Emotions were high among several dozen young people assembled Sunday afternoon at the FedExForum to make a public statement to protest the "not guilty" verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial.
Zimmerman was acquitted late Saturday of all charges in the Feb. 26, 2012 death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.
Eric Nelson, a 20-year-old student at Christian Brothers University, said, "This is about a system that has failed us time and time again. The government's not going to listen to just one person so we've come here to try to do our part in changing the world. A friend of ours went to the NAACP's protest in Florida and urged us to come out here today and make a statement."
Majoring in International Business with a double minor in Economics and Military Science, Nelson said he doesn't feel threatened in his everyday life, "but I do feel stereotyped everyday. Just walking into a store, you can feel the eyes on you all the time. But as a black man and a Christian I brush it off."
His mother, Tameka Humes, hesitated, then said, "I don't think it was fair. He (Zimmerman) should have gotten some kind of penalty for what he did, not just walked away scot free. They told him not to follow that baby and I think there should have been some repercussions behind it. That could have been my baby."
Nelson's CBU compatriot, Jonathan Mosley, a bio medical science major with dual minors in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, said, "I found out about it through Instagram. I wasn't really following it through the first few months but as the trial came close to the end I followed it more and more. At the end of the day it was wrong. What repercussions happened after he ignored the police's instructions not to follow this young man? I'm really at a loss for words. I just wanted to express support for his parents."