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March 23rd, 2012
11:57 AM ET

Rep. Wilson on rallies in support of Trayvon Martin, says "We need to make this a better country for little black boys"

The calls for justice are growing louder after the killing of 17-year old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, a local neighborhood watch captain.

Strong emotions have taken over the nation, spawning rallies from Los Angeles, to St. Louis, and it came home last night to Sanford, Florida.

Thousands gathered not far from where Trayvon was shot on Feb. 26th, returning home with a bag of candy and an iced tea when he was shot dead. That gathering took place just hours after Sanford's Police Chief temporarily stepped aside, but did not step down.

This morning on "Starting Point" Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL) talks about the rallies spreading across the country, and says people need to take this moment of emotion and turn it into something good.

"We need to make this a better country for little black boys," Wilson says.

She also says racial profiling is a reality for many young black men on a daily basis in the U.S.,that that Sanford Police Chief Lee should be fired.

Wilson: Police Chief Lee should be fired

Rep. Wilson: Life in U.S. for black boys

Rep. Wilson: Race profiling occurs daily


Filed under: Race • Trayvon Martin
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. organicpeas

    Everyone is missing the point that Rep. Wilson twisted the Constitution by saying the grand jury should "be a jury of his peers, should like like him or his family members, his mother or father." She's not talking about Zimmerman; she's talking about Trayvon. However, the Constitution doesn't guarantee the victim a jury of his peers... it guarantees the ACCUSED a jury of his peers. It's scary that someone with such limited knowledge of the Constitution is serving in Congress.

    March 28, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. organicpeas

    Why is everybody missing this point: Rep. Wilson, an elected U.S. Representative, criticizes the racial makeup of the grand jury and then says she believes it should be a "jury of his peers, someone who looks like him, or looks like his family members, his mother or father." She's talking about Trayvon! But the Constitution guarantees the ACCUSED, not the victim, a jury of his peers. This woman obviously has no understanding of the Constitution. That's scary but not at all surprising.

    March 28, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Tia

    First and foremost I'd like to say Thankyou to CNN and Soledad O'brien's Starting Point coverage on such a controversal issue, the Trayvon Martin, case. My personal take on this very sad yet seemingly racial sitution is, the unfortunate,untimely,murder of a young,bright,young black male,by the hands of an individual "George Zimmerman",out of what I'd call premeditated madness! If a picture can speak a thousand words. The wearing of a hooded-tee, doesn't project an image of a menace to society! Man created the hoodie,for style/sport/warmth/comfort,yet not for crime gear! And although Mr.George Zimmerman,seen the hoodie or the black youth in it as a threat. And Geraldo Rivera, warned parents on the dreaded garment.The facts remain, a hoodie never harmed anyone,weapons do! As Mr.George Zimmerman, which was hoodie free,used to gun down Trayvon Martin,unduly. Lets review what the late great Dr.Martin Luther King,states. Nothing in all the world is more dangerous,than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity!

    March 26, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Will Cain Fan

    Why not answer about the "new black panthers" unless he is involved.

    March 26, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Will Cain Fan

    What the heck did Jesse say. What is wrong with him.

    March 26, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse | Reply

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