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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Travyon Martin and Jon-Jon

Seventeen year old Travyon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida because he was black and 28-year-old George Zimmerman thought that gave him -- a self described neighborhood watch captain -- the right to shoot him. After 26 days, Zimmerman has not been charged.

He claimed self-defense, though Martin only had a tea and bag of Skittles on him. Who knew Skittles and tea were weapons.


"Twenty-six days ago this young man, Trayvon Martin, did nothing criminal, did nothing unethical," said Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network. "He went to the store for his brother. He came back and lost his life. Trayvon could have been any one of our sons, he could have been any one of us. Trayvon represents a reckless disregard for our lives that we've seen for too long."
Sharpton said the watch captain, George Zimmerman, "should have been arrested that night."
Charlotte's Power 98 FM morning personality, No Limit Larry will be a part of a hoodie march in Charlotte Monday at Marshal Park in Uptown Charlotte. Like so many others across the country, he's raising his voice about this horrible tragedy. It's a moment that we all have to become involved in.

But we can't ignore the youth violence in our backyards. 

 Social media helped inform the nation about Trayvon Martin's case, in Charlotte social media is spreading rumors about more violence at schools following the weekend shooting of 17-year-old John Darrell Kempson Jr., a Vance High School student.
More than 500 people--including police and undercover officers--attended a candlelight vigil at St. Paul Baptist Church Thursday night.

Kempson's alleged killer has been charged: Armani Compton McDonald, 19, has been charged with the killing, and Terry Sekyere, 18, has been charged with assaulting Kempson.

We should be just as outraged when an innocent black youth is killed by someone who looks like him. And we have to get our hands on these kids and teach them how to work through their anger without violence. The loss of Travyon Martin and John Kempson highlight the dangers young black men face just trying to live their lives.

I pray for their parents, families, loved ones and justice.

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