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SPEAKING OUT AS A COMMUNITY

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The Rev. Christopher Ross (right) laments the unacceptable level of violence in society in his remarks to the crowd Sunday night.
SoVaNow.com / July 22, 2013
Joining others around the nation to protest the outcome in the Trayvon Martin case, the local NAACP and Citizens for a Better America jointly hosted a prayer vigil Sunday night on the steps of the Halifax County Courthouse.

Ebony Guy, granddaughter of the late activist Cora Tucker, who started Citizens for a Better America, said late last week that there has been strong community reaction to the jury acquittal of George Zimmerman, who was charged with the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

“Rallies and demonstrations have been held in every major city across the United States in support of the Martin/Fulton families, while showing opposition to the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in Florida and other states,” said Guy. “The citizens of Halifax County want to show their support of thismovement.”

Rev. Frank Coleman, local NAACP president, drew parallels with key events in the history of the civil rights movement in explaining the purpose of Sunday’s rally. “In 1955 a young black man in Money, Miss., went to the store to buy some candy. Fifty-seven years later, another young black man in Sanford, Fla., did the same. Both trips led to a murder — one of Emmitt Till and the other Trayvon Martin.”

The Rev. Christopher Ross, another of the evening’s speakers, referred to the Trayvon Martin case in asking, “When will we figure out how to stop killing each other?

“This is what troubles me most. What do we focus on? Where do we begin? How do we proceed? These and a host of other questions must be examined,” Ross stated.

Ross said that while he is no legal expert, he is choosing to address the level of violence in today’s society: “We are all affected by it because it is all around us. As a priest, I am sickened by the level of violence that we as a society have declared to be acceptable.”

He added that he feels the real issue is the fear that lies at the heart of the belief that guns are a necessary part of our daily lives. That was a topic he addressed at the Sunday event.

Coleman added, “We come together to pray against gun violence and the murdering or our children, against closet racism, soft discrimination and racial profiling for the families of all the Trayvon Martins who are victimized.

“But most of all we’re praying for peace, healing and harmony once and for all in our communities, nation and world.”

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If a thug like martian tries to kill me an I have a gun I am going to use it. How about trying to get black youths to pull there pants up?


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