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A demand for Civil Rights and Justice for All

Rally for Justice speakers insist: Stand up, vote and take charge

Diane Xavier | 7/26/2013, 12:20 p.m.
Thousands of Dallas County citizens rallied in front of Dallas City Hall on Saturday to demand justice for all citizens. Diane Xavier

“You don’t have the right to remain ignorant today. Rise up, because I tell you no other help is coming and this nation cannot save us. We must save ourselves,” Commissioner John Wiley Price urged the crowd of 3,500 other people that rallied in front of Dallas City Hall on Saturday at a Justice For

Trayvon Rally hosted by Friendship West Baptist Church.

The rally was one of several held throughout the United States in honor of the unarmed teenager from Sanford, Fla., that died at the hands of George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain. The jury in the case found Zimmerman not guilty. The verdict has shocked millions of people across the nation.

Watching the trial, Alice Comer couldn’t help but wonder whether it was really the year 2013.

During the rally, Comer held a sign that read, “2013 trial and a 1913 jury,” in response to the not guilty verdict given by an all-female jury – which included no Blacks – that acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.

“The jury had the mind sent of a jury back in the day, an all-White jury,” Comer said. “We had a young Black male on trial to defend his death. The evidence presented by the prosecution was very weak and it just makes me feel they were all in cahoots with each other. The prosecution had so many angles they could have worked on and they didn’t. They didn’t show the contrast between a grown man and a child. That was the real travesty of it all.”

Comer and her friend, Wayne Glover, battled the 100-plus degree heat, to show their support of Martin at the rally. Both held signs and carried an Arizona iced tea along with a Skittles candy bag around their neck – the snack that Martin carried as he walked home from a convenient store when Zimmerman confronted him on Feb. 26, 2012.

“Trayvon was guilty of WWB – walking while Black,” Glover said. “He was found guilty and he was executed and profiled while walking because he was Black. It’s a disgrace to this society to have someone commit murder and be able to be set free. Shame on America for allowing this to happen. And if they don’t do anything about this, then they have to live with this for the rest of their life. I don’t know how they can look themselves in the mirror. Zimmerman killed an innocent child for nothing and for just walking home with iced tea and Skittles. He’s found guilty of walking while Black. That was his crime.”

Glover said what this case highlights is the prejudice that still exists today.

“Racism is still alive and it shouldn’t last this long,” he said. “We have to educate our kids and let them know that we are a part of this country like White people are. Stop being so racist. We should be able to walk the streets at night without being profiled. My kids have the right to walk just like anybody else’s child at 7 o’clock at night.”