Teen shooting sparks racial tension

Shooting death of Trayvon Martin sparks protests across the nation. / Jessica Fairley

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Unit of Black Men in America and other community leaders in Americus, Georgia have joined with the rest of the nation in rallying for support of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Martin is a Florida teen who was gunned down after a brief altercation with a neighborhood watchman.

The alleged shooter, George Zimmerman, walked away from the scene without being arrested based on what Florida officials call the "Stand Your Ground" Law.

"I think it's foolish and silly for anyone to even think or pretend to think that this guy had a right to kill this young man. To me that's just murder," says Elijah Smith, Presiding Elder for the Eastern District A.M.E. Church and former NAACP President.

The incident is something that many across the nation say they can't grasp. They want to know why a 17-year-old kid wearing a hoodie and walking home with a bag of Skittles candy fell victim to an armed gunman.

Those rallying say it could have been one of their sons.

"He could've been walking home with his hoodie on and he could've easily been killed and even myself, I could've been that same person," says Mathis Wright, NAACP President.

When asked about the situation, President Barack Obama said that if he had a son, Trayvon would look like him, but protesters say Trayvon is the president's son and a representation of everyone's son. He represents the faces of all who have fallen victim and been judged because of their skin or their attire.

Mathis Wright, along with others, believes racial profiling is an injustice that keeps the nation from moving forward.

"Until justice is truly done as God laid it out, we will never be a great nation," says Mathis Wright.

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