Local Rally Set For Trayvon Martin At U Of M

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There were more demonstrations this weekend over the killing of a Florida teenager.

Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot last month in the town of Sanford, Fla. The man who shot him has claimed self defense and has not been charged.

Members of the New Black Panther Party are offering a $10,000 bounty for the capture of George Zimmerman — the man who shot Martin.

A grand jury is set to decide whether or not charges should be brought against gunman Zimmerman, on April 10.

Here in Minnesota, local supporters are holding a rally on Thursday at the University of Minnesota.

They are calling it the “One Million Hoodies March for Trayvon Martin.” The rally starts at 6 p.m., at Northrop Plaza. A flier for the event asks participants to come out in their hoodies to show support.

Project Minnesota will also be holding a meeting for a community plan for reducing gun violence at 3 p.m. Sunday, in response to Martin’s death.

  • See BS

    What about that 3 year old who got shot in North Minneapolis?

    Pick and choose outrage I guess

    • Just sayin'

      Seems you have your results mixed up with your causes.

    • J real

      Stop comparing deaths, regardless of the matter a child is dead. In the Minneapolis death what are we going to do about every idiot that thinks they are gang members? This case is completely different, no matter what a child did not have to die based on the color of his skin and nothing even happened to the shooter.. :Where’s your mind at.”

      • Uncle Rico

        @J real- We don’t know that he died for the color of his skin, the public has decided that it was for wearing a “hoodie” though, obviously. Where’s your head at? Your assumptions and ease of buy in to the lynch mob ways are why the rational thinkers have a hard time taking stunts like this protest seriously.

      • Uncle Rico

        um, no, thats what you “think” he said. No one knows, its inaudible, thats why the FBI is working with the audio. Some think he said “punks.”

  • Just Sayin

    I like how rallies like this are how this culture approaches problems RATHER then doing a self-examination to see why they are viewed in this way. This would be the expectation if it were ANY other group of people rather then beating the war drums of racism. This approach has yielded virtually zero positive results.

    • Real Talk

      Yeah…but these rallies arent as bad as the vigils….those are the worst

  • See BS

    In 1925 the Democrats marched in Washington DC wearing their “hoodies”

    Does the U of M even teach history at all?

    • Sum Guy

      The Democrats See BS is talking about were the KKK. No they do not teach history anymore. I will reserve judgement on Teayvon until the facts come out and not buy into the hype.

      • JJ

        You mean you are waiting on something to defend Zimmerman with?

    • Just sayin'

      The gangster image attached to “Hoodies”? Now what the f—-

    • Uncle Rico

      But it gets ten attention and that’s all the majority of them want. These are the kinds of people that find it impossible to do good for others naturally without feeling the need to be recognized for it, or tell other people about it. Our society is one ugly place of consistently misdirected motivation.

  • Brett

    Yep, here we go down the road of vigilante justice, courtesy of the mass media and groups like the black panther party. So, a group like the black panthers can put out a “bounty” on someone, and get away with it? Tell me, what will the black panthers DO with Zimmerman once they have him in their “custody” and paid the “bounty”?

    • Uncle Rico

      Big talk from another worthless “person.” Hey Lonnie, I put “person” in quotes, but you’re probably to stupid to know why. LONG LIVE INTELLIGENT HUMAN BEINGS

  • Joe Hanson

    Where is the OUTRAGE about black on black killings?

    • scott alan

      Discussing crime is racist.

      • Kevin

        No kidding……your speaking to the choir!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • essteeshaw

    Ya know, too bad someone got killed but somethin’ don’ smell A-OK here. I don’ think the boy was simply sayin’ his prayers. Has to be two sides to this. Not blamin’ the kid or sayin’ it shouldda gotten that extreme, simply sayin’ I doubt he’s all innocence and angel wings. The other dude got bloodied up somehow.

    95% of the “protesters” are, gee, surprise, black. The situation has already been looked at ever’ which way but loose and they ain’t found nothing illegal that the other dude done did. If there wuz a snowball’s chance a’hangin’ ‘im ya knows dang well they wouldda already ‘rested the dude.

    Time ta leave it alone and tell Al Sharpton ta go and be offended ’bout sumphin’ else now.

    • Uncle Rico

      If you need an ID to vote, which is something normal people have no problem producing, your suggestion could turn out to be a real problem.

  • Mr D

    Time to break out my FUBU jacket and head down to the rally.

  • Pete

    From what I’ve read in the news, there is much more to this story that supports the actions taken by the Orlando police that responded. I think there is another strong effort here to divide the people by amping up the extremes.

    • stubby

      Pete, if this had been 2 black guys, nobody would have given it a second thought, reguardless if there was an arrest or not.

  • stubby

    Young men have been getting killed in north mpls. for decades. Where is the outrage in the black community? Where have the protests been for these young men? It’s only when a white kills a black is there outrage. Zimmerman isn’t even white, but his skin is white enough. Tired of this double standard…it’s no big deal in the media when a black kills another black, but let a white guy do it and it’s the worst thing to happen since Oswald shot Kennedy.

    • The other 99%

      Zimmerman is not a white he is Hispanic

      • Uncle Rico

        Shhhhh!!!!! Don’t tell the truth, it doesn’t make for good media.

      • Jo

        Zimmerman is Mexican and White.

        • 1twinsfan

          Zimmerman is white of Hispanic descent. He would be classified as white only if his mother weren’t Hispanic. Due to the connection/origination to Spain, Hispanics can be white.

    • Mo MOsa

      You are missing the point. Of course someone right now has been murdered while I’m typing this, Black, White, Orange, yellow but the fact is, a MAN shot in cold blood a 17 Year old kid and the police allowed him to walk out of the station n the very clothes he killed the young man in. Take race out of the equation and you still have blatant murder and no way in hell should he be walking free. These murders in Minneapolis, do the police know who are doing them? have they NOT been arrested but known about? The disrespect of this child’s life is baffling. . .it doesn’t matter where it happened, it was murder and he needs to be jailed and yea it does have to do with race. If This was a black man who killed a white boy or anyone lighter skinned, he’d already have a Death Penalty Toe tag. . .period.

      • jackactionhero

        When do black men do foot security as a neighborhood watch?

      • Uncle Rico

        You’re wrong. 1) It hasn’t been proven to be murder, fact. 2). The cab driver that was just killed in North Minneapolis was white and the killer was, drum roll please, BLACK. Fact, period. Our president doesn’t care about him though, and white people don’t get handouts for crying and complaining all day so any outrage has been conveniently swept under the rug. You’re thoughts and points are worthless and should be alarming to you.

  • Spook

    Get over this. 99 out of 100 times the black kid would have been up to no good. He can thank his own people for what happened to him. Sick and tired of everybody feel sorry for the black kid. Blacks kill blacks everday and their are no rallies around it.

  • just sayin

    Does this mean that since the U of M is state owned that the state of Minnesota is behind this protest. Just wondering

    • get a life

      Ah, no: since it is a PUBLIC location , the PUBLIC may assemble there for various reasons. Go get your own group.

  • Kevin

    Nice picture of a bunch of “Black Panthers”……the KKK of the black race. Indeed pick and choose your “outrage”………

  • A Mother





    • scott alan

      Violent thoughts determined by you of course. Abolished will be the job of the speech committee. I hope to God you are a teenager and not an adult with your Communist totalitarian attitude towards the people of the country who are less brilliant than you. Condescending and arrogant and smarter than everyone else.

      • Michele

        Actually, Scott, that would be a CHRISTIAN attitude, although I can see how you would get it confused, as they both begin with the letter “C”. And since when is it wrong to try to be smarter than anyone else? Seems to me that dumb has dominated the attitude of this country long enough.

        • Matt

          Anyone can claim a “CHRISTIAN” attitude there is many hate from people who have “CHRISTIAN” look at the republicans.

    • scott alan

      Violent thoughts determined by you of course. Abolished will be the job of the speech committee. I hope to God you are a teenager and not an adult with your Communist totalitarian attitude towards the people of the country who are less brilliant than you.

  • Ruth

    Except for his family and friends, no one heard of this kid until the media made a spectacle of it and the president had to throw in his two cents worth. Let the investigators do their job and let this story fade away.

    • Card Me

      Well, Obama tossing his two cents sure took the spotlight off his failed administration…Fast and Furious, unemployment, energy, banking and that Afghani thingy.
      I agree, let the investigation commence; may the truth come out.

      • Kevin

        White guilt is needed to win the election again!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Michele

      Ruth, but they didn’t, until the family pressed for it. That’s the scary thing. How would you like YOUR kid to walk out the door one night – and vanish?

      • jackactionhero

        I don’t let my kids walk around at night. There’s no place they need to be going.

  • Mr D

    The Obama administration has killed hundreds of Mexican’s and one federal agent Brian Terry through operation Fast and Furious. Their failed gun walking program was a ploy to change the US gun laws. They allowed thousands of firearms to cross the Mexican border knowing that hundreds of people would be killed with them.

    Where is your outrage? Everyone gets all worked up about one kid. Let’s blame The stand your ground law. Let’s blame Jeb Bush. Let’s blame handguns. Let’s blame rich white republicans. Yeah that will solve everything.

    • Just sayin'

      Seems you are talking like Fox news reports facts, instead of whatever will cause the most sensationalism.

  • Brett

    Where’s the outrage over the execution of a cab driver several days ago? Sure, the shooter was caught, but he is a violent repeat offender who did NO jail time for a *1st* degree aggravated robbery conviction. Where’s the outrage over a judge who let this thug completely off the hook?

    • stubby

      Because it was a black killing a white….liberial media doesn’t care about that….needs to be a white killing a black….now that’s something to get everyone worked up about.

  • TTT

    Why is there “New Black Panthers” there? Why are they not labeled a “Hate Group”?

    If the KKK or the Nazi Party was there, it would be “outrageous”.

    Don’t all three groups believe in “ethnic cleansing”?

    Why is it ok for one group and not the others?

    Like a few before me have posted, where are the rallies for black on black crime?

    Get a clue!

  • Michele

    Hey, here’s a thought. How about we focus on this one, poor dead kid, and his grieving family?

    • See BS

      Why just this one kid? Why not Terrell Mayes right here in our local community?

      Or does corporate mass media dictate what murders are worse than others?

      • Michele

        Fair enough, See BS. That’s fair enough.

    • Kevin

      You want ice in your Kool Aid?????

  • What a thought

    That’s you’re excuse, that “corporate media” is selecting who to grieve about–what next. The facts will come out. When we decide that a bunch of middle aged white guys paranoia should rule, we have lost it. Maybe fewer taxes will save us!

    • Michele

      There is one kid dead. He is dead. He isn’t coming back. His family mourns him. His mother cries for him. How about we stop justifying the crime and just be sad that there is one light less in the universe. How about we stop the quippy responses and the justifications? How about we just mourn this one less life?

  • RetroDude

    Black Panthers – just another overtly racist bunch of semi-literate cry babies too near sighted to examine the true source of their ‘problem’.

  • sickening

    A Latino shoots an African-American. The African-American contrived definition of racism states that the perpetrator must be in a position of social dominance and power. Interesting. Considering that the African American segment of the population is responsible for the largest percent of violent crime, much of it self inflicted gang violence, the outrage displayed here is the height of hypocrisy. This is just one more attempt by this subculture to avoid accountability and perpetuate their eternal victim status.

    • Exactly

      Couldn’t have been put more eloquently. Thanks!

  • Jo

    My heart goes out to Trayvon Martins mother and father. My heart also goes out to the ignorant people on this discussion panel posting hateful and racist remarks. The FACT remains that theres black on black, white on white, asian on asian, and hispanic on hispanic crime everyday. It just so happens that this story caught the attention of the media, and caught the hearts of many who have followed the story from day one. I don’t think ANY kind of killing is ok. I think as a human race, we should have more love and compassion for one another.

    • Please Read

      Hi Jo PLEASE tell me which is the most prevalent and extreme out of your examples. Because as I see it Black on Black results in murder on a weekly basis while ALL the others you mentioned result in injury BUT not MURDER. If there is to be an actual improvement in this area we need to hold Black people to the same standard as other minority groups such as Asian or Hispanic. DO NOT let this BS “no snitchin” mentality to continue unless you really WANT more people in the Black community to die. Like you said they are people and shouldn’t fear their neighbors!

    • da perv

      Don’t forget girl on girl.

  • Jo

    If this was your child, brother, uncle, nephew, how would you react? Never mind the color for a moment.

    • colorblind

      With a gansta driveby of course

  • Jeff "Gangsta" J

    You know those sweet, innocent pictures of Trayvon Martin that are posted all over the media? Um….those photos are about 10 years old.

    Here is the last known photo of him from his (now deleted) Facebook Page at age 17:

    Looks real innocent, huh?

    • Kevin

      Brilliant! You know the liberal media loves to control the mass….as seen in the last and in the current election….hold on to your white guilt arse……

    • Kevin

      Wow….judge and jury…….and insulting….must be a liberal……

      • Jo

        Did you listen to the 911 call, Kevin? Just wondering. P.S. I don’t do politics. They all lie.

    • Jeff "Gangsta" J

      And welfare and crime breeds more welfare and crime…..your point is?

      • Jo

        There is a higher percentage of Caucasian people on welfare than there are blacks. What was your point again?

        • Uncle Rico

          Wow. You need to calm down and think really hard about what you just posted. I hope you know that you are using slanted statistics to skew the argument in your favor, if you don’t know you’re doing that then just give up, you’re too dumb for todays standards of critical thought.

        • Jeff "Gangsta" J

          Actually, the percentages of black and white people who are on Welfare are roughly the same (about 38%), however the number of blacks who commit violent crimes who come from a Welfare family are 8 TIMES HIGHER than their white counterparts. Go do a Google on Race, Welfare, and Crime in America. THAT IS MY POINT. Oh, and one more thing: on the same day Trayvon was killed, 49 blacks were killed in the South side of Chicago. Where was Obama, Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson then? Apparently it is only newsworthy if a white person kills a black kid, but not when blacks kill other blacks. However, since black-on-black murder occurs hourly in this country, maybe it isn’t so newsworthy after all.

        • alicia52

          There are way more blacks and mexicans on welfarte than Whites…who has 5+ kids per mother only head of household family? 70% single mother headed housholds… Blacks do …who has 8+ kids per single family household …mexicans do.
          The country is 13% black…65% White …geniius..more Whites than blacks.
          Soon mexicans will outnumber Whites …then you blacks will be hiding in the hills …MEXICANS HATE BLACKS!

    • Mr D

      Interesting. Why would they take down his facebook page? It looks like there were pictures they didn’t want people to see.

      • Kevin

        Shhhhhh….go back to sleep……..shhhhhhhhhh

    • Jeff "Gangsta" J

      No, it is not the hooded sweatshirt nor the black skin; It was the smug gangsta wanna-be look on his face. Personally however, I feel that he was a victim of a senseless crime and I also feel that Mr. Zimmerman should be in custody because his actions did NOT fall under Florida’s Stand You Ground Law (Hell, even the original author of that Law said he should be in jail). My point is the broader problems with blacks in America. Yes, this was a sad incident, but fortunately, it is an isolated one (compared to black-on-black murders). But when you have the New Black Panthers set out a bounty on Mr. Zimmerman claiming that “we will do what the police won’t”, doesn’t that fall into the category of vigilantism? The same type of vigilantism that Mr. Zimmerman allegedly perpetrated against Trayvon? I call that Hypocrisy.

      • Michele

        Smug? Excuse me, but that was a happy smile, not a smug one. I don’t know anything about the New Black Panthers, and I don’t want to defend them. But don’t malign the dead.

    • alicia52

      It’s the black skin, the hoodie, and the fact that 90% of crime is committed by blacks.

    • Michele

      He’s a seventeen year old KID! Do you get that at ALL?

      • Please Read On

        At Seventeen you can be charged as an adult so to say he is a KID is quite ridiculous. PLUS I feel that Black children have ADULT situations forced on them because their parents decided its actually WORK to raise a child. It makes me sick to my stomach when I see these Ghetto women beating on their kids because they are too ignorant to be a REAL Mother.

  • Bonnie Ebert

    This is case for the police and then if needed a judge and jury to decide .N OT A BUNCH OF TROUBLE MAKERS I GUESS THEY NEED MORE PEOPLE HURT OR KILLED? do any of these protesters ever go to work? you know do they have jobs? OR IS IT THERE JOBS TO CAUSE MORE TROUBLE/DAMAGE AND PAIN FOR OTHERS? jUST ASKING??????

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