On Saturday, March 24, 2012, Chicagoans gathered at Daley Plaza to march for Trayvon Martin. Trayvon was killed on February 26, 2012 by George Zimmerman. It is exactly one month later and Zimmerman has yet to be arrested. If there ever was a time for people to unite, it is now.
The march was attended by people of all races, which was awesome to witness. However, it was annoying to hear some of the speakers venture off and speak about another struggle. I understand that most incidents lead us back to the same cry for justice, especially when it pertains to racism, but I would have liked for Trayvon Martin’s case to be the primary focus. Also, something else that bothered me, was a comment made by the New Black Panther Party. They said “Black people are our first priority”. I can’t fathom how they were able to say that to a diverse crowd of people who were there to support Trayvon Martin.
Overall the rally and march went really well. It was even attended by Airickca Gordon’Taylor, the cousin of Emmett Till. Many people have been comparing Trayvon’s case to Till’s (there are definitely similarities), so it was good to see her there.
Check out a few pics:
What now? It’s important that we don’t let this movement die. We must maintain momentum, in order to let the world know that we will not sweep this under the rug. Progress is being made, but there is still work to be done. I encourage you to continue to speak about Trayvon Martin. Now is the time to take advantage of social networks, etc. Organize a march in your community. Change your profile picture to a picture of you wearing a hoodie or Trayvon Martin. Do what you can. Do your best. Pray for change.