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Trayvon Martin's Death Shows Justice Is Not Equal

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Luther Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke is tired of marching and rallying for justice.

Last week, thousands of people, led by

Rev. Al Sharpton, held a rally in Sanford, Florida, to protest the fact

police have still not arrested neighborhood vigilante George

Zimmerman for killing Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin in cold

blood. That followed rallies in New York and Miami, as well as kids from Miami Carol City High, Central High, Michael Krop High, and Miami Northwestern High walking out of school in protest.

I don't know about you, but I am tired of holding rallies and marches to get justice every time an innocent African-American is murdered over the color of his skin. The saddest part about Trayvon's death is that we still have a lot of Anglos believing we don't have serious racial problems in this country.

What happened to Trayvon is no different from the days when the Ku Klux Klan would go around dragging black folks from their homes and lynching them. But when you point out the injustice, people who are not black are quick to accuse us of playing the race card. It's wrong.

As I watch these rallies and marches play out, I can't help but wonder why there aren't more white people joining in calling for Zimmerman's arrest. I remember there were a lot of white faces organizing protests when Michael Vick was accused of fighting dogs. Now you have an innocent black kid get murdered like a dog, yet you only see mostly African-Americans showing up to protest. There are very few prominent Anglos and Hispanics voicing any outrage.

I want to see Tea Party golden boy and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio taking the floor of Congress to condemn the assassination of a 17-year-old African-American. But I know it won't happen.

When we talk about disenfranchising African-Americans and the law being applied differently if you were a white person, Anglos try to turn around and call us racist. But the black man is right when he says it needs to stop. Seeking justice for these innocent individuals is not racist.

Until some white people acknowledge we still have serious race issues and stop calling out African-Americans for playing the race card for telling the truth, we will never be treated equally in the United States of America.

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