HOUSTON -- Hundreds of Houstonians rallied Monday night to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case. They walked several blocks and even shut down Highway 288 briefly.
It was an impressive crowd. Several hundred people gathered in front of the Byrd funeral home on Wheeler Avenue in Third Ward. In front, there was a coffin, a symbol of young black men dying violent deaths.
First there was a long list of speakers, including rapper K-reno.
“They your enemy too,” K-reno said. “Best believe they coming for you.”
Then came the march which went for more than half a mile to highway 288. Demonstrators chanted, “Justice for Trayvon. No justice. No peace.”
Strong images on the street, but the most powerful impact came from mothers.
“I came because I feel Trayvon’s mother’s pain because I lost my son senselessly to murder,” said Kathy Blueford-Daniels.
Patrick Charles Murphy was killed seven years ago. His killer served five years.
“There are a lot of similarities. I feel the justice system failed us,” Blueford-Daniels said.
Her son’s killer was black so Blueford-Daniels speaks often about black-on-black crime. Dazie Williams was also there. She lost her son, Joshua Woods last year.
“This is personal for me because I have a 22 year old son who was killed over Air Jordan tennis shoes,” Williams said.
There was plenty of pain and protest as this group, walked chanted and brought traffic to a standstill. As for anger from both sides over whether race played a role in Zimmerman’s acquittal, Williams suggests taking the race question out altogether. “How would you feel if Trayvon Martin was your son,” Williams said.