YCL Hamilton Media Committee
The tragic and senseless shooting to death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black youth visiting his family in the Orlando suburbs, is yet another high-profile example of the racism that permeates American culture.
A seemingly paranoid and deranged “neighbourhood watchman”, George Zimmerman, tracked Trayvon as he walked home from the local 7-11 where he had gone to buy candy and confronted him. When Trayvon rightfully resisted Zimmerman’s groundless racial profiling and harassment, Zimmerman shot him three times fatally. Witnesses say they heard Trayvon begging for mercy before he was shot in cold blood.
That night, Zimmerman went home and slept peacefully while Trayvon’s family members were confronted with the reality of his death by vigilante violence.
Below is a link with photos of a massive march at Union Square Park, the birthplace of the Occupy movement.
YCL Hamilton extends our sincerest sympathy over this disgusting, racist act of extrajudicial violence; our deepest sympathy with the Martin family over their painful loss; a strong call for any American law enforcement office to step in, remove Zimmerman from public life and charge him to the full extent that the law allows; a strong call to abolish Florida’s lunatic “stand your ground” law that allows Zimmerman to claim self-defence for stalking and killing an unarmed and innocent youth; and our full solidarity with all those standing up to fight in the name of Trayvon Martin against a revolting culture of racism, wherever it rears its ugly head.
Solidarity from YCL Hamilton with anti-racist warriors everywhere! Give ’em hell!