Trayvon Martin case brings up local conversation about race


by WHAS11

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 12 at 7:06 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It is the case that has brought back the conversation about race in this country.

A Hispanic block watch captain accused of killing a black teenager in what some feel was profiling. For some in Louisville the case is about more than that. They hope it brings awareness about violence against children.

It's not the kind of bond Erica Hughes wants to have with Trayvon Martin but it's one that she brings awareness to.

 “I just want something good to happen. So that when we get older we can come outside without anybody shooting,” Erica Hughes, shooting victim, said.

Hughes, 9, has been following Martin's case. She's helped to spearhead local rallies dealing with the matter. She was shot when she was 2-years-old and takes a stand when she sees other children injured or harmed by guns.

“I'm going to be nice to everyone and everyone would be nice to me and that I won't have to worry about anyone threatening me,” Hughes said.

She is one of the many people watching and waiting to see the results of George Zimmerman's trial.

“It's going to be an emotionally trying time especially for young people…because some of them feel this is their Emmett Teal moment; of this was our civil rights connection with him,” Christopher 2X said.

Christopher 2X has also been involved with the local rallies dealing with the case. He doesn't anticipate any protests or demonstrations, either way with the verdict,  but expects local resident to take to social media as they already have to express their opinions

Last March about 1,500 people filled the Waterfront in a rally for Trayvon Martin. So far on Facebook there has already been a "black out" movement; where people have been changing their profile pictures to a black screen in support of Martin.