the lam seeking to somehow escape his conscience.
23 posted on 04/10/2012 8:23:21 PM PDT by Rooivalk
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To: Rooivalk

Did you mean to post to someone else?


24 posted on 04/10/2012 8:33:13 PM PDT by donna (Mitt? NEVER!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

He has more than enough camel dung to spread around, though.


25 posted on 04/10/2012 10:01:09 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

There is zero evidence of racial profiling in the Martin-Zimmerman incident. Once the cr@p manufactured by the race baiters was shown to be false. Zimmerman’s only mention of the “suspect’s” race was in response to a question from the police dispatcher. “Is he white, hispanic or black”, to which the reply was “He LOOKS black”. He wasn’t even saying that Martin was black, just that he looked black.


26 posted on 04/10/2012 10:50:27 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: Bon of Babble
“a Black man shooting an unarmed White boy [had taken place instead], he would have been brought in [to police custody] so fast, our heads would…spin.”

Umm, George Zimmerman was taken into police custody, as soon as the EMT's treated his injuries. Then he was released for lack of evidence of a crime having been committed, and plenty of evidence saying it was self defense.

27 posted on 04/10/2012 10:54:51 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: Bon of Babble
“a Black man shooting an unarmed White boy [had taken place instead], he would have been brought in [to police custody] so fast, our heads would…spin.”

Umm, George Zimmerman was taken into police custody, as soon as the EMT's treated his injuries. Then he was released for lack of evidence of a crime having been committed, and plenty of evidence saying it was self defense.

28 posted on 04/10/2012 10:55:23 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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