By Albert Thompson
WASHINGTON – Thousands of people gathered in Freedom Plaza here to remember Trayvon Martin and heard a message of colorblindness.
The 17-year-old black American was killed Feb. 26 by 28-year-old George Zimmerman – a Latino American, described by some as “white,” who served as a neighborhood watch captain in a suburb of Orlando, Fla.
Details from the case are still being revealed.
Though the Martin-Zimmerman controversy has been charged with racial tension and agitation, the audience responded favorably to a colorblind message.
Arguably the loudest cheer from the crowd occurred when the Rev. David Bowers of No Murders DC spoke.
He said, “We need the same righteous indignation when a black man kills a black man, or a black man kills a black woman, as when a white man kills a black man. All of our lives, black, white, no matter who we are, are just as valuable.”
He also said that the outrage over the actions of Zimmerman would be “hypocritical” if there is not similar outrage when black youths are killed by other blacks.
A few people familiar with crowd psychology view the reaction as an example of a crowd “flipping” – reacting in a manner the organizers of an event did not intend or expect.
There were speeches regarding registering to vote, D.C. statehood and other political rhetoric, but none appeared to receive the same enthusiasm as Rev. Bowers’ message.
Some compared his message to that of Bill Cosby eight years ago.
It also suggests some black Americans are open to a different message.
The clip of Bowers follows:
Albert Thompson is a military historian, WND staff commentator and proud Virginian. Follow him on Twitter @darkknightgop.