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ASU students conduct rally in support of Trayvon Martin

Albany State University student Cassius Watkins holds a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona Iced Tea while wearing a hoodie along with other students during Friday’s march and rally on campus in support of Trayvon Martin.

Albany State University student Cassius Watkins holds a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona Iced Tea while wearing a hoodie along with other students during Friday’s march and rally on campus in support of Trayvon Martin.

ALBANY, Ga. — Wearing a hoodie became a demand for justice at Albany State University Friday.

Students marched from a residential hall on the east side of the campus at 6 p.m. to the amphitheater on the west side and shouted demands.

“What do we want? Justice!”

When do we want it? Now!”

Hoodie-clad, unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood watch volunteer 28-year-old George Zimmerman.

Saying he fired in self-defense, Zimmerman was not arrested. The shooting set off nationwide protests calling for Zimmerman’s arrest. The case is under investigation by the FBI among other law enforcement agencies.

“It’s been what? Weeks and nothing is done. We wanted to add our voice to the call for justice,” said Clarence Washington, Student Government Association president. “Trayvon was really racially profiled and murdered.”

More than 100 students turned out for the march. Referencing previous hoodie marches in the country, Dimitri Nader spoke to the crowd.

“I want to thank you for your participation in today’s million hoodie march for Trayvon Martin,” Nader said. “Showing your support, wearing your hoodies, truly makes an impact not only on campus but in the nation. A severe injustice has been committed and as sons and daughters, African-Americans and human beings we must see to it that this doesn’t continue.”

“Martin Luther King said it best,” said Elisha Ravenna, “’Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’”

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MRKIA 2 years, 5 months ago

I SEE IT TAKES A NATIONAL NEWS EVENT TO BRING THESE MARCHERS OUT. WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE YOUNG MAN WAS SHOT AND KILLED AT THE CAR WASH? IS IT BECAUSE ALBANY MURDER VICTIMS ARE NOT WORTH THE TROUBLE OR SOME PARTICULAR RACE? WHEN THEY START MARCHING FOR WORTHY LOCAL CAUSES AND SPEAK OUT ON WHAT IS WRONG HERE, I'LL BE THE FIRST TO HEAP ON THE PRAISE.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 5 months ago

A black man was arrested and convicted, case closed. Learn the facts.

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Somebody 2 years, 5 months ago

Violence is violence whether a person is convicted or not. Besides that guy should have gotten the death penalty, therefore there is no justice being done here. That victim is dead, while the killer is still alive, so the case isn't closed.

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Somebody 2 years, 5 months ago

Besides that case had hard evidence and real eyewittnesses that actually saw the man shoot that man at the car wash, not make believe eyewittnesses in this Zimmerman case.

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MRKIA 2 years, 5 months ago

LEARN THIS FACT: MAYBE YOU CAN READ BUT YOU SURE AS HE!! DON'T COMPREHEND.

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iko 2 years, 5 months ago

Now we know the truth: NBC NEWS DOCTORED ZIMMERMAN 911 TAPE FOR VICTIM PIMPS AND CIVIL RIGHTS RACKETEERS. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/nbc-fires-producer-over-edited-zimmerman-911-call-201124740.html

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chinaberry25 2 years, 5 months ago

Or cleaning the cemeteries of their ancestors. This does not get done because white folks do not do it. All they care about are cell phones and getting noticed.

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reb_arty1863 2 years, 5 months ago

Start a new trend, make all hoodies with targets on them.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 5 months ago

You must be lost, this is what the march is about.

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Somebody 2 years, 5 months ago

You must be dumb! Read the post again...the post said to make the hoodies with targets on them. That is not what the march is about.

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43cop 2 years, 5 months ago

I agree with MRKIA if these so-called marchers were marching for something they had all the facts on, most people would support them. They just march, I guess Jessie and Al have shown them by example that it doesn't matter if you are right or wrong, JUST MARCH. All this causes is disruption, discontent and disguist from most law abiding citizens, but get all your facts straight before you wear your "hoodies" and just plain get in the way with your marches. As usual, ASU starts something to create just "because" and here comes the NAACP to get in the middle of it. Wonder what they would do if there was an organzation called "NAAWP", bet it would be march.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 5 months ago

The NAACP was started by whites and blacks, the organization is for all races, you should join.

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Somebody 2 years, 5 months ago

National association advancement of colored people. Doesn't say National association advancement of all people.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 5 months ago

You have no idea of what you talking about. These marchers are simply tired of their fellow men and women getting killed and their crimes go without a decent investigation or just swept under the rug. Thats really what this is about. The attempted "cover up" of this murder did not work and people (black and white) are speaking out against it. Racial profiling needs to stop.

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Somebody 2 years, 5 months ago

If you are tired of fellow men and women getting killed, then why are they not marching for all the other times one gets killed? Course if you did that, you would be marching 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and twice on sundays. That nude man found on westtown, why arn't you marching for that? I guess it's more convenient to march when a non black kills a black, even in self defense.

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tywebb 2 years, 5 months ago

Why do you think there's a cover up? the cops brought him in, questioned him, the prosecutor said that there's not enough evidence to arrest, so he was released. The cops didn't do anything wrong, yet that's all you hear about. IF there was evidence to arrest him and then was let go, then by all means, be up in arms (figuratively)! BUT the evidence suggests it was self-defense. Was the attack provoked? maybe yes, maybe no. but that's why there's a "decent investigation" going on right now. And there is NO, NONE, NADA, ZIP, ZILCH evidence that martin was racially profiled! Unless, of course, you believe the NBC doctored 911 tapes. Just because an incident occurs between 2 different races doesn't mean it was racial! Geez. Quit fanning the flames of racism when there's NO proof!

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 5 months ago

Those of you who are speaking out against people marching and speaking up for justice are just showing your true colors. There is nothing wrong with these kids demonstrating. Its about time they did something and you should support their right to demonstrate whether you agree with them or not.

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Somebody 2 years, 5 months ago

Stick a sock in it coach, put your hoodie on, go buy a bag of skittles and a can of tea and join the rest of those idiots on the march.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 5 months ago

Somebody, practice what you preach.

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Somebody 2 years, 5 months ago

You need to practice reading and minding your own business. And you can stick a sock in it as well, buy a bag of skittles and tea and join coach with the rest of those idiots.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 5 months ago

Let's go back over the indisputable facts from a couple days ago. It might help bring perspective to this friendly discussion:

US Murder/Violence Statistics: 1. 90% of homicides of Blacks are committed by Blacks. 2. 65% of violent crimes against Blacks are committed by Blacks.

Therefore I would expcect that 90% of the "marching and speaking out" would coincide with the above. But somehow it doesn't seem that way to me..........................

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Somebody 2 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, somehow it seems like they are talking about Martin and Martin only. The other blacks killed doesn't seem to be of any significance to them. If you are going to protest against violence, fine, but just don't hand pick them, which is what these idiots are doing here. If a black man had shot and killed Martin, no one would have thought anything about it. It's all good in the hood bro, that's how we do it.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 5 months ago

Blacks get arrested, what world do you live in?

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Somebody 2 years, 5 months ago

Like I said earlier, Violence is violence whether one is arrested or not. The goal should be to end violence before it happens not after it happens, and that's for all violence not just a non black Vs black violence, so what world do you live in? Better yet, crawl back under your rock, whatever planet that is on.

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CJ_Fan 2 years, 5 months ago

Coach I support their right to march. I do however think they are marching for the wrong thing. They should be marching as examples of what a good education can do to elevate youth out of the stereotypical life of a black youth. ie most likely to be a gangster, a thief, unemployed due to lack of education and job skills and the list goes on and on. As long as the Black Community continues to embrace the Stereotype that is what will be seen by other non-black groups. Once the Black Community starts shining a light on their good side and dims the lights on their bad side then others will also begin to see the good side too. If everyone wants to wear hoodies and support the bad in your community then don’t expect the rest of us to be able to figure out who is good and who is not. ASU should have marched to be examples of the Black future and not the black stereotype. The Stereotypical is what they should be marching against and trying to improve their image as a good part of society. As they say “Your reputation precedes you” if you want your reputation changed you must work to change it and stop just adding fuel to the fire or it will never change. Show the world by example you are not all the same and stop telling us you are not the same just because you said so. The Stereotype black male was created by black males if you want it changed you should be talking to black males.

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Somebody 2 years, 5 months ago

Smartest thing you've said all day.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 5 months ago

You of all people are in no position to tell Black Youths what they need to do.

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CJ_Fan 2 years, 5 months ago

You are correct I was talking to YOU as a Leader of the black youth and not them directly. If you like the current Stereotype of black males then the world will continue to believe in the Stereotype. If YOU do not like the Stereotype of the black males then work to change the face of the Stereotype. Most of ASU does NOT fit into the Stereotype, but who would know it when there are a few acting to reinforce it.

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agirl_25 2 years, 5 months ago

I don't know how much a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona Iced Tea cost, but I honestly think that the 100 kids who participated in the march who bought the candy and tea could have done a better service if they had bought some canned goods and donated them to the rapper fellow that Carlton wrote about who was collecting food for the hungry. Did the picture of the youth carrying the tea and candy mean that was a symbolic gesture, that all the participants carried the same thing? I guess I am going to be called a racist and someone will say I don't care and don't want justice. Wrong....I do, but like many, I am burned out. In light of the story about the young man trying to feed hungry people and then seeing a bunch of kids marching with candy and tea, it just seems ridiculous to me, when the money could have been put to better use and in all honesty, I don't think many people truly cared about the march.

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Somebody 2 years, 5 months ago

Makes one wonder if Trayvon was carrying drugs and alcohol distributing them to children if these marchers would be supporting Martin by going around distributing drugs and alcohol to children as a symbolic gesture. You're right, their time, money and effort would have been better served helping that rapper donating to hunger rather than supporting thugs that go around attacking people.

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Somebody 2 years, 5 months ago

Why wasn't these people marching and protesting when that sweet little girl got beat up by her mother's boyfriend? Oh wait a minute, he was black, nevermind.

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tocar 2 years, 5 months ago

The mentality of some of the blacks is pathetic. When investigations are done the guidelines are the same for all cases regardless of race. Some cases have more facts or evidence than others. If an investigation is not done according to what a black thinks should be done, they ridicule, complain and march. There are both black and white investigators in law enforcement. Grow up and stop _itching about everything including hand-outs that you receive because you are too sorry to work or get an education and live a morally decent life. I am sad that all of your street children have to suffer because of your sorry self.

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CJ_Fan 2 years, 5 months ago

“Those of you who are speaking out against people speaking up for justice are just showing your true colors.”

coachjohnson42

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MORE BS Coach double talk. May I remind you Coach YOU are the biggest critic of people speaking up for justice for our school kids when the STATE has Evidence of lying, cheating, and stealing of the kids futures by teachers. I guess because NBC did not edit (like Zimmerman’s 911 call) the Evidence for you it is not believable. Just keep drinking the cool-aid because once again we have seen "your TRUE color".

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 5 months ago

Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere!!!! keep up the fight Coach, stand up for basic human rights, John Locke, Thomas Hobes, Bubbavet and others have paved the way.

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Somebody 2 years, 5 months ago

Paved the way to ignorance that is.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 5 months ago

Somebody, please study your history. First assignment: Civil Society, this should give you a good understanding, which should be reflected in your future comments.

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Jacob 2 years, 5 months ago

when are they going to march for that dead guy found on the mattress by the river?

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Hawk59 2 years, 5 months ago

Such a sad world we live in.....World starvation, Diseases, Running out of fresh water, The collapsing Economy, Disasters like we've never seen in our life time, Aurora lights that can be seen as for south as the Midwestern states, No peace in the Middle East, Gas prices rising for no reason at all, Government that has been dysfunctional for the last 12 plus years, Total collapse of family values and morals, and finally the sad fact that we still can't see past race and color....MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON MANKIND.....

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Outtahere 2 years, 5 months ago

The outrage in this case is MORE THAN the death of Trayvon. It is more that Zimmerman. This is about injustice for minority youths. Also, the police cheif gets paid over $100,000 a year. He should have handled the case in a different way and that is why he has temorarily stepped down. Why should someone make that much money and can't even do their job properly? The media has done a great disservice to everyone and they are to blame for many of the misconceptions out there. I understand people call him a "thug" because they've seen so many other "thugs" act like low lives but that doesn't make him one. We just don't have all the facts yet. Zimmerman is guilty of being overzealous. I think he had a "hero syndrome" and should NOT have been a neighborhood watchman, but that does not make him a racist. As we see now he has had several run in's with the law and is in no way fit to be "watching" over anyone. Hopefully resolve will come sooner than later.

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MRKIA 2 years, 5 months ago

HERES ONE POST THAT MAKES SENSE.

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Hawk59 2 years, 5 months ago

Enough with the racist bull. This case is as simple as RIGHT and WRONG. And by the way, wearing a hoodie , sporting gold teeth, and using certain language alone does not make a thug. Thugs are all types of different colors and races....Yes even white thugs, if you don't believe me, visit South Florida.

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tywebb 2 years, 5 months ago

well, that IS one way to make a thug. Of course, there are other ways. don't forget the sagging pants!

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