Article by Nick VanderWall
Slide show By Marisol Dorantes
Entirely East Lansing staff writers
EAST LANSING — About 100 community members and students gathered in front of Michigan State’s auditorium on March 26 to pay respect to Trayvon Martin and others who have lost their lives without having their aggressors face punishment.
The Black Student Alliance put together the candle light walk to the Student Union. Iolaus Lee, a member of the Black Student Alliance, was the first speaker at the march. “The problem in America is that the youth are overlooked. Problematically, it’s most of the time the black youth We now see the face of the enemy and it’s not black or white, it’s just ignorance,” he said.
Trayvon Martin was 17 when he was shot on Feb. 26 in Sanford, FL by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
Martin was an unarmed black teenager wearing a hoodie and carrying a pack of Skittles. He was shot in Twin Lakes Community, sparking nationwide support for the Martin family from celebrities and President Barack Obama, who spoke on the matter.
Sarah Garman, a junior at Michigan State said, “I read up on it today and I was just shocked at what was going on. It just doesn’t seem like the police did their job.”
George Zimmermman shot Martin after talking to police on the phone about what he regarding as suspicious behavior. Zimmerman has not been seen since March 23, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The group marching to the Student Union chanted, “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!” At the union, the speakers’ asked everyone to unite against tragedies like Martin’s death.
On March 26, one month passed since the death of Martin. He is being remembered at rallies throughout the country as thousands of people express support outrage at the justice system.