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.”

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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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