March 23, 2012 - 12:58am
BY AUSTEN HUFFORD
While most students tried to stay cool during yesterday’s unseasonably warm weather, another group of students donned thick sweatshirts in support of a great cause.
In an event organized by members of the University’s Black Law Student Association, about 40 University students gathered to show support for Trayvon Martin, a black 17 year old who was killed in Sanford, Florida. Martin was shot by a volunteer neighborhood watchman who told police that Martin, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and carrying Skittles candy, looked suspicious.
Attendees at the protest wore sweatshirts, held bags of skittles and held up a sign reading “Do we look suspicious?”
Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman, claims he acted in self-defense, and he has not been arrested or charged.
Many University students at the event expressed their frustration that Zimmerman has not been charged for the shooting.
“It’s troubling that a kid can be walking down the street today in America have his hoodie up and seem suspicious and get shot,” Law student Aghogho Edevbie said at the protest.
The event’s organizers said it was inspired by photos circulating online of other protesters at Howard Law School and Harvard Law School.
Law student Francois Jean-Baptiste said he first saw photos from the BLSA chapter at Harvard Law and he wanted to show solidarity with BLSA chapters around the nation.
Jean-Baptiste went on to say that the event’s “impressive” turnout indicates that University students are socially aware.
Law student Stacey McClurkin, an organizer of the event, said unfortunately, people often discuss events but do not take action.
“(We) at least raise our voice and say this is something we are not going to tolerate and this not acceptable and that we support the family,” McClurkin said. “That’s what our goal is.”