Sandusky High students march for Trayvon

From afar, their chant was vaguely perceivable: "No justice, no peace ... No justice, no peace.'
Emil Whitis
Mar 31, 2012

 

From afar, their chant was vaguely perceivable: “No justice, no peace ... No justice, no peace.”

As they neared the corner of Jackson and Market streets, the shouts grew unmistakable, much like the messages scribbled in black marker on the neon posterboards they carried.

Emblazoned on one: “My hood doesn’t mean I’m a criminal.”

On another: “R.I.P. Trayvon Martin.”

Thursday afternoon, about 30 Sandusky High students donned hoodies and set out on a mile-long march through the city, protesting the Feb. 26 fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Trayvon, 17, was returning from a store with a bag of skittles and an iced tea when he was shot dead by community watchman George Zimmerman.

Trayvon, who was black, was wearing a hoodie that night.

Zimmerman, described as both white and Hispanic, told police Trayvon attacked him.

The incident has sparked outrage and protests nationwide from people who say the killing was racially motivated.

Police haven’t charged Zimmerman.

And while the shooting played out in a Florida community about 1,000 miles south of Sandusky, the distance did nothing to dilute the voices of this city’s black teenagers.

“It doesn’t just effect his family,” said Brandi Smoot, one of the Sandusky students who protested Thursday. “It effects everybody that cares about what’s right and what’s wrong. It could have been any one of us.”

The students wore hoodies as they marched from Sandusky High to downtown.

“We’re trying to support Trayvon Martin,” Tashay McDonald said. “His death was a horrible mess. He needs justice. His family needs justice.”

Brandi agreed.

“People need to understand they can’t just get away with killing people,” she said.

Some have called Trayvon’s death another instance of racial profiling, demonstrating that even a half century after the civil rights movement, racism is still alive and well in the U.S.

“The person that put powder in Kim Kardashian’s hair got arrested right on the spot, but the person that killed Trayvon Martin is still out,” Smoot said.

The teens said it doesn’t make sense that an alleged killer could continue to walk free in plain sight.

“If we understand it wasn’t right, then why doesn’t everybody else?” asked Destiny Knight.

The group said the know there is no such thing as true justice in this world, although one unidentified girl said this is no reason to shy away from the fight.

“It’s up to us to change that,” she said. “We need to make other people care about making this world right. We have to start here and then we’ll spread out.”

The teens’ march came on the heels of Sunday’s candlelight vigil in Washington park. More than 200 people gathered to support justice for Trayvon, while community leaders spoke out against racial profiling and prejudice.

“No matter what anybody says, I know that it’s still a black and white world,” Smoot said. “We need a bigger crowd.”

Comments

November India Golf

nice

mrjsiah

 Im glad to see young people doing something about this injustice. Now let the racist race bashing begin because we know by marching they are causing trouble 30 black kids together makes whites nervious . So they must be out doing something wrong.

November India Golf

i am disappointed there are so few marching... where is everybody ?

donutshopguy

 Will they march for Officer Dunn?

November India Golf

re donut guy... a march demanding justice for Officer Dunn would be racist...you silly rabbit

Smcc Alum

Its not a black and white world. He was hispanic. Why are we blaming whites? You can't just blame the white side of him can you? If he was shot by a black and white person "mixed" liberal media would probably blame the white side of him. This isnt a racial issue. Martin is not a 12 year old 5'6 choir boy who was just randomly shot because he was black. He is a 6'0 monster who was shot because he was pounding Zimmermans face in. Either way he didnt deserve to die and Zimmerman should go to jail. I just wish these teens wouldnt buy all the bull the media has fed them. Zimmerman is obviously guilty, but this should not be made a racial issue.

seenocolor

Smcc Student did you watch the video that Good Morning America showed of Zimmerman getting out of the police car?  He didn't have swelling or blood on his face, his shirt or the back of his head...show me where Trayvon Martin pounded his face in... 

Super Judge

As I recall there was a Officer Dunn march, it drew thousands of people from all over the country!

donutshopguy

 Don't think there was a march. There was a memorial service. There was a funeral procession. Don't remember any signs asking for justice.

Super Judge

Your wrong.

donutshopguy

 Super Judge,

"Thousands of people from all over the country."  

How did I miss something this big in this little town? 

ReallyGood

Donutshop, you are my best friend lol. I too don't understand where the race has to come into play. But I want to put one thing out there, and I am by no means prejudice or racist. But it's the black community that won't let slavery and racism die down. They are the first to throw it into any situation that will benefit them.

These thugs are out there shooting eachother, that doesn't grab the media's attention like this.

Black guys shoot white guys, that doesn't grab the media's attention like this.

Andy's murder (by a black man-criminal) didn't grab the media's attention like this. (and I am talking national media attention. where were the infamaous al and jesse to speak on behalf of him??)

Oh but wait for it, a hispanic, not even a caucasion shoots and kills a black male and that is it.

Seriously people, blacks are the prejudice ones anymore. Not the whites.

Katelih-Trailer...

Come on people...If you shoot and kill someone for losing a fight that you STARTED, you should at least be charged with something, right ? If the majority of you don't think so, then I have some people I want to start a fight with..They better hope that I am winning the fight, cause if not...I am gonna shoot and kill them. I am gonna start with the man who tried to over charge me for a number 3 combo meal.

SimpleEnough

Katelih, My 1st reaction to the shooting was "He was wrong", but then the media went and convicted him in the news, not in a court. Once the other information started rolling in I thought, let the investigators do their jobs, we weren't there and we don't know what Zimmerman saw, we don't know what all Martin did to make Zimmerman suspicious, we really don't know the facts, so I'm going to wait for the LEO's of Sanford do their jobs and I hope they are not pressured by outside forces.

 

SimpleEnough

Repeat post

 

 

Super Judge

I don't understand why there is such outrage over what Al and Jesse say? When was the last time either one of them had a comment that anyone actually took seriously? They are really more of a sideshow, just like most media personas.

Super Judge

Now thats funny!

6079 Smith W

Will POTUS Obama now institute a taxpayer funded "Hoodies for Trayvon" program?

His divide and conquer strategy in order to get re-elected is in full bore mode.

Will POTUS Obama make a TV appearance and ask for calm? No.

Some on the blogisphere fear that there will be riots in the inner cities.

Got your Obama hoodie?

http://investmentwatchblog.com/obama-2012-hawks-hoodie/

 

The Big Dog's back

 Gee winnie, hard to contain that racism huh?

Taxpayer

Aw, leave them ALONE!  They have a right to gather as Sandusky's future pillars of society.  After all, their role model is Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) who decided he was so SPECIAL and so ENTITLED he decided to disrupt the U.S. Congress in his true black panther conviction.  The EXACT same entitlement and being special is now on display in Sandusky.  So why be critical?  This is exactly what the residents of the city continue to cultivate for the future so leave them alone!  Hey, city residents, you get an A+ in your total failure of the liberal public school system, liberal teacher's UNION, and fine and outstanding success with your elected liberal, democrack leaders.  You should ALL be so proud of yourselves!  Ha! Ha!       

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Professor Playdoh

So...... what does it mean "No Peace"? Am I less safe in my home today?

 

SimpleEnough

Do me a favor kids, graduate, go out in the world and get a job, pay taxes don't take any government handouts and then tell me what is fair? Would fair be you get up everyday, go to work, raise a family and then return home only to folks hanging in the streets till all hours of the morning, have no taxible income, causing problems and stealing from folks while living off some one on the government gravy train and tell me "That's Fair". Because that is what is pulling society and communities down.

Julie R.

@ Smcc Student: Where did you hear that Martin was bashing Zimmerman's face in? That's not what the news said. They have a video of Zimmerman handcuffed and being taken into the cop station right after the shooting and he doesn't have a mark on him.

wiredmama222

Julie, his daddy was all over the new last night claiming Trayvon was bashing his nose in and slamming his head on the concrete sidewalk for ONE MINUTE.  on a tv broadcast with some florida reporter.  They aired that thing about 500 times last night on the news. 

The Big Dog's back

 Isn't funny that the zimmermans have to have a P R person?

Super Judge

katelih maybe you dont belong on this board, because you tend to make sense. Your post was valid.

SAHM

So, let me get this straight. If you are half black and half white, you are black. If you are half white and half hispanic, you are hispanic. If you are all white, you are white. Who makes this crap up?

This should not be a race issue because we are all of the human race. If the color of your skin doesn't matter for anything else (which it doesn't) then it shouldn't matter here, either. Media loves sensationalism. Those who follow it are devoid of wisdom.

wiredmama222

Professor, they mean if this Zimmerman guy doesn't get arrested, tried and CONVICTED there won't be any peace. 

At first it was just arrested. 

Then Sharpton and Jackson got involved and now its all the way to CONVICTED.  

I don't know how that happened but that is what they said on the tabloid crapola news last night on my saltelitte dish on channel 202 news.  whatever the heck that one is.  LOL 

That's all that was on, since there weren't any good movies on I watched Nancy Grace....pardon me while I gag a minute.....lol  

And that's what SHE said...lol  She is all for convicting this guy before they even arrest him  But's that's her.

Cityslicker

They might as well go over to the 700 block of Perkins, and march on the food store. The race card was flipped out, and cops called over some stupid bananas of all things.

Blacktigress

Now you see why our family do NOT go to black church's, their disgraceful with their teachings. And to to the straight A student who said, "My hood doesn't make me a criminal", thats true, but a SMART and WISE person would not want to dress like those who earned the reputation they have. Why isn't Ebenezer teaching these facts instead of throwing out good members who wish to stay fiscally sound?

Im so sick of the 'no justice no peace' saying, this makes our race sound like gansters, its a mob mentality from Sharpton/Jackson, whose ONLY income would vaporize if they didn't insite problems.

To the youth who marched, GROW UP, the reason there is racisism is because WE, the black race have given the world a reason to dislike us! Don't do the crimes, drugs, children by single parents, dress RESPECTFULLY, and over time you will EARN people respect! Its DUMB to think that living like the 'hood' is your right and you demand others respect you, don't be fools.  Again, this is why the black community do not like our family, we call it as we see it, there are issues on both sides.

wiredmama222

@ blacktigress      Lady, if you ever run for President, you got my vote.....you are one smart cookie. 

The Big Dog's back

 wiredmama, I know kottage kat is of southern heritage, are you?

The Big Dog's back

 Really black tiger? Blame the victims, yeah, that always seems to work.

seenocolor

Blacktigress  I saw the kids marching.  Actually, what I saw was a bunch of teens who were laughing and carrying on like they were on their way to a pep rally for a sporting event.   There was the chanting no justice no peace but who is going to take these kids seriously when just seconds ago they were just acting silly?

stepham2009

 @SMCC student

Why can't they blame the "white" side of Zimmerman? As the mother of 3 bi-racial children I can tell you from EXPERIENCES (note I put an S on the end there) that my son has been treated differently and assumed to be something he wasn't based SOLELY on the "black" side of his race.....My son wears a hoodie all the time.....not because he's a criminal...but because a winter coat is way to hot for him so he chooses to wear a hoodie....now should that AUTOMATICALLY make those around him or in law enforcement consider him a criminal? Because I can gaurantee if people would take the time to talk to him they would find out he works full-time and then some at Ford Motor company, he is a high school graduate and a married man....he lives on his own and takes care of himself and his wife without any help from anyone, and other than a few speeding tickets because he thinks he's the next Mario Andretti, he has NO CRIMINAL RECORD...he doesn't do drugs and he doesn't get into trouble......

Maybe had Zimmerman just asked Trayvon WHY he was in his neighborhood and found out that this young man was merely trying to get back home as quickly as he could MAYBE Trayvon would still be alive....

Blacktigress while I agree with you that SOME people of your race might make it hard for others to like them these kids felt they were doing something positive in a world where no one seems to want to hear their voice and irregardless this young man DID NOT deserve what he got that night......

Kottage Kat

Noit long ago a young man walked into a high school cafateria and shot and killed 3 people, one of whom was black. Where were the marches, where was the media outrage? I am confused as to why this has become the media circus it has, these things happen everyday in many cities, and little or no attention is paid to them. Could someone please explain to me why this is different. The mother in Chardon is forgiving and the community is healing, it is time to move on and let justice prevail in this situation. Where were Jesse and Al and Obama when Chardon's children were under attack?  Just questions with no answers.   Kat

MiddleRight

Apparently the Register missed their march for Andy Dunn when some thug shot him.

stepham2009

 SAHM

The federal government makes that crap up...when I had my 3 children I was told that by FEDERAL LAW they had to be listed as black because that is the race of their father...it goes back to the 20's-60's when the federal gov't made the 1/4 law which states that if your child has 1/4 of blood from another race they MUST BE considered THAT race only.......

Smcc Alum

 @Julie

Look at @wired's post, that answers your question.

@Stepham2009

Did I once say that your son was a criminal? NO! We are talking about Trayvon. What does your son have to do with any of this. I wear hoodies also, that does not make me a criminal. Lady, listen to me, Zimmerman did not shoot him for no reason. It has been reported many times now, that Zimmerman was attacked by Trayvon. Don't be deceived by his picture that the register and other left wing media put up. THat is from five years ago. Why dont you take some time to look at his Facebook Profile pictures, there is a huge differance. I think you should listen to some news or ask people about this because you think you know it all but you dont. You say, "Maybe had Zimmerman just asked Trayvon WHY he was in his neighborhood and found out that this young man was merely trying to get back home as quickly as he could MAYBE Trayvon would still be alive". Well Steph, answer this. How in Gods name, is Zimmerman going to ask Trayvon that question, when Zimmerman is on the ground getting his butt whooped. Trayvon attacked him, Zimmerman did not just shoot him because he saw him walking down the street. If Trayvon did not attack Zimmerman, he would still be alive today.

sanduskysteve

smcc student - apparently you did not watch the police department survielence video just hours after this incident.  Zimmerman was just fine and there was no blood from a broken nose and now fresh injuries to the back of his head either.  he was walking perfectly normal and there was nothing to indicate that this idiot had been beaten up by anyone.  and why couldn't the big guy push the little guy off of him.

trayvon had no weapons not even a knife on him to cause any kind of harm.  You can listen to all of those neighbor type witnesses all you want.  Could it be they are saying things like that because they are afraid of this lunatic policeman wannabe who has a gun?  He has continuously called the police on every black person he has seen in the neighborhood under false pretenses and was refused for the police academy.  I wonder why the refused him...  Generally there is some good reason for that.

Do your homework before spouting off things.  There is a lot of history behind this Zimmerman dude - not much around Trayvon.  The issue is that he was black and wearing a hoodie - that was his only guilty action that caused his death.  Besides the fact that Zimmerman called him a racial slur while on the phone ot 911.  have you listened in detail to that phone call?  It's under his breath, but you still hear it.  And I also don't buy that supposed friend of his stating he was calling him a goon, which is a term of "endearment"??  Why would someone use a term of endearment just before shooting him??  I'm not buying any of it - sorry.

SarahTonin

@sanduskysteve ...

Your post is exactly why we don't try cases in the media, the way this one is being tried:

Why was there no blood on the camera shot? Maybe he was taken to the hospital and cleaned up before being brought in (medical attention). I don't care what the bad video shows, I want to see the medical report! FACTS FACTS FACTS

Trayvon had no weapon? I guess you can't really hurt someone or put them in fear of their life with your bare hands? I don't favor Zimmerman carrying a gun at all. Did he have training? I know a little guy (about 5'4" and 135 pounds wet) that could very seriously hurt you, if not kill you with his bare hands. Does Florida have CCW? FACTS FACTS FACTS

What the neighbors are saying is irrevelant. They are not in court, sworn and liable for anything they say. They cannot be cross examined .. .yet. Treyvons family say he's an angel. Zimmermans family are saying he's a good boy too!

Everybody wait! Let the medical reports talk about Zimmermans injuries. Let the cops (there were several that wanted to charge him) tell their story. How is this going to happen .. in court! NOT ON CNN!!!

This is the same crap that happened with Casey Anthony. The media tries it first and everybody watches TV and gets hysterical!

sanduskysteve

sarah - if he had been stiched up at the hospital there wouldn't be any hair around the wound.   That's common.  The video shows hair - the original video doesn't appear to have any scar on it either - not sure where that came from in the other pictures posted by the republican news link that was posted earlier.

Also, if his nose was broken - there would have at least been some blood on his shirt and it would have for sure have been taped up if he had been at the hospital previous to being detained by the police.

Still doesn't add up.  Yes, the courts need to make the final decision - but he shouldn't be out running around free in the meantime.

Yes, Florida does have CCW permits - whether he has one or not, I don't know - but he should loose it during the investigation at least and be prohibited from having his gun.

The 911 tapes still show that he was mumbling racial slurs under his breathe around the same time he was told not to follow the kid.  If the kid wasn't in the area, then how did he beat Zimmerman up, unless Zimmerman pulled his gun and attempted to stop the victim.  Having a gun pulled on you may cause some kind of circumstance where you may attempt to defend yourself - in which case, it still is Zimmerman's fault.  There hadn't been any fight at that time - so the kid wasn't near him when he called 911 especially if he was walking away from Zimmerman who had to go follow him.  When did this fight occur anyway then?  Zimmerman knew the cops were going to be there very soon, there was no reason to get involved.

Zimmerman didn't want  yet another complaint to go without action from the police so he must have decided to take the law into his own hands.  This kind of activity usually causes the same results.

I'm still not convinced that the stories are true about the fight or how it happened.  But at this point in time, I don't see much to be on Zimmerman's side about.  just food for thought.

seenocolor

Smcc Student I suggest you listen to the first 911 call that Zimmerman made.  He was telling dispatch that he was following a suspicious person.  Zimmerman  was on the phone with the Sanford police dispatch and when the dispatch asked him if he was following him he said yes.  Dispatch told him 'we don't need you to do that'.  If Zimmerman would have left this kid alone and minded his own business, we wouldn't be talking about Trayvon Martin's death or George Zimmerman who shot him.  Have you noticed that Zimmerman's story keeps changing?  Guess not....

stepham2009

 REALLY GOOD

Try looking at statistics

Statically if a black man commits the SAME crime in the SAME way with the SAME criminal tools as a white man they WILL serve a sentence at least 2 to 3 times LONGER than their white counterpart and if they SHOOT or KILL a white person they can call it a wrap....

I'll bet my house that if Zimmerman had been black and Trayvon had been white Zimmerman would be facing the death penalty right................

 

 

SimpleEnough

Stepham2009, You have some anger in your soul.  

Pragmatic
  I am wondering….if this person was fully clothed – and had a hoodie on…walking in the evening hours…how could the shooting be racially motivated? How would the neighborhood watch know what race this person was? Could he plainly see that the 17 year old was African American?    Oftentimes, a neighborhood watch is put in place because residents feel they have a need for this type of thing – due to a pattern of “activity” in their neighborhood. Could it be…that this wasn’t based on seeing what color the person was underneath the hood…but rather, a horrific mistake due to fear? The emotion of fear makes us do some inhumane - - and even…superhuman things in our lives. The cortisol released into our bloodstream plays a significant role in our ability to lift a car off of a person - - and, to react to fear in a harsh way…if a person feels threatened. It has nothing to do with race.    The shooter may not have had much training in using a gun especially if he was in an emotionally charged situation. If the 17 year old in fact…did not beat him (as is alleged), then the trigger should never have been pulled. However, when the general public are allowed to purchase guns - - they don’t engage in enough emotionally charged situations to know how to properly use a weapon in an emotional situation.   Policemen are constantly being challenged by people; but, they have been trained in how to use their weapon - - and, if necessary even discharge their weapon and not kill anybody. If this Hispanic neighborhood watchman was scared and/or felt intimated by someone in his neighborhood…then, he would obviously use his weapon....”without thinking”.      Being ignorant in the use of weapon is most likely a criminal charge…but…it doesn’t mean the Hispanic person is racist against the African American culture. I think people are trying to start something here that may not actually exist. You can be stupid…but, not be racist. If this Hispanic adult does not have a pattern of racist misconduct - - then, he can’t be just racist one time and kill someone because of their skin color. The public needs to engage in more intelligent thought…let’s see what the evidence brings us and then make a logical decision. These type of protests can easily turn into riots - - and, things can get terribly out of control. 
RUKidding

 These are the same children who were released from school early when Officer Dunn was laid to rest so their trip home wouldn't be affected when in reality they should have been lined up to see first hand what their community has been brought to. The only way to make a change is to start with the future. These children are the future of Sandusky and they should be taught what is going on in their city so they can make a change in it.

These children should be taugh to make a difference in their own city and their own community and to start with themselves.  

stepham2009

 SMCC student

 

If Zimmerman was attacked as VICOUSLY as he said where are all the marks on him???? And I was USING my son as an EXAMPLE to your "why are we blaming whites" comment.....try to open YOUR mind a lil....merely the fact that you are WHITE and wear a hoodie is of NO CONCERN to others BECAUSE you are white! But being black and wearing a hoodie is a WHOLE OTHER arena my dear and that is an area YOU CANNOT TELL ME about because I have WITNESSED it with my own EYES and have had to threaten to sue some officers in neighboring towns for harassing my son especially when the SAME officer is pulling my son over 4 times a week looking for the same thing that he never finds.....so many people want to close their eyes to things they don't want to believe happen because it RARELY happens to whites on a conitnual basis......

And as far as Zimmerman not asking why he was there answer me this...When the dispatcher TOLD ZImmerman they didnt need him to follow Trayvon anymore because the POLICE were on their way why didnt he stop then and wait for the police???? And the dispatcher said it was NOT Zimmerman screaming for help it was a young kid screaming for help ie Trayvon....and although Trayvon may have been 6' 0' he weighed 200 POUNDS LESS than Zimmerman........

BUt you have the RIGHT to YOUR opinion and I have the RIGHT to mine.....

seenocolor

Stepham2009  I have seen first hand what the bi racial kids in this area go through.  My kids are bi racial.  When I moved here, I had a car that had tint on the windows that was too dark for Ohio.  I was not taking the tint off until I got my Ohio plates.  Everytime my kids drove my car they got pulled over and searched.  I was on my way home from work at 2 in the morning and got pulled over for what I thought was a headlight out.  When the officer came to my window, he asked for my license and insurance he then asked me if he could search my car.  I unhooked my seatbelt, opened my door, got out of my vehicle and told the officer that sure you can search for about the 9th or tenth  time but I think this time you will find something...a lawsuit against you and the city for harassment.  I have not been pulled over since...

SamAdams

One of two things happened:

1. A large black man (at 17, he's not a child in size at least!) physically menaced a smaller Hispanic man. The Hispanic man, in fear for his well being and perhaps even his life, defended himself (which he has every right to do).

or

2. A large black man was deliberately targeted by an Hispanic man who was on vigilante patrol and who shot and killed him without provocation.

In either case, Trayvon Martin is dead. The difference? In the former, George Zimmerman did what every one of us has an unalienable right to do: Defend our own lives. In the latter, George Zimmerman is a criminal.

Until the investigations are complete, we can't be certain which case is the truth. Until there's more evidence, all we have to rely on is Martin's family claiming he was a good kid, entirely innocent, and was murdered because he was black; and Zimmerman's family claiming he was in fear for his life and took the only action he could.

Whether or not the shooting was racially motivated is in question. Whether or not the shooting was justified remains unknown with any certainty. What ISN'T in question is the vitriolic racism of those who put a bounty on Zimmerman's head. What ISN'T in question is the rush to judgment by those racists who, without all of the facts and evidence yet made public, insist that Martin is dead only because he was black. What ISN'T in question is the terrorist mindset of those who have published Zimmerman's home address (in one case, the WRONG address) and who have issued death threats against him and his family.

This isn't about race. It's about a deliberate journey to justice, whatever the evidence shows that to be. How would you like it if we all demanded YOUR head on a pike without solid evidence and a trial, eh?

 

The Big Dog's back

 So sam honey, you stalked someone, pick a fight with them, shoot and kill them and that is defending yourself? Hmmmmm.

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Professor Playdoh

Pragmatic::: Where did you get this..

"Policemen are constantly being challenged by people; but, they have been trained in how to use their weapon - - and, if necessary even discharge their weapon and not kill anybody."

Your  kidding right... If a LE officer pulls the trigger.. He means to kill you.. Not one training program in the country is teaching anyone to fire to wound...

Smcc Alum

 @Stepham 

The dispatcher says this and the dispatcher says that. I would like a link please. You argument is false. Its the middle of the night, your wearing a hoodie, how can you tell if he is White or Black? YOU said that he never attacked Zimmerman, so how, from across the street, can Zimmerman see this? You can NOT SAY that this is a one way street. I suppose you havent heard of Allen Coon Have you? Why doesnt Jesse comment on that? You are so caught up in this "ALL WHITE PEOPLE HATE BLACKS" thing its getting annoying. That is not the case, Read Blacktigress's comment 3rd paragraph, she said it herself. If that doesnt work, ready ReallyGood's  First comment, first paragraph. I am not saying Zimmerman is innocent. He is guilty for shooting someone. However saying that the whole world is against the black community is just arogance.

seenocolor

Smcc Student http://youtu.be/6aVwPqXc-bk there is your link.  If you would like another, I can find plenty to post.....

Licorice Schtick

You mean they don't train 'em to shoot the gun out of their hand?

Someone's been watching too much TV.

 

goofus

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/03/sorry-abc-video-shows-gash-in-back-of-democrat-zimmermans-head-after-fight-with-trayvon-martin/

Afterall he was treated by paramedics at the scene, isn't their job to stop the bleeding.

Smcc Alum

 Thank you goofus

@stepham there is your marks, anything else?

doglegright

 Maybe the students can run through the local Walgreens and loot it like they did in Miama while protesting for Trayvon.

Licorice Schtick

Equality is a myth. We are not there. Discrimination happens constantly, so it's inescapable that some cases of suspected discrimination are not real. When that happens, racists and biggots (of all colors) are still to blame.

 

@Dj_Highlighta

It's funny how i  came up with the idea and organized This whole thing and did not get Acknowledged for this march., I must say that i am not a Student of sandusky high school! but i would also just like to thank everyone for there support in this event.

 

 

VTX Rider

 @ DJ - I would hope that you didn't organize this march just to get acknowleded ? It would appear that you are jumping on the bandwagon!!

Can you explain exactly what you were marching for?  I hope everyone was marching in support of those who lost a loved one. The only thing any one of knows about this case is what the media has told us.  This doesn't mean everything we have read or heard is factual.  A young man has lost his life. A mother and father have lost a son and a sister/brother have lost a sibling.  This is certianly a horrible thing to have happen to anyone.  I too have lost a loved one who was young (23) so I know how it feels.  I hope those involved in your march remain objective until the facts come out  (hopefully they will, only time will tell.  I am a little skeptical.)  I would love to see this type of communtiy support for issues that come up in our city.  Issuest  that concern eduction, jobs and such.  Just my two cents. 

The Big Dog's back

VTX Rider says

 "Can you explain exactly what you were marching for?" 

Just to iritate you right wingers.

VTX Rider

@ Big Dog -  Not a right winger.  It was a legitimate question.

here in ohio

Yea and look at the dude in the back ground with the head phones on looking at his cell phone !! need i say more !!!!!!!!!!  I am so tired of the racist BS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@Dj_Highlighta

what does that have to do with anything ? your way  off topic

excel

sad times

Factitious

'Gateway Pundit' is a right-wing propaganda site, long on distortion and short on honesty and civility. Not a good source.

The aforementioned citation is a good example. The purported "gash" on Zimmerman's head is not real.

 

goofus

Pictures are pictures and Gateway wasn't the original poster if you like all liberals, only had comprhension skills.

The Big Dog's back

 The guy is a g y form of briethbart.

starryeyes83

And the plot thickens and the world just keeps on spinning.   

 

    Hey kids,  here's an idea...  worry about what's in your own backyard.   I don't see any of you protesting when there's all the gunplay and  " riot"   gans$a  like  behaviour  in Sandusky.     Don't see any of you then.    

 Typical.

@Dj_Highlighta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4...
 
 

EVERYONE WATCH that YOUTUBE video!!!!!!! 

 https://www.facebook.com/events/...

 

we made a impact !

Cowboy

 I'm gonna ralf!

@Dj_Highlighta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4...
 
 

EVERYONE WATCH that YOUTUBE video!!!!!!! 

 https://www.facebook.com/events/...

 

we made a impact !

goofus

I wonder if Martin would still be alive if he would have not copt an attitude and told Zimmerman he was visiting his dad's girlfriend who lives at such and such address and would have given Zimmerman his dad's girlfriend's phone number. Zimmerman was doing his job protecting a neighborhood that had numerous B&E's. Martin was no stranger to the world of B&E, check out the reason he was suspended from his high school in Miami!!!

goofus

Practicing their demonstration tactics for the cackle trial?

origen

With no one besides the authoritys having the true facts that are not skewed by race baiters and media hounds people still demand justice on what they perceive as the facts. If they scream that the system do anything then they must trust in that same system, Let it work. A kid got killed and that is a travesty, Throwing gas on the fire and rushing to justice because of race just clouds the facts. Why not instead of having a march for one kid who died in a rash act, Have a march for ALL kids that get hurt or killed because of violence? Naa, The race card couldnt be used and the national news doesnt want to hear about common sense, It needs drama and ratings.

How many would march for a 13 year old white kid that got burnt for being white?

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origen

I guess thats the best answer i should have expected from you big dog. One liner with no facts or sense put behind it.

The Big Dog's back

 My comments did not contain profanity. More bias from the Gestapo at the S R. The right wingers such as winnie, ecr goof can disgiuse their profane language and never, never are they called out on it. If you are going to censor do it to both sides.

Erie County Resident

To Little Puppy,

Nice personal attack on me and I have not even commented on this story.

I don't know if you used profanity or not and don't care, but your sure showing the level that you'll stoop to belittle people!

All this so you can make yourself look important and intelligent.

To bad it backfires all the time and makes you look so, oh how shall I put this... Something along the lines of a insecure little brat that needs to be sent to their room!

 

 

And yes you get away with tons of racist liberal trash talking remarks all the time, so get over yourself.

Factitious

So many people misunderstand what's at issue is here.

This isn't about whether a watchman wannabee was stalking a Skittles-armed teen in a hoodie was doing so because the kid was black. No one doubts that.

This isn't even about whether Zimmerman is guilty, or at least it didn't start that way.

What set off the outrage is the failure to arrest Zimmerman. There was plenty of justification to do so, and the protesters think than if ZImmerman had been black and Martin white, there would have been an arrest. Does anyone really doubt that? Racist cops and prosecutors in the deep south? Who'da thunk?

 

 

SimpleEnough

Facititous, Here is the cold hard truth. Your Comment "the protesters think than if ZImmerman had been black and Martin white, there would have been an arrest. ", Key word THINK. no facts to back it up. A man in his neighborhood come upon a stranger (white, black, latino, eskimo, pacific rim asian) wtf is the difference, he went to question a stranger, you never did that?

doppleganger

What the h@ll is a "contribute"?

deertracker

 

I applaud these kids for showing there support.  If anyone thinks that because Zimmerman is latino there is no racial element here you are just naive.  You don't have to be white to be racist.  Smcc how can you call the kid a monster?  Do you know something we don't?  Catholic pedophile priests are monsters!  If I beat your head into the pavement and pound your face for a whole minute you would not be able to shoot me.  Where's the blood or injuries in the police video that the police did not want to release?  If Trayvon's name is listed in the police report....which it is.......why did the toe tag say John Doe?  The police did not do a very good job here if at all.  Why is it so hard for some of you to believe there just may be an injustice here.  I am black, no criminal record yet I have been profiled by the cops and so has my wife.  It happens people.  If you are following me and I fear you may have bad intentions I also have the right to protect myself.  You can't start the fight, kill me then claim self defense.

I applaud Al for advocating for Trayvon.  We are not going to let you kill our kids.  You wouldn't allow your kids to be killed.

Newsflash:  Black people are also outraged about the killing of Officer Dunn.  It's ridiculous to think otherwise.  Regardless of whatever happened that night Office Dunn should still be with his family.

All you have to do is read some of these posts to know that racism is still an issue in America.  Keep it real people.

lor70

I can't have an opinion without knowing all the facts.  The only fact I know is a young man is dead and another one's life is ruined!  I'm not going to jump to either's defense without knowing it all!  Just because one is black and the other isn't....isn't enough for me to point fingers either way.  The media only exploits the whole story!  I do have to agree though if both were either black or white....I don't think it  would've made the national news!!

tk

Seems to me the "Stand your ground" law would apply to Trayvon as well as anyone else.  He is the one being persued by someone he didn't know who was wearing ordinary street clothes.  There was nothing to identify Zimmerman as watchman, security or anything else.  Trayvon had the right to defend himself but it's just a little unequal when the persurer is carrying a gun.

Pragmatic
  Re: Professor - - Perhaps you have had some local law enforcement training in this geographic area. But, law enforcement officials in the military and in other environments have been trained to fire their weapon with “precision”. They are in emotionally charged situations where they do not ALWAYS shoot to kill. I’m surprised that anyone would actually think that.    If that is how you have been trained, then it wasn’t by a reputable organization. Those in law enforcement who are accustomed to handling weapons during very difficult situations have the knowledge of HOW and WHEN to use them. They don’t always fire for the kill shot…not by any means. They can make a very quick - - and cognitive decision if they want to shoot to kill…or not. This is situation dependent.  People in the general public simply don’t have this type of “emotional” or “technical” training.      If you have had training by law enforcement officials (an academy or otherwise) - -  I am surprised that this type of training was missed in your sessions. Police officers don’t always kill people when they shoot their weapon.     
BuckeyeNation901

All African American children are taught, by their grandparents (since their parents are in jail usually) is that White, Mexican, Muslims, etc are put on this Earth to hold the black man down. It's a joke and I'm tired of hearing it. Nobody here knows what happened that night. The media tried to make it a racial war by saying the kid was only found with a bag of skittles and a bottle of tea. The kid could have acted as if the bottle was a gun and put it under his shirt to scare this guy. They show a picture of this kid looking pure and innocents...but reports state that this kid was a trouble maker wannabe thug. It's how the media portrays this garbage that make it this way. Black, White, Green or Purple....it doesn't matter. Justice will not be served because of the judicial system that we have in place. These kids protesting need to get back in the d*mn classroom because more than likely they are at a 2nd grade reading level.

goofus

Racism in the south? Facetious get out of the fifties, do you realize that Norton Bonaparte, Sanford's city manager is black. The acting police chief is Capt. Scott O'Connor, he too is also a black man. Get a grip on reality facetious.

mikel

most of these kids should have stayed in school as their grades probably s u c k.

THED0N

Get Jobs!

419og

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419og

 @safecracker  the guy was arrested  and punished  whts your point

SimpleEnough

safecracker2, One would wonder if BHO aka Barry Sorento, might have a grudge against the English for their colonialism of Africa.

Phil Packer

 And while we are busy being distracted by this story, our government continues on the path to turning us ALL into peasants. 

happycamper01

It used to be that a hooded sweatshirt symbolized colder weather and athletics but now hoodlums of all colors are wearing them to commit crimes or look tough.  I know it is not fair to generalize that everyone who wears a hooded sweatshirt is a criminal but many are and that is so sad.  And it is not just people of color.  I drove down Hayes Avenue and there were two young white males just standing on the corner wearing white hooded sweatshirts smoking lord knows what.  They looked pissed off at the word and up to no good.  Since when is hanging out on a street corner considered fun?  In a big city they would be considered dealers.  Is it any different here?  At one time Sandusky had an anti-loitering law so I wonder why it is not enforced?  Anyway, I have a hooded sweatshirt but I refuse to wear it up because of what it represents nowadays. 

I am happy the kids want justice but I wish they could also learn to respect their parents, elders, teachers, peers, and authority as a whole.  I know it needs to start with the parents but these high schoolers are old enough to know right from wrong.  Instead of walking down the street after school cussing and vandalizing others property maybe they should stop to think how many people they are offending.  So, march for justice but to get respect you have to earn it.  If each person, young and old, would think of other people before they think of themselves, do no harm or offending to others this world would be a better place. 

safecracker2

You apparently missed it. Not surprising.

happycamper01

Why is it that everyone considers Obama black and Zimmerman white?  Both are BIRACIAL.  Obama is an African/Caucasian American and Zimmerman is Hispanic American (White and Mexican I believe).  This is not a white on black crime since Zimmerman is Hispanic.  I am part Native American but I am white so what am I?  Am I white?  Am I Native American?  I am also part German.  So what am I?  What is the person who is of color that was born in England but moved here?  We are all just people, humans.  I am so sick of the race card being played but everyone needs a crutch.  I am not saying prejudice doesn't exist because it does and always will.  It is the nature of the human race to find fault with others and when humans don't have a valid reason to back up their hatred then they find one, such as race.  Every race has prejudice which is sad.  Do you know what race I belong to?  The human race, period. 

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Kottage Kat

It is an election year, and look who is jumping on the band wagon with Jesse and Al. I am NOT a racist, deplore racial slurs and profiling. Just want to see how this plays out in a court of law and may justice be served, trying either in the Kangaroo Kourt of the Komments Kolumn while entertaining accomplishes nothing. I simply feel that this is being exploited for political gain.     Kat

Informed

Smcc, if the man would have obeyed the police dispacher to not follow the boy, then none of this would have happened.  He was the one who did the wrong doing.  He was the one who started it.  And not only did he not go home and continued following him, he got out of his truck.  He should be charged based on that alone.

chopperpilot

Stirring racial tensions again.  The Rag loves to stir the pot.

excel

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419og

 @ excel says   all them where was song lyrics everybody tweets song lyrics im a be real he was a  17  year old male we all know how 17 year old males are but he didnt deserve to  die like he did

starryeyes83

Idiot hollywood jerk  Spike Lee  jumped on the bandwagon and gave out the wrong  address...yes,   the folks were white and no way related to the case ....Now, what  would have happened if those same   people were black?? 

That's a classic case of  stupidity  because he  didn't know  what  he was talking about.   And yet,, you never heard a peep out of any of them when all the  black kids in Chicago  were  being  shot and killed  did ya?    Or any white kids for that matter.  

 

THINK!

Super Judge

Here is a direct quote from one of the marchers yesterday.

 

"This whole thing about Trayvon Martin is making me upset. Especially reading them comments on the sandusky register blog, ugh.. The ppl on there talking about Zimmerman was using self defense.. Ok Cackle was using self defense to (if he really killed tht cop) & they still arrested him.. They NEVER asked for his side of the story, they just automatically said he was guilty.. Why they won't do the same thing to Zimmerman? Oh yea bcus he's WHITE.. IDC what ANYONE has to say both situations have something to do with RACISM.. & I just hope Trayvon Martin & my family receive JUSTICE.. God don't like ugly."

rincon37

worthless cause, racism will never die, black people wont let

Tool Shed

 Racism will end when the NAACP is dissolved!

SimpleEnough

Supper Judge, you proved the point, she needs to stay in class and apply herself as her use of english is deplorable.

Didn't this young girl miss the point, Cackle (WTF kind of people call their friends Cackle?) we have to assume "Cackle" was shot and still at the scene wasn't he? "Cackle might very well have been still in the possesion of the weapon. There was a video feed and more than likely Dunn called in a description of the person he was going to question. Now I will consider all of the above as assumptions and will wait for the trial. the use of the name "Cackle" and God don't like ugly, doesn't help your case much does it.

SarahTonin

I would be much prouder of those attending my Alma Mater if they were marching for JUSTICE! They should all be smart enough to know that justice requires facts, not the emotional rantings of those who do not know and certainly not any information from the media, which can only be characterized as sensationalism.

Both sides have not been yet heard and the facts are still out!

Just Thinkin

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rincon37

why are they not in school?

deertracker

 

no fear Justhinkin........some yankee put them in the pantry with the crackers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marcus M

Why don't they march to protest, the black on black crime rate, the drugs in the black community, single parent families with  the babies daddy not supporting the family, the high rate of domestic violence in the black community, answer why take responsibility, blame others....    Of course you have the big mut, aka bfrutie still promoting his far left plantation racism....

 

So much for innocent until proven guilty...

dig this

   Hey   excell says,   We be chillin on Hancock.

excel

@ dig...You be chillin on hancock?  I'm shocked!

absolutely RIDI...

That little punk trayvon got what he deserved.

 

Sandusky needs a hero like Zimmerman that is willing to put his life on the line to help keep our community safe from these kind of people.

danbury dad

First of all this is not a white on black issue. Zimmerman is hispanic. Has any one heard the term white hispanic before this mess? in all my 50 some years i have not. It is the media and the black race baiters that have made this national news. trying to keep the race card alive to justify their own greed.how many shootings have there been in ohio this year? seems like every day another black is shot in toledo, but no one marches for them. why is that? is it because another black shot them? swe need to quit seeing color and stop the violance that seems rooted in the black community.

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Erie County Resident

To the kids that marched in this hoodie show, and you quoted:

"From afar, their chant was vaguely perceivable: “No justice, no peace ... No justice, no peace.”

As they neared the corner of Jackson and Market streets, the shouts grew unmistakable, much like the messages scribbled in black marker on the neon posterboards they carried."

So what you are saying is that your not willing to let the legal system follow procedure and wait for the outcome first?

So the all important chant you are using means your saying that since there has no immediate arrest to your liking (no justice) that your willing to fight, riot, destroy, kill, etc.. etc.. (no peace).

Do we understand this right or can you give all of us a rational explanation?

 

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Blacktigress

“It doesn’t just effect his family,” said Brandi Smoot, one of the Sandusky students who protested Thursday. “It effects everybody that cares about what’s right and what’s wrong. It could have been any one of us.”

GROW UP AND STOP LISTENING TO YOUR RACIST PARENTS ! 
The 'hood' dress EARNED the reputation they have! Were both black and answer this honestly, DO YOU feel safe walking home late with others around you wearing hoods while its what, 75 degrees or warmer outside? I DON'T, and I don't feel safe around KKK wearing hoods either, but they BOTH EARNED their reputations!  I also don't feel safe around Mexicans with certain gang tats, or bikers with names that connect themselves with murder.

again, GROW UP, put your sign down and get in school and become educated so you can break the curse of slavery and also the curse that we have brought upon ourselves; that of blaming others if they don't like us for acting the fool.

themomx6

I doubt if they really care at all about the whole thing. I bet they just figured out a way to get their picture in the paper. Why else did they march past the Register office?

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Erie Countian

Where's the moderator on here? Left for the weekend, eh? Thank you, Sandusky Register, for these great comment sections that are so useful for tearing our community apart. I once wrote the editor to ask why the comments were not being moderated better, or why comments were even necessary to begin with. His answer was that it is important to know what local residents think, even if those comments are hard to read sometimes. That was a few years ago, and things just keep getting worse. Perhaps these comment sections might become more civil if people had to use their real names when posting? I really do not see the hateful rhetoric spewed on here as something useful or important. I only know that it makes my heart break to realize what is happening to the beautiful town I grew up in. People are so polarized and so full of hatred and derision. I feel the direction the Register has taken... with Mr. Westerhold as it's editor... is a large part of the problem.

snatchblock_445

So a unarmed teen was shot, hope the justice system gives him what he deserves, these people that run to the NAACP crying we are being profiled...need their heads examined, they clearly do things that are against the law and when the police arrest them for breaking the law, they cry injustice go get a job like normal tax paying citizens, stop hanging on the street corners til 5am acting like the world is against you, and you will see it's not everybody against you, it's you against yourselves.

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Katelih-Trailer...

 Super Judge..I guess we "think" alike on the subject of racism. I don't know if we are right but that means we may not be wrong. All I know is..I am pretty sure we both sleep well at night. (:

Katelih-Trailer...

 I think George Zimmerman would have made a GREAT "neighborhood watchman." The key word is WATCH man. He decided to do more than WATCH, even AFTER he called the police. Tsk Tsk.  

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Bluto

A lot of arguing , so few cold hard facts .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUNKYDUDE

 That 17 year old adult got what he deserved. And if these stupid school kids keep wearing those hoodies it could happen to them.

Katelih-Trailer...

 I never knew that wearing a hoody makes someone a criminal ! I don't wear my hoodies up, therefore I shall never do anything criminal and THAT will be my defense should I commit another crime..lol.Punkydude..My 17 year old brother is a "school kid" who wears hoodies..Does that make him a criminal who deserves to die ? yes or no. He is not black, though..Does he still deserve to die ? yes or no. He isn't  a thug or a wannabe thug...He has only been in one fight, in his life. He just simply likes to wear jeans, button down shirts, hoodies, studded belts, and those flat type skateboard tennis shoes. I just don't know how him wearing a hoody could end up getting him killed..Or do you mean just the black kids could get killed from wearing a hoody? I am rather confused as to WHO can wear hoodies without scaring the hell out of some people of other races. o_O

mrjsiah

 Well punk i wear a hoodie and lets see you shoot me !

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mrjsiah

Once again cowards get on here to attack and try to tear down some kids because they are black and marching for something they believe in . They arent  afraid to show their face but the cowards on sare scared to show theirs. Other than a cop getting killed all the murders in the area has been white on white where are the whites at what are they doing ? I forgot they are on they register online page to scared to show their face Racist and Bigots use to be happy to show their face now they are to coward and they take to little newspapers like the register to spew their hate. I guess whites arent like they use to be at least not on here  

origen

Show your face? Its online man. I agree the racist rhetoric does need to stop, Too bad lynch mobs are out offering money for Zimmerman before all the facts are in and media bobble heads are useing this tragedy as a jumping point for attention. A Hoodie, Really? Come on the facts arent even in and everyone is going nuts, Let the system work.

P.S Half the racist stuff on here is posted by those who already have thier mind made up what happened even though they were in ohio when it happened, If you werent there you dont know. (With the racial cloud overhanging the entire thing well never know one way or the other what actually happened)

P.S.S Dont let the racist tendency to call all whites cowards and bigots get in your way, That just make you a hypocrite.

mrjsiah

 I respect evrything you have said and you are right . I do let the racist comments get to me sometimes . We can have a sarticle that is positve and somehow some way it gets turned into a bash black session. I respect you comimg at me with respect thank you.

Katelih-Trailer...

I am seeing a bunch of mumble jumble instead of legit comments..What could be wrong...a virus or something ??

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Phil Packer

 That's so funny, because I hate honkys too, even though I am one. I hate all of you, you blue and green people, and especially you purple people. They should send you back to purple land. But...I especially hate myself. And God hates me too.

wiredmama222

RIDI....did you know Trayvon?   How can you say such a hateful thing about anyone's death?  If it were reversed would you say that about Zimmerman? 

You post that frequently and it is purely a thing of disrepect.  You certainly have the right to your opinion as does everyone but truthfully it is the reason most people complain about racism in this country. 

I will bet you a dollar you didn't know this guy and your opinion is nothing more than based on his color and the fact that he wore a hoodie.  would i be right?

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