Trayvon Martin Case Provokes West Texas to React 07/18/13
July 18, 2013
Midland - It’s been over a year now since the death of Trayvon Martin, yet people can’t seem to stop talking about it. The verdict of the trial seemed to split the nation and seems to have prompted many other questions.
“If they take that law and use it as they did in this case, then anyone with a gun could go and claim that somebody they don’t like was threatening them, shoot them, make sure you kill them so they can’t be a witness and all you have to do is say I felt threatened. That’s preposterous,” said Midland hoodie rally organizer Gene Collins.
Threatened, that is the word that caught the nations attention. CBS 7 hit the street and took race out of the question, could the way someone dresses really cause people to feel threatened?
“You know everybody gets scared, and when you see someone in a hood with their head down walking and it’s raining, I would probably turn around and walk away,” said an Odessa High School Sophomore.
“No I wouldn’t be scared like to see someone in a hoodie,” said an Odessa resident.
These mixed opinions are prime examples of what is causing arguments amongst Americans today.
“I don’t feel like how people dress should put them as a target, I don’t really have a comment for that because I know people who walk around with their pants down to their knees all day and wouldn’t hurt a fly,” said hoodie rally organizer Jasmine Pool.
Pool says however since this case has started she admits the way people dress is obviously on people’s minds.
“Everybody is going to be on their P’s and Q’s about how they’re dressing, you know it just makes wonder, what are people thinking about me personally,” said Pool.
The hoodie rally that Collins and Pool has organized will be held tomorrow in Midland in front of the old courthouse on Wall Street at six p.m. Organizers say this is a peaceful event and is a chance to promote unity.