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Al Sharpton a Strong Force at Rally for Trayvon Martin

Posted on 23 March 2012 | 9:27 pm by Cindy L


The Reverand Al Sharpton has taken an aggressive stance in the case of Trayvon Martin, a teen from Florida that was shot by a local neighborhood watch man. This, while Sharpton's mother died on the same day in Alabama after a struggle with multiple health issues. Sharpton has made a career as a civil rights activist, working to advocate for many people, such as Trayvon Martin, who cannot effectively advocate for themselves.

Martin, a 17-year old male, was walking through a gated community when he was shot by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch citizen living in the area, reported that he shot the youth in self-defense. However, some sources say that Zimmerman followed and gunned down a teenager that had only a bag of skittles and a drink with him, rather than a weapon. The incident took place on February 26, and Zimmerman claims that self-defense was his only motive. Sharpton feels that, although the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice are investigating, things are not moving fast enough. Sharpton, on behalf of the boy's bereaved parents, is arguing for permanent justice and an arrest of Zimmerman. Some say that race is an issue in the case, because Zimmerman is allegedly Caucasian. His family, however, claims he is Hispanic and that the incident had no racial motivation.

Sharpton is continuing to protest against Martin's killing, along with many other celebrities and politicians, and says he is doing so on behalf of his deceased mother.

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