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July 21st, 2013
thesmithian

Both boys…were in unknown territory, visiting family members. Both had purchased candy (Till bought gum, Martin purchased Skittles) before they met their deaths. Both were unarmed. Their killers had easy access to guns. The defendants in both cases depended on voluntary contributions to pay for their legal defenses. Both trials were media circuses. The juries in both cases took little time to acquit the killers Till’s murder in 1955 galvanized the nation and helped catalyze the civil rights movement. Trayvon Martin’s death, and George Zimmerman’s acquittal, have sparked protests around the country. But will these protests coalesce into a sustained movement for racial justice?

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