Published On: Wed, Jul 24th, 2013

South Carolina Rep James Clyburn addresses Trayvon Martin supporters in hoodie, targets ‘Stand Your Ground’ law

South Carolina Democrat Rep. James Clyburn rallied for slain teen Trayvon Martin on the steps of the South Carolina State House Saturday wearing a hoodie, according to WLTX reporter Jasmine Styles.

Congressman Clyburn speaking on Trayvon Martin w/ his hoodie up pic.twitter.com/T4ezEa9tBB

— Jasmine Styles (@JStylesWLTX) July 20, 2013

The hoodie, has become a symbol of support for Martin who was wearing one on the night he was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was acquitted of murder charges by a jury last weekend.

“We’re very disappointed in the verdict, and more disappointed in some of the reactions we’ve read from some of the jurors. It just seems as if something about this entire process is just disconcerting to us,” he said.

“So we are looking at the verdict as well as other thing surrounding it, and trying to figure out whether or not this whole so-called Stand Your Ground legislation or law can be dealt with in such a way to prevent this kind of the thing from happening. And we hope that we can,” he added

The CBC is currently readying legislation in response to Zimmerman’s acquittal.

Rev Clyburn donning hoodie to speak Trayvon Martin rally

Bobby Rush made a stir on the House floor by wearing the hoodie while speaking before the Congress. More here

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  2. Ellsworth says:

    Trayvon mostly lived with his uncle, Stephen Martin, a former Marine, and his wife Miriam, in Miami, and his father and step-mother saw him regularly. His mother Sybrina knew nothing about the likes and dislikes of seventeen year old Trayvon, and she did not make it to Sanford to see her dead son until Mar 8, and directly after, she hired a trademark attorney, trademarked her dead son’s name, hired a media instructor (to script her on what not to say), and a team of lawyers that fabricated Travon “family” stories.

    The parents want to keep the racial tension going in the media, so they can continue to profit off the death of their son, and that is their only concern.

    It was proved in the court trial that, NEITHER Trayvon nor his father lived in Sanford, they both lived in Miami, some three (3) hours away. Yet, the media continues to report that Trayvon was just going home after buying candy.

    Trayvon was clearly trespassing where he did not belong. The majority of school aged children know not to walk through other peoples’ property even if their parents did not teach them that. Why should the U.S. legal system make an exception for one seventeen year old that knew better?

    By Byne speaking to black youth and confirming his conviction, he opened the gate and is giving the “go ahead” for all black youth to take whatever they want because they can.

    Realistically, I suggest ANY person try the following and get back to me how it went:

    At night after it gets dark, in the rain, put a hoodie on and pull it up on your head, walk through peoples’ yards (trespass), beat (assault) the hell out of the person who asks you what you are doing in a yard where you clearly do not have permission to be, and see what happens to YOU.

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