'Million Hoodie' Trayvon March Hits NYC

Protesters demand justice for slain Florida teen
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2012 3:03 AM CDT
Marchers in New York City rally in support of Trayvon Martin.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of New York City last night to demand justice for an unarmed black Florida teen shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Many people at the "Million Hoodie March" event wore hooded tops similar to the one Trayvon Martin was wearing when he was killed, the New York Daily News reports. "Our son is your son," the 17-year-old's mother told the crowd. "This is not a black and white thing. This is a right and wrong thing."

The lack of charges against George Zimmerman has sparked protests that have echoes of the Civil Rights era, despite the progress made over the decades, the Washington Post finds. "This sounds like a narrative out of the 1950s, where yet another black man gets randomly killed, and the institutions in society that are supposed to respond, don’t respond accordingly," author Nathan McCall says. "They blame the victim." (Read more Trayvon Martin stories.)

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