Posted on March 26, 2012 at 7:52 AM
Monday, Mar 26 at 9:35 AM
HOUSTON—Houstonians turned out in droves at two rallies for Trayvon Martin Sunday. Many, despite the heat, wore hoodies just as Martin did when he was shot and killed.
Elected officials, as well as several hundred people, came out to just in front of Houston City Hall to protest the violence that claimed the Florida teen’s life.
“Somebody has said that wearing the hoodie was the reason the person was assaulted. And I’m here to tell you that wearing a hoodie does not make you a hood. Wearing a hoodie does not mean you’re not good. Wearing a hoodie means you’re doing something lawful in this country. And we’re going to protect everyone that wears a hoodie,” U.S. Representative Al Green, (D-Houston) said.
Elected officials urged no violence, as word circled that a bounty has been placed on the alleged suspect, George Zimmerman.
“The alleged perpetrator can be arrested. No bounty is necessary. He can be arrested today as we speak in this place. No bounty can be necessary,” U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, (D-Houston) said.
Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sabrina Fulton, also spoke to the crowd by phone.
“We really appreciate everything. We really appreciate the support and just to know that we are not alone in this fight,” Fulton said.
Music united one crowd earlier in the day, and the love of music also united others at Emancipation Park.
Quanell X, along with several popular Houston rappers -- including Bun B, took to the stage to stand up for Martin.
“I got a child. That could have been my child. I’m somebody’s child, that could have been me. And I would hope that somebody, anybody would get up and take a stand for it,” Bun B said.
Hoodies could be seen everywhere. People also carried bags of skittles, which was what authorities said Martin had in his hands the night he was killed.
“It’s just amazing to see what Houstonians can do when the time comes,” Gwendolyn Foley, a rally supporter, said.